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15th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Emir of Pakistani Taliban thought killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense claimed that Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US airstrike in the remote Afghan province of Kunar on June 13. more...

12th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban denies it is in ‘secret talks’ with NATO

Bill Roggio

The Taliban denied today that any of its representatives were in “secret talks” with Afghan, NATO or US officials. Yet again, the Taliban stated that it will only negotiate peace after US and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan. more...

12th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns another district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Kohistan district center in the northwestern province of Faryab early this morning. This latest assault by the Taliban yet again directly contradicts the top US and NATO general in Afghanistan’s assertion that the Taliban is “no longer attempting to gain new ground.” more...

11th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing outside Afghan ministry in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the gate outside of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul earlier today. more...

9th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Taliban will halt attacks on Afghan government for 3 days

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released a short statement saying it will halt attacks on the Afghan government for three days. The group doesn’t specifically mention the government’s unilateral ceasefire, which was announced on June 7. more...

9th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban blockade of Ghazni-Paktia highway enters second month

Bill Roggio

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8th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A misbegotten ‘ceasefire’ in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

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6th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills four Islamic State terrorists in Libya strike

Alexandra N. Gutowski

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6th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Exclusive: CENTCOM reveals scope of Yemen air campaign BY BILL ROGGIO & ALEXAND

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

In a major move toward transparency, US Central Command (CENTCOM) provided details to FDD’s Long War Journal on US air strikes against Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen. more...

5th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills 27 Shabaab terrorists in rare northern Somalia strike

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

In a strike over the weekend, the US killed 27 Shabaab terrorists, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release yesterday. more...

20th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

In Helmand, Taliban dominates security situation

Bill Roggio

The Taliban currently controls seven of Helmand's 13 districts and contests the other six, according to date compiled by LWJ. more...

19th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban forces hundreds of schools in Kunduz to close

Bill Roggio

The closure of the schools highlights the Taliban's grip on the province, where all of the districts are currently contested. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

As Senate probes Yemen role, US quietly continues strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The military has not produced detailed press releases for any strikes this year, continuing 2017's limited transparency. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State propagandists seek to undermine rival jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's propagandists continue to take aim at rival jihadists, including al Qaeda and Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). A recent Islamic State video calls upon HTS fighters to defect to the so-called caliphate's cause. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Syrian militia declares jihad against US forces in Syria

Romany Shaker

A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US continues to disrupt Shabaab’s attack campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

In the past six months, US forces have thrice interdicted Shabaab car bombs and prevented imminent attacks against civilians in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu. more...

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan mission releases district-level assessments

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Afghanistan watchdog was finally able to release the military's own district-level assessment, allowing for a direct comparison with our data. The Taliban currently controls 38 districts, contests 150, and claims to control two more. This accounts for 46.5 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts. more...

12th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan district, kills governor

Bill Roggio

The district of Khwaja Omari was previously considered to be one of the more secure areas in Ghazni, which is a hotbed for the Taliban and other foreign jihadist groups such as al Qaeda. more...

6th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: A premature declaration of victory in Syria?

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House declared on Apr. 4 that the "military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed." But ISIS continues to operate in several areas of Syria, as well as in Iraq, which wasn't even mentioned in the White House's statement. more...

3rd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

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

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...

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