Analysis & Commentary

1st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America.

30th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago.

26th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Trainer Suspected of Plotting Against 2004 NATO Summit Killed in US Airstrikes

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey.

25th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designations Target al Qaeda’s International Fundraising and Facilitation Network

Thomas Joscelyn

The threat posed by al Qaeda remains today. The "Khorasan group" is merely al Qaeda in Syria.

20th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Released from Iranian Custody Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operations Chief, Propagandist Reported Killed in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.

14th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 al Qaeda Commanders Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The pair of al Qaeda commanders are said to be members of the Badr Mansoor Group, which was described in one of Osama bin Laden's documents as an al Qaeda "company."

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Tim Lister - CNN

Al Qaeda Battles ISIS For Global Jihadist Leadership

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

One man more interested than most in what President Barack Obama will have to say in his address to the nation Wednesday night is al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

5th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Incorporates Regional Jihadist Groups

Bill Roggio

Usama Mahmoud, AQIS's spokesman, openly stated that the group "was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting."

4th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Targets NDS Headquarters in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Fourteen security personnel and 19 heavily armed Taliban fighters were killed and another 154 people were wounded during the coordinated attack.

4th September 2014 - Cited by Mirwais Harooni - Reuters

Afghan Forces Hunt Militant Leader Once Welcomed Under Peace Process

Afghan security forces are hunting a senior Islamist militant allowed to settle in the country in 2011 under a government peace plan but who is now leading hundreds of insurgents seeking to overrun the northern province of Kunduz, officials said.

30th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Captured by ISAF in 2011 Now Leads Fight in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

In 2011, ISAF captured Qari Bilal, who was serving as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's top leader in Afghanistan. He was subsequently released by the Afghan government, and is now commanding more than 300 jihadist fighters in Kunduz.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Posts Rewards For 5 Haqqani Network Leaders

Bill Roggio

Siraj Haqqani's reward is raised to $10 million, putting it in the top tier of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million were posted for four other Haqqani leaders.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

16th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Laud Afghan Soldier Who Killed US General

Bill Roggio

The Taliban described Rafiqullah, the Afghan soldier who killed Major General Harold Greene, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, as a "martyr."

8th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said.

6th August 2014 - Cited by Dan Lamothe and Pamela Constable - The Washington Post

U.S. General Killed in Attack at Afghan Military Academy

A man believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at an Afghan military academy in Kabul on Tuesday, killing a U.S. general and wounding up to 15 other personnel.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Who Defected From al Qaeda Reported Killed in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani is thought to be Abdullah al Punjabi, one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders to openly defect from the global jihadist group and join the Islamic State.


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