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20th May 2014 – House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

Before the subcommittee last July.1, Joscelyn discussed five main points he seeks to emphasize in this testimony. more...

14th May 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strikes Target Lashkar-e-Islam Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed several fighters from the Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in three... more...

7th May 2014 – Fox News

Christians Persecuted at Alarming Rate in Iran, Arab World, US Report Says

Benjamin Weinthal

Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies... more...

27th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Taliban’s Military Commission Resigns Due to ‘Ill Health’

Bill Roggio

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who serves as the head of the Afghan Taliban's military commission has resigned his position due to "ill health." more...

15th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Trial of Jihadist Cleric Expected to Highlight Ex-Guantanamo Detainee’s al Qaeda Role

Thomas Joscelyn

The trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known as Abu Hamza al Masri, began this week in New York with jury selection. Abu Hamza... more...

4th April 2014 – The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Killed While Leading Jihadist Group in Syria

Bill Roggio

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to... more...

17th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Releases 12th Issue of Inspire Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 12th issue of Inspire magazine. The Long War Journal has more...

15th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Review Board Rules Against Guantanamo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 5, a review board set up to evaluate the status of Guantanamo detainees determined that Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel more...

14th March 2014 – Cited by Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times

Pakistan Militant Group Takes Responsibility for Two Bombings

Bill Roggio

A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and... more...

14th March 2014 – VOA Urdu

Access Point

David Andrew Weinberg

What role will Pakistan play in Saudi Arabia's new foreign policy? more...

5th March 2014 – Cited by Divya Avasthy, International Business Times

Terrorist Hafiz Saeed Thanks ‘Brave Man’ Who Offered Three Son to Fight in Jihad

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani man has "sacrificed" his three sons to a life devoted to Jihad, in a publicly-held worker's convention about 80 km away from Lahore. Abu Haider handed... more...

3rd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ahrar-ul-Hind Suicide Assault Team Attacks Courthouse in Islamabad

Bill Roggio

The newly formed Ahrar-ul-Hind claimed credit for a suicide assault today at a courthouse that killed a judge and 10 other people in Pakistan's more...

3rd March 2014 – Cited by Khurrum Anis and Augustine Anthony, Bloomberg

Taliban on Defense After Worst Pakistan Capital Attack Since ’08

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban distanced itself from the capital’s most lethal attack in more than five years, underscoring the difficulty of enforcing a cease-fire it declared... more...

1st March 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Announce Ceasefire with Government

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan announced that it would implement a ceasefire lasting one month in order to continue to more...

24th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior Taliban Commander Gunned Down in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a senior leader who was appointed interim emir for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last fall after the death of more...

24th February 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The coming drawdown of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. more...

20th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Air Force Strikes at ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan, Khyber

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it killed more than 35 "militants," including a number of fighters from Central Asia, during a series of airstrikes today in the more...

17th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim the Execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps Troops

Bill Roggio

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops more...

11th February 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadists Form Ahrar-ul-Hind, Vow to Continue Attacks

Bill Roggio

A new global jihadist group that is unwilling to negotiate with the Pakistani government has announced its formation and vowed to continue attacks in the more...

10th February 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the US Treasury Department's failure to seize the Haqqani Network's financial assets. more...


Clifford D. May


Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of The Long War Journal


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?