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4th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Mehsud faction rejoins the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban that broke away from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in 2014 has rejoined the group, and its leader has been named the deputy emir of the TTP. The reunion is the latest in a series of moves that have brought wayward Taliban groups back into the TTP’s fold to help rebuild both its capacity and strength. more...

2nd February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction showcases training camp, suicide attacks

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a powerful faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), has released a video detailing a training camp somewhere in Pakistan’s northwest tribal frontier. The video also highlighted the training of suicide bombers and an assault on a Pakistani military base that took place last November. more...

31st January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan places Jamaat-ud-Dawa emir under house arrest

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani government has issued orders to place Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) emir Hafiz Saeed under house arrest and raid the group’s offices. Saeed, who runs a state within the Pakistani state that is akin to Lebanese Hezbollah, has been placed in protective custody in the past, only to be freed. more...

30th January 2017 – Quoted by Ayesha Tanzeem - Voice of America

Pakistan Places Man Designated by US, UN as Terror Chief Under House Arrest

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s government Monday placed five men including Hafiz Saeed, a man on both the United States and the United Nations lists of designated terrorists, under protective custody, also known as house arrest. more...

17th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban eulogizes Pakistani cleric with al Qaeda ties

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban mourned the death of the leader and founder of a Pakistani Islamic university known to have supported al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in the region. Mawlana Salimullah Khan, the Pakistani cleric, was also the president of Pakistan’s largest confederation of Deobani seminaries and schools. His son and grandson were deported from the United States for immigration violations after the FBI linked them to an al Qaeda plot in California. more...

4th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban. more...

29th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds Lashkar-e-Taiba student wing to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The US government has added the Al-Muhammadia Students (AMS) organization, or “the student wing” of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT or Army of the Pure), to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Additionally, the US added LeT leaders Muhammad Sarwar and Shahid Mahmood to the list of global terrorists. The designations highlight LeT’s role in international terrorism and its adeptness in using front organizations to skirt international sanctions. more...

11th December 2016 – Politico

Trump Wants to Shake Up the World Order? Here’s Where He Should Start

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

The specifics have often fluctuated, but the core of Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision has remained steady. He believes, as the Brookings Institution’s Thomas Wright has noted, “that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since World War II.” more...

1st October 2016 – Quoted by Dan Christensen - Miami Herald

Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap Read more here: http://

Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But recent news reports say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief. more...

25th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban, Haqqani Network, and al Qaeda operatives targeted in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in the Laman area of the eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Sept. 24, according to RFE/RL. more...

19th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence service destroys al Qaeda base in Zabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, recently raided an al Qaeda encampment and killed five Pakistan terrorists in the southeastern province of Zabul. more...

19th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

India accuses Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed of attacking army base in Kashmir

Bill Roggio

India’s director general for military operations said that jihadists from Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, executed today’s deadly suicide assault on a military base in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 17 soliders and wounded dozens more. more...

14th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

TTP commander for North Waziristan touts operations in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Akhtar Mohammad Khalil, the TTP’s emir for North Waziristan, appeared in a video released today that purports to show Taliban fighters operating openly in the contested tribal agency. The video was released on Umar Media, the official propaganda outlet of the TTP. more...

11th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, al Qaeda fights on

Thomas Joscelyn

All appeared lost for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda in December 2001. In the years leading up to the 9/11 hijackings, bin Laden believed that the US was a “paper tiger” and would retreat from the Muslim majority world if al Qaeda struck hard enough. more...

17th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

An alleged ‘agent’ of Iran transferred from Guantanamo to the UAE

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 15, the Pentagon announced the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Twelve of the men are Yemenis and the remaining three are citizens of Afghanistan. more...

13th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military confirms air strike killed Islamic State’s emir for Khorasan province

Bill Roggio

The US military announced yesterday that it killed Hafiz Saeed Khan, the Islamic State’s emir for Khorasan province, in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar three weeks ago. more...

9th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Afghan military again claims it killed emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan province

Bill Roggio

A senior Afghan military officer has claimed his forces killed Hafiz Saeed Khan, the emir for the Islamic State’s Khorasan province, during an ongoing military operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar. However, Khan’s death has not been confirmed by the Islamic State. more...

8th August 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, al-Nusrah, and the bombings in Yemen. more...

29th July 2016 – Quoted by Manzoor Ahmed - Kashmir Images

US lawmakers are upset with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

In the worst criticism leveled at Pakistan’s doors in last many years, American lawmakers have called Pakistan ‘manipulative’ in its fight against terror. The criticism has been termed ‘vicious’ by Pakistani media that is shocked and livid at some Americans “questioning our sovereignty” and want the government to give a fitting reply. Some have angrily demanded that Pakistan itself refuse aid “so that we can learn to stand on our feet.” more...

14th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban commander behind attacks on schools

Bill Roggio

News of Mansour’s death was released by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate, or ISPR. 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?