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Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Areas of Impact:

Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Sudan, Global War on Terrorism, Somalia, Islamism, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Afghanistan

Biography:

Bill Roggio is a Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal (LWJ), which provides original reporting and analysis of the Global War on Terror from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa, and beyond. He is also president of the nonprofit media company Public Multimedia Inc.

Bill was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Iraqi forces in Iraq between 2005 and 2008, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. His articles have been published in The Weekly StandardThe Daily BeastNational ReviewThe New York Post, and his work has been in outlets including The New TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesCNNForeign Policy, and Bloomberg.

He also presents regularly at the U.S. Air Force’s Contemporary Counterinsurgency Warfare School on the media and embedded reporting. From 1991 to 1997, Bill served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard.

Bill Roggio is a Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal (LWJ), which provides original reporting and analysis of the Global War on Terror from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa, and beyond. He is also president of the nonprofit media company Public Multimedia Inc.

Bill was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Iraqi forces in Iraq between 2005 and 2008, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. His articles have been published in The Weekly Standard, The Daily Beast, National Review, The New York Post, and his work has been in outlets including The New Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg.

He also presents regularly at the U.S. Air Force’s Contemporary Counterinsurgency Warfare School on the media and embedded reporting. From 1991 to 1997, Bill served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard.

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13th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Video from Ghazni City shows Taliban on streets as buildings ablaze

Bill Roggio

Meanwhile, Resolute Support continues its claim Ghazni City is under Afghan control and uses Taliban body counts as a measure of success. more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns another base in north as it withdraws from Ghazni City

Bill Roggio

As its forces pulled out from Ghazni City after a five-day stranglehold, the Taliban killed 45 Afghan security personnel in an attack on a military base in the northern province of Baghlan last night on the way out. The Taliban never slowed in launching numerous attacks across the country even as it committed significant resources to the fight in Ghazni. more...

14th August 2018 –

In Afghan north, soldiers surrender to Taliban after base is cut off

Bill Roggio

More than 40 Afghan soldiers surrendered to the Taliban after their base in the northern province of Faryab was besieged for 48 hours. At least 43 soldiers were killed and 17 more were captured in the fighting that led up to the surrender, yet another indication that the Taliban is routinely outmatching Afghan forces in battles in remote districts. more...

13th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Video from Ghazni City shows Taliban on streets as buildings ablaze

Bill Roggio

Meanwhile, Resolute Support continues its claim Ghazni City is under Afghan control and uses Taliban body counts as a measure of success. more...

13th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban seizes second district in Ghazni as provincial capital remains contested

Bill Roggio

The current fighting in and around Ghazni City indicates that the Taliban has a detailed plan to tie up Afghan forces while attempting to seize the provincial capital. Additionally, the Taliban was able to mass its forces undetected; the Afghan military was clearly caught off guard and is struggling to get into the fight four days after the Taliban launched its attack. more...