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Attack on Berlin Christmas market claimed by Islamic State

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a short statement claiming responsibility for the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded yesterday. Amaq’s message, which was released on its website...
by Defense news alert on Dec 20, 2016

US military confirms deaths of al Qaeda deputy emir for eastern Afghanistan, explosive expert

The US military announced that an Oct. 23 airstrike in the province of Kunar that killed Faruq al Qahtani, al Qaeda’s leader for eastern Afghanistan, also killed both his deputy and an explosives expert. The three al Qaeda leaders were plotting att...
by Defense news alert on Dec 20, 2016

IRGC Qods Force chief spotted in Aleppo

Photo 1.Yesterday, photos emerged of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, in conquered eastern Aleppo, Syria (photos 1, 2). Another photo showed him by the Citadel of Aleppo (photo 3). It was not...
by Defense news alert on Dec 18, 2016

Iraq’s PMF is IRGC’s “next step,” senior Qods Force commander says

The establishment of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) is an extension of Iran’s plan to export the revolution, which keeps war against Sunni extremists from reaching the country’s borders, argued Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, senior a...
by Defense news alert on Dec 17, 2016

Moroccan jihadist group merges with local Syrian faction

Ibrahim bin Shakran, former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and co-founder of Harakat Sham al IslamHarakat Sham al Islam, a jihadist group founded by and primarily comprised of Moroccans, has announced its merger with the local Syrian jihadist faction Harak...
by Defense news alert on Dec 17, 2016

US airstrikes destroys 14 Islamic State tanks near Palmyra

The US military said it destroyed 14 tanks and “and other equipment” that was captured by the Islamic State after it overran the Syrian city of Palmyra and the nearby Tiyas Military Airfield. The Islamic State overran Palmyra and the surrounding...
by Defense news alert on Dec 16, 2016

State Department increases reward for Baghdadi to $25 million

Wanted posters for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State. Source: Rewards for Justice.The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program more than doubled the bounty for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State a...
by Defense news alert on Dec 16, 2016

Jihadists launch coordinated assault in Burkina Faso

A military post in northern Burkina Faso close to the borders with Mali was the target of a coordinated assault early this morning. At least 11 Burkinabe soldiers and one gendarme were killed in the attack, which was attributed to jihadists. Reu...
by Defense news alert on Dec 16, 2016

IRGC officers killed in Palmyra

Photo 1. Afghan Fatemiyoun Division forces near Palmyra, posted Dec. 10.As the pro-Syrian government coalition began declaring victory in east Aleppo on Dec. 11, the Islamic State retook the ancient city of Palmyra in eastern Homs and attempted to st...
by Defense news alert on Dec 14, 2016

US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year

American counterterrorism forces have killed or captured approximately 250 al Qaeda operatives in 2016, according to US military officials.The jihadists taken off the battlefield include 50 leaders and 200 other members of al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in th...
by Defense news alert on Dec 14, 2016

Islamic State claims Cairo church bombing part of its ‘war on polytheism’

The Islamic State claimed credit for the Dec. 11 bombing in the women’s section at the main Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt. The attack, which killed 24 Christians, is the latest against Egypt’s Coptic Church.The Islamic State identified the suicid...
by Defense news alert on Dec 13, 2016

Pentagon: 2 Paris attack facilitators killed in US airstrike in Raqqa, Syria

The Department of Defense announced today that three Islamic State “external attack operatives” were killed in a “precision airstrike” in Raqqa, Syria on Dec. 4.All three “were part of a network led by Boubaker Al-Hakim,” a French-Tunisia...
by Defense news alert on Dec 13, 2016

Jihadis celebrate capture of Russian base in Palmyra, Syria

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has produced a torrent of content from the battle of Palmyra in recent days. The videos, photos and statements are, of course, jihadi propaganda. The images are intended to help the so-called caliphate brag abou...
by Defense news alert on Dec 13, 2016

US confirms death of Tunisian Islamic State leader involved in high-profile assassinations

The US Defense Department has confirmed that Boubaker al-Hakim, a French-Tunisian Islamic State leader pictured above, was killed in airstrikes carried out in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 26.In a statement on Dec. 10, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook desc...
by Defense news alert on Dec 12, 2016

Young female suicide bombers strike in northeast Nigeria

A spate of suicide bombings in recent days in northeast Nigeria has left dozens of people dead and many others wounded in both Maiduguri and Madagali. At least three of the suicide bombers are reported to have been females. No one has claimed th...
by Defense news alert on Dec 11, 2016

Former Taliban interior minister swears allegiance to emir

The Taliban announced that the former interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund as well as Mullah Abdul Sattar Akhund have sworn allegiance to its emir, Mullah Haibatullah. Razaq and Sattar are the latest influential jihadist leaders to reconcile w...
by Defense news alert on Dec 11, 2016

Islamic State claims full control of Palmyra, Syria

The Islamic State released a statement via its Amaq News Agency earlier today claiming that the jihadists have taken complete control of the ancient city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has also reported that the jihadists...
by Defense news alert on Dec 11, 2016

Afghan forces capture al Qaeda ‘financier’ in Nangarhar

The Afghan Special Police Force, a unit assigned to the Interior Ministry, claims to have captured an al Qaeda “financier” during a raid in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Dec. 8.The Interior Ministry reportedly announced the arrest i...
by Defense news alert on Dec 10, 2016

US bombs oil tanker trucks as Islamic State battles Syrian regime near Palmyra

by Defense news alert on Dec 10, 2016

Video: US destroys Islamic State oil tanker trucks in Syria

On Dec. 8, Coalition aircraft reportedly destroyed 168 Islamic State oil tankers near Palmyra, Syria. CENTCOM released footage of a portion of the airstrikes. For the full context of the bombings, see FDD’s Long War Journal report, US bombs oil tan...
by Defense news alert on Dec 10, 2016


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