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21st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Syrian City of Palmyra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State captured the central Syrian city of Palmyra, routing Syrian Arab Army forces and killing and capturing hundreds of soldiers. The jihadist group is now estimated to control half of Syria. more...

20th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Nearly All of Osama Bin Laden’s Files Should Be Released

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a set of files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound. The public release of the files is step towards transparency. However, the files released today are a tiny fraction of the total cache recovered in Abbottabad. As The Long War Journal has reported previously, more than one million total file are in the US government’s possession. In addition, some of the most important revelations discovered in bin Laden’s files remain hidden from public view. more...

20th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Shiite Militias Square Off East of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, flush with the success of overrunning Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi over the weekend, is advancing eastward in an effort to consolidate its gains and take full control of the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor. more...

18th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

‘Strategy to Defeat Islamic State is Working,’ US Department of Defense Claims

Bill Roggio

This Department of Defense news article (reproduced in full below) on the status of the fight against the Islamic State couldn’t have been more poorly timed. Published on May 15, the same day that the Islamic State overran the government center in Ramadi, the report provides a pollyannaish view from Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley of the US military’s air campaign and the Iraqi military’s fight against the Islamic State more...

17th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Anbar Operations Command, Takes Full Control of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has overrun the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi and has taken effective control of the entire city. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor are in complete disarray and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas. more...

17th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 Jihadists in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing at least six jihadists, including “foreigners,” in an area along the Afghan-Pakistan border that is known to host a variety of terrorist groups. more...

16th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Special Operations Forces Kill Islamic State commander in Syrian Raid

Bill Roggio

US Special Operations Forces killed an Islamic State military and financial leader and captured his wife during a raid in eastern Syria last night, the US military confirmed today. more...

15th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Government Center in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State advanced into the heart of Ramadi, the capital of the western Iraqi province of Anbar, and raised its flag over the government center after launching a complex attack that included six suicide bombers, one a British fighter. more...

14th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Kill 14, Including 9 Foreigners, in Kabul Hotel Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for an attack that killed 14 civilians, including 9 foreigners, at the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul that started last evening and ended this morning. The assault is the latest in a string of attacks that have targeted civilians at upscale hotels in the Afghan capital. more...

13th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Denies it Targeted Islamic State’s Deputy Emir in Airstrike on Mosque

Bill Roggio

US Central Command, which is coordinating the air campaign to “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State inside Iraq and Syria, denied that it launched an airstrike on a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar that is rumored to have killed the jihadist group’s deputy emir. more...

12th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Reportedly Kills Ansar al Sharia Official in Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US reportedly killed an Ansar al Sharia official yesterday in a drone strike in an area of eastern Yemen that has been overrun by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Ma’moun Abdulhamid Hatem was allegedly among four jihadists killed in the city of Mukallah in the eastern province of Hadramout. more...

9th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims it Shot Down Pakistani Helicopter, Displays SAM-7

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed it shot down a Pakistani Army helicopter that was transporting foreign diplomats in the northern part of the country yesterday, and released a video showing its fighters training on a SAM-7 anti-aircraft missile to support its claim. The Pakistani government has vehemently denied the aircraft was shot down, and has stated that it crashed due to engine failure. more...

7th May 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Fighting at Iraq’s Baiji Oil Refinery is ‘Flowing in the Wrong Direction’

Bill Roggio

Security forces based at the country’s largest oil refinery in Baiji are in danger of losing control of the strategic facility, Iraqi officers and US officials have warned. The Islamic State controls large areas inside the refinery and have besieged the remaining Iraqi troops. The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are moving towards Baiji in an effort to break the siege. more...

6th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

3 Jihadist Groups Merge with Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The jihadist organization split in 2014 after a contentious leadership dispute that festered when the US killed the group’s former emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud, in a drone strike. more...

5th May 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Details Rout of Brigade 26 Headquarters in Anbar

Bill Roggio

A video released over the past several days by the Islamic State details the scale of last month’s rout of the Iraqi Army’s 26 Brigade headquarters in the Thar Thar area of Anbar province. more...

3rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Muqtada al Sadr Threatens to ‘Unfreeze the Military Wing,’ Attack US Interests

Bill Roggio

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to attack US personnel inside Iraq and beyond if the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would have recognized Kurdistan and Sunnis in western Iraq as their own independent countries. more...

1st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Success in Kunduz Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video today titled “Kunduz and Renewed Resolve” that shows its fighters in control of Afghan security forces’ outposts, captured security personnel, and vehicles and weapons seized during the fighting. The title of the video is a play on the the name of the Taliban’s newly-launched spring offensive, which is called Azm and means resolve or determination. more...

1st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads, Shoots 15 Yemeni Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed credit for the brutal execution of 15 Yemeni soldiers who were captured in the city of Azzan in Shabwa province earlier this month. The treatment of the captured soldiers by the Islamic State presents a stark contrast to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) handling of captured Yemeni soldiers. more...

28th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal. more...

27th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Offensive in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts. more...