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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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10th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Fighters Attack US Base, Plant ‘Anti-Helicopter’ Mine

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-allied jihadist group, has released a video of attacks against a US base in Paktia province... more...

10th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Free Syrian Army Commander Celebrates Victory with al Qaeda Affiliate

Bill Roggio

In this New York Times article on the influx of foreign fighters into Syria (more than 6,000 foreign fighters are now estimated to be fighting with jihadist groups)... more...

9th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Recent Embassy Closures Triggered by Zawahiri Communications with Multiple Subordinates

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 7, the Daily Beast's Eli Lake and Josh Rogin reported that the US government's decision to shutter more than 20 diplomatic facilities... more...

8th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Targets AQAP in 2 More Drone Strikes, Kills 6 Operatives

Bill Roggio

The US launched two more airstrikes in Yemen, killing six more al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters as part of an effort to disrupt a global plot to target... more...

8th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Leads Charge to Take Syrian Airport

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, one of al Qaeda's two official affiliates operating in Syria, led a recent decisive rebel assault on a Syrian military... more...

7th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Report: Al Qaeda Conference Call Led to US Diplomatic Closures

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, the press learned that an intercepted communication between al Qaeda honcho Ayman al Zawahiri and Nasir al Wuhayshi, who heads... more...

7th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Strikes Again in Yemen, Kills 7 AQAP Operatives in Drone Attack

Bill Roggio

The US launched its fifth drone strike in Yemen in the past 11 days, killing seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in an area in southern... more...

6th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Emir of Pakistan-Based Mullah Nazir Group to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added the emir of the Mullah Nazir Group, a Taliban subgroup based in South Waziristan that supports al Qaeda, to the list.... more...

6th August 2013 – The Long War Journal

AQAP’s Emir Also Serves as al Qaeda’s General Manager

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Nasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has recently been appointed to also serve as al Qaeda's general manager... more...

3rd August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Launch Suicide Assault at Indian Consulate in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

Jihadists launched a suicide assault that targeted the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad today, killing nine people, including children, in the failed attack. more...

3rd August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Rebukes Muslim Brotherhood for Trusting Democracy

Bill Roggio

Just one day after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood government, Shabaab was at the forefront of those arguing... more...

3rd August 2013 – The Long War Journal

Local AQAP Commander Reported Killed in Recent US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who commanded forces in the restive southern Yemeni province of Abyan is reported to have been killed... more...

1st August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US has ‘Eliminated Most of the Threat’ in Pakistan, SecState Kerry Claims

Bill Roggio

Remember when, two years ago, unnamed US counterterrorism and intelligence officials claimed that there are only two top al Qaeda leaders left in Pakistan? more...

1st August 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 5 AQAP Operatives in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US launched its third drone strike in Yemen in the past five days, killing five al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in an area in eastern Yemen... more...

31st July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun... more...

31st July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Launches Joint Assaults with Numerous Syrian Rebel Groups

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, has claimed that it launched three separate operations in recent months... more...

31st July 2013 – The Long War Journal

3 al Qaeda Military ‘Training Experts’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani Taliban commander said that the US killed three al Qaeda military "training experts" in a drone strike in North Waziristan that took... more...

30th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Prison, Free Hundreds of Inmates

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched a complex assault that included suicide bombers against a prison in Dera Ismail Khan, freeing... more...

30th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike Again in Yemen, Kill 3 AQAP Operatives

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second drone strike in four days in Yemen, killing three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives today as they traveled in the south... more...

29th July 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill Taliban, ‘Arab’ Fighters in Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed eight "militants" in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that is known to serve as a gateway for terrorist... more...