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Well-connected jihadist tweets, then deletes, explanation of al Qaeda's oath to Mullah Omar

July 30, 2014
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A Twitter user known as "Shaybat al Hukama" tweeted, and then quickly deleted, his explanation of al Qaeda's relationship with the Taliban. Al Hukama appears to be well-connected to al Qaeda media operatives and leaders.

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Analysis: Islamic State advertises war crimes in video

July 29, 2014
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A video disseminated by the Islamic State celebrates the group's depravity. Warning: This article includes graphic images of violence.

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Analysis: Mullah Omar addresses governance of Afghanistan, war against 'invaders' in new message

July 28, 2014
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Mullah Omar discusses the Taliban's governance efforts at length in a message commemorating the end of Ramadan.

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Boko Haram strikes across northeastern Nigeria and in Cameroon

July 28, 2014
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Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched attacks across Nigeria's north and east and ventured into neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the deputy minister's wife and a local religious leader. In separate attacks over the past two days, three female suicide bombers detonated in the capital of Kano state.

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Islamic State destroys tombs, mosques in Mosul

July 26, 2014
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The destruction of the mosques housing the tombs of Jonah and Seth is only the latest in the Islamic State's campaign to purge minority religions from Mosul.

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Kuwaiti Gitmo detainee should remain in US custody, review board finds

July 25, 2014
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A periodic review board has determined that Fayiz al Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, should remain in US custody.

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Review board recommends transfer of Guantanamo detainee to Kuwait

July 25, 2014
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A periodic review board has recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo since 2002, be transferred to his home country. Jihadists on Twitter celebrated the ruling before it was released to the public.

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Boko Haram consolidates power in northeastern Nigeria

July 24, 2014
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As Boko Haram continues its offensive across northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian government and other players are taking steps to combat the group.

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Pakistani officials, Taliban deny Adnan Rasheed was captured

July 24, 2014
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Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

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Islamic State describes its seizure of central Syrian gas field

July 24, 2014
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The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria.

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Islamic Front rejects rival's caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

July 23, 2014
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The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

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Ansar al Islam claims new attacks on official Twitter feed

July 23, 2014
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In one tweet earlier this month, Ansar al Islam implied that it had a hand in the killing of a top Iraqi general. But this claim cannot be independently verified and the few details offered by the group conflict with published reports based on Iraqi government sources.

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Boko Haram gains ground

July 22, 2014
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Launching more attacks, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in a northeastern Nigerian town where it recently killed over 100 civilians.

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Islamic State touts training camp in northern Iraq

July 22, 2014
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The images are the latest in a propaganda effort by various terror groups in both Iraq and Syria to promote their training camp infrastructure.

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Al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar

July 21, 2014
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In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last week, al Qaeda released a video of Osama bin Laden discussing his oath of allegiance to Mullah Omar.

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6 al Qaeda operatives thought killed in recent drone strike in Pakistan

July 20, 2014
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Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan."

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AQAP releases photos of attack on military intelligence HQ

July 29   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released photos on Twitter from the March 18 suicide bombing at the military intelligence headquarters in Lahj, Yemen. Comments (0)


AQAP attacks in 3 southern Yemeni provinces

July 29   Fighters from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula staged a string of attacks throughout southern Yemen between July 25 and July 27, including an attempted coordinated attack on military locations in Mahfad. Comments (0)


Islamic State releases photos of camp in Aleppo

July 26   The location of the camp in Syria's Aleppo province has not been disclosed. Comments (3)


AQAP eulogizes Saudi fighter killed in Sa'adah

July 24   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a series of tweets today eulogizing a Saudi fighter killed during clashes in Sa'adah. Comments (1)


2 bombings in northern Nigerian city of Kaduna

July 23   Two explosions that targeted religious and political leaders in Kaduna, Nigeria have killed at least 82 people. Comments (0)


Where have you read this before?

July 22   Amir Mir of Pakistan's The News has a history of copying and cribbing reports from The Long War Journal. Comments (13)


AQAP seeks to consolidate power in Hadramout

July 21   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters distributed a statement this weekend in Hadramout province restricting women's participation in public life. Amid its ongoing assassination campaign in the province, the terror group also stated its intention to establish an Islamic emirate in Yemen headed by Nasir al Wuhayshi. Comments (0)


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July 30, 2014:

HSBC Bank notified the Finsbury Park Mosque, where convicted terrorist Abu Hamza held forth, and other Muslim organizations including the think tank Cordoba Trust and the Bolton-based charity Ummah Welfare Trust that it is closing their accounts as they are beyond the bank's "risk appetite." In 2012 the bank paid out nearly $2 billion in a US settlement of money-laundering claims. After being given new evidence relating to the Trojan Horse plot to inject Islamist extremism into area schools, the West Midlands Police began investigating whether any crimes have taken place. Razwan Faraz, the deputy head at one of the schools, was suspended; he is a brother of Ahmed Faraz, a Birmingham bookseller who distributed extremist literature.


July 29, 2014:

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula gunned down an infantry colonel as he was driving in Lawdar in Abyan province. The colonel led troops in an offensive against AQAP in Abyan in 2012. AQAP released photographs of the March 18 suicide attack on a military intelligence headquarters in Lahj.


An Islamic State suicide bomber destroyed a key bridge in Thar Thar that was used by the Iraqi military to keep Samarra resupplied. The military claimed it killed 14 "gunmen" in Fadhliyah and 10 Islamic State fighters north of Baqubah. A small Awakening force is said to be organizing in Mosul to fight the Islamic State.


The Islamic State battled regime forces in Hasakah; set up a marriage bureau and slit a man's throat in Al Bab in Aleppo; and clashed with regime forces, and arrested civilians and prevented them from visiting tombs in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; in Hama near Morek, in the northwestern countryside, and along the Hama City-Mharde road; in Homs; and in Reef Dimashq near al Mhleha and Qalamoun. The rebel drive in Hama is said to be aimed at destroying the military airport. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Aleppo, where the group blew up two tunnels under a police headquarters in Old Aleppo; in Deir Izzour near the military airport; and in Deraa, where the group targeted military housing and hospital facilities.


Of the 54 rockets launched by Gaza militants into Israel today, some targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, five were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Israel continued its assault on the Gaza militants' tunnels, rockets, and other infrastructure in the 22-day-old conflict, in which 56 Israelis and 1,200 Palestinians have been killed. Israel has indicated willingness to enter a ceasefire under certain conditions.


Israeli shelling reportedly knocked out Gaza's only power station. Palestinian officials claimed that 100 Palestinians were killed today by the Israeli campaign. Hamas confirmed that truce talks were ongoing.


Saiqa Special Forces withdrew from its Buatni headquarters in Benghazi following heavy shelling and rocket attacks by Ansar al Sharia and allied Islamist forces. A fighter jet used by Operation Dignity crashed during the fighting but the pilot ejected safely. Saiqa forces claimed to have captured 12 Ansar al Sharia snipers, of whom three were Syrians. Both Ansar al Sharia and Operation Dignity recently claimed to have received new equipment. Former Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur, who was elected to the new House of Representatives, was kidnapped at gunpoint from his home. Tripoli was somewhat calm due to a temporary ceasefire, but fighting is expected to resume as Tebus said they are sending a battalion to the capital to support the Zintanis and Operation Dignity, and Gharian is supporting the Islamist Misratan alliance. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US called for the United Nations to try to resolve the crisis.


The Interior Ministry said Moroccan police arrested a veteran al Qaeda operative in the port of Tangier on July 26 on suspicion of fundraising and recruiting for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. The suspect, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, had arrived in Morocco on July 21 after traveling through Tunisia and Libya.


Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman accused of killing four people in an attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, has been extradited from France to Belgium. The French-Algerian suspect had fought in Syria and lived in Molenbeek before the attack. The mayor of Antwerp said that at least 4,000 to 5,000 people from the Schengen zone have fought in Syria and now pose a threat to Europe. He called for better coordination between European member states and within Belgian security agencies to address the threat.


Police in Shache county shot "dozens" of terrorists armed with axes and knives who had killed "dozens" of Uighur and Han civilians and attacked government buildings and a police station in Xinjiang's Elixku township and then moved on to Huangdi township. The attack took place yesterday morning but was not reported until today.


July 28, 2014:

Police found the bodies of 17 people thought to have been executed in different areas of Baghdad. Security forces killed 17 people in Jurf al Sakhr, which is largely controlled by the Islamic State. The Army claimed it killed a Tunisian commander in the Islamic State and six of his bodyguards in Karma. The Islamic State destroyed a shrine to the Prophet George in Mosul.


At least eight people are thought to have been killed when al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula launched suicide assaults against three military outposts in Abyan province on July 26. The US Embassy has made contact with Sharif Mobley, an American who is wanted for killing a Yemeni guard as he escaped custody while at a hospital in 2010.


Islamist fighters fired rockets into a second fuel tank near Tripoli airport, setting it on fire, ignoring calls for a ceasefire from the government as well as international envoys. The government called for international help to extinguish the massive blaze, which is out of control in the capital. Many embassies have closed in Tripoli due to insecurity. British Embassy staff evacuating Tripoli escaped an attempted carjacking yesterday. In Benghazi, fighting between Islamists and government forces allied with Operation Dignity continues; over the past few days, two senior Ansar al Sharia members, Idris Majbre and Ahmed Ali Mohammed Musbah Al Zahawi, brother of Ansar's leader in Derna, Mohammed Al-Zahawi, were killed, and three brothers in the military police have disappeared. US court filings revealed that the Libyan government is paying the legal fees for the defense of senior al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi.

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