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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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16th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Military High School in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

More than 100 high school students are said to have been killed as Taliban fighters fanned out and killed everyone in their path. more...

15th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Advance in Northwestern Syria

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, backed by Jund al Aqsa, Ahrar al Sham, and several other groups, has launched an offensive on two major regime bases in the northwestern province of Idlib. more...

14th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Surge as Coalition Ends Combat Mission

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched suicide bombings, assassinations, IED attacks, and ambushes in the capital and four provinces over the weekend. more...

11th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Badr Brigade Position Near Samarra

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group also launched suicide attacks and assaults in towns around the central Iraqi city. more...

11th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

French Troops Kill MUJAO Founder During Raid in Mali

Bill Roggio

In a midnight raid in the Gao region of Mali, the French military killed Ahmed el Tilemsi. He had a long history of al Qaeda ties, and was wanted by the United States. more...

8th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The ongoing targeting of al Qaeda commanders in Pakistan's tribal areas refutes past claims by US officials that al Qaeda is "decimated" and that only two relevant leaders remain. more...

6th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Murders 2 Hostages, Including an American, During US Rescue Attempt

Bill Roggio

Forty special operations troops assaulted an al Qaeda compound in the southern province of Shabwa in an attempt to free American photojournalist Luke Somers. more...

6th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Army Kills Senior al Qaeda Commander Tasked With Attacking the West

Bill Roggio

Pakistan claimed it killed Adnan Shukrijumah in a raid in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah, who was wanted by the US, was al Qaeda's operations chief for North America. more...

4th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Caucasus Emirate Attacks Police, Press in Chechen Capital of Grozny

Bill Roggio

Dozens of fighters fanned out across the Chechen capital and attacked police and other government targets. The Press House was set ablaze. more...

3rd December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Eastern Afghanistan Target Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was the target of one of the three recent strikes in Nangarhar province. more...

29th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Camp Bastion, Storm Foreign Guest House in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban and Afghan security forces have been fighting inside Camp Bastion for three days. Hostages may have been taken in the attack in Kabul. more...

27th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Tout Training Camps for Children in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad. more...

26th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan Condemns Drone Strike That Targeted ‘Good Taliban’ and Foreign Fighters

Bill Roggio

Members of the Haqqani Network, the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group, and "Uzbeks" are reported to have been killed in an attack in the Shawal Valley. more...

24th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Launched Suicide Attack at Soccer Game, Afghan Intel Claims

Bill Roggio

The accusation is made as the US has extended the combat mission in Afghanistan for one year. more...

23rd November 2014 – The Long War Journal

More Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria. more...

21st November 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. more...

20th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launches Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan. more...

19th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Military Continues to Claim al Qaeda is ‘Restricted’ to ‘Isolated Areas of NE Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces. more...

15th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets al Qaeda in Syria

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US targeted al Qaeda's network in Syria in one of the 20 airstrikes that took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. While the US military has said the strike was carried out against al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group, the targets indicate that local infrastructure used by the Al Nusrah Front were hit. more...

14th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Forces, Iranian-Supported Militias Report Success in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role in recent gains against the Islamic State. US airpower has supported the militias and Iraqi government forces. more...