Analysis & Commentary


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.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Hannah Allam - McClatchy

Who Benefits From U.S. War on Islamic State? Maybe Al Qaida

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There’s an unintended beneficiary emerging from the U.S.-led campaign to crush the Islamic State: the extremist group’s main rival, al Qaida.

14th October 2014 - WRC - Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column, "The Death of R2P."

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Leader Calls on Lebanese People to Attack Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign.

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Attacks Yemeni Military in Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacked several military targets in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, killing about 40 Yemeni soldiers.

13th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Routs Afghan Military Convoy in Ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed 22 policemen and soldiers and captured eight more, and also destroyed and seized several military vehicles and weapons during the ambush in Sar-i-Pul.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Robert Mendick - The Telegraph

Al-Qaeda Terror Financier Worked for Qatari Government

David Andrew Weinberg

An al-Qaeda money man was employed by the Qatari government despite being officially designated a terrorist by the US.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Leader, ‘Good’ Taliban Commander Killed in 2 US Drone Strikes in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader, and Muhammad Mustafa, a Taliban commander loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadar, were reported killed in the strikes in Khyber and North Waziristan.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Video Features Jihadist Once Thought to be US Ally in Benghazi

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

A new video posted by Ansar al Sharia Libya features Wissam Bin Hamid. American officials once considered Bin Hamid an ally in Benghazi, but he stood idly by as the US Mission and Annex were overrun on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

10th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Photos of Training Camp in Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda branch is operating camps in Syria despite US airstrikes, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22.

7th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Another 2 Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike in the Shawal Valley is the third attack in the jihadist haven in the past three days.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

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