Islamic State issues statement on Strasbourg attack after shooter killed
AQIM leader mixes populism with jihadism in criticism of France
Taliban attacks on Afghan forces undeterred by mounting US pressure
Ohio man allegedly inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, Islamic State

Taliban confirms meeting with US in the UAE

The Taliban has confirmed that it is meeting with an American delegation in the UAE on Dec. 17. Representatives from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE are attending as well, according to the Taliban. There was no mention of the Afghan government in the Taliban's statement. Read more →

Islamic State issues statement on Strasbourg attack after shooter killed

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency released a short message claiming that the terrorist responsible for attacking the Strasbourg Christmas market was a "soldier" of the so-called caliphate. The message was disseminated online hours after Chérif Chekatt, who has been identified as the assailant, was shot dead by French police. Thus far, the Islamic State hasn't provided any corroborating details. Read more →

Ohio man allegedly inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, Islamic State

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that Damon M. Joseph, a 21-year-old man from Ohio, has been arrested and charged with planning an attack on one or two synagogues in Toledo. According to court documents, Joseph praised the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in late October. He was allegedly inspired by both the Islamic State and Anwar al-Awlaki. Read more →

Online ‘news’ agency reposts oath of allegiance to Baghdadi amid suspensions

Nashir News Agency, which disseminates content on behalf of the Islamic State, reposted an oath of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The statement reaffirming the jihadis' fealty to Baghdadi comes in the middle of a crackdown by Telegram, which has suspended dozens of Nashir accounts since the beginning of the month. The bay'ah statement is not new, as it has been circulated in the past. Read more →