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7th June 2016 – Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. more...

6th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

State notes ‘severely degraded’ al Qaeda operated large training camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US government continues to underestimate al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan and Pakistan. more...

3rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban’ or Haqqani Network

Bill Roggio

The Department of State noted Pakistan’s unwillingness to deal with its preferred jihadist groups in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2015. more...

1st June 2016 – Quoted by Aru Pande - Voice of America

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Renews Calls for Transparency

John Hannah

For the first time, a U.S. drone struck Pakistan outside its lawless border area with Afghanistan, killing the leader of the Afghan Taliban in the country’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. more...

26th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US lists 2 Pakistani jihadist groups as global terror organizations

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ) and the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) have now been sanctioned, meaning Americans “are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with” the jihadist organizations. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader. more...

24th May 2016 – Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the future of the Taliban and drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour in Pakistan. more...

23rd May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US confirms Mansour killed, vows no change in combat strategy

Bill Roggio

The White House confirmed the death of Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today, two days after the US said it targeted the group’s leader in an unprecedented airstrike in southwestern Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. more...

23rd May 2016 – Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. more...

23rd May 2016 – Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan. more...

22nd May 2016 – Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan. more...

21st May 2016 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz weighs in on status of Taliban after alleged death of leader. more...

21st May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US targeted Taliban emir Mullah Mansour in unprecedented Pakistan drone strike

Bill Roggio

The US military said it targeted and possibly killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today in an “airstrike” in a remote area along the “Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.” Mansour’s status is unknown and the military said it is attempting to determine if he is dead or alive. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US, Afghan forces rescue son of former Pakistani prime minister from ‘al Qaeda cell’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Siraj Haqqani, the group’s operational leader, serves as one of the Taliban’s two deputy emirs is also a member of al Qaeda’s executive council. The Taliban and Haqqani Network are known to shelter al Qaeda’s men and they conduct joint operations with the group inside of Afghanistan. more...

4th May 2016 – CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

Today marks five years since Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Where does the jihadist group stand now, without their infamous leader? Clifford May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies weighs in. more...

22nd April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Taliban touts Bergdahl swap as key ‘achievement’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban says the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders in 2014 was a major “achievement” in its war against the West and its allies. The claim was made in a lengthy video released on the Taliban’s official website, Voice of Jihad, earlier this month. more...

20th April 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction kills 7 policemen guarding polio vaccination team

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, or TTP, claimed credit for two attacks in Karachi that targeted policemen as they guarded members of a polio vaccination team. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has targeted polio vaccination teams in Pakistan’s major cities in the past. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Is al-Qaeda Back in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda is ostensibly the reason the United States got involved militarily in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. But as the war in Afghanistan progressed, al-Qaeda receded as a target and seemingly as an active player. When Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 in neighboring Pakistan, the group seemed to be at a nadir. But this week, acting Afghan Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai told CNN that al-Qaeda was resurgent. more...

28th March 2016 – CNBC

CNBC World

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah says Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which claimed responsibility for the Lahore attacks, shares a common ideology with other radical Islamic groups. more...

28th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that the group intentionally targeted Christians in a suicide bombing which killed and wounded hundreds of women and children on Easter Sunday. 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?