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Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal

Areas of Impact:

Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Sudan, Global War on Terrorism, Somalia, 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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Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has retaken control several towns in southern Somalia after the withdrawal of African Union and government forces. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military searches for Kabul Attack Network members

Bill Roggio

The US military made an unusual public plea for information yesterday in its hunt for eight members of a terrorist network which is plotting attacks in four provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The organization, known as the Kabul Attack Network, is comprised of fighters from various jihadist groups operating in the country, and has endured for years. more...

26th April 2016 – Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Can ‘leadership decapitation’ strikes defeat ISIS?

Bill Roggio

Recent actions by the U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reignited a much-debated component of counterterrorism policy called "leadership decapitation," which aims to dismantle organizations from the top down by taking out high-ranking officials — thus leaving groups in a state of leaderless disarray. Within the last month or so, the Defense Department has announced it has killed ISIS's minister of war and the group's supposed No. 2, known by many various noms de guerre. "[W]e are systemically eliminating ISIL's Cabinet," Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters in March (using another acronym for the group). more...

25th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State highlights ‘first camp of the Caliphate in Somalia’

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State touted a small training camp and announced its first attack in Somalia as part of the its push establish a presence in the country. more...

25th April 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda's fights in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Libya. more...