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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.

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces killed four Shabaab terrorists in a strike in southern Somalia. The strike is the second since Feb. 19. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS hasn’t been defeated

Thomas Joscelyn

On January 19, the Pentagon released its new National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes "inter-state strategic competition" from China and Russia over "terrorism." In many ways, the strategy makes sense. However, the threat from ISIS and al Qaeda has not been eliminated. The jihadists are fighting around the globe, everywhere from West Africa to Southeast Asia. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strike kills three Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces have conducted four strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which targeted Shabaab. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Parsing the Iran portions of the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On select measures of the Iran threat, the 2018 document is remarkably consistent with themes from past assessments. Yet, in this latest assessment, additional attention is paid to the country’s evolving cyber aptitudes and to its turbulent domestic politics. more...

18th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims church shooting in Dagestan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, a town in Dagestan, earlier today. Russian officials have confirmed that at least five people were killed and four more wounded. more...