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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

22nd March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms senior al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) confirmed in a statement today that Qari Muhammad Yasin, a senior al Qaeda military commander, was killed in a US drone strike. The bombing took place in the Laman area of the eastern Paktika province on Mar. 19. The statement confirming Yasin’s demise was released online and is attributed to Mohammad Khurasani, the Pakistani Taliban spokesman. more...

20th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Insurgents launch new offensive in outskirts of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, Islamists and rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an offensive in the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital yesterday. The sudden attack began in the Jobar district of Damascus and then spread into a nearby area. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah is preparing Syria as second battlefield against Israel

David Daoud

Hezbollah intends to wage its next war against Israel from deep within Syria, according to a report on a pro-Hezbollah news site last week. more...

14th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions Kuwait-based al Qaeda facilitator

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced today that Muhammad Hadi al-`Anizi, who is “based in Kuwait,” has been designated as a terrorist. Al-`Anizi, a “terrorist facilitator and financier,” has “provided extensive material and financial support” for both al Qaeda and its arm in Syria. more...