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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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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...

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...

10th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union conducts joint raid with the Taliban

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-linked Uzbek group, showcased a joint raid with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. The video, which is dated for Oct. 2017, takes place in northern Afghanistan, but no specific location is mentioned. more...

9th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills senior Islamic State commander in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The US military killed Qari Hikmatullah, who was described as “the senior ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan province or IS-K) commander and the main facilitator of ISIS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan” in an airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Faryab on April 5. Hikmatullah is part of the contingent of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan that defected and joined the Islamic State after the Taliban was caught hiding the death of Mullah Omar. more...

6th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US continues to disrupt Shabaab in Jilib, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States attacked al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia in the southern town of Jilib, a recurring strike location and known Shabaab safe haven. The strike killed three terrorists and destroyed a vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun yesterday afternoon, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab in central Somalia

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The location of last weekend's strike highlights the geographical range of US operations against Shabaab, and the scope of the al Qaeda branch's insurgency. more...

2nd April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba fronts, 7 leaders to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The designations are the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to pressure Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups that openly operate inside the country with the approval and support of both the military and government. more...

30th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Can Resolute Support possibly still not understand Taliban strategy?

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support continues to claim that the Taliban failed in its strategic goals in 2017 and discounts the importance of the Taliban's rural insurgency. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

American forces kill senior al Qaeda leader in Libya

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military announced that it killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader in Libya, in an airstrike last weekend. Dawud is an established jihadist who has been in the fight with the GSPC and AIQM for at least three decades. more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for Kashmir attack on security forces

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

Pakistan continues to fuel the terrorist insurgency inside Jammu and Kashmir by backing Lashkar-e-Taiba and other proxies. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab south of Somalia’s capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted nine strikes in Somalia this year, all of which have targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in the country. more...

20th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured. more...

16th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military helicopter crash in western Iraq kills all aboard

Bill Roggio

The helicopter that crashed is used to conduct search and rescue as well as Air Force special operations missions. more...

14th March 2018 – Long War Journal

LWJ Exclusive: US quietly continues Yemen air campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States’ air campaign in Yemen has shown no signs of slowing down. US forces conducted 12 airstrikes against terrorist groups in Yemen over the last month that were not publicly announced, FDD’s Long War Journal has learned. more...

12th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a largely Uighur jihadist group that is affiliated with al Qaeda, released a new video over the weekend highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. more...

10th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan special forces hit hard in deadly Taliban ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed at least 10 Afghan commandos and several other security personnel during an ambush in Farah province last night. Security in Farah has been slipping over the past two years as the Taliban has focused efforts in the western province. more...

9th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US lists Shabaab’s leader in Kenya, wanted commander as global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added Ahmad Iman Ali, the leader of Shabaab’s network in Kenya, and Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi, a dangerous Kenyan commander, to its list of Specially Designated Global terrorists on March 8. more...