Analysis & Commentary


29th July 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan Officials Say Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Thomas Joscelyn

Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef, and Sami Yousafzai - The Daily Beast

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before

Thomas Joscelyn

Rumors surfaced Wednesday morning that Mullah Omar, the notorious one-eyed leader of the Taliban, had died. The BBC first reported news of Omar’s death, citing “top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.”

29th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Emir Killed in Shootout With Pakistani Police

Bill Roggio

Pakistani police killed Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a shootout in Muzaffargarh on the evening of July 28. The jihadist group’s fighters were attempting to free Ishaq and his two sons, who were in police custody. The jihadist leader had been in and...

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches New Offensive Against Assad Regime in Strategic Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (the “Army of Conquest”), a coalition of anti-Assad forces that overran much of the Idlib province earlier this year, has launched a new offensive against the Assad regime. The jihadist-led alliance is using its stronghold in Idlib to push south into the Al Ghab plain,...

27th July 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the conflicts across the Middle East.

25th July 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic Jihad Union Details its Involvement in Taliban’s Azm Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorist group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trumpeted its role in the current Taliban-led Azm offensive in Afghanistan as well as its involvement in battling Pakistani troops in North Waziristan.

24th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills One of Osama bin Laden’s Most Trusted Commanders in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US killed Abu Khalil al Sudani, a senior al Qaeda leader who took direction from Ayman al Zawahiri, in an airstrike on July 11 in eastern Afghanistan. The strike took place in the Bermal district of the Paktia province, where the US operated a base before withdrawing the bulk of its...

24th July 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Iran Is Working with al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 21, the Pentagon announced that Muhsin al-Fadhli, an al Qaeda operative who had been wanted for more than a decade, was killed in an airstrike in Syria earlier in the month. Fadhli has been dead at least once before.

23rd July 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Former Egyptian Special Forces Officer Leads Al Murabitoon

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist group calling itself Al Murabitoon has released a video featuring a former Egyptian special forces officer named Hisham Ali Ashmawi (also known as Abu Omar al Muhajir al Masri) as its emir.

22nd July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pentagon Says Al Qaeda Veteran Killed in ‘Kinetic Strike’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Muhsin al Fadhli, a longtime al Qaeda operative from Kuwait, was killed on July 8 “in a kinetic strike” while “traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Syria.”

21st July 2015 - Quoted by Sean D. Naylor, Lara Jakes - Foreign Policy

Pentagon Says It Killed Senior Khorasan Figure — Again

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Defense Department said Tuesday that the United States killed the leader of an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria earlier this month. But a top terrorism analyst believes there’s an even more powerful commander of the so-called Khorasan Group who must still be reckoned with.

20th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Officials From Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Vow to Continue Fight Against Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 18, jihadists belonging to the Al Nusrah Front (al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria), Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers, or Muhajireen Army), and three other individual jihadists published a statement online saying that they will...

20th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Front Established to Represent Foreign Fighters in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, a new jihadist brand appeared online. “Al Muhajirun,” which claims to represent fighters who have emigrated to Syria to wage jihad, posted its first statement in several languages on Twitter. The message makes it clear that Al Muhajirun is not a new organization, but instead...

13th July 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest conflicts in the Middle East.

10th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Chechen Commander in Syria Pledges to Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin Shishani, the former emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar who now leads a group of jihadists from the Caucasus in Syria, swore allegiance to the new leader of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. Shishani and his deputy, Abdul Karim Krymsky, were removed from the leadership of Jaish...

9th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Backs Jihadists Fighting Islamic State in Derna, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

On July 3, three suicide bombers were deployed in the city of Derna, Libya. One of their bombs was intercepted, but the other two were detonated. Several people were killed and 10 or more others were wounded. The victims included women and children. The perpetrators of the attacks belonged...

9th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

New AQAP Leader Renews Allegiance to the ‘Beloved Father,’ Ayman al Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

Qasim al Raymi has released his first audio message as the new emir of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al Raymi became the head of AQAP after his predecessor, Nasir al Wuhayshi, was killed in a US drone strike in mid-June. His message has been translated by the SITE Intelligence...

6th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Amid Defections, Islamic Caucasus Emirate Publicly Recognizes New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Russian forces killed Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, the emir of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), in April. In the weeks that followed, jihadists on social media spread rumors that a senior ICE sharia official known as Muhammad Abu Usman had been named as his...

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Fights on Under New Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 18, a Twitter feed associated with Ansar al Sharia in Libya posted a link to a 30 minute audio recording of the group’s weekly radio broadcast covering news and events in Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya. The recording was the 24th such broadcast aired.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Is ISIS’s Capital City Under Threat?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital.

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