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22nd August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates 2 ‘Key’ al Qaeda Financiers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Long War Journal first exposed one of the two, a jihadist known as Sanafi al Nasr, as a senior al Qaeda operative in March. Al Nasr is a senior al Qaeda leader who relocated from Pakistan to Syria last year. Treasury reveals that he previously served as the head of al Qaeda's Iran-based network. more...

21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Posts Rewards For 5 Haqqani Network Leaders

Bill Roggio

Siraj Haqqani's reward is raised to $10 million, putting it in the top tier of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million were posted for four other Haqqani leaders. more...

21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander To Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. more...

20th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Repels Iraqi Military’s 3rd Attempt to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces broke off their advance on Tikrit after taking heavy fire from Islamic State fighters based in and around the capital of Salahaddin province. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Government Adds Gaza-Based Jihadist ‘Umbrella’ Group to Terrorist Designation Lists

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government today added the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) to the foreign terrorist organization list and labeled the group a specially designated global terrorist entity. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq. more...

18th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq. more...

18th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. more...

17th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Quetta Airbase Attacks Carried Out By Pakistani Taliban, IMU

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, said the Quetta airbase attacks were executed with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. more...

17th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Seeks to Capitalize on Anti-Israeli Sentiment in New English-Language Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a new English-language magazine titled, "Palestine, betrayal of the guilty conscience." As in past AQAP publications, the magazine includes instructions for building pressure cooker bombs and car bombs. more...

17th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in a province in eastern Yemen where the terror group has been battling the government for control. more...

16th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Laud Afghan Soldier Who Killed US General

Bill Roggio

The Taliban described Rafiqullah, the Afghan soldier who killed Major General Harold Greene, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, as a "martyr." more...

15th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Fedayeen-i-Islam Claims Suicide Assaults on Pakistani Airbases

Bill Roggio

Fourteen members of the Fedayeen-i-Islam were killed during the latest assault on a Pakistani airbase. more...

13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Advances Against Jihadist Foes in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province. more...

13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Spokesman Explains Differences with Islamic State in Video Appearance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate. more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban." more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Dine Leader Resurfaces, Urges Expulsion of France from Mali

Laura Grossman

Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly has appeared in a video calling on Muslims to fight back against France and its allies. more...

11th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Killing of 50 Yemeni Soldiers in Seyoun Attack

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed via Twitter that its fighters had killed more than 50 Yemeni soldiers in an attack on the 1st Military District headquarters in Seyoun on Aug. 7. more...

10th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil. more...

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