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13th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Splinter Group Releases Photos of Suicide Bomber Who Attacked Pakistani Border Crossing

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar announced that a fighter known as Hanifullah executed the deadly suicide attack on Nov. 2 at the Wagah border crossing. more...

11th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

‘Foreign Militants’ Reported Killed in Latest US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Eight of the 18 US drones strikes in Pakistan since June 11 have occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which is a known hub for al Qaeda. more...

3rd November 2014 – Cited by Alessandria Massi - International Business Times

Pakistan Border Bombing: ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups Race To Claim Responsibility

A suicide attack on the Pakistani border with India that left at least 60 people dead and more than 150 wounded is so significant that several jihadist groups are trying to claim responsibility. more...

3rd November 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their recent pieces for the Long War Journal. more...

2nd November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Pakistan at Border Crossing With India

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a recently formed splinter group of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Jundallah both claimed credit for the suicide attack in Wagah that killed more than 50 people. more...

21st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said. more...

21st October 2014 – WRC - Washington, DC

Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column, "'Homeland' Under Attack." more...

18th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year. more...

11th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQIS Leader, ‘Good’ Taliban Commander Killed in 2 US Drone Strikes in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader, and Muhammad Mustafa, a Taliban commander loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadar, were reported killed in the strikes in Khyber and North Waziristan. more...

9th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike al Qaeda Hub in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

The US has launched five strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in five days, indicating that the hunt is on for a senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist leader or operative. more...

5th October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals. more...

30th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen’s Emir to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's founder and leader, signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa that declared war on the US and Israel. HUM was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 18 years ago. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Claims Attacks on Pakistani Ships Were More Audacious…

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the newest branch of al Qaeda's international network, has released a nine-page statement giving its version of the attacks on two Pakistani frigates on Sept. 6. AQIS claims that all of the operatives, except one, were "serving officers in the Pakistani Navy." more...

28th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Killed 2 ‘Arabs’ in First Drone Strike in South Waziristan in More Than a Year

Bill Roggio

The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013. more...

25th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills Uzbeks, ‘Foreign Nationals’

Bill Roggio

"There is no need for such strikes," Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, condemning the attack "as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity." more...

20th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas. more...

17th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQIS Claims Plot to Strike US Warships Was Executed by Pakistani Navy Officers

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 910 ‘Terrorists,’ 82 Soldiers Killed in North Waziristan Operation

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's spokesman described the military press release and subsequent reporting in the Pakistani media as "nothing but complete lies," and claimed that jihadists had moved out of the area long before the operation began. more...

26th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Splinter Group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Forms in Northwestern Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The new group includes Taliban factions from the tribal agencies of Mohmand, Bajaur, Khyber, and Arakzai, and the districts of Charsadda, Peshawar, and Swat. more...

21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. 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?