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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...

6th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US conducts 10 counterterrorism strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted a record 120 strikes in Yemen in 2017 and appears to be operating at a similar tempo thus far in 2018. more...

5th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

At its Umar Khattab training camp, Taliban trains in the snow

Bill Roggio

The Taliban previously publicized this training facility in a video that was released in July of 2016. Since 2014, the Taliban has disclosed the existence of 17 training camps. 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...

3rd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Syrian jihadist group downs Russian Su-25 jet

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay'at Tahrir al Sham has released two videos and a short statement claiming that its men downed a Russian warplane. The Russian defense ministry confirmed that the jet was lost after it was struck by a "a portable anti-aircraft missile system." more...

2nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban promotes Abu Bakr Siddique training camp

Bill Roggio

Taliban are parading around with a number of captured Afghan police Ford Ranger pickup trucks. The police trucks were supplied to the Afghan police by the US military. more...

2nd February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military blocks release of key Afghan force development data

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Philip Hegseth

For the first time, US and Coalition authorities are restricting access to key indicators of Afghan security force development. The lack of transparency comes on the heels of a new strategy to enhance Afghan forces in order to supplant Coalition troops in the fight against the Taliban. 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...

26th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Newly created ‘teaching’ brigade prepares to deploy to Afghanistan

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Security Force Assist Brigade (SFAB) will be responsible for developing partner nation militaries, an area in which the United States has struggled in the past. more...

26th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri blames Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt for the failure of the Arab uprisings to deliver sharia-based governance. more...

25th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US Treasury Department reveals new details about the Taliban’s network

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department designated six Taliban-Haqqani figures as terrorists today. Treasury's identifying information locates five of the six -- including three senior Taliban finance officials and the deputy leader of the group's military commission -- inside Pakistan. At least two of the newly-sanctioned men have ties to al Qaeda. more...

25th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias form coalition ahead of parliamentary elections

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

Ahead of Iraq’s May parliamentary elections, Iranian-backed militias this month announced a coalition called al-Fatah al Mubin (Manifest Victory). It is led by Hadi al Ameri, the chief of the Badr Organization and current parliamentarian with close ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani called him a “living martyr” last year. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US says 30 children freed during raid on Shabaab ‘indoctrination center’

Thomas Joscelyn

US Africa Command confirmed today that US forces took part "in an advisory capacity" in a Somali-led raid on an "indoctrination center" operated by Shabaab, al Qaeda's branch in East Africa. Five people, some of whom were "under the age of 18," were killed in the Jan. 18 operation. 30 other "male children" were freed. more...

24th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State attacks Save the Children charity in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The attack forced the charity to temporarily shut down its offices across the country. 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...

23rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates Islamic State executioner, fighter as terrorists

Thomas Joscelyn

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23rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Senior AQAP leader added to US terror list by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department has added Khalid Batarfi, an al Qaeda veteran and senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. Batarfi threatened the US and Jews in a video released by AQAP just yesterday. more...

22nd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan and Coalition forces prepare for 2018 offensive against the Taliban

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Afghan forces will be on the offensive in the coming year, but have significant challenges ahead. 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...

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