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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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25th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, supports Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US-led military Coalition in Iraq is openly supporting Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi forces who are battling Islamic State fighters entrenched in Tikrit. more...

22nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US military, diplomatic personnel quit Yemen as country descends into civil war

Bill Roggio

The US governemnt has withdrawn its military and remaining diplomatic personnel from Yemen as the security situation has spiraled out of control over the past week. Among the forces pulled from Yemen were more than 100 military advisors who were training Yemeni counterterrorism personnel to battle al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. more...

20th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Suicide Attacks in Sana’a Mosques

Bill Roggio

The coordinated suicide assault is the first high-profile attack by the Islamic State inside Yemen. more...

19th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. more...

18th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Rampaged in Central Iraq After Freeing Town: HRW

Bill Roggio

A Human Rights Watch report says that the militias looted, burned thousands of buildings, and abducted at least 11 people during the Amerli offensive last summer. more...

15th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Army Brigade Headquarters North of Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Thar Thar area, where the attack took place, is key terrain between Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. The assault on the base comes as fighting has escalated in Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi. more...

14th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Senior Shabaab Intelligence Official in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

The airstrike is said to have targeted Adan Garaar, a senior official in the Amniyat, Shabaab's intelligence and security service that also is responseble for external operations. Garaar's fate is not known. more...

13th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Foreign Suicide Bombers Launch Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

At least 13 suicide bombers, including jihadists from Belgium, Australia, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia launched a coordinated assault on Anbar's provincial capital. more...

12th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group. more...

10th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Forces Surround Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Shiite militias closely linked to Iran and Qods Force commander Qassem Suleimani have taken control of key towns surrounding the central Iraqi city. more...

4th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Shiite Militias Lead Iraq’s Fight to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani has been spotted at the front lines. more...

3rd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims American Suicide Bomber Attacked Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed that Abu Dawoud al Amriki executed a suicide attack against Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias as they massed in the central city of Samarra in preparation for the newly launched offensive in Tikrit. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its apex. An exchange between bin Laden and his general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, over the possible appointment of al Qaeda’s operations chief for Pakistan to the group’s shura majlis, or executive council, also sheds light on how al Qaeda elevates leaders to the group’s inner circle. more...

27th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized. more...

26th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist. more...

21st February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in Southern Yemen Kills 3 AQAP Fighters

Bill Roggio

The strike is the third this year in the province of Shabwa, which known haven for AQAP and its leadership cadre. A previous attack in Shabwa killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, one of the jihadist group's senior ideologues. more...

20th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab Suicide Assault Team Strikes in Somali Capital

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's branch in Somalia continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate security at the heavily protected areas in the capital and carry out deadly attacks. more...

17th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Kills 20 Afghan Policemen

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continue to exact a heavy toll on poorly armed and trained policemen, who have been thrust into the front line of Afghanistan's insurgency. more...

13th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Takes Over Large Portions of Town Near Key Airbase in Anbar

Bill Roggio

After months of besieging al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province, the Islamic State was able to take over large swaths of the town. Additionally, at least eight jihadists attacked the Al Asad airbase where US Marines are stationed. more...

12th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Seizes Yemeni Military Base in Shabwa

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of the base and captured several soldiers in Shabwa province as the Shia Houthis tighten their grip on the capital and the US and Britain shutter their embassies. more...