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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.

2nd October 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab on southern Somalia coast

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Yesterday, US Forces killed nine Shabaab terrorists in a strike 40 km northeast of Kismayo after the al Qaeda branch attacked Somali forces operating in the area. The strike took place near the town of Jamaame, a former Shabaab safe haven that was liberated by Somali forces just one day eariler. more...

Analysis & Commentary

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan continues to harbor Taliban, including al Qaeda-linked Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

Pakistan continues to allow the Taliban, including the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, to operate on its soil, despite pressure from the US government. That is one of the conclusions drawn in the State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2017. more...

19th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran allows al Qaeda to operate its ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today. The report covers events during the previous calendar year. As in past assessments, State says that Iran “has allowed” al Qaeda to operate its key facilitation network on Iranian soil. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns military base in Zabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has released yet another video showing their fighters gathering in the open after overrunning a military base without fear of reprisal from NATO or Afghan warplanes. In many remote areas of Afghanistan, the Taliban has demonstrated that it can operate virtually unfettered. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab attacks US and partner force outside Mogadishu

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Sept. 11, Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch attacked US and partner forces, resulting in casualties on both sides, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The attack occurred in Mubaraak, a central village located approximately 37 miles west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. US personnel did not incur injuries or casualties and are fully accounted for. more...