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25th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Denies Emir Killed By Syrian Troops

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, one of two official al Qaeda branches in Syria, denied a report by Syrian state-run television that its emir... more...

24th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: UN Adds Benghazi Suspect to al Qaeda Sanctions List

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations added Muhammad Jamal al Kashef, a longtime subordinate to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, to its sanctions list on Oct. 18. The UN's... more...

23rd October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Wanted Taliban Commander in Kunar Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Qari Dawat, a Taliban commander in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar who has been hunted by US forces for years and has vowed to avenge the death... more...

21st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Fighter From Kosovo Praises Jihad in Syria

Bill Roggio

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda's two main branches in Syria... more...

21st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Claims Responsibility for Car Bombing in Ismailia

In a statement released to jihadist forums today, Sinai-based Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) claimed responsibility for the Oct. 19 car bombing near... more...

20th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Uses 8 Suicide Bombers in Complex Attack in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant) used eight suicide bombers in a complex assault today that targeted police and local government officials in western Iraq. more...

19th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

IMU Claims Suicide Attack Against US Forces in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan, claimed it conducted yesterday's suicide attack near... more...

18th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Children Training at ‘al Zarqawi Cubs Camp’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), has released a series of photographs that show children training at a camp named after the founder of al Qaeda... more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Free Syrian Army Continues to Fracture as More Units Defect

Bill Roggio

More than 60 units of the Free Syrian Army that operate in the south recently broke off from the main military and political command, more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader and Former US Detainee Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Hassan Ghul, a top al Qaeda leader who was in US custody for two years before being transferred to Pakistani custody and then promptly released... more...

15th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Assassinate Governor in Key Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Arsala Jamal, the governor of Logar province, was assassinated today as he was speaking inside a mosque for Eid al Adha prayers. more...

13th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISAF Soldier Killed in Latest Insider Attack in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A member of the Afghan National Security Forces gunned down a soldier from the International Security Assistance Force in the fourth green-on-blue, more...

11th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Report Highlights al Qaeda Affiliates’ Role in Syrian Atrocities

Thomas Joscelyn

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), "You Can Still See Their Blood," documents "serious abuses committed" by Syrian insurgents more...

11th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Grabs Pakistani Taliban Commander from Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

The US military has taken a senior Pakistani Taliban commander known as Latif Mehsud from the custody of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Intelligence. more...

9th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Denounces Capture of Top al Qaeda Operative

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya has denounced the capture of al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdulhamad al Ruqai, more...

9th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Claims Credit for Suicide Bombing of South Sinai Security Directorate

In a statement released to jihadist forums yesterday, the Sinai-based Salafi jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) took responsibility more...

8th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Justifies Somalia Raid Under AUMF, Which Obama Seeks to Repeal

Bill Roggio

In a statement citing the Authorization to Use Military Force, which was passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks on America, the US military yesterday... more...

7th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Taliban: US ‘Forced’ to ‘Accept the Existence and Presence of the Islamic Emirate’ of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Today the Taliban released an official statement on the "12th year of the American invasion" of Afghanistan. The statement, which was emailed to The Long... more...

7th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Target of SEAL Raid in Somalia Tied to Top al Qaeda Leaders

Bill Roggio

The Oct. 5 raid by US Navy SEALs in the Somali coastal town of Barawe that targeted Shabaab's external operations chief Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir.... more...

7th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Longtime Zawahiri Subordinate

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it has added Muhammad Jamal and his network to the US government's list of designated terrorists. Jamal is an Egyptian... more...

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