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5th December 2017 – Quoted by Frud Bezhan - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Explainer: Taliban ‘Special Forces Unit’ Bursts Into Spotlight With Deadly Attacks

Bill Roggio

On the increasingly crowded battlefields of Afghanistan, a feared, commando-style Taliban unit is gaining attention for a series spectacular, deadly attacks on Afghan security forces. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war

John Hannah

Washington: As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban’s poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Courtney Kube, Hans Nichols and Mosheh Gains - NBC News

U.S. on track to triple bombs dropped on Afghanistan against Taliban

The U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year compared with last year, new figures reveal as the White House opens a new front in America’s longest war. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by Paul Rogers - Open Democracy

Remote war and public air

Afghanistan in 2016 saw 11,489 of its civilians killed in armed conflict, according to international observers. This was the highest number since external recording started in 2009. This year is expected to be at least as bad. The fighting season from May-October was particularly intense, with substantial losses among Afghan security personnel. more...

31st October 2017 – Quoted by VICE News

Afghanistan keeps losing territory to the Taliban

The Afghan government lost significant ground to the Taliban in the last six months, signaling Kabul’s “deteriorating” capacity to fight back against a dominant Taliban. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by Amir Shah - The Associated Press

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

Pompeo said in a speech at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, that the U.S. "is going to do everything we can, to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, with the Taliban having zero hope that they can win this thing on the battlefield." more...

6th October 2017 – Quoted by James Clark

Propaganda Video Shows An Emboldened Taliban Convoying Through Nimruz Province In Broad Daylight

A recent Taliban propaganda video indicates just how emboldened the group has become: showing its fighter staging a public demonstration in Afghanistan’s Nimruz province. In a video reported by Military Times, a long line of military vehicles and pickups can be seen moving in broad daylight and unopposed across a desert in the southwestern province. more...

5th October 2017 – Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

Large Taliban convoy moves through Afghanistan unopposed

The Taliban recently uploaded a new propaganda video which features a long Taliban convoy moving freely during the daytime unopposed. more...

3rd October 2017 – Quoted by N Elahi - Daily Times

Options for staying afloat in Afghanistan

Within two years, from 2015 to 2017, the situation for the Afghan government has gone from bad to worse. It has lost control over 40 percent of Afghanistan in 2017, as opposed to 28 percent in 2015. According to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) based on the data provided by US Forces Afghanistan (USFA) and Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, the Afghan government has control and influence over 60% of Afghanistan. more...

29th September 2017 – Quoted by Erik Goepner - Cato Institute

In Afghanistan, the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops Is Long Overdue

Donald Trump announced a mini-surge of U.S. forces into Afghanistan a month ago. This week the Long War Journal reported the Taliban now control or contest 45 percent of Afghanistan’s districts, up from 40 percent three months prior, which was an increase from 34 percent a year earlier, and you get the idea. The Taliban control more territory today than at any point since 2001, and they have the momentum. more...

28th September 2017 – Quoted by Alexa Liautaud - Vice News

U.S. Troops Will Face The Deadliest Taliban Yet

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly 10,000 U.S. Marines poured into Helmand Province eight years ago as part of the largest surge in the Afghanistan war. Announcing the troop deployment, then-President Obama said the massive campaign was “necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation” and was critical in preventing “a cancer from once again spreading through that country.” more...

28th September 2017 – Quoted by World Tribune

Report: Taliban controls more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001

As the Pentagon prepares to deploy 3,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a new report reveals that the Taliban is now either in control of or is contesting 45 percent of the country. more...

28th September 2017 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Mattis Airport Attack Shows The Big Hole In US Strategy For Afghanistan

An insurgent attack on Kabul International airport Wednesday during a high profile visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis reveals the ability of militants to use rural safe havens to attack major population centers. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

US airdropping supplies in Afghanistan again as war heats up

U.S. forces conducted the first airdrop of military supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan since September 2014, a sign of increasing military operations in the nearly 16-year war. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Taliban Now Contest Nearly Half Of Afghanistan As Thousands More U.S. Troops Pour In

Taliban militants now control or contest nearly half of all districts in Afghanistan as the U.S. pours thousands more troops into the country, a new analysis from The Long War Journal reveals. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

US airstrike in Kabul causes casualties as Mattis, NATO chief visit

John Hannah

An American airstrike on insurgents in Kabul Wednesday caused "several casualties" after a missile "malfunctioned", NATO said, overshadowing a high-profile visit by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. more...

25th September 2017 – Quoted by Art Moore - World Net Daily

Al-Qaida targets Afghanistan as U.S. steps up military effort

Thomas Joscelyn

Just as the United States redoubles its 16-year-old military effort in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism specialist are spotlighting a “code of conduct” issued by al-Qaida’s branch in the region that declares the jihadist movement’s commitment to cooperating with the Taliban and calls on Muslims everywhere to support the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” more...

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

Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

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...

16th September 2017 – Quoted by Rod Norland - The New York Times

US Expands Kabul Security Zone, Digging In for Next Decade

Bill Roggio

Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district. more...

15th September 2017 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt and Matthew Rosenberg - The New York Times

C.I.A. Wants to Expand Its Drone Strike Authority Despite Pentagon Concerns

The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones, a proposal that the White House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according to current and former intelligence and military officials. more...


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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?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?