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18th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Scores of jihadists from both the Taliban and the Islamic State’s Khorasan province have been killed in several skirmishes in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks. The clashes have mainly taken place in the northern provinces of Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul, areas in which the two have previously fought. more...

17th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan commandos free 58 from Taliban prison

Bill Roggio

Afghan commandos raided a Taliban jail in the highly contested province of Helmand and freed 58 prisoners, according to the Afghan military. The Taliban has been operating prisons in Helmand for at least three years. more...

11th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban claims Peshawar suicide attack, threatens more to come

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for the deadly suicide attack at a rally held by the secular Awami National Party in Peshawar late last night. The deadly bombing is the first major attack executed by the Taliban group since Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud assumed command of the group in late June. The July 10 suicide attack targeted the ANP rally and killed 20 people, including Haroon Bilour, a candidate for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial assembly, according to GEO News. At least 62 people were reportedly wounded in the attack. more...

10th July 2018 – Quoted by Kyle Rempfer - Military Times

Here’s what a massive spike in airdrops says about the war in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Airdrops in Afghanistan grew nearly ten-fold this year, as supplies were increasingly ferried out via cargo aircraft and parachuted into Afghanistan to sustain operations against the Taliban this spring and summer. more...

10th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban again equates their Islamic Emirate with the Afghan nation

Bill Roggio

The Taliban reiterated yesterday that it views itself as the sole representative of the Afghan people, while those who fight for the Afghan government are “puppets” of the United States. The Taliban made these points and more in a statement that addressed the International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in the Republic of Afghanistan, which is being held in Saudi Arabia today and tomorrow. The statement was released on July 9 in English on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban’s official website. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Afghanistan on Monday. His visit, which was not announced in advance to the public, comes just two days after a U.S. service member was killed, and two others wounded, as a result of an apparent insider attack. more...

9th July 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchelor show to discuss the upcoming trilateral meeting of religious scholars in Saudi Arabia. more...

9th July 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchelor show to discuss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's son, who was killed fighting Syrian and Russian forces. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by ABC News Radio

In face of security concerns, recent attacks, Pompeo claims progress in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Monday to see what progress has been made nearly one year after President Trump announced his new “South Asia strategy.” more...

9th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban brands upcoming religious scholar conference as ‘an absolute anti-Islamic US process’

Bill Roggio

The Taliban railed against an upcoming conference of religious scholars that will be held in Saudi Arabia later this week as “illegitimate” and urged Islamic clerics to boycott the meeting. The International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in the Republic of Afghanistan will be held in the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina on July 10-11. more...

5th July 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Pentagon continues to underestimate al Qaeda, downplay ties to Taliban

Bill Roggio

The US Department of Defense continues to ignore fundamental facts in spinning its latest narrative. Yet again, the Pentagon underestimates al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan while downplaying the group’s ties to the Taliban. more...

26th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban: We’re ‘another name of the Afghan nation’

Bill Roggio

In a recent statement that addressed comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Taliban reiterated that it considers itself the sole representative of the Afghan people. This is at odds with the opinion of some analysts who advise the US government on policy with respect to a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. more...

25th June 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD's Bill Roggio joins the John Batchelor show to discuss the new emir appointed by the Pakistani Taliban following the death of Mullah Fazlullah. more...

24th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban captures more than 70 Afghan police in attack near the capital

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban captured more than 70 Afghan policemen and took over a number of outposts after clashing with security forces in Jalrez district in the province of Wardak, just south of Kabul. The Afghan government is maintaining its unilateral ceasefire despite the current Taliban offensive. more...

23rd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban appoints new emir after confirming death of Mullah Fazlullah

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) confirmed that the US killed Mullah Fazlullah and appointed Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud (Wali) as its new emir. The TTP appears to be returning to its roots by selecting a prominent commander from the Mehsud tribe to lead the organization. more...

21st June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi Police, Hezbollah Brigades clash in Baghdad

Bill Roggio

Earlier today, Iraqi Police and members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades clashed in the streets of Baghdad. At least three people were wounded in the shootout. more...

20th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

30 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban assault

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed 30 soldiers in an assault on Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Badghis earlier today, government officials said. An Afghan official claimed the Taliban infiltrated and scouted bases during a ceasefire and used that information to launch its attack. more...

18th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. more...

18th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. more...

18th June 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchelor show to discuss the US' recent capture of a Benghazi attack commander. more...