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9th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Members Mourn Ahrar al Sham, Islamic Front Leaders on Twitter

Thomas Joscelyn

Several influential al Qaeda members have used their Twitter feeds to mourn the slain leaders of Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front. The jihadists were killed in an explosion earlier today. One well-connected jihadist, who appears to be an al Qaeda media operative, claimed that the head of the Islamic Front had been in communication with Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

9th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Islamic Front, Other Senior Leaders Killed in Explosion

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders were killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among the slain leaders is Hassan Abboud, who was the leader of Ahrar al Sham and the head of the Islamic Front's political office. Abboud was especially close to Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Syria. more...

8th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases English-Language Summary of Monthly Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released an English-language pamphlet highlighting its activities throughout the month of August. The publication focuses on the group's military operations, including targeting Assad's forces and Hezbollah fighters, as well as its social work. more...

8th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Endorses New Branch of Terror Network in the Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has congratulated its "brothers" in al Qaeda for creating a new branch in the Indian subcontinent. AQAP offers "special congratulations" to "our Sheikh and good Emir," Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

7th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Islamic State at the Haditha Dam

Bill Roggio

The US air campaign against the Islamic State has expanded into Anbar province. more...

6th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Names New Emir, Reaffirms Allegiance to al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Less than one week after Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in an American airstrike, Shabaab has named a new leader and publicly reaffirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. more...

6th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Takes On A More Prominent Role As Spokesman in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Firas al Suri long served as a clandestine figure in al Qaeda's international terrorist network. Today he serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman. He is tasked with defending Al Nusrah's capture of more than 40 UN peacekeepers. more...

5th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Confirms Shabaab Emir Godane Killed in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

'Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabaab," the Pentagon's spokesman said. But jihadist groups have withstood the loss of top leaders in the past. more...

5th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Incorporates Regional Jihadist Groups

Bill Roggio

Usama Mahmoud, AQIS's spokesman, openly stated that the group "was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting." more...

4th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Targets NDS Headquarters in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Fourteen security personnel and 19 heavily armed Taliban fighters were killed and another 154 people were wounded during the coordinated attack. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 910 ‘Terrorists,’ 82 Soldiers Killed in North Waziristan Operation

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's spokesman described the military press release and subsequent reporting in the Pakistani media as "nothing but complete lies," and claimed that jihadists had moved out of the area long before the operation began. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Opens Branch in the ‘Indian Subcontinent’

Bill Roggio

Ayman al Zawahiri announced the establishment of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. The group is led by a former Taliban leader known as Asim Umar. more...

2nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Amerli Supported Deadly Shia Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The League of the Righteous, which is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers, was part of the Iraqi force that liberated Amerli. The group is closely tied to Iran's Qods Force and three of its leaders are Specially Designated Global terrorists. more...

2nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Shabaab’s Leadership in Southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane and several senior leaders of the group are rumored to have been at a Shabaab camp when it was targeted by a US airstrike. more...

31st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Announces Detention of 45 UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works "against Muslims." more...

30th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Captured by ISAF in 2011 Now Leads Fight in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

In 2011, ISAF captured Qari Bilal, who was serving as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's top leader in Afghanistan. He was subsequently released by the Afghan government, and is now commanding more than 300 jihadist fighters in Kunduz. more...

29th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front and Al Nusrah Front Promote ‘Liberation’ of Border Crossing

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and the Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel groups, are using their social media pages to highlight their involvement in the rebels' assault on the Quneitra border crossing. more...

29th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Beheads 4 Egyptians Accused of Being Israeli ‘Spies’

Thomas Joscelyn

A little more than one week after the Islamic State released a video featuring the beheading of an American photojournalist, Ansar Jerusalem has released a video online showing four Egyptian civilians being executed in the same manner. The video marks an escalation in the tactics Ansar Jerusalem is willing to broadcast in its propaganda. more...

28th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram Focuses on Seizing Territory

Laura Grossman, Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram is seeking to hold territory in northeastern Nigeria. In a recent video, Boko Haram's leader declared that his jihadists rule over the town of Gwoza as a "state among the Islamic states." This was widely interpreted to mean an Islamic caliphate, but that does not appear to be the case. more...

27th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Documents Takeover of Syrian Airbase

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province. more...

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