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21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate,’ Blasts Group for Sowing Dissent Among Jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, directly responds to a Nov. 13 speech by the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Nadhari says that Baghdadi's caliphate is illegitimate and criticizes him for trying to split the jihadists' ranks around the world.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group ‘Soldiers of Egypt’ Claims Responsibility for Attack on Police Near University

Thomas Joscelyn

Ajnad Misr, the "Soldiers of Egypt," claimed today's bombing of a police post near Helwan University in Cairo; five policemen as well as several bystanders were wounded by the terrorist attack.

20th November 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Making His Middle East Allies Look Like Chumps

Tony Badran

Last week, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had asked his national security team for a review of the Syria policy. According to the report, the review is premised on the recognition that removing Bashar Assad from power is a necessary element in the strategy to defeat the Islamic...

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

19th November 2014 - National Review Online

Will Western Leaders Learn from the Synagogue Attack?

Benjamin Weinthal

The latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem has profound implications, both for Israel’s security and for the broader Middle East.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

UN Recognizes Ties Between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations has added the Ansar al Sharia chapters in Benghazi and Derna to its al Qaeda sanctions list, explicitly recognizing their ties to each other, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other al Qaeda-linked groups.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Military Continues to Claim al Qaeda is ‘Restricted’ to ‘Isolated Areas of NE Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces.

19th November 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Gitmo ‘Poet’ Now Recruiting for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

19th November 2014 - CNN

Is Abbas the Answer?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Early on Tuesday morning, two Palestinian men from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber entered a synagogue in the sleepy West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof and went on a killing spree.

19th November 2014 - The Washington Times

Betting on Iran

Clifford D. May

Negotiations with Iran are set to conclude on Nov. 24th. What are the odds they will end with Iran’s rulers agreeing to verifiably dismantle their illicit nuclear weapons program?

18th November 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Sweden’s Gaza Refugee Contradiction

Jonathan Schanzer

Sweden may not know it yet, but its recent recognition of the State of Palestine may conflict with its support for a United Nations Refugee organization that it backs to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year.

17th November 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

UAE’s Zealous New Terror List

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday its list of terrorist organizations under a new counterterrorism law issued in August.

16th November 2014 - The Daily Beast

Murder Vids Help ISIS Lure More Monsters

Thomas Joscelyn

Brutal beheading videos attract young militants to ISIS. But the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has struggled to recruit established jihadists.

16th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Releases New Execution Video, Purportedly Kills American

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, has released a new video showing the mass beheadings of Syrian soldiers. The video also includes a scene purportedly showing the severed head of Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in late 2013. Kassig is a...

15th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets al Qaeda in Syria

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US targeted al Qaeda's network in Syria in one of the 20 airstrikes that took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. While the US military has said the strike was carried out against al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group, the targets indicate that local infrastructure used by the Al Nusrah...

14th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Sinai-Based Jihadist Group Rebranded as Islamic State’s Official Arm

Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 10, an unidentified jihadist from Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM), otherwise known as Ansar Jerusalem, declared his group's allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who leads the Islamic State. As The Long War Journal reported at the time, ABM quickly began marketing itself on its official...

14th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Forces, Iranian-Supported Militias Report Success in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role...

14th November 2014 - Business Insider

Iran Will Never Be The Capable Ally Obama Wants In The Fight Against ISIS

Tony Badran

As we enter the critical stage of the P5+1's nuclear negotiations with Iran, we learn more and more about how much the deal means to President Barack Obama.

13th November 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

German-Arab Trade Group Under Fire for Boycott of Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Volker Beck, a senior Green Party deputy in the Bundestag, called for an inquiry into the practices of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry because they enable the boycott of Israel.

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