Analysis & Commentary


11th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Troops Kill MUJAO Founder During Raid in Mali

Bill Roggio

In a midnight raid in the Gao region of Mali, the French military killed Ahmed el Tilemsi. He had a long history of al Qaeda ties, and was wanted by the United States.

9th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

AQ Leader’s Arrest Highlights Turkey’s Terror Problem

Merve Tahiroglu

A joint U.S.-Turkish operation last month led to the capture of a senior Libyan al-Qaeda leader allegedly involved in the 2012 murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.

8th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The ongoing targeting of al Qaeda commanders in Pakistan's tribal areas refutes past claims by US officials that al Qaeda is "decimated" and that only two relevant leaders remain.

7th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Representative of Ayman al Zawahiri Reportedly Captured in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Abd al Baset Azzouz, an al Qaeda operative who served as Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Libya, was captured in Turkey in mid-November. Azzouz is reportedly being investigated for his possible ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

6th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Army Kills Senior al Qaeda Commander Tasked With Attacking the West

Bill Roggio

Pakistan claimed it killed Adnan Shukrijumah in a raid in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah, who was wanted by the US, was al Qaeda's operations chief for North America.

4th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Caucasus Emirate Attacks Police, Press in Chechen Capital of Grozny

Bill Roggio

Dozens of fighters fanned out across the Chechen capital and attacked police and other government targets. The Press House was set ablaze.

3rd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Eastern Afghanistan Target Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was the target of one of the three recent strikes in Nangarhar province.

29th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Camp Bastion, Storm Foreign Guest House in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban and Afghan security forces have been fighting inside Camp Bastion for three days. Hostages may have been taken in the attack in Kabul.

27th November 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

26th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Condemns Drone Strike That Targeted ‘Good Taliban’ and Foreign Fighters

Bill Roggio

Members of the Haqqani Network, the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group, and "Uzbeks" are reported to have been killed in an attack in the Shawal Valley.

26th November 2014 - Mentioned by Mitchell Prothero - McClatchyDC

How a French Truck Driver Became a Target of the U.S. Air War in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

To hear French officials tell it, David Drugeon is a 24-year-old former truck driver from the Brittany region of France who occasionally worked out with French soldiers before slipping off to Pakistan to join al Qaida. He is, at such a tender age, no former French intelligence officer with...

25th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases Biography of American Jihadist Samir Khan

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a biography of American AQAP operative and Inspire Magazine founder Samir Khan, who was killed in a US drone strike on Sept. 30, 2011.

24th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Launched Suicide Attack at Soccer Game, Afghan Intel Claims

Bill Roggio

The accusation is made as the US has extended the combat mission in Afghanistan for one year.

23rd November 2014 - The Long War Journal

More Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

5 Transferred Gitmo Detainees Served al Qaeda, Leaked Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.

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

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 - 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.

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