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3rd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

20 dead, civilians protest following Indian counter-terror operation in Kashmir

Philip Hegseth

Indian security forces launched a decisive counter-terror operation yesterday in the Kashmiri districts of Shopian and Anantnag resulting in the deaths of at least 13 terrorists, three Indian security forces, and four civilians. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba fronts, 7 leaders to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The designations are the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to pressure Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups that openly operate inside the country with the approval and support of both the military and government. more...

30th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Can Resolute Support possibly still not understand Taliban strategy?

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support continues to claim that the Taliban failed in its strategic goals in 2017 and discounts the importance of the Taliban's rural insurgency. more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for Kashmir attack on security forces

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

Pakistan continues to fuel the terrorist insurgency inside Jammu and Kashmir by backing Lashkar-e-Taiba and other proxies. more...

20th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured. more...

8th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US hits Pakistani Taliban training camp in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US military is reported to have struck a training camp in Afghanistan’s remote eastern province of Kunar that was run by the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) earlier today. more...

3rd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of Pakistani Taliban commander

Bill Roggio

The US military killed a commander from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who also served as an al Qaeda facilitator in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktika late last month. more...

14th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani terror groups launch multiple attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

Pakistani terror groups Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) launched two attacks against security forces this week in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. more...

13th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani General talks tough on terrorism, but remains short on action

Bill Roggio

During the “Chiefs of Defence” meeting held in Kabul earlier today, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff claimed that his country “has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil” and blamed “residual signatures of terrorists” on Afghan refugees living there. more...

12th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms US killed deputy emir in North Waziristan drone strike

Bill Roggio

Sajna Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, not in Afghanistan like some Pakistani officials have claimed. Sajna lead the group's powerful Mehsud faction, was close to al Qaeda, and was responsible for murdering thousands of Pakistanis. more...

9th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Deputy emir of Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan reportedly killed in US drone strike

Bill Roggio

Sajna Mehsud, the deputy emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Paksitan and the leader of its powerful Mehsud faction, it reported to have been killed along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. However his death has not been confirmed by the US government or the Taliban. more...

6th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US launches airstrikes on Taliban training camps

Bill Roggio

The camps were used by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other terrorist groups. more...

4th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban claims 2 suicide bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings this month, one in Balochistan and the other in Swat. At least 11 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the attack in Swat. The jihadists controlled Swat from 2007 to 2009, when Pakistani forces removed them from power. The group has claimed at least 5 "martyrdom" operations thus far in 2018, after claiming 11 in all of 2017. more...

26th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Designations highlight Taliban’s longstanding ties to al Qaeda

Bill Roggio

The designation of Taliban leaders on the Peshawar Shura highlights the continuity of the Taliban-al Qaeda relationship in Afghanistan and Pakistan that has endured more than 16 years of war against the US and its allies. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan ‘condemns drone strike’ that killed Haqqani Network commander

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan government often criticizes US airstrikes that kill members of the Afghan Taliban, including Haqqani Network leaders. more...

21st January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban terrorists lay siege to Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban quickly claimed credit for an assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The jihadists' siege lasted more than half a day before it was finally ended by Afghan security forces. more...

17th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strike inside Pakistan targets ‘Afghan extremist’

Bill Roggio

The last five US counterterrorism strikes have all taken place inside Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency. The Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, is known to operate inside Kurram and use it as a base to attack Afghanistan. more...

14th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration

Bill Roggio

In a conversation with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is "undermining ... Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism" in Washington. more...

9th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

Bill Roggio

Sufi Mohammed was responsible for the Taliban uprising in Swat and the peace agreement that put jihadists in control of a significant area of Pakistan from 2007 to 2009. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year. 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?