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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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13th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Four in Taliban, al Qaeda Haven

Bill Roggio

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and noted that more than 50 of the jihadist group’s operatives have been killed since last summer. more...

12th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Killed AQIS Deputy Emir, Shura Member in January Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent confirmed that deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura member Qari ‘Imran were killed in separate strikes in January. Farooq was identified in Osama bin Laden's documents as an up and coming al Qaeda leader. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Launches Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State launched a new offensive in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, and took control of an outlying district north of the city after heavy fighting with Iraqi troops. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Court Again Orders Release of Mumbai Attack Plotter

Bill Roggio

Yet again, a Pakistani court has ordered Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the architects of the 2008 suicide assault in Mumbai, India that resulted in the deaths of more than 160 people, to be released from prison. more...

10th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Promotes Suicide, IED Attacks, and Ambushes in ‘Caravan of Heroes’

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network promoted suicide bombings, IED attacks, and ambushes that targeted Coalition and Afghan forces throughout eastern Afghanistan in a video that was recently released on Voice of Jihad, the official news outlet of the Afghan Taliban. One of the suicide bombers likely was a Uigher from China. more...

8th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills American in Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one and wounding several more. The insider or green-on-blue attack, where a member of the Afghan security forces kills Coalition personnel, is the second of its kind recorded this year. more...

7th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in both al Qaeda and the Taliban. more...

6th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban laud Mullah Omar in ‘biography’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released an adulatory biography of Mullah Mohammd Omar that states he is “still the leader in the present hierarchy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” In addition to pumping up Omar, the Taliban outlined its current organizational structure in the release. more...

3rd April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda takes control of eastern Yemeni city

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of Mukallah, the capital of Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout, just one day after storming several government buildings and freeing hundreds of prisoners, including a senior commander. more...

31st March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban Commander Involved in Targeting ‘Foreigners’ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security captured a senior Taliban commander who was involved in the network in the Afghan capital that targets Westerners and other foreigners. The commander also had a hand in the recent assassination of Uruzgan’s police chief, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. more...

31st March 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Troops Enter Central Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias entered central Tikrit alongside Iraqi troops today after days of US airstrikes weakened Islamic State forces holed up in the city. The militias entered Tikrit despite US military officials’ claims the the groups had disengaged from the fight. more...

28th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

US continues airstrikes in Tikrit despite involvement of Iranian-backed Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to launch airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State despite the presence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. Claims, including those from US military commanders, that the militias have withdrawn are incorrect, and have even been rebutted by a Pentagon spokesman. more...

27th March 2015 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab suicide assault team storms hotel in Somali capital

Bill Roggio

A heavily armed group of fighters from al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa stormed a hotel and seized control of it in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today. The attack is the latest by Shabaab against high-profile and relatively secure targets in the city. more...

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...