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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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15th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Emir Rumored Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio

Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir and al Qaeda’s general manager, is rumored to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place last week in eastern Yemen. Reports of Wuhayshi’s death, which have been propagated by online jihadists and Yemeni intelligence officials, have not been confirmed by either the United States or AQAP. more...

14th June 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Utilizes 7 Foreigners in Baiji Suicide Assaults

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has publicized a number of photos that show suicide bombers that were used against Iraqi forces in and around the central city of Baiji on June 13. The foreign suicide bombers are part of what the jihadist group is dubbing “The Battle of Abdul Razzaq al Mashadani,” which is its name for the ongoing fight against Iraqi troops and Shiite militias for control of the city. more...

11th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Emir Thought Killed in 2010 Reemerged to Lead Group in 2014

Bill Roggio

The emir of the Turkistan Islamic Party, who served on al Qaeda’s executive leadership council and who was thought to have been killed in a US drone strike in 2010, is believed to have re-emerged to lead the group after recovering from his injuries. If confirmed, Abdul Haq al Turkistani has been leading the group since the spring of 2014 without the knowledge of US intelligence services. more...

10th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Security Forces, Shiite Militias Make Gains in Baiji

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and several Iranian-supported Shiite militias have entered Baiji and are vying for control of the central Iraqi city with the Islamic State. Baiji has changed hands twice since the Islamic State launched its invasion of central and northern Iraq in June 2014. more...

9th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Commander Threatens to Attack US

Bill Roggio

The leader of a powerful Iraqi Shiite militia that is operating against the Islamic State has threatened to attack the US after members of allied militia were killed in a blast in Anbar province over the weekend. Shiite militias have claimed that the US killed the militiamen in an airstrike, but US officials denied that aircraft were operating in the area when the blast took place. more...

8th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber killed seven Pakistani soldiers in an area in the tribal agencies where the US has concentrated its drone campaign over the past several months. more...

6th June 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Afghan Taliban Fighters in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed nine Afghan Taliban fighters in an drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. more...

2nd June 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Said to Have Killed ‘Foreigners’ in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed at least four jihadists, including “foreigners,” in a drone strike that struck a vehicle in an area of Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan that serves as a safe haven for al Qaeda and other groups that operate in the region. more...

1st June 2015 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Soleimani Reportedly Spotted in Anbar Province

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. more...

30th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian Military Commander Killed Fighting in Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The commander, Jassem Nouri, was reportedly killed on May 28 while fighting against the Islamic State near Ramadi. The Islamic State defeated the Iraqi military in Ramadi and drove it out of the city on May 17. The Iraqi government has called on Iranian-supported Shiite militias to eject the jihadist group from the provincial capital of Anbar. Hezbollah Brigades, which is listed by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and is supported by Qods Force, is leading the fight to retake the city. more...

28th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar Leader Accuses Islamic State of Creating ‘Fitna’

Bill Roggio

Salahuddin al Shishani, the emir of the Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, or the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers or Muhajireen Army, also accused the Islamic State of attempting to assassinate him after he and others tried to mediate a truce between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front. Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar is listed by the US as Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization. The jihadist group has sworn loyalty to the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group that operates in the Russian Caucasus. more...

25th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Shadow Governor Appears in New Propaganda Video Depicting Recent Combat in Badakhshan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a new propaganda video in late May depicting a recent series of attacks against Afghan security forces in the rugged and remote northeastern province of Badakhshan. The video, which is over an hour long, contains an interview with Qari Fasehuddin, the Taliban shadow governor for Badakhshan, who claimed his group is waging jihad to deter US and German forces from looting Badakhshan’s natural resources. more...

23rd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same timeframe that the Obama administration and US military officials were optimistic about conducting negotiations with the Taliban, and the conventional wisdom was that al Qaeda and the Taliban had split. more...

22nd May 2015 – The Long War Journal

2 French Suicide Bombers Used in Islamic State Assault on Haditha

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State used two French suicide bombers in today’s coordinated assault on the western Iraqi town of Haditha. One of the bombers has been featured in the past in an Islamic State propaganda film calling for more French recruits. more...

21st May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Syrian City of Palmyra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State captured the central Syrian city of Palmyra, routing Syrian Arab Army forces and killing and capturing hundreds of soldiers. The jihadist group is now estimated to control half of Syria. more...

20th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Nearly All of Osama Bin Laden’s Files Should Be Released

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a set of files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound. The public release of the files is step towards transparency. However, the files released today are a tiny fraction of the total cache recovered in Abbottabad. As The Long War Journal has reported previously, more than one million total file are in the US government’s possession. In addition, some of the most important revelations discovered in bin Laden’s files remain hidden from public view. more...

20th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Shiite Militias Square Off East of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, flush with the success of overrunning Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi over the weekend, is advancing eastward in an effort to consolidate its gains and take full control of the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor. more...

18th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

‘Strategy to Defeat Islamic State is Working,’ US Department of Defense Claims

Bill Roggio

This Department of Defense news article (reproduced in full below) on the status of the fight against the Islamic State couldn’t have been more poorly timed. Published on May 15, the same day that the Islamic State overran the government center in Ramadi, the report provides a pollyannaish view from Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley of the US military’s air campaign and the Iraqi military’s fight against the Islamic State more...

17th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Anbar Operations Command, Takes Full Control of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has overrun the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi and has taken effective control of the entire city. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor are in complete disarray and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas. more...

17th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 Jihadists in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing at least six jihadists, including “foreigners,” in an area along the Afghan-Pakistan border that is known to host a variety of terrorist groups. more...