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5th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Badakhshan Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s shadow governor for Badakhshan province, Qari Fasehuddin, released an audiotape to dispel the Afghan government’s claim that he was killed in a US airstrike in late last week. Fasihuddin is the second shadow governor to deny reports that he was killed in a US airstrike since the Taliban took control of Kunduz and several districts in the Afghan north. more...

5th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Participated in Siege of Kunduz

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), which is openly loyal to the Taliban and also affiliated with al Qaeda, participated in the Taliban’s siege of Kunduz city, according to statements and photos released by the group and its supporters online. In a message posted on the IJU’s official website on Oct. 1, the group disputed reports saying that Kunduz had been recaptured by the Afghan government and its allies. more...

5th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls or Contests Scores of Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

While fighting for control of the provincial capital of Kunduz, the Taliban launched a wider offensive in the Afghan north aimed at seizing control of districts in four provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Takhar. Since Sept. 28, the Taliban has taken control of nine districts in these four provinces and another in the western province of Farah. more...

1st October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of the city and are battling the Taliban in several neighborhoods. more...

30th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Special Forces Engage Taliban in Fighting at Kunduz Airport

Bill Roggio

US Special Forces battled the Taliban forces that laid siege to the main airport in Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan. The fighting at the airport started on Sept. 29, just one day after the Taliban seized control of the city. more...

29th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Targets Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters in New Designations

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced 35 new terrorism designations today. The designations target the Islamic State’s (IS) so-called “provinces,” foreign fighter facilitation networks, and several jihadists from Western countries. more...

28th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Storm Kunduz City

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assaulted the northern provincial capital of Kunduz from three directions and seized control of areas in the city. Unconfirmed reports from residents and Taliban fighters inside Kunduz indicate that Afghan forces have been driven out of the city and the Taliban are in full control. However, the reports cannot be independently verified. more...

26th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

US-backed Rebels Handed Over Equipment to al Qaeda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed rebels in the so-called “New Syrian Forces” (NSF) have turned over at least some of their equipment and ammunition to a “suspected” intermediary for Al Nusrah Front, US Central Command (CENTCOM) conceded in a statement released late yesterday. The coalition-provided supplies were given by the rebels to Al Nusrah, an official branch of al Qaeda, in exchange for “safe passage within their operating area.” more...

24th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Uighur Jihadist Group in Syria Advertises ‘Little Jihadists’

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), an al Qaeda-affiliated Uighur jihadist group that is operating in Syria, recently released a video that includes photos of children with weapons and jihadist garb accompanied by an Uighur-language nasheed [A cappella Islamic music]. The children were described as “little jihadists” on the TIP’s official Twitter feed. more...

23rd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Foreign Fighter Group Officially Joins Al Nusrah Front

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMWA, or “the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers”) has sworn allegiance to the Al Nusrah Front, an official branch of al Qaeda. The move is hardly surprising, as JMWA, which is comprised mainly of foreign fighters, has long fought alongside Al Nusrah and other al Qaeda-linked organizations in Syria. more...

22nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Argues Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate’ Not Based on ‘Prophetic Method’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, has released the third installment in its long-delayed “Islamic Spring” series featuring Ayman al Zawahiri. The jihadist group’s emir uses the video to launch an ideological attack on the Islamic State’s so-called “caliphate,” arguing that it is not based on the “prophetic method” and is therefore illegitimate. Zawahiri builds upon the arguments he made in the first two editions of the series, which al Qaeda began to release in August. more...

22nd September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Outpost in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban mounts offensives in the northern province of Kunduz and the southern province of Helmand, it has also been consolidating its grip on areas in eastern Afghanistan. A video from Paktika province, a bastion of the Haqqani Network, shows the Taliban in control of a military outpost along the Pakistani border. more...

19th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Promotes Training Camp Named After Qods Force General

Bill Roggio

Saraya al Khorasani, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that operates alongside the Iraqi military, released a short video advertising one of its training camps. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assaults Air Force Camp Near Peshawar

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for a suicide assault at a Pakistani Air Force camp that killed dozens of people early this morning. The attack is the latest in a string of suicide assaults against Pakistani military facilities since the the TTP was formed in 2006. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Senior Al Qaeda Leaders Reportedly Released From Custody in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

US kills 7 ‘militants’ in Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven “militants” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. more...

15th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar’s Brother and Son Swear Allegiance to New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Omar’s son and brother, both who previously opposed the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour to serve as the new leader of the Taliban, have changed their minds and sworn allegiance to Mansour, according to the Taliban. more...

14th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, said that it killed a senior al Qaeda commander and seven associates during a raid in the eastern province of Paktika. The raid took place in the same district where 15 Pakistani Taliban fighters were reported killed last week. more...

14th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Overruns Prison, Frees Hundreds

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has freed more than 140 of its fighters and 200 prisoners in a coordinated suicide assault on a jail in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni today. Among those freed include 17 “dangerous” Taliban operatives, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry stated. more...

13th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

In Dabiq Magazine, Islamic State Complains About Jihadist Rivals in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The latest edition of the Islamic State’s English-language Dabiq magazine, which was released online on September 9, contains the usual litany of horrors. Two men, Norwegian and Chinese nationals, are offered for sale as slaves. The group proudly advertises the destruction of ancient archaeological sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra. more...

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