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24th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda again addresses factional infighting in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The latest edition of al Qaeda's Al-Nafir news bulletin addresses the jihadists' infighting in Syria. Al Qaeda has been forced to comment on the disputes multiple times over the past year. more...

23rd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ took hostages in southern France

Thomas Joscelyn

French authorities ended a hostage crisis earlier today after an armed man assaulted a supermarket in Trèbes. The man reportedly killed at least three people, including a passenger in a car he attempted to hijack and two others in the market. The Islamic State (ISIS) claims the perpetrator is its "soldier." ISIS has been tied to a series of plots in France since 2014. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Grozny jihadist swore allegiance to Baghdadi before assaulting police

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for a jihadist's assault on police in Grozny on Mar. 20. Amaq released a video of the alleged perpetrator swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi prior to his day of terror. The video is similar to a string of other clips released by Amaq since mid-2016. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates ISIS chemical weapons expert from France as terrorist

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Joe Asperman, a French national, has been designated as a terrorist. Asperman works as "a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS" and "oversaw chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of these chemical weapons at the battlefront." more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates ISIS chemical weapons expert from France as terrorist

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Joe Asperman, a French national, has been designated as a terrorist. Asperman works as "a senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS" and "oversaw chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of these chemical weapons at the battlefront." more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda chief says America is the ‘first enemy’ of Muslims

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab has released two new messages from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in recent days. In the first, he again criticizes Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's Islamic State, accusing it of sowing dissent in the jihadists' ranks. In the second, Zawahiri reminds jihadists and Muslims that his organization considers the US to be their "first enemy." more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab south of Somalia’s capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted nine strikes in Somalia this year, all of which have targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in the country. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere. more...

20th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured. more...

16th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military helicopter crash in western Iraq kills all aboard

Bill Roggio

The helicopter that crashed is used to conduct search and rescue as well as Air Force special operations missions. more...

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed four Shabaab terrorists in a strike in southern Somalia. The strike is the second since Feb. 19. more...

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are fighting around the globe, everywhere from West Africa to Southeast Asia. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strike kills three Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces have conducted four strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which targeted Shabaab. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Parsing the Iran portions of the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On select measures of the Iran threat, the 2018 document is remarkably consistent with themes from past assessments. Yet, in this latest assessment, additional attention is paid to the country’s evolving cyber aptitudes and to its turbulent domestic politics. more...

18th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church shooting in Dagestan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, a town in Dagestan, earlier today. Russian officials have confirmed that at least five people were killed and four more wounded. more...

17th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban still intent on ruling Afghanistan after ‘peaceful’ message to US

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has consistently stated over the past decade that it does not seek to share power with the Afghan government, and the only peace possible begins with the US abandoning the country. more...

12th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US Inspector General acknowledges Iran-backed militias obtained Abrams tanks

Bill Roggio

The report also notes that the US State Department has pressed the Iraqi government for the return of the tanks, but this has not happened. more...

12th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms US killed deputy emir in North Waziristan drone strike

Bill Roggio

Sajna Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, not in Afghanistan like some Pakistani officials have claimed. Sajna lead the group's powerful Mehsud faction, was close to al Qaeda, and was responsible for murdering thousands of Pakistanis. more...

10th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran sends drone into Israeli airspace one day before 1979 revolution anniversary

Amir Toumaj

In the early hours of Feb. 10, a day before the 39th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) entered Israeli airspace from Syria. more...

10th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US terror designations expose 3 international facilitators for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department has further exposed the Islamic State's international network by designating three facilitators as terrorists. The men have operated in the Philippines, Somalia, Turkey and elsewhere. One of them operates a business in Turkey that has acquired drone components for the so-called caliphate. more...

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