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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

28th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban announces start of ‘Operation Mansouri’

Bill Roggio

The Taliban announced the start of its “spring offensive” and named it after Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the previous emir who was killed by the US in a drone strike in Pakistan in May 2016. Like previous spring offensives, the Taliban said that military operations would focus on foreign forces as well as Afghan security forces. Additionally, the Taliban said that it would focus on governance in “areas that have been cleansed from the enemy.” more...

28th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State battles rival jihadists for control of Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (“Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant”) and the Islamic State have released competing propaganda claims from the Yarmouk camp in the southern part of Damascus this week. The two sides have battled each other for control of the camp, which was once home to more than 100,000 Syrians and Palestinian refugees, for more than two years. But the fighting continues to rage on. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

2 American service members killed fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military announced today that two American service members were killed a third wounded during a raid against the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province. The operation was conducted last night in coordination with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. more...