In the biggest day yet in the air campaign against the Islamic State, the US and the UK jointly launched 24 strikes against the group in Iraq and Syria, bringing the totals so far to 233 in Iraq and at least 62 in Syria. The US signed an agreement with the new Afghan government to […]
Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment
Islamic State selling Iraq’s artifacts in black market: UNESCO
Iran to equip Lebanese army for fight against Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front
The US and Afghanistan signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, which allows the US to base troops in the country after the end of this year. The Taliban denied claims by the Afghan military that 45 jihadists were killed during recent fighting in Sangin in Helmand province. Security forces captured a Taliban shadow district governor in […]
The Islamic State destroyed an Iraqi armored column and took control of a police station in Albu Aytha north of Ramadi. The US military launched 11 airstrikes against the Islamic State near the Mosul Dam, Fallujah, and northwest of Baghdad. The Islamic State killed eight people in bombings in Babil and eight more in Karbala. […]
Will Lebanon swap prisoners with Islamic State, Al Nusrah?
Jordan on high alert for possible IS retaliation
New US crisis response force gets ready to deploy to Middle East
The Islamic State has seized 325 Kurdish villages around Ayn al Arab. The Islamic State beheaded four YPG fighters, three of whom were female, and displayed their heads in Jarabulus. The leader of Kurdish PYD forces called for weapons for Kurdish fighters outgunned by the Islamic State in Kobani. Turkey claimed that the Islamic State […]
‘One and the same’? Officials give conflicting statements on al Qaeda ties to ‘Khorasan’
Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq
Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Islamic State fighters
US signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014
At least five people were killed in clashes between the Islamist Libya Dawn forces and the Libyan national army in Tripoli. A retired security officer was murdered in Benghazi, where 30 people were assassinated last week. An Operation Dignity commander said the Islamic State is controlling Ansar al Sharia, the Revolutionary Council in Benghazi, and […]
A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr has tweeted that Muhsin al Fadhli was killed in the bombing raids in Syria last week. Both Nasr and al Fadhli are part of the so-called “Khorasan group.” Al Fadhli may have been killed, but his death has not been confirmed. And there are sound reasons to treat Nasr’s tweets with skepticism.
The Islamic State seized or destroyed at least one M1 Abrams tank, four M113 armored personnel carriers, 15 Iraqi Army Humvees, a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, and other trucks.
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.
What’s in a name: Obama’s anonymous war against the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria
Interior Minister Cazeneuve said there are about 1,000 French jihadists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq or plan to go this year, an increase of 74 percent. The Interior Ministry also recently said that 180 of the 930 French nationals who have traveled to Syria or Iraq for jihad have left. Authorities are reportedly […]
The Islamic State was able to destroy an Iraqi armored column near Ramadi in Anbar province, as well as take over an Iraqi police checkpoint.
Eight members of a Taliban suicide assault team and eight Afghans were killed during an attack on a district center in Paktia. A suicide bomber killed four policemen and three civilians in Kabul. The Taliban killed five policemen during fighting in Jawzjan province. President Ashraf Ghani will sign a security pact with the US that […]
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 Pakistani Navy.”
Abd al Aziz al Omari helped run Twitter accounts that are critical of the US drone program in Yemen.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula carried out four attacks in the last 24 hours across various Yemeni provinces.
Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for airstrikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah’s fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State.
The Costly Neglect of Libya
A US drone strike killed two “Arabs” and two Taliban fighters in the first drone strike in South Waziristan in one and a half years. The Pakistani government condemned the strike. Seven people were killed in a bombing at a refugee camp in Hangu.
US-led Raids Hit Jihadist Oil, Command Posts in Syria
A suicide bomber detonated his car bomb at a police station in Paktia; casualties were not disclosed. The Taliban killed a civilian in a bombing in Takhar. The military claimed it killed 12 Taliban fighters during an operation in Faryab. At least six Taliban fighters escaped from a prison in Herat.