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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 is the editor of FDD’s The Long War Journal (LWJ), which provides original reporting and analysis of the global war on terror. Coverage includes strategic and operational issues relating to the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Lebanon, and more extensively in Iraq, as well as al Qaeda's operations, tactics, and strategy. It has been hailed as “the best-in-class on situation awareness, especially of the Af-Pak theater.” LWJ is an invaluable resource for military and intelligence officers and national security experts and is one of FDD’s many vital projects contributing to international security. 

Bill is the editor of FDD’s The Long War Journal (LWJ), which provides original reporting and analysis of the global war on terror. Coverage includes strategic and operational issues relating to the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Lebanon, and more extensively in Iraq, as well as al Qaeda's operations, tactics, and strategy. It has been hailed as “the best-in-class on situation awareness, especially of the Af-Pak theater.” LWJ is an invaluable resource for military and intelligence officers and national security experts and is one of FDD’s many vital projects contributing to international security. 

Bill is also the president of Public Multimedia Inc, a nonprofit media organization dedicated to covering the Long War. 

Bill has embedded with the US Marine Corps and US Army in Iraq in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. His articles have been published in The Weekly Standard, The Daily Beast, The National Review, The New York Post, The Toronto Times, and Die Weltwoche, and his work has been cited by The New Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others.. He also presents regularly at the US Air Force's Contemporary Counterinsurgency Warfare School at Hulbert Field on the media and embedded reporting.  Before becoming a reporter, Bill served as a signalman and infantryman in the US Army and the New Jersey National Guard from 1991 to 1997.

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Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

28th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal. more...

Analysis & Commentary

30th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the district center and several military and police installations in Now Zad in the southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday. The fall of Now Zad is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Afghan security forces and government, which are struggling to maintain control of areas liberated from the Taliban just a few years ago. more...

29th July 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Reports of Mullah’s Death Rock Afghan Peace Push

Bill Roggio

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks and the group’s surging operations in the war-torn nation. more...

29th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Emir Killed in Shootout With Pakistani Police

Bill Roggio

Pakistani police killed Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a shootout in Muzaffargarh on the evening of July 28. The jihadist group’s fighters were attempting to free Ishaq and his two sons, who were in police custody. The jihadist leader had been in and out of Pakistani custody despite the fact that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is banned in Pakistan as a terrorist organization. more...

28th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white flag of [the] Islamic Emirate” over the district headquarters and other government buildings earlier today. more...