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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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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...

11th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Military Confirms It Killed Islamic State, Shabaab Leaders in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Mullah Khadim was the Islamic State's deputy emir for Khorasan province while Yusu Dheeq was the head of Shabaab's Amniyat. The US continues to rely on airstrikes as the core of its effort to defeat jihadist groups worldwide. more...

9th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State’s Deputy Emir for ‘Khorasan Province’ in Airstrike: Report

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim was a senior Taliban leader before joining the Islamic State and being appointed the deputy emir of Khorasan province. more...

6th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Training camps belonging to the Islamic State, Ansar al Islam, the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar Sham, the Kurdish Islamic Front, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the small Uzbek group Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad have been identified in Iraq and Syria. The total number of training camps identified by The Long War Journal now stands at 78. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Burns Captured Jordanian Pilot Alive

Bill Roggio

First Lieutenant Mu'adh Yusuf al Kasasibah was burned alive in a cage by Islamic State fighters. more...

3rd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Shabaab’s External Operations Chief

Bill Roggio

Yusuf Dheeq, the head of Shabaab's Amniyat, which directs the group's intelligence and external operations activities, was the target of the strike. His fate is unknown. more...

2nd February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Emir for Bajaur Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Maulana Abu Bakr, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for Bajaur, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the "caliph" of the Islamic State. more...

31st January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 AQAP Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike is the second this week, and is an indication that the US counterterrorism program in Yemen will continue despite the Houthi takeover of the capital. more...

30th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Insider Attack at Kabul Airport That Killed 3 US Contractors

Bill Roggio

The commander of police at the airport confirmed that a guard killed the three contractors. The green-on-blue or insider attack is the first of its kind recorded so far this year. more...

28th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan. more...

28th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Video Shows Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American M1 Tank

Bill Roggio

A video posted online shows the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades, a designated terrorist organization, transporting an American-made M1 Abrams tank and other US military equipment in Iraq. more...

27th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State is Forced From Kobane

Bill Roggio

After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels. more...

22nd January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan Falsely Claims it Takes ‘Immediate Action’ Against Terror Groups Listed by the UN

Bill Roggio

Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released. more...

19th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups. more...

18th January 2015 – Long War Journal

Hezbollah commanders killed in suspected Israeli airstrike

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah announced the death of six of its commanders and fighters, including the son of its slain former military chief Imad Mughniyah, in what is believed to be an Israeli airstrike in southern Syria. more...

16th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment. more...

15th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud. more...

13th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group. more...