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26th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

LWJ Map Assessment: Taliban controls or contests 45% of Afghan districts

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

As the United States enters a new phase of its war in Afghanistan, FDD's Long War Journal presents a renewed assessment of the Taliban’s strength and disposition, with new interactive features. more...

18th September 2017 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC

Trump Administration Wants to Increase CIA Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio

When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. more...

16th September 2017 – Quoted by Kathy Gannon - The Associated Press

Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts. more...

15th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drones strike jihadists in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US is likely to step up drone strikes in Pakistan after President Trump accused Pakistan of harboring and supporting jihadist groups last month. more...

6th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan suffers diplomatic defeat as BRICS names regional terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

The blow comes just two weeks after President Trump called out Pakistan for providing "safe haven" for terrorist groups operating in the region and advocated for closer ties with India. more...

2nd September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked jihadist in Kashmir criticizes Pakistani Army

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 31, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind's leader, Zakir Musa, released an audio message in which he criticized the Pakistani government for supposedly betraying the jihad in Kashmir. Musa's critique is consistent with al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent's "code of conduct." more...

26th August 2017 – Quoted by Newsweek Pakistan

Taking on Trump

The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)-led government got together on Thursday with the Pakistan Army during a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting to issue a “worthy” repartee to U.S. President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan permits safe havens for militants within its territory. Firmly denying the charge, the NSC statement demands “effective and immediate U.S. military efforts to eliminate sanctuaries harboring terrorists and miscreants on the Afghan soil, including those responsible for fomenting terror in Pakistan.” more...

24th August 2017 – WINA

The Schilling Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio talks about Pakistan and terrorist groups on The Schilling Show. more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Republican American

Awaiting proof from Pakistan

Clifford D. May

There are many reasons Afghanistan has been the setting for the longest war in U.S. history, despite lacking the war-making capabilities of a Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan – nations that failed to endure for as many as four years under an American-led onslaught during the 1940s. more...

23rd August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

In response to Trump, Pakistan claims no terrorist groups operate on its soil

Bill Roggio

Pakistan's denial of harboring terrorist groups that conduct attacks outside of its borders falls flat on its face when looking at Lashkar-e-Taiba, which not only supports al Qaeda and the Taliban, but has executed numerous attacks inside of Pakistan's neighbor and enemy, India, as well as in Afghanistan. more...

23rd August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Mapping terrorist groups openly operating inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

For decades the country has permitted a number of jihadist groups to openly operate under its aegis. A map highlights the more prominent groups openly operating inside Pakistan. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by John Fund - Fox News

Trump’s approach to Pakistan is pitch perfect, his Afghan policy not so much

Bill Roggio

President Trump did two bold things in his Afghanistan speech Monday night. One was somewhat wishful thinking and the other was quite smart if he follows through. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Hayes: Is the Taliban a Terrorist Group or a Partner for Peace?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump provided some much-needed clarity about his plan for Afghanistan in a speech to the nation on Monday. The United States won’t be withdrawing anytime soon. We won’t announce in advance our departure dates. We’re not doing nation-building. Afghan security forces will be the offensive lead in the fight against terrorists. Pakistan faces real consequences if leaders there continue to play both sides in this 16-year war. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

Trump’s demand to Pakistan could be ‘game-changer’ on Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

President Donald Trump's warning to Pakistan that it must stop harboring terrorist organizations and the Taliban represents "a radical shift" in U.S. policy that could improve the situation in war-torn Afghanistan, according to analysts. more...

22nd August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Trump takes hard line on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

With words unprecedented for a US president, Trump called out Pakistan for harboring and supporting terrorist groups that target and kill US citizens and said there would be a radical change in policy toward the South Asian nation. Trump indicated the US would work to increase ties with India, Pakistan's neighbor and greatest enemy, a move sure to both enrage as well as frighten Pakistani elites. more...

16th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Bill Roggio

The brief designation omitted Hizbul Mujahideen's support for al Qaeda in the past, as well as its relations with other jihadist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hizbul Mujahideen's emir was officially listed as a global terrorist in June 2017. more...

15th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Taliban propagandists release ‘open letter’ to President Trump

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released an “open letter” to President Trump urging him to “adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase.” The propaganda letter contains several erroneous or misleading claims. It is also disingenuous with respect to the jihadist threat emanating out of Afghanistan. more...

22nd July 2017 – Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

USA withholds aid to Pakistan over ‘insufficient’ counterterrorism action

Bill Roggio

The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis determined Islamabad is not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said on Friday. more...

19th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Pakistan continues to provide safe haven for Taliban, allied jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 points to Pakistan’s ongoing complicity with jihadists in Central and South Asia, including the Afghan Taliban. more...

19th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan military calls for Pakistan to launch operations on ‘terrorist centers’ throughout country

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan military recoiled after Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense called on Pakistan to launched operations against “terrorist centers” throughout the country, including in the Pakistani cities of Quetta and Peshawar. 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?