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3rd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

US strikes Pakistani Taliban faction in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed 18 Taliban fighters from Pakistan in an airstrike last night in an eastern Afghanistan area known to serve as a safe haven for several terrorist groups. The Taliban fighters who were killed are believed to belong to a group led by Sajna Mehsud, an al Qaeda-linked commander wanted by the US. more...

27th January 2016 – The Washington Times

Skirmishes on the Indian front

Clifford D. May

What do you make of this month’s attacks on Pathankot Air Force Station and Bacha Khan University? My guess is you don’t know -- you’ve heard next to nothing about either. more...

20th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Suicide team sent by Pakistani Taliban faction assaults university

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team from a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched an attack on a university in the country’s northwest today, killing more than 20 students and faculty before security forces intervened to end the siege. The attack was claimed by a dangerous Taliban commander who plotted the assault on a military school in Peshawar as well as an airbase near the same city over the past two years. more...

20th January 2016 – CNN

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on Bacha Khan University. more...

13th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Claims Attack on Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan, or “province” in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan earlier today. The jihadists laid siege to the consulate for several hours. more...

13th January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Suicide Bomber Detonates at Polio Vaccination Center

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for today’s suicide attack at a polio vaccination center in Quetta, which killed more than a dozen people and forced the suspension of the vaccination program. The jihadist group has targeted the polio vaccination program in the past. more...

2nd January 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jaish-e-Mohammed Suspected in Assault On Indian Airbase

Bill Roggio

Five terrorists thought to be members of Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed by Indian commandos during an assault at an airbase in Punjab province earlier today. The jihadists were said to have been in contact with their handlers inside Pakistan during the assault. more...

19th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Says Islamic State Leader Baghdadi ‘Is Not a Islamic Khalifa’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has yet again rejected the Islamic State and said its emir, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, is unfit to lead an Islamic caliphate. more...

3rd December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Fate of Taliban’s New Leader Uncertain After Conflicting Reports of a Shootout in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban is forcefully denying reports stating newly appointed leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour was wounded or killed during a shootout at a meeting Wednesday with other commanders in Pakistan. The jihadist group’s top two spokesmen dismissed the reports as “absolutely baseless” rumors that are part of “propaganda efforts” by the “enemy intelligence apparatus.” more...

5th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Confirms Death of ‘Khorasan’ Military Emir

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda confirmed that the US killed its military commander for the “Khorasan,” or Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a drone strike in Waziristan in early 2014. Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as the group’s military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of many unknown al Qaeda leaders who “work in silence and leave in silence,” according to a prominent jihadist who reported his death one year ago. Maghribi was also a contributor to the jihadist group’s Vanguards of Khorasan magazine. more...

2nd November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Northeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda commander and two of his bodyguards are reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, which remains a haven for the jihadist group and its allies in the region. more...

24th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Uighur Jihadist Group in Syria Advertises ‘Little Jihadists’

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), an al Qaeda-affiliated Uighur jihadist group that is operating in Syria, recently released a video that includes photos of children with weapons and jihadist garb accompanied by an Uighur-language nasheed [A cappella Islamic music]. The children were described as “little jihadists” on the TIP’s official Twitter feed. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assaults Air Force Camp Near Peshawar

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for a suicide assault at a Pakistani Air Force camp that killed dozens of people early this morning. The attack is the latest in a string of suicide assaults against Pakistani military facilities since the the TTP was formed in 2006. more...

18th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

US kills 7 ‘militants’ in Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven “militants” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. more...

14th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, said that it killed a senior al Qaeda commander and seven associates during a raid in the eastern province of Paktika. The raid took place in the same district where 15 Pakistani Taliban fighters were reported killed last week. more...

11th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills 15 Pakistani Taliban Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 15 fighters from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika earlier this week. Both the TTP and its ally, al Qaeda, have stepped up their presence in eastern Afghanistan over the past several years. more...

10th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Says Reports of Joining Islamic State Are ‘Lies’

Thomas Joscelyn

There are frequent rumors that various jihadist groups are going to defect from the Taliban-al Qaeda axis and join the Islamic State. One organization that is often mentioned in this vein is the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban, or TTP). But earlier today a spokesman for the group, Muhammad Khorasani
, denied the latest iteration of this gossip. more...

7th September 2015 – The Long War Journal

Dissident Taliban Commander Claims Pakistani Intel Ordered Him to Conduct Attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A former senior Taliban leader who was ousted by Mullah Omar in 2007 has rejected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the group and accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan. more...

28th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan intelligence, or was otherwise incapacitated at that time. more...

26th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Say Nephew of 9/11 Mastermind Killed in Raid by Pakistani Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi. KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his familial ties to Baluchistan. KSM, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has known family roots in Baluchistan, a large Pakistani province that borders both Afghanistan and Iran. 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?