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11th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government. more...

11th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Video Features Jihadist Once Thought to be US Ally in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video posted by Ansar al Sharia Libya features Wissam Bin Hamid. American officials once considered Bin Hamid an ally in Benghazi, but he stood idly by as the US Mission and Annex were overrun on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. more...

10th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Photos of Training Camp in Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda branch is operating camps in Syria despite US airstrikes, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22. more...

9th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike al Qaeda Hub in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

The US has launched five strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in five days, indicating that the hunt is on for a senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist leader or operative. more...

9th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Suicide Attacks Kill Scores in Sana’a and Hadramout

Simultaneous suicide attacks in Sana'a and Hadramout left at least 63 people dead today in Yemen. more...

8th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Conducts Offensive Against Yemeni Military in Baydah

AQAP continues to attack security personnel in central and southern Yemen as the government is weakened by the Houthi rebellion. more...

7th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launches Another 2 Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike in the Shawal Valley is the third attack in the jihadist haven in the past three days. more...

6th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids. more...

6th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 more Drone Strikes in North and South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan. more...

5th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group Loyal to Taliban, al Qaeda Claims to Have Captured Afghan District

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Taliban and Junood al Fida, a jihadist group loyal to the Taliban and al Qaeda, have claimed that the Registan district in the southern Kandahar province has fallen to the jihadists. Afghan officials quickly denied the claim as "exaggerated." more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Hit, Assaults Iraqi Military Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State raised the black flag of jihad in Hit and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airbase in the latest phase of its offensive to consolidate control of Anbar province. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Ideologues Propose Truce Between Islamic State, Rivals

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist ideologues, including several who have backed al Qaeda against the Islamic State, have proposed a truce between the rival factions in Syria. The initiative is similar to the calls made by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, both of which have urged the jihadists to unite against the "Crusader" West. more...

1st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Claims Key Operative in So-Called ‘Khorasan Group’ Was Killed

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called "Khorasan group." Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound reasons to treat Nasr's tweets with skepticism. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Details Rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

Bill Roggio

The Islamic state seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Ambushes Iraqi Military Column Near Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi military position near Ramadi in Anbar Province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint. more...

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