IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria
Zawahiri calls on Muslims to support Taliban, reject Islamic State
Influential Taliban commander pledges to new emir
Analysis: IRGC implicated in arming Yemeni Houthis with missiles

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

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In a revealing interview, a retired senior IRGC commander who has deployed to Syria discussed a wide range of issues. He praised the Afghan militia fighting for the IRGC in Syria, and claimed that a "Shia liberation army" is forming, with the ultimate goal of destroying Israel. The commander's talk about his mission in Syria reflects the IRGC's pattern of deployment since its military escalation in October 2015. Read more →

Influential Taliban commander pledges to new emir

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The Taliban continue to bring disaffected leaders back into the fold. Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the commander of the Tora Bora Military Front and the son of an influential Taliban leader who was instrumental in welcoming Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan after al Qaeda was ejected from Sudan in 1996, has sworn allegiance to the Taliban's new emir. Read more →

Jihadists who attacked Russian police appear in Islamic State video

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Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly showing the two jihadists responsible for attacking Russian policemen in Balashikha yesterday. The video is consistent with the pattern followed after small-scale attacks in Germany and France in July. In each case, the assailants recorded themselves swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi prior to their assaults. Read more →