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18th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Joseph Colonna - Egypt Today

Yemen: As Saleh falls, Iran will push forward

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted former strongman president of Yemen, indicated on Saturday that he would realign his forces with the Saudi-led coalition, there was hope his shift would signify a turning point in the war. more...

5th December 2017 – Quoted by Frud Bezhan - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Explainer: Taliban ‘Special Forces Unit’ Bursts Into Spotlight With Deadly Attacks

Bill Roggio

On the increasingly crowded battlefields of Afghanistan, a feared, commando-style Taliban unit is gaining attention for a series spectacular, deadly attacks on Afghan security forces. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Pervaiz Ali Mahesar - IPP Review

Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus

The recent publication of a 19-page report in the Long War Journal — a publication backed by the Washington-based think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies — that is critical of Iran and its alleged nuclear deals with global powers, has rung alarm bells in Tehran. Officials in Washington believe that since 1991, Iran has formed loose ties with terrorist organizations. These new developments could directly or indirectly affect the smooth sailing of India-US relations. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by the Middle East Monitor

Images released of Iran military chief Soleimani in Syria

Pictures have emerged of the Commander of the Quds Force affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, in Abu Kamal, Syria. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Courtney Kube, Hans Nichols and Mosheh Gains - NBC News

U.S. on track to triple bombs dropped on Afghanistan against Taliban

The U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year compared with last year, new figures reveal as the White House opens a new front in America’s longest war. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Associated Press

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Paul Rogers - Open Democracy

Remote war and public air

Afghanistan in 2016 saw 11,489 of its civilians killed in armed conflict, according to international observers. This was the highest number since external recording started in 2009. This year is expected to be at least as bad. The fighting season from May-October was particularly intense, with substantial losses among Afghan security personnel. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Los Angeles Times

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Hannah Parry - Daily Mail

Osama bin Laden’s son calls upon Muslims to ‘take revenge on the Americans’ for killing his father

Osama bin Laden's 'favourite' son has called on Muslims around the world to launch terror attacks on the US for killing his father. more...

4th November 2017 – Quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat

Abbottabad Documents Reveal How Bin Laden Was Influenced by Muslim Brotherhood

A journal made public by the CIA and apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden's daughters offers a glimpse into how the al-Qaeda leader viewed the world around him and reveals his deep interest in the so-called 2011 “Arab Spring” months before he was killed in a US raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. more...

4th November 2017 – Citado por Diario De Mexico

Divulgan rostro del sucesor de Osama bin Laden [VIDEO]

Thomas Joscelyn

Durante una redada que se realizó en el que fuera el escondite de Osama en mayo del 2011, se recuperaron varios documentos que el pasado miércoles la CIA desclasificó. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Bandler - The Jewish Journal

Documents Expose Relationship Between Iran and al-Qaeda

A set of newly released documents from the CIA have exposed the working relationship between the Iranian regime and al-Qaeda. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Siraj Wahab - Arab News

CIA documents ‘conclusive proof of Al-Qaeda-Iran ties’

Wednesday’s release by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden has “conclusively proved” the terror chief’s cosy relationship with Iran, experts say. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Iranian FM Slams Washington Think Tank Over Revelations of Tehran’s Backing of Al Qaeda

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has lashed out at a Washington, DC-based think tank for its ongoing revelations about the cooperation between the Tehran regime and Al Qaeda before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Caroline Mortimer -The Independent

Osama Bin Laden’s son shown as adult for first time in home video discovered at Pakistan compound

Hamza bin Laden is seen sitting with a group of men as he verbally agrees to get married in unearthed wedding video more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The New York Times

U.S. Bombs ISIS in Somalia for the First Time

The United States military bombed Islamic State fighters in Somalia for the first time on Friday, a sign that the air campaign against the group was expanding after recent battlefield successes against the militants in Iraq and Syria. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Ankita Panda - The Diplomat

The CIA’s Newly Released Osama Bin Laden Files and the Iran Angle

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Wednesday, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), at the direction of Mike Pompeo, the Agency’s director, released 321 gigabytes of images, audio, text, and video gather at Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The data was acquired by U.S. forces in 2011 following a dramatic raid on the compound that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Ananya Roy - International Business Times

Latest Osama bin Laden documents released by CIA show Iran-al-Qaeda relationship and Isis threats

The CIA said on Wednesday (1 November) that they released a massive tranche of files related to the 2011 US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The al-Qaeda founder was killed in that raid. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Outlook Web Bureau

Found In Osama Bin Laden’s Computer

It is the fourth tranche of materials taken from the walled compound where bin Laden and his family lived to be made public by the U.S. government since May 2015. more...

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