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7th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Prime Minister Says 2 British Nationals Killed in Airstrikes Were Plotting Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

In a speech before the UK parliament today, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the Syrian refugee crisis, the counterterrorism measures being taken to combat the Islamic State, and other related issues. more...

7th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Dissident Taliban Commander Claims Pakistani Intel Ordered Him to Conduct Attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A former senior Taliban leader who was ousted by Mullah Omar in 2007 has rejected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the group and accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan. more...

5th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues to Advertise Alliance With al Qaeda, Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

In late August, the Taliban released the fifth installment in its “Army of Badr” video series. The title of the videos is a reference to the battle of Badr in 624 CE between the Prophet Mohammed’s followers and their enemies. The battle is considered a crucial event in early Islamic history. more...

4th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

12 Ugandan Troops Killed as Shabaab Assaults Base in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The Ugandan military has confirmed that 12 of its soldiers who were part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were killed after Shabaab launched a suicide assault on a military base near Mogadishu earlier this week. Shabaab had claimed that it killed 70 Ugandan soldiers while overrunning the base. more...

4th September 2015 – The Weekly Standard

More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have rejoined the jihad. more...

2nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘Province’ Claims First Official Attack on Russian Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year. more...

2nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

3 Uzbeks Among 5 ‘Militants’ Killed in Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed five “militants,” including several Uzbeks, in the first drone strike in Pakistan in nearly a month. more...

1st September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Faryab

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), captured the Taliban’s shadow governor for Faryab province as he was traveling to Pakistan. more...

31st August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Brutally Executes Four Men in Response to Slaying by ‘Angel of Death’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called Anbar province has released the “caliphate’s” latest in a long line of gory execution productions. The new snuff video shows four men dressed in orange jumpsuits being burned alive as they hang hogtied and upside down from a scaffold. The four men reportedly belonged to the Popular Mobilization Forces, which fight alongside the Iraqi government and are backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

28th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan intelligence, or was otherwise incapacitated at that time. more...

27th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Kills 2 Senior Iraqi Generals in Suicide Assault Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed two senior Iraqi generals in a coordinated suicide assault on a military headquarters in Anbar province. Six suicide bombers, including a German and a Tajik, executed the deadly attack. more...

27th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Mass in Northern Afghanistan to Swear Allegiance to New Emir

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban fighters gathered in the open in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz to pledge an oath of allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the group. more...

26th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Takes Another District in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Musa Qala district center when Afghan forces fled after several days of fighting. The fall of Musa Qala puts the Taliban in effective control of northern Helmand, and will allow it to threaten the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. more...

26th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Say Nephew of 9/11 Mastermind Killed in Raid by Pakistani Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi. KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his familial ties to Baluchistan. KSM, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has known family roots in Baluchistan, a large Pakistani province that borders both Afghanistan and Iran. more...

25th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday. more...

25th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander. more...

24th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad. more...

23rd August 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Supporters Want Mokhtar Belmokhtar Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they have done for dozens of other pro-al Qaeda jihadists in North Africa. more...

21st August 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Troops Near Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed more than a dozen Iraq of soldiers and policemen in an attack near Fallujah in Anbar province, where the government has been trying to dislodge the group for the past year. more...

21st August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Says Baghdadi’s Top Deputy Killed in Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House announced today that Fadhil Ahmad al Hayali (a.k.a. Hajji Mutazz), the “senior deputy to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,” was “killed in a US military airstrike on August 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah.” ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is the US government’s preferred acronym for the Islamic State. more...

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