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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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10th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in an area of North Waziristan that has served as a command center for al Qaeda's military. more...

9th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District In Central Afghanistan, Launch Suicide Assault In Kandahar

Bill Roggio

A district center in Ghor province was overrun by hundreds of Taliban, while the group sent more than a dozen fighters to attack the governor's compound and police headquarters in Kandahar City. more...

7th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Popular Australian Cleric Arrives in Syria, Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was traveling to Syria the just after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate. more...

6th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Southeast Asian Jihadist Leader and Bomb Expert is Alive, in Philippines

Bill Roggio

Zulkifli bin Hir, a most-wanted terrorist linked to Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf, and the KMM who was reported killed in 2012, is operating in the southern Philippines. more...

5th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Torch Hundreds of Fuel Tankers In Kabul

Bill Roggio

A police official said more than 400 fuel and supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban last night in an attack on a trucking terminal just outside the Afghan capital. more...

3rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar province in Iraq. more...

29th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops, Insurgents Battle For Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Reports indicate that Iraqi forces have withdrawn from much of the city after heavy fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and allied Baathists. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas. more...

28th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders, Several Aliases to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. Additionally, the US identified four additional aliases for Lashkar-e-Taiba... more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border. more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Control of Command Center, Execution of Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division released a set of photographs that details the attack on and capture of an Iraqi military command center, captured... more...

24th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: A Protracted Struggle Ahead For Iraq

Bill Roggio

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the security forces of the central government will be unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the far flung provinces of Iraq anytime soon. more...

22nd June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 257 ‘Terrorists,’ No Civilians Killed in North Waziristan Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has claimed that more than 250 "terrorists" and zero civilians have been killed during the first week of military operations in the Taliban-controlled tribal... more...

18th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in North Waziristan, Kill 6 ‘Militants’

Bill Roggio

As the Pakistani military is launching airstrikes against foreign terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party as part of an... more...

17th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds AQAP Leader Involved in Embassy Plot to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added a top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who has been involved in plots to targeted US diplomatic facilities in Yemen and worldwide as... more...

15th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Pakistan Launches ‘Comprehensive Operation Against Foreign and Local Terrorists’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has launched what it described as a "comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists" in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North.. more...

14th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

Bill Roggio

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all... more...

14th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill AQAP Commander, 4 Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander and four fighters in the second recorded drone strike in southern Yemen this month. Earlier today, the... more...

12th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS’ Advance Halted at Samarra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's rapid advance southward to Baghdad after taking control of Mosul just three days ago appears to have been halted outside of the... more...