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3rd May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban retaliates for ‘the drone attack in North Waziristan’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed 120 of its fighters assaulted a Pakistani military base in the Shawal area of North Waziristan to retaliate for the April 29 US drone strike in Datta Khel that reportedly killed an al Qaeda leader. more...

3rd May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi al Qaeda leader reportedly killed in drone strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A “key” al Qaeda commander was among seven jihadists reportedly killed in the Apr. 29 drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to press accounts from the region. The strike took place in an area that the Pakistan military claimed was cleared of jihadists more than two years ago. more...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Hindustan Times

Pak resorting to proxies against India and Afghanistan, experts tell US Congress

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s relationship with India is unacceptable to Pakistan, which is using proxies like Haqqani network and the Taliban against its neighbours, eminent experts have told US lawmakers. more...

30th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

2 Taliban commanders reportedly killed in US strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Two Pakistani Taliban commanders were among seven jihadists reportedly killed in a suspected US drone strike that took place on April 29 in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to reports from the region. The strike would be the second inside Pakistan since the US killed Taliban emir Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an attack in May 2016. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security. more...

26th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills AQIS leaders, fighters in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the deaths of a shura member for its branch in the Indian subcontinent, its commander in Bangladesh, and other fighters during US military operations in Afghanistan over the past year. The eight leaders and fighters are but a small percentage of al Qaeda members killed by US forces in Afghanistan in that time. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban strikes US base in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other jihadists in the region. more...

20th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

On April 17, the Pakistani military said that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, voluntarily surrendered. Today, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar insisted that Ehsan was “arrested” in eastern Afghanistan and later turned over to the military. more...

13th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban emir calls for unity, jihad, and global caliphate

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), said that his group’s ultimate goal is “to implement the law of Allah on the Earth” and called on Muslims to unite and wage jihad to achieve that end. Fazlullah, one of the most extreme commanders in a group filled with extremists, also said that attempts made by Pakistan’s military intelligence service to break up the TTP have largely failed and his group has reorganized following a tumultuous period. more...

8th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

American soldier killed fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

An American soldier was killed while fighting the Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan earlier today, according to US officials. more...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Will Trump Administration Increase Drone Strikes in Pakistan?

Bill Roggio

On March 2, a suspected U.S. drone strike inside Pakistan killed two Taliban militants in the country's tribal region — the first drone attack in the country since Donald Trump became president. more...

26th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of al Qaeda commander

Bill Roggio

The US military confirmed that it killed Qari Yasin, the al Qaeda commander who was targeted in an airstrike in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on March 19. Yasin had decades of experience with jihadist factions operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the US military said he was responsible for the deaths of two US Marines in the Sept. 2008 suicide assault on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel. more...

23rd March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims US drones killed commander from North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed that the US killed a senior commander from Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan in a drone strike near the “Pak-Afghan border” on March 18. Commander Yusuf Wazir, the slain Taliban leader, also lost a father and a brother in previous US drone strikes, according to the jihadist group. more...

22nd March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms senior al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) confirmed in a statement today that Qari Muhammad Yasin, a senior al Qaeda military commander, was killed in a US drone strike. The bombing took place in the Laman area of the eastern Paktika province on Mar. 19. The statement confirming Yasin’s demise was released online and is attributed to Mohammad Khurasani, the Pakistani Taliban spokesman. more...

21st March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda commander believed to be killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda military commander who led numerous attacks in Pakistan has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. Qari Muhammad Yasin was listed by the Pakistani government as the 10th Most Wanted terrorist in the country in 2013. more...

15th March 2017 – The Washington Times

What went wrong in Pakistan

Clifford D. May

Pakistan was meant to be a model, an example for other nations to emulate. It was founded after World War II, as the sun was setting on the British Empire and India was preparing for independence. India’s Muslims, though glad to see the end of the Raj, were apprehensive about becoming a minority in a Hindu-majority land. more...

10th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Thomas Joscelyn

Senator Corker and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the ongoing war in Yemen. Unfortunately, I do not see a way that this conflict can be resolved any time soon. Yemen is rife with internal divisions, which are exacerbated by the proxy war being waged by several actors. more...

22nd February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan. more...

21st February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district where al Qaeda ran training camps

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed it “completely liberated” the district center for Shorabak in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar earlier today. Shorabak was the site of a massive al Qaeda training camp that was assaulted and destroyed by US forces in Oct. 2015. The Taliban now claims to control four of Kandahar’s 18 districts, and that others remain contested. more...

19th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistani al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and he has been directly linked to Osama bin Laden and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI-D). 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?