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2nd November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denounces ‘Cowardly US Drone Attack’ That Killed Hakeemullah Mehsud

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denounced yesterday's drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban... more...

1st November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria a ‘Transnational Threat’

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Oct. 30, a "senior administration official" updated reporters on recent meetings between an Iraqi delegation, headed by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, more...

1st November 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Head of Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

The US targeted the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. more...

1st November 2013 – The Daily Beast

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed By US After 4-Year Hunt

Bill Roggio

After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the... more...

31st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in a month. Last night's attack took place in an area of the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan more...

31st October 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Drone Drama

Clifford D. May, Bill Roggio

In 1996, al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden issued a formal declaration of war against the United States. No serious strategy was developed for defeating what... more...

30th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Tunisia

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside of the Riadh Palm hotel in Sousse, Tunisia earlier today. No casualties, other than the suicide bomber himself, have been... more...

29th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denies It Opposes Suicide Attacks

Bill Roggio

A top spokesman for the Afghan Taliban denied a recent report in the Pakistani media that claimed the group opposes suicide attacks. The group also... more...

28th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 Shabaab Operatives in Southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US killed two Shabaab operatives, including a senior explosives expert, in a drone strike that targeted a vehicle in southern Somalia today. The remotely piloted... more...

26th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Releases Video of Assassination Attempt on Egypt’s Interior Minister

Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) today released a 31-minute video detailing its Sept. 5 assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim. more...

25th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Denies Emir Killed By Syrian Troops

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, one of two official al Qaeda branches in Syria, denied a report by Syrian state-run television that its emir... more...

24th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: UN Adds Benghazi Suspect to al Qaeda Sanctions List

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations added Muhammad Jamal al Kashef, a longtime subordinate to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, to its sanctions list on Oct. 18. The UN's... more...

23rd October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Wanted Taliban Commander in Kunar Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Qari Dawat, a Taliban commander in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar who has been hunted by US forces for years and has vowed to avenge the death... more...

21st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Fighter From Kosovo Praises Jihad in Syria

Bill Roggio

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda's two main branches in Syria... more...

21st October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Claims Responsibility for Car Bombing in Ismailia

In a statement released to jihadist forums today, Sinai-based Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) claimed responsibility for the Oct. 19 car bombing near... more...

20th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Uses 8 Suicide Bombers in Complex Attack in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant) used eight suicide bombers in a complex assault today that targeted police and local government officials in western Iraq. more...

19th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

IMU Claims Suicide Attack Against US Forces in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan, claimed it conducted yesterday's suicide attack near... more...

18th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Children Training at ‘al Zarqawi Cubs Camp’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), has released a series of photographs that show children training at a camp named after the founder of al Qaeda... more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Free Syrian Army Continues to Fracture as More Units Defect

Bill Roggio

More than 60 units of the Free Syrian Army that operate in the south recently broke off from the main military and political command, more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader and Former US Detainee Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Hassan Ghul, a top al Qaeda leader who was in US custody for two years before being transferred to Pakistani custody and then promptly released... more...

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