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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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21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. more...

Analysis & Commentary

19th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan. more...

18th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year. more...

16th October 2014 – Quoted by Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

Let’s Count the Ways: See How Islamic State Fighters Violate Muslim Law

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State is increasingly struggling to justify its sanctioning of slavery, extortion, smuggling and murder against scholars and religious leaders who say the extremist group’s Mafia-style tactics can’t be reconciled with Muslim law. more...

16th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Highlight Group’s Grip on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has released two separate photo collections detailing its presence in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar. More than half of Ramadi is said to be under the control of Islamic State. more...