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17th October 2017 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Behind the dramatic rescue of American-Canadian couple from Haqqani captivity

Bill Roggio

Armed with information from U.S. intelligence, Pakistani soldiers staged a dramatic but successful rescue operation last week to free American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three young children after five years in Haqqani network captivity. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drones target Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The strike took place just days after Pakistan freed two westerners and their children from Taliban custody in the same tribal agency. more...

14th October 2017 – Quoted by the Press Trust of India

Starting to develop much better relationship with Pakistan: US President Trump

Bill Roggio

US President Donald Trump thanked Pakistani leaders for cooperating with the US on many fronts. more...

14th October 2017 – Quoted by Press Trust of India

Pakistan took key step to do more in fight against terror: Pence on Canadian-American family release

Bill Roggio

US vice president Mike Pence has praised Pakistan in helping secure the release of a Canadian- American family who were abducted by the Haqqani networks five years ago. more...

12th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan announces release of couple held captive by Taliban since 2012

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani and American governments announced today that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, along with their three children, have been released from the Taliban's custody. The couple was abducted in Afghanistan in 2012. more...

4th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan’s intelligence service ‘has connections with terrorist groups’

Bill Roggio

Mattis and Dunford placed all of the blame for Pakistan's support of terrorist groups on the ISI, and essentially absolved Pakistan's government and the military of any responsibility for incubating and supporting regional and global jihadist organizations. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Asia News International

US covering Pak Govt, military by dubbing ISI as guilty brewing terrorism

Bill Roggio

The United States is apparently providing cover to Pakistan's military and the government by blaming its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for brewing terrorism. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani foreign minister: ‘We don’t have the assets to match’ Haqqanis and LeT

Bill Roggio

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif accused the United States of creating jihadist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba, and supporting them to this day. more...

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...


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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?