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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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AQAP Murders 2 Hostages, Including an American, During US Rescue Attempt

6th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Murders 2 Hostages, Including an American, During US Rescue Attempt

Bill Roggio

Forty special operations troops assaulted an al Qaeda compound in the southern province of Shabwa in an attempt to free American photojournalist Luke Somers. more...

Analysis & Commentary

3rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims American Suicide Bomber Attacked Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed that Abu Dawoud al Amriki executed a suicide attack against Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias as they massed in the central city of Samarra in preparation for the newly launched offensive in Tikrit. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its apex. An exchange between bin Laden and his general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, over the possible appointment of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan to the group’s shura majlis, or executive council, also sheds light on how al Qaeda elevates leaders to the group’s inner circle. more...

27th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized. more...

26th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist. more...