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17th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strike inside Pakistan targets ‘Afghan extremist’

Bill Roggio

The last five US counterterrorism strikes have all taken place inside Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency. The Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, is known to operate inside Kurram and use it as a base to attack Afghanistan. more...

14th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration

Bill Roggio

In a conversation with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is "undermining ... Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism" in Washington. more...

11th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US killed three ‘key’ AQAP leaders in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

CENTCOM identified the AQAP operatives who were killed as "key Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders." Their responsibilities included "external operations facilitator," an operative who paves the way for attacks outside of Yemen, an arms facilitator, and a member of its proselytizing council. more...

9th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

Bill Roggio

Sufi Mohammed was responsible for the Taliban uprising in Swat and the peace agreement that put jihadists in control of a significant area of Pakistan from 2007 to 2009. more...

4th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 3 al Qaeda figures as global terrorists

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

One of the leaders "planned" the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, which was claimed by the Islamic State. Another serves as Shabaab's deputy emir. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab outside Somali capital

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

In the first strike of 2018, US forces have again halted an imminent car bomb attack intended for Somalia's capital. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year. more...

2nd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’

Bill Roggio

If Trump is serious about hitting back at Pakistan, expect the US to ramp up drone strikes against jihadists, and not just in Pakistan's tribal areas. more...

28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Shabaab fighters, car bomb

Bill Roggio

At least 17 Shabaab fighters were killed and a suicide car bomb was destroyed in two strikes that have taken place in Somalia over the past four days. more...

27th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State video promotes Somali arm, incites attacks during holidays

Bill Roggio

On Dec. 25, the Islamic State released a video promoting its fighters in Somalia and inciting attacks in the West. The group's propagandists referred to the cadre as the Islamic State's Somali "province." more...

26th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Afghan Taliban commander in drone strike inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Jamiuddin, was a "trusted man" within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos. more...

18th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab outside of Kismayo

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The attack killed eight Shabaab fighters and destroyed one vehicle, according to the AFRICOM press release. more...

14th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab targets Somali police academy in suicide attack

Bill Roggio

The explosion, which took place as Somail police were parading, killed at least 18 people and wounding at least another 15. Shabaab claimed credit for the attack. more...

13th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban features its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’

Bill Roggio

The video is the latest in a series of propaganda that promotes Taliban units and the network of training camps. more...

12th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AFRICOM strike halts Shabaab car bomb attack

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military has launched 32 strikes in Somalia since the beginning of 2017, more than doubling last year's total of 15. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Taliban drug facilities in Helmand

Bill Roggio

F/A-18 Super Hornets, flown from a US Navy aircraft carrier, targeted and destroyed the Taliban drug labs in Helmand province. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes AQAP in Yemen’s Bayda

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

While announcing the strike, US Central Command provided a rare look into the targeting of AQAP's network. Until now, the US military had provided few details on its efforts during 2017 to defeat the al Qaeda branch. more...

5th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US killed commander of Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’

Bill Roggio

Mullah Shah Wali, the leader of the Red Unit's forces in Helmand , was killed in a US airstrike in the Taliban-controlled district of Musa Qala. The Red Unit has served as the Taliban's shock troops and special forces. more...

29th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan official ‘happy’ Taliban controls 219 schools in Herat

Bill Roggio

"We are very happy with this work of the Taliban," Herat's director of education said after noting that 219 of the province's 969 schools are controlled by the Taliban. He admitted that five districts are off limits to education officials. more...