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FDD’s Long War Journal

FDD’s Long War Journal

Providing Accurate Reporting on the Global War on Terror

FDD's Long War Journal (LWJ) is dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror). This is accomplished through its programs of embedded reporters, news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia formats.

LWJ publishes three sections daily: Featured Articles, Threat Matrix, News Links, and News Videos.

The Special Features section is updated as the features are published. The main entries are written by the staff, and focus on the major news of the day in the Long War. The entries include dispatches from reporters in the field, existing news and wire reports, and confidential and public sources.

Threat Matrix is LWJ’s blog, where contributors provide pointers to interesting articles, quick analysis, or opinions on crucial, often overlooked, topics of the day.

The Special Reports section consists of original reporting and analysis, multimedia presentations, and compiled embedded reports produced by LWJ staff.

News consists of open source reporting, analysis, opinion, and commentary from news organizations, think tanks, blogs, and other sources. LWJ staff does not necessarily endorse the views expressed. The News section is updated throughout the day.

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

6th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced yesterday that Ibrahim al Banna, who has served as one of al Qaeda’s most senior security and intelligence officials in Yemen since the 1990s, has been designated as a terrorist. State’s Rewards for Justice program has offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information on al Banna’s whereabouts since 2014, but he wasn’t officially added to the US government’s terrorist designation list until this week. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury, UN sanction 2 senior leaders in al Qaeda’s Syrian branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and the United Nations have designated two senior jihadists in Syria as terrorists. Both of them were leaders in Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria. more...

24th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, with Taghavi’s legacy highlighting the reach of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. more...

22nd February 2017 – Fox News

Fox & Friends

Thomas Joscelyn

Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka, references Thomas Joscelyn's piece on former Gitmo detainee Jamal Al-Harith's attack in Mosul. more...

22nd February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee carried out suicide attack near Mosul, Iraq

Thomas Joscelyn

The British press buzzed yesterday with news that a former Guantanamo detainee known as Jamal al Harith (formerly Ronald Fiddler) had blown himself up in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Iraq. Al Harith reportedly took part in the Islamic State’s defensive suicide attacks around Mosul, which is one of the organization’s de facto capitals. The so-called caliphate claims to have launched scores of suicide VBIEDs in defense of the city. more...