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21st March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Official in Syria was Extremist Preacher in Australia

Thomas Joscelyn

An extremist preacher known for his fiery sermons in Australia, where he implored listeners to join the jihad in Syria, is now a leader in the

21st March 2014 - Foreign Policy

The Lies American Jihadists Tell Themselves

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Just three days before Nicholas Teausant tried to leave the United States -- allegedly bound for Syria, where the 20-year-old American planned to join one of the...

20th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Suicide Assault on Jalalabad Police HQ

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban claimed credit for today's suicide assault on a police headquarters in Jalalabad in the eastern province of

20th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Appears in Al Nusrah Front Video, Criticizes Rival

Thomas Joscelyn

A recently released video produced by the Al Nusrah Front features Abu Firas al Suri, an al Qaeda veteran who has waged jihad since the late 1970s. In his video...

20th March 2014 - NOW Media

The Ghosts of Lockerbie

Tony Badran

Last week, Al Jazeera aired a documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Although the bombing has been...

20th March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prosecutor’s Report Highlights Illicit Iran Transactions

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish headlines on March 14 focused on the contents of a 300-page report, allegedly penned by Turkish prosecutors, detailing a criminal organization under Iranian...

20th March 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Waltzing With Iran in the Nuclear Ballroom

Claudia Rosett

Amid the splendors of this ancient city on the Danube, the Iran nuclear talks are waltzing toward a fiasco. Russia's threat this week to change its position on the talks...

19th March 2014 - International Business Times

Sanctions Against Iran Should Focus On Powerful Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Hassan Rouhani’s election as the new president of Iran in June 2013, the Islamic Republic has been on a ‘charm offensive.’ Rouhani and his team captivated large...

19th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

‘American’ Jihadist in Syria Pictured with Dangerous ISIS Commanders

Bill Roggio

An American who previously explained his defection from the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, is seen...

18th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Caucasus Emirate Confirms Death of Emir Doku Umarov

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group that operates in southern Russia, confirmed today that its emir, Doku Umarov, has

18th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

New Ansar al Sharia in Egypt Claims More than a Dozen Shooting Attacks

David Barnett

In a statement released to jihadist forums and social media sites yesterday, a group calling itself Kataeb Ansar al Sharia fi Ard al Kinanah

18th March 2014 - PJ Media

The Big Story — the Global War — Goes Mostly Unreported

Michael Ledeen

The “news” is resolutely out of context. A subject about which virtually nothing is known–the mystery of the missing airplane–gets saturation “coverage,” while events...

18th March 2014 - The Washington Times

Middle East Future Shock

Clifford D. May

Almost a hundred years ago, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the last in a succession of Islamic caliphates stretching back more than a millennium, transformed the...

17th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Releases 12th Issue of Inspire Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 12th issue of Inspire magazine. The Long War Journal has

17th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Names Training Camps After Top al Qaeda Leaders

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant has announced the establishment of two training camps in Syria that are named after

17th March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held...

17th March 2014 - The National Interest

Palestine’s Plan for When Peace Talks Fail

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite the unshakable and quixotic optimism of John Kerry’s Middle East negotiating team, the prevailing prognosis in Jerusalem and Ramallah is that even an attempt to implement...

16th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar Jerusalem Confirms Deaths of 2 Members, Including Founder

David Barnett

In a statement released to jihadist forums on March 14, the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis)

16th March 2014 - NOW Media

Shifting Strategies

Tony Badran

President Obama will head to Saudi Arabia in a few days on a highly anticipated visit. There’s been much discussion about what Obama will say to the Saudis. Deputy...

15th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Review Board Rules Against Guantanamo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 5, a review board set up to evaluate the status of Guantanamo detainees determined that Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel

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