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2nd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Makes Another Attempt at Reconciliation in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, discusses the infighting in Syria and the history of al Qaeda's branch in Iraq at length in a... more...

2nd May 2014 – The Long War Journal

2 Suicide Bombers Strike in South Sinai

Egyptian officials said that two suicide bombings today in South Sinai killed at least one Egyptian soldier and wounded nearly a dozen other... more...

1st May 2014 – The Long War Journal

African al Qaeda Leader Sides with Zawahiri in Syrian Dispute

Bill Roggio

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a senior leader in the al-Murabitoon Brigade, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that operates in West Africa, has... more...

1st May 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘Al Qaeda in Kurdistan’ Breaks Ranks with ISIS Over Syria

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing... more...

30th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Yemen Expands Southern Offensive Against AQAP

Oren Adaki

Reports in Arabic media outlets indicate that the Yemeni military is expanding its southern offensive against militants from al Qaeda in... more...

30th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Abu Qatada Provides Jihadists with Ideological Guidance From a Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 7, 2013, Omar Mohammed Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, was deported from the UK to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism... more...

29th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim They Shot Down US Warplane in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban claimed that their forces hit an US Air Force AC-130 gunship with antiaircraft fire and forced it to land in the eastern... more...

28th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Yemen Begins Southern Offensive Against AQAP

Oren Adaki

Yemeni media reported yesterday that the country's military is preparing for a new offensive against al Qaeda in the Arabian... more...

27th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Taliban’s Military Commission Resigns Due to ‘Ill Health’

Bill Roggio

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who serves as the head of the Afghan Taliban's military commission has resigned his position due to "ill health." more...

26th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Review Board Recommends Indefinite Detainee at Guantanamo be Transferred

Thomas Joscelyn

A review board set up to evaluate the cases of the remaining detainees held at Guantanamo has recommended that one of them be transferred. The detainee, Ali... more...

25th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Uzbek Commands Group Within the Al Nusrah Front

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek commander known as Abu Hussein leads a group of his countrymen fighting in the ranks of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official... more...

24th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Policeman Guns Down 3 Americans at Hospital in Kabul

Bill Roggio

An Afghan police officer opened fire on American medical personnel at a hospital run by a Christian charity in Kabul, killing three Americans... more...

24th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Death of French Hostage in Mali

Laura Grossman

This week, Agence France-Presse received a disturbing call from a terrorist group announcing the death of French hostage Gilberto... more...

23rd April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Confirms Death of Shadow Governors for Kunar, Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its shadow governors for Kunar and Kandahar provinces were killed during combat over the past... more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Discusses Infighting in Syria, Opposition to Egyptian Goverment

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government... more...

21st April 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets AQAP Master Bomb Maker in 2 Strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's top bomb maker in one of two strikes that took place in Yemen over the past... more...

19th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of al Qaeda’s ‘Victory Committee’ Survived Battle in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed while fighting in the Latakia province of Syria last month is, in fact, alive. Sanafi al... more...

19th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 16 AQAP Fighters, 5 Civilians

Bill Roggio

The US killed 16 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five civilians in the first drone strike in Yemen in more than two weeks... more...

18th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Sharia Official Uses Social Media to Condemn Killing of Fellow Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the Idlib province of Syria was killed two days ago, a senior sharia (Islamic law) official in... more...

18th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS’ ‘Diyala Division’ Lauds Foreign Suicide Bombers, Including Dane

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who... more...

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