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3rd April 2015 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Saudis May Go Nuclear to Counter Iran Despite Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

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19th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. more...

17th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran. more...

12th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group. more...

9th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: The Pakistani Government Wanted to Negotiate

Thomas Joscelyn

Recently released letters recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that key Pakistani leaders, including the brother of Pakistan's current prime minister, sought out negotiations with al Qaeda. Pakistan intelligence also communicated with al Qaeda leaders through jihadist intermediaries to discuss a possible truce. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its apex. An exchange between bin Laden and his general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, over the possible appointment of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan to the group’s shura majlis, or executive council, also sheds light on how al Qaeda elevates leaders to the group’s inner circle. more...

19th February 2015 – Cited by Michael O'Hanlon - The Washington Post

We Still Need U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

On Feb. 9, a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s Helmand province killed Abdul Rauf, an Islamic State leader attempting to spread the would-be caliphate’s influence into South Asia. more...

16th February 2015 – Cited by Tim Lister - CNN

ISIS Atrocity in Libya Demonstrates Its Growing Reach in North Africa

ISIS is under pressure in parts of Iraq and battling a variety of adversaries in Syria, but it's metastasizing at warp speed elsewhere, most dangerously in Egypt and Libya. more...

2nd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Emir for Bajaur Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Maulana Abu Bakr, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for Bajaur, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the "caliph" of the Islamic State. more...

28th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan. more...

22nd January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan Falsely Claims it Takes ‘Immediate Action’ Against Terror Groups Listed by the UN

Bill Roggio

Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released. more...

16th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment. more...

15th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud. more...

13th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group. more...

4th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Hit ‘Good Taliban’ Commander’s Compound in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed. more...

26th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Emir of Punjabi Taliban in Pair of Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a dual-hatted Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda commander in one of two drone strikes that took place today in Pakistan's jihadist haven of North Waziristan. more...

20th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Condemns Pakistani Taliban’s Attack on Peshawar School

Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on a Peshawar school earlier this week, calling it "un-Islamic." more...

20th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in Jihadist Stronghold in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it "cleared" the Datta Khel area in September 2014 as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb. The US has launched seven drone strikes in Datta Khel since then. more...

17th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets Pakistani, Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The strike is the fifth that has targeted Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan fighters and leaders operating inside Afghanistan since the last week of November. more...

16th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of many al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in the South Asian country, launched one of its more horrific attacks earlier today. 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?