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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...

13th July 2016 – Quoted by Anees Hanif - Dawn

Indian lobby doing propaganda against Pakistan in US, says Aziz

Bill Roggio

Referring to the recent discussion in US Congress regarding whether to categorise Pakistan as a "friend or foe", Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said its only a section of US intelligentsia which thinks Pakistan should be treated as a foe by United States. more...

12th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe and Chairman Salmon, Ranking Members Keating and Sherman, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about Pakistan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News. more...

14th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan faction emerges after group’s collapse

Bill Roggio

A new faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) independent of the Islamic State has emerged and indicated that it remains loyal to the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other traditional jihadist group that operate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. more...

7th June 2016 – Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. more...

6th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

State notes ‘severely degraded’ al Qaeda operated large training camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US government continues to underestimate al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan and Pakistan. more...

3rd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

‘Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban’ or Haqqani Network

Bill Roggio

The Department of State noted Pakistan’s unwillingness to deal with its preferred jihadist groups in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2015. more...

1st June 2016 – Quoted by Aru Pande - Voice of America

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Renews Calls for Transparency

John Hannah

For the first time, a U.S. drone struck Pakistan outside its lawless border area with Afghanistan, killing the leader of the Afghan Taliban in the country’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. more...

26th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US lists 2 Pakistani jihadist groups as global terror organizations

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ) and the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) have now been sanctioned, meaning Americans “are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with” the jihadist organizations. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader. more...

24th May 2016 – Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the future of the Taliban and drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour in Pakistan. more...

23rd May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US confirms Mansour killed, vows no change in combat strategy

Bill Roggio

The White House confirmed the death of Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today, two days after the US said it targeted the group’s leader in an unprecedented airstrike in southwestern Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. 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?