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17th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strike inside Pakistan targets ‘Afghan extremist’

Bill Roggio

The last five US counterterrorism strikes have all taken place inside Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency. The Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, is known to operate inside Kurram and use it as a base to attack Afghanistan. more...

14th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration

Bill Roggio

In a conversation with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is "undermining ... Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism" in Washington. more...

9th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

Bill Roggio

Sufi Mohammed was responsible for the Taliban uprising in Swat and the peace agreement that put jihadists in control of a significant area of Pakistan from 2007 to 2009. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Brian Freeman - Newsmax

Experts Debate If Suspension of Aid to Pakistan Will Be Effective

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the Trump administration announced the suspension of up to $2 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan last week over charges that the country harbors terrorists, experts are now debating whether the United States can punish Islamabad without punishing itself, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon on Monday. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Escalating Tensions Between U.S., Pakistan Risk Key Counterterrorism Alliance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Pakistan has said it is no longer allied with the United States after the Trump administration severed security-related aid to Islamabad over charges that the country is harboring militants, signaling a further deterioration of relations with the longtime counterterrorism partner. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted by Ann Simmons - The Los Angeles Times

Many Americans have never heard of the Haqqani network, one of the world’s most lethal terror groups

Bill Roggio

When the Trump administration announced this week it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until the country takes more aggressive action against terrorist organizations that have targeted Americans, one of the groups it named was the Haqqani network. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year. more...

2nd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’

Bill Roggio

If Trump is serious about hitting back at Pakistan, expect the US to ramp up drone strikes against jihadists, and not just in Pakistan's tribal areas. more...

26th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Afghan Taliban commander in drone strike inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Jamiuddin, was a "trusted man" within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan. more...

15th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Long Island woman allegedly used Bitcoin to fund ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Zoobia Shahnaz allegedly defrauded financial institutions as part of a scheme to fund the Islamic State. She is also accused of seeking to join the so-called caliphate this past summer. Shahnaz was stopped for questioning at JFK International Airport on July 31, but not arrested until this week. more...

13th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban features its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’

Bill Roggio

The video is the latest in a series of propaganda that promotes Taliban units and the network of training camps. more...

25th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan laughingly says its fight against terrorists is ‘unmatched in the world’

Bill Roggio

"Pakistan's resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists is unmatched in the world," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the day after Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed was freed from house arrest. more...

21st November 2017 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Osama bin Laden’s Terrorist Treasure Trove

Clifford D. May, Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Cliff May is joined by Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn of FDD’s Long War Journal to discuss their exclusive look into the Osama bin Laden documents, and how their findings could impact the future of counterterrorism strategy and policy. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Sifting through Osama bin Laden’s terrorist treasure trove

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The editors of FDD's Long War Journal were featured as guests on the debut episode of a new podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) titled Foreign Podicy to discuss Osama bin Laden's files. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Read Osama bin Laden’s handwritten journal

Thomas Joscelyn

The CIA has released Osama bin Laden's handwritten, 228-page journal, which is available to the public in this post. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: CIA releases massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA is releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The newly-available material provides invaluable insights into the terrorist organization that struck America on September 11, 2001. more...

31st October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union showcases ‘special forces’ training camp

Bill Roggio

The IJU joins a list of jihadist groups that have publicized its training camps inside Afghanistan, including the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the Imam Bukhari Jamaat. training camp joins similar training camps in Afghanistan advertised by the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic Party, Imam Bukhari Jamaat, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen and others. more...

22nd October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Leader of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar emerges after reports of his death

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khurasani, who was reported to have died on Oct. 19 after a US drone strike, is alive. However, he confirmed the death of Khalifa Umar Mansour, the group's military leader who was killed in a US airstrike back in Afghanistan in July 2016. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by David Krayden - The Daily Caller

Pompeo: Kidnapped Couple Spent All Five Years In Pakistan

CIA Director Mike Pompeo revealed for the first time Thursday that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle spent all five years of their captivity in Pakistan. more...

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19th September 2014 - 11:45 AM

Pakistan: Protests and Policy

Since the founding of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1947, the state has been dominated by its army. Locked in a rivalry with India, the army has initiated three wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Today nuclear-armed, the Pakistani army continues to prosecute dangerous policies though violent non-state actors. Meanwhile, Pakistan is mired in a domestic political crisis, with protestors calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Threats of violence are raising the chances of yet another military intervention to control the affairs of the state.

5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?