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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

1st October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of the city and are battling the Taliban in several neighborhoods. more...

30th September 2015 – Quoted by Sean Davidson - CBC News

Taliban Seizure of Kunduz Sends Message to Kabul, Europe

Bill Roggio

Prior to Monday's Taliban attack on Kunduz, the group had — at least in some ways — slipped from the West's mind. There have been so many headlines and so much heated debate about the threat posed by ISIS and its offshoots elsewhere in the world that it was easy to forget about the militant group that ran Afghanistan for five years, even though it continues to test the mettle of Kabul. more...

30th September 2015 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Why Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

It is proving a hard slog because the Taliban have been entrenched for so long around the city that its approaches are now full of booby-traps and Taliban fighters. Even if the Taliban are ultimately ousted, however, the damage will have been done: It is hugely demoralizing to see the Taliban take control of a major city for the first time since 2001. It certainly puts paid to any hopes (unrealistic to begin with) that peace negotiations could ever succeed. Why should the Taliban make any concessions at the bargaining table when they still have a good chance of retaking the entire country by force? more...

30th September 2015 – 760 KFMB

The Brett Winterble Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest news in Afghanistan and Syria. more...