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22nd December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes Security Checkpoint Mear Benghazi, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb at a checkpoint outside the city of Benghazi earlier today. The number of casualties varies in the early reporting. more...

22nd December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military, Taliban Clash in North Waziristan After Suicide Attack

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it killed 23 "militants" in the town of Mir Ali in the Taliban controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, two days after a suicide... more...

21st December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Raid in Ansar Jerusalem Stronghold Fails to Achieve Goals

Egyptian security forces yesterday launched a raid in the North Sinai village of al Mahdiya near Rafah. Authorities had received information that two key... more...

21st December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Suicide Team Kills Iraqi General, 17 Officers

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 18 Iraqi Army officers, including a senior general and members of his staff, in a complex suicide attack... more...

20th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Eulogize Qari Hussain, Chief of Suicide and International Operations

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan eulogized Qari Hussain, a top commander of the group who trained suicide bombers... more...

19th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

Latest Treasury Designation Targets al Qaeda’s Fundraising Network

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released designation by the US Treasury Department identifies two alleged al Qaeda supporters who have raised funds for the terror network. The... more...

19th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

The German Jihadists’ Colony in Syria

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany's Syria policy is one of the most paradoxical within the European Union. In contrast to her French and British counterparts, Chancellor Angela Merkel... more...

18th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Belmokhtar’s Brigades to Terrorist Lists

Bill Roggio

Today US State Department added three West African terror groups that are associated with al Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar to its lists of terrorist more...

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...

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