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23rd August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Mapping terrorist groups openly operating inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

For decades the country has permitted a number of jihadist groups to openly operate under its aegis. A map highlights the more prominent groups openly operating inside Pakistan. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by John Fund - Fox News

Trump’s approach to Pakistan is pitch perfect, his Afghan policy not so much

Bill Roggio

President Trump did two bold things in his Afghanistan speech Monday night. One was somewhat wishful thinking and the other was quite smart if he follows through. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Hayes: Is the Taliban a Terrorist Group or a Partner for Peace?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump provided some much-needed clarity about his plan for Afghanistan in a speech to the nation on Monday. The United States won’t be withdrawing anytime soon. We won’t announce in advance our departure dates. We’re not doing nation-building. Afghan security forces will be the offensive lead in the fight against terrorists. Pakistan faces real consequences if leaders there continue to play both sides in this 16-year war. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

Trump’s demand to Pakistan could be ‘game-changer’ on Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

President Donald Trump's warning to Pakistan that it must stop harboring terrorist organizations and the Taliban represents "a radical shift" in U.S. policy that could improve the situation in war-torn Afghanistan, according to analysts. more...

22nd August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Trump takes hard line on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

With words unprecedented for a US president, Trump called out Pakistan for harboring and supporting terrorist groups that target and kill US citizens and said there would be a radical change in policy toward the South Asian nation. Trump indicated the US would work to increase ties with India, Pakistan's neighbor and greatest enemy, a move sure to both enrage as well as frighten Pakistani elites. more...

16th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Bill Roggio

The brief designation omitted Hizbul Mujahideen's support for al Qaeda in the past, as well as its relations with other jihadist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hizbul Mujahideen's emir was officially listed as a global terrorist in June 2017. more...

15th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Taliban propagandists release ‘open letter’ to President Trump

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released an “open letter” to President Trump urging him to “adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase.” The propaganda letter contains several erroneous or misleading claims. It is also disingenuous with respect to the jihadist threat emanating out of Afghanistan. more...

22nd July 2017 – Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

USA withholds aid to Pakistan over ‘insufficient’ counterterrorism action

Bill Roggio

The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis determined Islamabad is not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said on Friday. more...

19th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Pakistan continues to provide safe haven for Taliban, allied jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 points to Pakistan’s ongoing complicity with jihadists in Central and South Asia, including the Afghan Taliban. more...

19th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan military calls for Pakistan to launch operations on ‘terrorist centers’ throughout country

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan military recoiled after Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense called on Pakistan to launched operations against “terrorist centers” throughout the country, including in the Pakistani cities of Quetta and Peshawar. more...

17th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces liberate district in central Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Afghan National Army retook control of the district of Nawa from the Taliban today in central Helmand province. more...

14th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills third emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan province

Thomas Joscelyn

US Forces-Afghanistan announced today that the emir of the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province, also known as ISIS-Khorasan) was killed “in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province on July 11.” more...

9th July 2017 – Quoted by Cristina Cifuentes - Latercera

¿Se acerca el resurgimiento de Al Qaeda?

La organización terrorista fue eclipsada por el auge del Estado Islámico, pero los analistas señalan que ha cambiado su imagen y que sigue siendo fuerte. more...

28th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan denounces US terrorism designation of Hizbul Mujahideen chief

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected to the United States’ designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist and claimed the country “has a demonstrated and longstanding commitment of combating terrorism.” more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds emir of Hizbul Mujahideen to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added Syed Salahuddin, leader of the Pakistan-supported Hizbul Mujahideen jihadist group, to its list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. more...

26th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQIS emphasizes allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban in new ‘code of conduct’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a 20-page “code of conduct” emphasizing its allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri and the emir of the Taliban. more...

15th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strikes ‘against spirit of ongoing cooperation,’ Pakistani Army chief says

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said today that US drone strikes and other unilateral actions “are against spirit of ongoing cooperation” and that any intelligence on terrorist whereabouts should be forwarded to the army for action. more...

14th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Haqqani commander in drone strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US has reportedly killed a senior commander for the Haqqani Network in a drone strike in northwest Pakistan yesterday. more...

4th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says

Bill Roggio

The three suicide bombers who killed 20 people and wounded scores more during a complex attack at a funeral at a Kabul cemetery trained at a Pakistani madrassa, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. 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?