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27th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Rejects Islamic State’s ‘Self-Professed Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban’s official propaganda wing, Umar Media, has released a statement rejecting the Islamic State’s “self-professed caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The publication, written by a jihadist known as Abu Usman Salarzai, is nearly 60 pages long and purports to expose the errors in Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s claim to be the new caliph. more...

23rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same timeframe that the Obama administration and US military officials were optimistic about conducting negotiations with the Taliban, and the conventional wisdom was that al Qaeda and the Taliban had split. more...

17th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 Jihadists in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing at least six jihadists, including “foreigners,” in an area along the Afghan-Pakistan border that is known to host a variety of terrorist groups. more...

12th May 2015 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Hersh Report. more...

11th May 2015 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Osama Bin Laden operation in Pakistan. more...

9th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims it Shot Down Pakistani Helicopter, Displays SAM-7

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed it shot down a Pakistani Army helicopter that was transporting foreign diplomats in the northern part of the country yesterday, and released a video showing its fighters training on a SAM-7 anti-aircraft missile to support its claim. The Pakistani government has vehemently denied the aircraft was shot down, and has stated that it crashed due to engine failure. more...

6th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

3 Jihadist Groups Merge with Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The jihadist organization split in 2014 after a contentious leadership dispute that festered when the US killed the group’s former emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud, in a drone strike. more...

25th April 2015 – Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - RFE/RL

Increasing Number Of Afghans, Pakistanis Killed In Syria Buried In Iran

Ali Alfoneh

An increasing number of Afghans and Pakistanis killed in the fighting in Syria have been buried in Iran in recent months. more...

24th April 2015 – The Arab Weekly

Iran and Pakistan, A Cold Peace That Could Get Hot

Ali Alfoneh

Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution affirming the country’s neutrality in the Yemen conflict, rebuffing a Saudi Arabian request for fighter jets, ground troops and warships to join the Saudi-led Operation Deci­sive Storm against Houthi rebels, who are aided by Iran. more...

24th April 2015 – AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses U.S. drone policy. more...

23rd April 2015 – CNN

CNN Newsroom

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses U.S. counter-terrorism policy more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - Huffington Post

What We Know About Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ahmed Farouq

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said Thursday. more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Editorial Staff - USA Today

Drone Strikes Claim America’s Best, and Worst: Our View

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets. more...

23rd April 2015 – Quoted by Adam Entous, Damian Paletta and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone killed an American and an Italian held hostage in a January attack on an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan, sparking new questions about the use of the controversial and still-evolving weapon. more...

22nd April 2015 – Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among the deadliest attacks by the group outside the Middle East. more...

18th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Promotes ‘Muhajideen Special Group,’ Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The video, titled “MSG Training,” was released on April 17 by Umar Media, the official propaganda arm of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The footage was posted on Umar Media’s website as well as emailed to The Long War Journal by the group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khurasani. more...

15th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Praises Slain Al Qaeda Leaders

Bill Roggio

The statement highlights the close working relationship between al Qaeda and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and al Qaeda's influence over the fellow jihadist group. more...

13th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Four in Taliban, al Qaeda Haven

Bill Roggio

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and noted that more than 50 of the jihadist group’s operatives have been killed since last summer. more...

12th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Killed AQIS Deputy Emir, Shura Member in January Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent confirmed that deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura member Qari ‘Imran were killed in separate strikes in January. Farooq was identified in Osama bin Laden's documents as an up and coming al Qaeda leader. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Court Again Orders Release of Mumbai Attack Plotter

Bill Roggio

Yet again, a Pakistani court has ordered Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the architects of the 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India that resulted in the deaths of more than 160 people, to be released from prison. 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?