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3rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Has ‘Extensive Contacts’ With Jihadist Leaders in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

In a court filing earlier this week, the US government argued that the only suspect in custody for the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya should remain in pretrial detention. Prosecutors cited his "extensive contacts" with senior members of other jihadist organizations and plans for additional attacks as reasons to keep him behind bars as he awaits trial. more...

2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Reconciliation Between Jihadist Groups

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State." more...

2nd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Influential Jordanian Ideologue Argues Against Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi fears that the Islamic State will use its recent land grab and claim of ruling over a caliphate to go after its jihadist rivals. more...

1st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well. more...

30th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Targets Christians In Northeastern Nigeria

Laura Grossman

Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched several attacks on Christian communities in Borno state. more...

29th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert. more...

26th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist... more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders, Several Aliases to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. Additionally, the US identified four additional aliases for Lashkar-e-Taiba... more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing In Abuja Kills 21

Laura Grossman

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a shopping center in Abuja, Nigeria. more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Control of Command Center, Execution of Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division released a set of photographs that details the attack on and capture of an Iraqi military command center, captured... more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: A Protracted Struggle Ahead For Iraq

Bill Roggio

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the security forces of the central government will be unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the far flung provinces of Iraq anytime soon. more...

23rd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Releases Propaganda Photos Showing Operations in Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has released a set of photographs purportedly showing its ongoing operations. Since the... more...

22nd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 257 ‘Terrorists,’ No Civilians Killed in North Waziristan Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has claimed that more than 250 "terrorists" and zero civilians have been killed during the first week of military operations in the Taliban-controlled tribal... more...

21st June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and... more...

20th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims Attacks Against Iraqi Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month. more...

19th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Suspect Planned To Kill Returning US Troops In Upstate NY

Benjamin Weinthal

Mufid A. Elfgeeh is said to have been inspired by French-Algerian jihadist Mohamed Merah, who was trained in Pakistan by an al Qaeda leader. more...

19th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Gains and Iraqi Support

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's media wing in Wilayat Ninewa released a series of photos yesterday to social media sites illustrating the group's staggering gains. They... more...

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