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28th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white flag of [the] Islamic Emirate” over the district headquarters and other government buildings earlier today. more...

28th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches New Offensive Against Assad Regime in Strategic Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (the “Army of Conquest”), a coalition of anti-Assad forces that overran much of the Idlib province earlier this year, has launched a new offensive against the Assad regime. The jihadist-led alliance is using its stronghold in Idlib to push south into the Al Ghab plain, which is considered strategically important for both the Syrian government and its opposition. more...

26th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun Base, Capture and Release 100 Afghan Security Personnel

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a military base in the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan this weekend, capturing more than 100 police and tribal fighters before disarming and freeing them. more...

25th July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic Jihad Union Details its Involvement in Taliban’s Azm Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorist group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trumpeted its role in the current Taliban-led Azm offensive in Afghanistan as well as its involvement in battling Pakistani troops in North Waziristan. more...

24th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills One of Osama bin Laden’s Most Trusted Commanders in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US killed Abu Khalil al Sudani, a senior al Qaeda leader who took direction from Ayman al Zawahiri, in an airstrike on July 11 in eastern Afghanistan. The strike took place in the Bermal district of the Paktia province, where the US operated a base before withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Afghanistan over the past three years. more...

24th July 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Iran Is Working with al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 21, the Pentagon announced that Muhsin al-Fadhli, an al Qaeda operative who had been wanted for more than a decade, was killed in an airstrike in Syria earlier in the month. Fadhli has been dead at least once before. more...

23rd July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Teenage Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 20 in Northern Cameroon

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s West Africa province (ISWA), formerly known as Boko Haram, killed more than 20 people in a double suicide attack in northern Cameroon that was executed by two teenage girls. The jihadist group has used women and girls of various ages to carry out suicide attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon over the past year. more...

23rd July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Former Egyptian Special Forces Officer Leads Al Murabitoon

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist group calling itself Al Murabitoon has released a video featuring a former Egyptian special forces officer named Hisham Ali Ashmawi (also known as Abu Omar al Muhajir al Masri) as its emir. more...

22nd July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pentagon Says Al Qaeda Veteran Killed in ‘Kinetic Strike’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Muhsin al Fadhli, a longtime al Qaeda operative from Kuwait, was killed on July 8 “in a kinetic strike” while “traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Syria.” more...

20th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Officials From Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Vow to Continue Fight Against Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 18, jihadists belonging to the Al Nusrah Front (al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria), Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, or Muhajireen Army), and three other individual jihadists published a statement online saying that they will continue to oppose the Islamic State. more...

20th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Front Established to Represent Foreign Fighters in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, a new jihadist brand appeared online. “Al Muhajirun,” which claims to represent fighters who have emigrated to Syria to wage jihad, posted its first statement in several languages on Twitter. The message makes it clear that Al Muhajirun is not a new organization, but instead represents “a community” of foreign fighters “from different groups and with different interests united in order to show the ummah [community of worldwide Muslims] the true face of the muhajirun [emigrant helpers], the mujahideen and jihad.” more...

18th July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Taliban Parades in Northern Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban overran an Afghan military base and paraded its troops through the bazaar in Kajaki in northern Helmand province, the jihadist group claimed. more...

16th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Naval Vessel Off Sinai Coast

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a rocket attack off the coast of the Sinai that set an Egyptian ship ablaze earlier today. The attack was confirmed by the Egyptian military, which disputed the jihadist group’s claim that the ship was destroyed and all crew members were killed. more...

15th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar Takes Aim at the Islamic State in Thinly-Veiled Message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released statement, Taliban emir Mullah Omar argues that the jihadists’ gains in Afghanistan won’t be squandered due to infighting as they were in the past. Although Omar doesn’t address the Islamic State directly, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s “caliphate” is clearly on the Taliban leader’s mind. more...

14th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Confirms Death of Khorasan Province Spokesman

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan confirmed the death of his counterpart for the Islamic State’s Khorasan province, vowed to avenge his death, and called for the Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban to reconcile. more...

13th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says Emir for Khorasan Province is Alive

Bill Roggio

A former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who was one of the first jihadists to defect to the Islamic State in the Afghan-Pakistan region has denied reports that the group’s emir for its Khorasan province was killed last week in a US airstrike. more...

11th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Intelligence Claims US Killed Islamic State’s Emir for Khorasan Province

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the United States killed the Islamic State’s leader for its Khorasan province in an airstrike yesterday in eastern Afghanistan. If his death and the deputy emir’s death, which was reported earlier this week, are confirmed, the US has decapitated the top leadership of the Khorasan province. more...

10th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Chechen Commander in Syria Pledges to Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin Shishani, the former emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar who now leads a group of jihadists from the Caucasus in Syria, swore allegiance to the new leader of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. Shishani and his deputy, Abdul Karim Krymsky, were removed from the leadership of Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, or Muhajireen Army) just last month. more...

9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Backs Jihadists Fighting Islamic State in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 3, three suicide bombers were deployed in the city of Derna, Libya. One of their bombs was intercepted, but the other two were detonated. Several people were killed and 10 or more others were wounded. The victims included women and children. The perpetrators of the attacks belonged to the Islamic State’s arm in the country. more...

9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Spokesman for Khorasan Province Thought Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the US killed the Islamic State’s spokesman for its Khorasan province in a recent airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. The NDS also claimed that the US killed the deputy emir for Khorasan province earlier this week. more...

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