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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.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda External Operations Leader Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

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...

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.

9th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike al Qaeda Hub in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

The US has launched five strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in five days, indicating that the hunt is on for a senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist leader or operative.

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

US Launches 2 more Drone Strikes in North and South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan.

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

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.

29th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Claims Attacks on Pakistani Ships Were More Audacious…

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the newest branch of al Qaeda's international network, has released a nine-page statement giving its version of the attacks on two Pakistani frigates on Sept. 6. AQIS claims that all of the operatives, except one, were "serving officers in the...

28th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Killed 2 ‘Arabs’ in First Drone Strike in South Waziristan in More Than a Year

Bill Roggio

The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013.

25th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills Uzbeks, ‘Foreign Nationals’

Bill Roggio

"There is no need for such strikes," Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, condemning the attack "as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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.

17th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Claims Plot to Strike US Warships Was Executed by Pakistani Navy Officers

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers.

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."

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."

5th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Muslim Identity Crisis

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The massive sexual abuse case in Rotherham, England, has revealed again how awkward and self-defeating the Western response often is to matters that touch on religious identity.

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