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18th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Head of Al Nusrah Front Branch in Lebanon

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department today announced the designation of Usamah Amin al Shihabi, who has "recently been appointed head of Syria-based al Nusrah... more...

17th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Syrian Rebel Leader was bin Laden’s Courier, Now Zawahiri’s Representative

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative known as Abu Khalid al Suri is a leading figure in Ahrar al Sham, a Syrian extremist group that is part of the recently formed... more...

16th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

2 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred to Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia today. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood... more...

14th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Popular Saudi Cleric Endorses Islamic Front, Calls for Cooperation with al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

Dr. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria, has used his highly trafficked social media presence to endorse... more...

13th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansarul Mujahideen Kills 4 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, jihadists from Ansarul Mujahideen killed four Pakistani soldiers in an IED attack in North Waziristan. The jihadist group, which is known to... more...

13th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Releases Video on Maiduguri Attack, Threatens US

A new video has surfaced showing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claiming responsibility for the Dec. 2 attack on military installations in Maiduguri... more...

13th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Kansas Bomb Plot Suspect Says bin Laden and Awlaki are Inspirations

US authorities today announced the arrest of Terry Lee Loewen, 58, of Wichita, Kan. Loewen had attempted to detonate a car bomb at Wichita Mid-Continent... more...

12th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Civilians in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second drone strike in Yemen this week, killing several civilians in an attack on a wedding convoy that is thought to have included members... more...

11th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Jordan Rearrests Millennium Bombings Plotter

Thomas Joscelyn

A longtime jihadist who was born in the US and slated to take part in al Qaeda's planned millennium attacks in Jordan has been rearrested by authorities. more...

11th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front Brigade Launches Joint Raid with al Qaeda’s Syrian Branches

Bill Roggio

The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement, one of six units of the newly formed Islamic Front, conducted a joint raid with al Qaeda's two official branches... more...

10th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official Says Force Needed to Establish Sharia Law in Egypt

In a message released by al Qaeda's As Sahab on Dec. 7, Muhammad bin Mahmoud Rabie al Bahtiyti, an al Qaeda official, said the group is following current... more...

9th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Afghan Taliban Say Drone Strikes are Proof US is a ‘Paper Tiger’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban recently claimed that the US' reliance on drone strikes to target Taliban leaders masks the decline of American power in the world... more...

6th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Says Assault on Yemen’s Defense Ministry Targeted US Drone Operations

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed it executed yesterday's suicide assault on the Ministry of Defense in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a in an effort to strike... more...

5th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Launches Suicide Assault on Yemeni Defense Ministry Complex

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed more than 50 people in a suicide assault that targeted Yemen's Ministry of Defense complex in the capital of Sana'a. more...

5th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

4 Battalions From Qatar-Backed Islamist Brigade Defect to Wage ‘Armed Jihadist Struggle’

Bill Roggio

Four battalions from the Ahfad al Rasoul Brigade, a large rebel group in Syria that is funded by the Qatari government, defected and vowed to continue to fight... more...

4th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

‘It is Possible’ Ansar Jerusalem is Tied to al Qaeda, Brother of Group’s Leader Says

In a recent visit to North Sinai, CBS News' Clarissa Ward, like other journalists who have visited the area in recent months, interviewed Haitham el Menai... more...

4th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Resilient Boko Haram an Increasing Threat

Boko Haram's latest attack in Maiduguri has been described as its most audacious yet. In the early hours of Monday morning hundreds of Boko Haram militants... more...

3rd December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem: ‘The War has Yet to Start’

In a video released to jihadist forums on Dec. 1, Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) showed some of its recent attacks in North Sinai against Egyptian... more...

2nd December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Overruns Nigerian Air Force Base

Bill Roggio

Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda, launched a major attack on a Nigerian Air Force base in the insurgency-wracked city of Maiduguri. more...

1st December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Seeks to Spin Capture of Top Operative

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda propagandist Adam Gadahn has released a new video denouncing the capture of a top operative known as Abu Anas al Libi. In the video, titled "The... more...

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