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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

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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...

10th March 2016 – The Long War Journal

US adds 2 HIG explosive experts to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The two Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) explosive experts who were designated today are Abdul Saboor and Abdullah Nowbahar. At the end of February 2015, State’s Rewards for Justice program offered $3 million for information leading to Saboor’s arrest, and $2 million for information on Nowbahar. more...

3rd March 2016 – The Long War Journal

Bin Laden Files: Al Qaeda in Pakistan engaged journalists, directed media operations from Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Many of the documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad provide in interesting window on al Qaeda media operations, and the jihadist group’s relations with the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. more...

25th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan is ‘very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism.’

Bill Roggio

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that Pakistan’s government and military are “very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism” while Senator Bob Corker accused the country of “outright blatant duplicity” for supporting the Afghan Taliban. more...

22nd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

US drones target jihadist ‘hideouts’ in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a jihadist safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today. The drone strike, which possibly targeted the Haqqani Network, is just the second reported inside Pakistan this year. more...

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...

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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?