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9th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Spokesman for Khorasan Province Thought Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the US killed the Islamic State’s spokesman for its Khorasan province in a recent airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. The NDS also claimed that the US killed the deputy emir for Khorasan province earlier this week. more...

25th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban senior leadership and AQ members in Karachi, Pakistan.” more...

24th June 2015 – Quoted by Ahmar Mustikhan - The Jerusalem Post

Balochistan Leaders Seek Israel Help Amid Pakistan Crackdown

Oren Kessler

Pakistani newspaper reports have routinely accused the State of Israel of being one of the main sponsors of terrorism in Balochistan. more...

8th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber killed seven Pakistani soldiers in an area in the tribal agencies where the US has concentrated its drone campaign over the past several months. more...

6th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Afghan Taliban Fighters in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed nine Afghan Taliban fighters in an drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. more...

4th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan Province’ Threatens Taliban in Latest Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” threatened the Taliban in a video released late last month. The video, which is more than 15 minutes long, features a lengthy speech by an unnamed jihadist (see image above) in front of armed fighters and local villagers. more...

28th May 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Pakistani Taliban Officially Declares ISIS Caliphate Illegitimate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban has declared that the Islamic State’s (ISIS) proclamation of an Islamic caliphate is illegitimate, according to a statement relayed through its official media outlet. more...

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...


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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?