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23rd July 2017 – Quoted by Muhammad Khan - Pakistan Observer

Afghanistan: Friendly fire syndrome

While the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were carrying out operation against Taliban in a remote village of district Gereshk of Helmond province, a US aerial attack killed sixteen soldiers. more...

20th July 2017 – Quoted by Carlo Munoz - Washington Times

Trump remains mum on next step of Middle East war plan

Bill Roggio

President Trump kept the world and Washington’s national security establishment in suspense Thursday, refusing to disclose details of the White House’s war plan for Afghanistan and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. more...

4th July 2017 – Quoted by James Farwell - The National Interest

4 Ways America Can Fix Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

As the U.S. government considers whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the real issue is what political outcome we’re plausibly trying to achieve? Military force is useful only as a means to achieve a political end. more...

14th June 2017 – Quoted by Daily Mail

Mattis vows not to repeat past mistakes in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has vowed that the Trump administration will not repeat the "mistakes of the past" in Afghanistan, after the president signaled a desire to give the Pentagon wide latitude in setting warfighting policy more...

2nd June 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

The Taliban Are Now Proudly Parading The Streets Of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video of its forces proudly parading the streets of Waghaz, Afghanistan after taking it last month, but it is only the most recent example of the group’s brazen celebrations. more...

1st June 2017 – Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Kabul bomb: Who carried it out?

Bill Roggio

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday's powerful blast that ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, killing at least 90 people and wounding hundreds of others. more...

15th May 2017 – Quoted by Josh Siegel - Newsweek

Will Trump Send a Troop Surge to Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

In an early test of his foreign policy, President Donald Trump is facing a decision on whether to contribute thousands of additional U.S. troops to America’s longest-running—and often overlooked—war. more...

10th May 2017 – Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

Trump Considers Expansion of America’s Longest War. What That Means.

Bill Roggio

In an early test of his foreign policy, President Donald Trump is facing a decision on whether to contribute thousands of additional U.S. troops to America’s longest-running—and often overlooked—war. more...

8th May 2017 – Quoted by Evan Dyer - CBC News

Real tragedy of Operation Medusa is that Taliban may soon win back ground hard won by Canadian troop

Bill Roggio

The 2006 operation code named Medusa, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's role in it, has transfixed Canada's politicians for the past three weeks, yet no one is talking about how the hard-won gains of the operation stand in danger of being wiped out. more...

8th May 2017 – Quoted by Agence France-Presse

US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

Bill Roggio

After dropping a monster bomb on its fighters, then targeting its leader, the US military is looking to destroy the Islamic State group's Afghan branch before battle-hardened reinforcements arrive from #Syria and Iraq. 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...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Agence France-Presse

US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

Bill Roggio

After dropping a monster bomb on its fighters, then targeting its leader, the US military is looking to destroy the Islamic State group's Afghan branch before battle-hardened reinforcements arrive from Syria and Iraq. more...

28th April 2017 – Quoted by Vera Bergengruen - The Sacramento Bee

Here’s the sad news of what ‘mother of all bombs’ did for U.S. fight in Afghanistan Read more here:

Bill Roggio

The use of the “mother of all bombs” on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts. more...

27th April 2017 – Quoted by Britain Eakin - Courthouse News Service

US Policy in Afghanistan ‘a Mess,’ House Committee Hears

Bill Roggio

More than 15 years after U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaida, experts told members of a House committee Thursday that jihadist groups have proliferated while the Taliban is stronger than at any time since 9/11. more...

13th April 2017 – Quoted by Charlsy Panzino, Jeff Schogol - Air Force Times

CENTCOM: US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on ISIS in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The U.S. military said it conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. more...

13th April 2017 – Quoted by Abigail Abrams - Time Magazine

The U.S. Just Dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan. But What Is That?

Bill Roggio

The United States on Thursday dropped “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex in eastern Afghanistan. more...

13th April 2017 – Quoted by Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Broadcast Group

President Trump’s full foreign policy plate

Jonathan Schanzer

On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to focus on America first. “If I become president the era of nation building will be brought to a very swift and decisive end,” Trump said during a speech in August. more...

30th March 2017 – Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Earlier this week, the Taliban posted a report to their website enumerating, in detail, which districts the group controls and contests in Afghanistan. more...

25th March 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday. more...

25th March 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday. 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?