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6th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US airstrike kills Islamic State external operations facilitator in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

An Islamic State leader who also worked as a facilitator for its external operations network, which is tasked with hitting targets outside of Iraq and Syria, was killed in an airstrike in Raqqah on New Years Eve, according to the US military. The Pentagon said 16 “significant members” of...

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...

5th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: Airstrikes kill 20 or more al Qaeda fighters in northern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced today that multiple airstrikes killed an estimated 20 or more al Qaeda “militants” in northern Syria at the beginning of the month.

5th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills 4 mid-level Islamic State commanders in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The US has killed four mid-level Islamic State commanders in airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria since the beginning of December 2016, the military announced over the past week. The Islamic State commanders were involved in military, suicide, chemical, and financial operations, according to...

5th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son designated as a terrorist by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza, has been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

4th January 2017 - War on the Rocks

ISIL’s Virtual Planners: A Critical Terrorist Innovation

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On December 19, Anis Amri plowed a hijacked truck through the Christmas market in one of Berlin’s main public squares, killing 12 people. The following day, the Amaq News Agency of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack....

4th January 2017 - The Tower

With a New Investigation, Will Victims of Argentina’s Biggest Terror Attack Get Justice?

Toby Dershowitz

After nearly two years without progress, the investigation into whether former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner conspired with Iran to cover up the Islamic Republic’s role in Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack was at last reopened on Thursday.

4th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.

4th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Hunger Strikes: The Last Resort for Iran’s Desperate Prisoners

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner in Iran, is 13 months into a 19-year sentence in the notorious Evin Prison. His alleged crime: “Assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, spreading lies in cyberspace and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic...

4th January 2017 - Forbes

Regaining The U.S. Rightful Role As Premier Revolutionary Nation

Michael Ledeen

The global revolution started with our victory in the Cold War, as the Soviet Union passed away with surprisingly little violence. We opted to avoid triumphalism and in fact called upon some Soviet satellites to remain in the Moscow orbit (remember the “chicken Kiev” speech urging...

3rd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State claims historically high number of suicide attacks in 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency claims that the so-called caliphate carried out at least 1,141 “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks) in Iraq, Syria and Libya in 2016. The overwhelming majority of these, 1,112 in all, were launched in Iraq and Syria.

3rd January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany indicts alleged Iranian spy accused of targeting Israel group

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has a vast espionage infrastructure in Germany that coordinates with its embassy in Berlin.

3rd January 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Iran’s Maritime Mirage

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran is doing enough damage in the Middle East through unconventional methods without requiring a robust navy. That is why an idea floated by a key Iranian military leader to build naval bases in Yemen and Syria makes absolutely no sense.

3rd January 2017 - The Daily Beast

Russia’s New Favorite Jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.

3rd January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

North Korea’s New Year’s Message

Anthony Ruggiero

The year 2017 started with new threats from North Korea. In his New Year’s Day address, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un noted that preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test had reached the final stage.

3rd January 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s first 100 days

Clifford D. May

It’s apparent that Donald Trump was — to employ a neologism coined by President George W. Bush 16 years ago — misunderestimated. But those who gave odds that he couldn’t transform from a successful businessman into a successful politician are now betting he can’t transform from a...

2nd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims responsibility for New Year’s Day attack at Istanbul nightclub

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State released a statement earlier today claiming responsibility for the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey during the early hours of New Year’s Day. At least 39 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the massacre. Many of the victims were foreign...

30th December 2016 - The Hill

How President-elect Trump might undo Obama’s hostility to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is counting the days until Barack Obama leaves office. So are many supporters of Israel here in the United States, including members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

30th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

In strong attack on Israel, German foreign minister says settlements jeopardize peace

Benjamin Weinthal

In a statement issued to Germany’s largest circulation daily, Bild, after the UN resolution, the Foreign Ministry claimed that “a democratic Israel is only achievable through a two-state-solution.”

29th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US adds Lashkar-e-Taiba student wing to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The US government has added the Al-Muhammadia Students (AMS) organization, or “the student wing” of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT or Army of the Pure), to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Additionally, the US added LeT leaders Muhammad Sarwar and...


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