Subscribe to FDD

Our Team

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 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.

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.

Read full bio

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

11th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seizes more territory in sourthern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has expanded its footprint across southern Yemen by seizing five towns, including a provincial capital, over the past two weeks. Al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen continues to capitalize on Yemen’s chaotic civil war. more...

9th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior Taliban leader dies of cancer

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has announced the death of Mullah Hassan Rahmani, a member of its top leadership council who until recently opposed the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the jihadist group’s new emir. more...

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...

4th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field commander. Bala’idi’s purported death has not been confirmed by either AQAP or the US. more...