Analysis & Commentary


29th October 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the...

29th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Offensive in Idlib Targets Assad Regime, Fellow Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms....

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

24th October 2014 - Cited by Geoffrey Norman - The Weekly Standard

Digging In

Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that:

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

3 AQAP Fighters Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US reportedly killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in a province in central Yemen where the jihadist group is battling Shia Houthi rebels who have advanced southward after taking control of the capital of Sana'a last month.

23rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda’s ‘Resurgence’ Focuses on Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region.

22nd October 2014 - Quoted by Jeff Schogol - Military Times

Kidnapping Plot in Turkey Raises New Questions About U.S. Troops’ Safety

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country.

22nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Adds Osama bin Laden’s Doctor to Terrorist Designation List

Thomas Joscelyn

Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said.

20th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Credit for Series of Attacks in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen.

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

18th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year.

17th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Portrays US-Led Bombing Campaign as ‘Crusade’ Against Islam

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement once again calling on jihadists in Syria to unite against their common enemies, especially the US. AQAP and other jihadists are portraying the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria as part of a "Crusade" against Muslims....

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP, Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

Oren Adaki

On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda External Operations Leader Reported Killed

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed....

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Veteran Jihadist Turned Senior AQIS Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior official in al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. After 9/11, Imran founded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HUMA), an al Qaeda-linked group thought to be responsible for an attack on the US Consulate...

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Seize Hodeidah and Dhamar

Oren Adaki

Houthi rebels seized the strategic port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast as well as the central Yemeni city of Dhamar on Oct. 14.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills AQAP Commander in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander.

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