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EXCLUSIVE: Ansar Al-Shari’a, A New Syria-Based Jihadi Group
On July 29, 2018, a group calling itself Ansar Al-Shari’a opened a Telegram ‎channel and posted its formation ‎charter. The group hints that it was formed in response to the retreat of the mujahideen from their previously ‎held territories in various places in Syria and due to the overall deteriorated state of the mujahideen’s willingness ‎to fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban On U.S. Lt.-Gen. Austin Scott Miller: ‘Every New General… Vaunts… About Being Able To Reign In Afghanistan And Crushing Jihadi Resistance’
On September 2, 2018, Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller replaced Gen. Johan Nicholson as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. On September 11, 2018, the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban organization) issued a statement that was dismissive about yet another such appointment in the 17 years of the Afghan war, which began soon after 9/11(by memri.org)

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