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28th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan denounces US terrorism designation of Hizbul Mujahideen chief

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected to the United States’ designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist and claimed the country “has a demonstrated and longstanding commitment of combating terrorism.” more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds emir of Hizbul Mujahideen to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added Syed Salahuddin, leader of the Pakistan-supported Hizbul Mujahideen jihadist group, to its list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. more...

26th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQIS emphasizes allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban in new ‘code of conduct’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a 20-page “code of conduct” emphasizing its allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri and the emir of the Taliban. more...

15th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strikes ‘against spirit of ongoing cooperation,’ Pakistani Army chief says

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said today that US drone strikes and other unilateral actions “are against spirit of ongoing cooperation” and that any intelligence on terrorist whereabouts should be forwarded to the army for action. more...

14th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Haqqani commander in drone strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US has reportedly killed a senior commander for the Haqqani Network in a drone strike in northwest Pakistan yesterday. more...

4th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says

Bill Roggio

The three suicide bombers who killed 20 people and wounded scores more during a complex attack at a funeral at a Kabul cemetery trained at a Pakistani madrassa, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. more...

2nd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban again affirms Haqqani Network is an integral part of group

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban has issued a second statement denying any role in the deadly Kabul bombing on May 31. more...

26th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban ‘master in electronics’ in drone strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) has confirmed that the US killed two of its operatives in a drone strike in the tribal agency of North Waziristan earlier this week. The TTP announced today that it “retaliated” for the drone strike by attacking Pakistani forces. more...

26th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban attacks another base in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another coordinated assault against Afghan military installations in the southern province of Kandahar today. At least one dozen Afghan soldiers are reported to have been involved in the fighting. more...

25th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

After stepping up attacks against Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar over the past several days, the Taliban has now overrun a large military base. more...

13th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan bombs convoy carrying Pakistani politician

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Yesterday, a suicide bomber dispatched by the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (Khorasan province) attacked a vehicle carrying Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the deputy chairman of Pakistan’s Senate. Haideri, who is a senior figure in the Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), was wounded and subsequently hospitalized. more...

12th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury adds 3 JDQ leaders, charity to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, the US Treasury Department added three members of Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ), a jihadist group that is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as JDQ’s Welfare and Development Organization, to its list of specially designated global terrorists. JDQ is a perfect example of the complex and evolving network of jihadist groups that operate in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. more...

3rd May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban retaliates for ‘the drone attack in North Waziristan’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed 120 of its fighters assaulted a Pakistani military base in the Shawal area of North Waziristan to retaliate for the April 29 US drone strike in Datta Khel that reportedly killed an al Qaeda leader. more...

3rd May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi al Qaeda leader reportedly killed in drone strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A “key” al Qaeda commander was among seven jihadists reportedly killed in the Apr. 29 drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to press accounts from the region. The strike took place in an area that the Pakistan military claimed was cleared of jihadists more than two years ago. more...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Hindustan Times

Pak resorting to proxies against India and Afghanistan, experts tell US Congress

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s relationship with India is unacceptable to Pakistan, which is using proxies like Haqqani network and the Taliban against its neighbours, eminent experts have told US lawmakers. more...

30th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

2 Taliban commanders reportedly killed in US strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Two Pakistani Taliban commanders were among seven jihadists reportedly killed in a suspected US drone strike that took place on April 29 in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to reports from the region. The strike would be the second inside Pakistan since the US killed Taliban emir Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an attack in May 2016. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security. more...

26th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills AQIS leaders, fighters in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the deaths of a shura member for its branch in the Indian subcontinent, its commander in Bangladesh, and other fighters during US military operations in Afghanistan over the past year. The eight leaders and fighters are but a small percentage of al Qaeda members killed by US forces in Afghanistan in that time. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban strikes US base in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other jihadists in the region. 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?