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AQAP murders 2 hostages, including an American, during US rescue attempt

Forty special operations troops assaulted an al Qaeda compound in the southern province of Shabwa in an attempt to free American photojournalist Luke Somers.


Islamic State beheads another Brit, threatens American aid worker

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.


Islamic State overruns Iraqi military base in Anbar

The Islamic State organized and successfully executed the large-scale assault despite six weeks of continuous US air operations in Iraq.


US targets Islamic State in 21 strikes in Syria, Iraq

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West.


US air war against jihadists in Syria begins

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo.


US strategy against Islamic State to mirror counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.


US airstrikes target Islamic State at the Haditha Dam

The US air campaign against the Islamic State has expanded into Anbar province.


Islamic State executes American reporter, threatens Brit

The Islamic State followed through on its threat to behead Steven Joel Sotloff if the US did not end airstrikes. The jihadist group said David Cawthorne Haines, a British hostage, is next.


Islamic State beheads American reporter

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.


US airpower supports Peshmerga, Iraqi forces to retake Mosul Dam

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.


US airstrikes against Islamic State continue in northern Iraq

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil.


Al Qaeda suspect planned to kill returning US troops in upstate NY

Mufid A. Elfgeeh is said to have been inspired by French-Algerian jihadist Mohamed Merah, who was trained in Pakistan by an al Qaeda leader.


Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange 'won't help the peace process in any way' - Taliban spokesman

"We don't believe in the peace process," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated just after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the prisoner exchange might "be a new opening that can produce an agreement."


Al Nusrah Front, Suqour al Sham launch joint suicide assault in Syria

Al Qaeda's affiliate and a unit in the supposedly moderate Islamic Front executed a complex suicide attack and used three foreign fighters. One is rumored to be an American, although that report is unconfirmed.


'American' jihadist in Syria pictured with dangerous ISIS commanders

Abu Muhammad al Amriki is seen posing in photographs with a violent local ISIS commander known as Abu Abdurahman al Iraqi and Omar al Shishani, a Chechen leader.


US designates Deputy Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad

In its designation, the State Department noted that Iran is a key backer of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In addition, the State Department noted the increase in cooperation between PIJ and Hamas.


Afghan Taliban reject US call for peace talks

Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the US' call for the group to "put down their arms and begin peace talks," a request that was made just one day after a Taliban suicide assault team killed 21 people, including two Americans, at a restaurant in Kabul.


Kansas bomb plot suspect says bin Laden and Awlaki are inspirations

Terry Lee Loewen, who believed he was working with people tied to AQAP, sought to carry out a car bomb attack at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. US authorities said the public was never at risk.


US justifies Somalia raid under AUMF, which Obama seeks to repeal

The US Navy SEALs raid that targeted a Shabaab leader known as Ikrima was justified under the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force. President Obama has called for the repeal of the AUMF, and support to do so is gaining in Congress.


Shabaab claims it 'repelled' raid by Western special operations forces

Shabaab claimed that its fighters stopped a Western-led nighttime raid from the sea in the costal town of Barawe. The US special operations forces killed a top al Qaeda and Shabaab leader in Barawe four years ago.
 
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