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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Repels Iraqi Military’s 3rd Attempt to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces broke off their advance on Tikrit after taking heavy fire from Islamic State fighters based in and around the capital of Salahaddin province. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq. more...

18th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq. more...

18th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. more...

17th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Quetta Airbase Attacks Carried Out By Pakistani Taliban, IMU

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, said the Quetta airbase attacks were executed with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. more...

17th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in a province in eastern Yemen where the terror group has been battling the government for control. more...

16th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Laud Afghan Soldier Who Killed US General

Bill Roggio

The Taliban described Rafiqullah, the Afghan soldier who killed Major General Harold Greene, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, as a "martyr." more...

15th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Fedayeen-i-Islam Claims Suicide Assaults on Pakistani Airbases

Bill Roggio

Fourteen members of the Fedayeen-i-Islam were killed during the latest assault on a Pakistani airbase. more...

13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Advances Against Jihadist Foes in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group ejected the rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria, and allied jihadist groups from five towns and villages in Aleppo province. more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban." more...

10th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The US launched four airstrikes on Aug. 9 and five more on Aug. 10 against the Islamic State in the Sinjar area, where the Yazidi minority is facing a humanitarian crisis, and near Irbil. more...

9th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Abida. In eastern Yemen, the military and AQAP have been battling for control of Hadramout province. more...

8th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said. more...

7th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraq’s Largest Christian Town Falls to Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Qaraqosh, as well as Tal Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh, fell to the Islamic State after Kurdish Peshmerga abandoned the towns without a fight. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Syrian Artillery Regiment in Hasakah

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group seized a large amount of military hardware and munitions after overrunning Regiment 121. Chechen commander Omar al Shishani was spotted at the fighting. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Who Defected From al Qaeda Reported Killed in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani is thought to be Abdullah al Punjabi, one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders to openly defect from the global jihadist group and join the Islamic State. more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 5 ‘Militants,’ Including Foreigners in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The attack is the fourth by the US in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan since July 6; at least three al Qaeda leaders are thought to have been killed in one of the strikes. more...

5th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Insider Attack at Kabul Base Kills US Major General, Wounds 16 Troops Including Senior Coalition…

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier fired at fairly close range on Coalition and Afghan troops during a key leader engagement at an Afghan military training facility near Kabul, killing a US major general and injuring a German general as well as US, British, and Afghan troops. more...

5th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July. more...

4th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers. more...