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8th January 2018 – Quoted by Brian Freeman - Newsmax

Experts Debate If Suspension of Aid to Pakistan Will Be Effective

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the Trump administration announced the suspension of up to $2 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan last week over charges that the country harbors terrorists, experts are now debating whether the United States can punish Islamabad without punishing itself, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon on Monday. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Escalating Tensions Between U.S., Pakistan Risk Key Counterterrorism Alliance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Pakistan has said it is no longer allied with the United States after the Trump administration severed security-related aid to Islamabad over charges that the country is harboring militants, signaling a further deterioration of relations with the longtime counterterrorism partner. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted by Ann Simmons - The Los Angeles Times

Many Americans have never heard of the Haqqani network, one of the world’s most lethal terror groups

Bill Roggio

When the Trump administration announced this week it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until the country takes more aggressive action against terrorist organizations that have targeted Americans, one of the groups it named was the Haqqani network. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by David Krayden - The Daily Caller

Pompeo: Kidnapped Couple Spent All Five Years In Pakistan

CIA Director Mike Pompeo revealed for the first time Thursday that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle spent all five years of their captivity in Pakistan. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by The Associate Press

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil. more...

17th October 2017 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Behind the dramatic rescue of American-Canadian couple from Haqqani captivity

Bill Roggio

Armed with information from U.S. intelligence, Pakistani soldiers staged a dramatic but successful rescue operation last week to free American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three young children after five years in Haqqani network captivity. more...

14th October 2017 – Quoted by the Press Trust of India

Starting to develop much better relationship with Pakistan: US President Trump

Bill Roggio

US President Donald Trump thanked Pakistani leaders for cooperating with the US on many fronts. more...

14th October 2017 – Quoted by Press Trust of India

Pakistan took key step to do more in fight against terror: Pence on Canadian-American family release

Bill Roggio

US vice president Mike Pence has praised Pakistan in helping secure the release of a Canadian- American family who were abducted by the Haqqani networks five years ago. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Asia News International

US covering Pak Govt, military by dubbing ISI as guilty brewing terrorism

Bill Roggio

The United States is apparently providing cover to Pakistan's military and the government by blaming its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for brewing terrorism. more...

18th September 2017 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC

Trump Administration Wants to Increase CIA Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio

When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. 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...

26th August 2017 – Quoted by Newsweek Pakistan

Taking on Trump

The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)-led government got together on Thursday with the Pakistan Army during a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting to issue a “worthy” repartee to U.S. President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan permits safe havens for militants within its territory. Firmly denying the charge, the NSC statement demands “effective and immediate U.S. military efforts to eliminate sanctuaries harboring terrorists and miscreants on the Afghan soil, including those responsible for fomenting terror in Pakistan.” more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Republican American

Awaiting proof from Pakistan

Clifford D. May

There are many reasons Afghanistan has been the setting for the longest war in U.S. history, despite lacking the war-making capabilities of a Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan – nations that failed to endure for as many as four years under an American-led onslaught during the 1940s. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by John Fund - Fox News

Trump’s approach to Pakistan is pitch perfect, his Afghan policy not so much

Bill Roggio

President Trump did two bold things in his Afghanistan speech Monday night. One was somewhat wishful thinking and the other was quite smart if he follows through. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Hayes: Is the Taliban a Terrorist Group or a Partner for Peace?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump provided some much-needed clarity about his plan for Afghanistan in a speech to the nation on Monday. The United States won’t be withdrawing anytime soon. We won’t announce in advance our departure dates. We’re not doing nation-building. Afghan security forces will be the offensive lead in the fight against terrorists. Pakistan faces real consequences if leaders there continue to play both sides in this 16-year war. more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

Trump’s demand to Pakistan could be ‘game-changer’ on Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

President Donald Trump's warning to Pakistan that it must stop harboring terrorist organizations and the Taliban represents "a radical shift" in U.S. policy that could improve the situation in war-torn Afghanistan, according to analysts. more...

22nd July 2017 – Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

USA withholds aid to Pakistan over ‘insufficient’ counterterrorism action

Bill Roggio

The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis determined Islamabad is not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said on Friday. more...

9th July 2017 – Quoted by Cristina Cifuentes - Latercera

¿Se acerca el resurgimiento de Al Qaeda?

La organización terrorista fue eclipsada por el auge del Estado Islámico, pero los analistas señalan que ha cambiado su imagen y que sigue siendo fuerte. 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...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Will Trump Administration Increase Drone Strikes in Pakistan?

Bill Roggio

On March 2, a suspected U.S. drone strike inside Pakistan killed two Taliban militants in the country's tribal region — the first drone attack in the country since Donald Trump became president. 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?