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25th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban senior leadership and AQ members in Karachi, Pakistan.” more...

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

Hezbollah Brigades Flaunts US Equipment in Anbar Operation

Bill Roggio

A video released on a YouTube account linked to the Popular Mobilization Committee or the “People’s Mobilization Units” (PMU), a coalition of largely Shiite militia forces, shows a montage of Hezbollah Brigades footage from its operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. In the video, the US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization is seen operating an array of US military hardware, including M113 armored personnel carriers, HUMVEEs, and artillery. more...

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

Jihadists Tout Taliban ‘Special Forces’ Training Camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have have been circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “special forces” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan. more...

24th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Suffers Losses in Provincial Home of the ‘Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

Over the past two days, Kurdish forces and other rebel factions have seized a town and a military base from the Islamic State in its home province of Raqqa. As they have advanced on the seat of the so-called “caliphate,” the anti-Islamic State forces have been backed by US airstrikes. more...

24th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri

Monday, two bomb blasts detonated by female suicide bombers went off at the Baga fish market in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Nigeria. more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ban Ki-Moon Shakes Hands With Alleged Al Qaeda Emir

David Andrew Weinberg

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was photographed last week shaking hands with ‘Abd al Wahhab al Humayqani, a man the United States accuses of being Al Qaeda’s emir for the Yemeni province of Al Bayda. Standing next to them was Ban’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed. more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Calls on Other Factions to ‘Repent,’ Urges Sectarian War

Thomas Joscelyn

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/06/islamic-state-spokesman-calls-on-other-factions-to-repent.php more...

23rd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq. more...

22nd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government. more...

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

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and other groups poses a regional and global threat. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message. more...

19th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi. more...

17th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Beheads Former Shura Member Who Defected Back to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province brutally executed one of its former shura members, purportedly for defecting back to the Taliban last month. The execution, as well as the assassination of the Taliban’s shadow governor for Nangarhar province, likely by the Islamic State, preceded a warning by the Taliban’s deputy emir to the leader of the Islamic State to end discord between the jihadist groups in Afghanistan. more...

17th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Executes Alleged ‘Spies’ Blamed for Leaders’ Deaths

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has publicly executed at least two men who were accused of serving as spies for Saudi Arabia and the US. Some accounts say as many as four men have been executed. more...

16th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Chastise Islamic State for Dividing Jihadist Ranks in Afghanistan and Beyond

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released a statement today from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the “deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] and acting head of the Leadership Council,” to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State, that demanded the Islamic State fight under the Taliban’s banner in Afghanistan and end divisions amongst jihadists throughout the world. more...

16th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Death of Senior Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group’s most senior leader. Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. more...

15th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Emir Rumored Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio

Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir and al Qaeda’s general manager, is rumored to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place last week in eastern Yemen. Reports of Wuhayshi’s death, which have been propagated by online jihadists and Yemeni intelligence officials, have not been confirmed by either the United States or AQAP. more...

15th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Attempts to Disavow Massacre of Druze Civilians

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has issued a statement disavowing the massacre of 20 Druze civilians in the province of Idlib last week. The murders have been denounced by other insurgents, thereby threatening to damage Al Nusrah’s well-cultivated image within the Syrian rebellion. The slaughter was also contrary to the specific instructions issued by Abu Muhammad al Julani, the head of the group. more...

14th June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Utilizes 7 Foreigners in Baiji Suicide Assaults

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has publicized a number of photos that show suicide bombers that were used against Iraqi forces in and around the central city of Baiji on June 13. The foreign suicide bombers are part of what the jihadist group is dubbing “The Battle of Abdul Razzaq al Mashadani,” which is its name for the ongoing fight against Iraqi troops and Shiite militias for control of the city. more...

14th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Rivals Continue to Battle in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this year, one of the Islamic State’s so-called “provinces” in Derna, Libya advertised the opening of a police headquarters and a sharia court. The move was intended to demonstrate the group’s dominance over the city. more...

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