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26th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Takes Another District in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Musa Qala district center when Afghan forces fled after several days of fighting. The fall of Musa Qala puts the Taliban in effective control of northern Helmand, and will allow it to threaten the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. more...

25th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday. more...

25th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander. more...

24th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad. more...

21st August 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Troops Near Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed more than a dozen Iraq of soldiers and policemen in an attack near Fallujah in Anbar province, where the government has been trying to dislodge the group for the past year. more...

17th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Faction Assassinates Punjab Minister

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, killed the home minister of Punjab province in a suicide attack at his home on Aug. 16. The group said the assassination was “revenge” for the killing of Malik Ishaq, the founder and leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who was gunned down by Pakistani police at the end of July. more...

14th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

New Taliban Emir Accepts al Qaeda’s Oath of Allegiance

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban’s new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, has accepted the oath of allegiance (bayat) from al Qaeda emir Ayman Zawahiri, as well as the pledges to him from “Jihadi organizations spread throughout the globe.” Mansour’s statement was released just one day after al Qaeda released an audio message from Zawahiri in which he gave bayat to Mansour. more...

13th August 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-authored by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Claims Advances in Baiji

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed to have made advances in the central Iraqi city of Baiji after renewed clashes with Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their Shiite militia allies. In a video released by ‘Amaq News entitled “The arrival of Islamic State fighters to the vicinity of the Fatah Mosque after taking new locations within the city of Baiji,” the unofficial news agency of the Islamic State shows the jihadists in fierce firefights with pro-government forces. more...

12th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Target AQAP Near Eastern Stronghold in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed five al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a drone strike near a city in southeastern Yemen where the terror organization openly rules, and where the group’s previous emir was killed two months ago. more...

11th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Raise Flag Over Captured District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban raised its white banner over military outposts after overrunning the district of Now Zad in Helmand province two weeks ago. Afghan officials have confirmed that Now Zad is under Taliban control. more...

10th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues Terror Attacks in Afghan Capital

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continued its attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, targeting a NATO military convoy just outside the city’s airport with a suicide bombing. The bombing is the fourth in Kabul in four days, and has led Afghanistan’s president and chief executive to lash out at Pakistan for continuing to support and shelter the Taliban. more...

7th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Haqqani Network in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

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5th August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Camp in Paktia Province

Bill Roggio

A Taliban fighter promoted what he described as a training camp for jihadists in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia. The camp is located in a district that is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network and which has hosted members of al Qaeda’s network in the past. more...

2nd August 2015 – The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar. more...

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to Omar. more...

30th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the district center and several military and police installations in Now Zad in the southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday. The fall of Now Zad is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Afghan security forces and government, which are struggling to maintain control of areas liberated from the Taliban just a few years ago. more...

29th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Emir Killed in Shootout With Pakistani Police

Bill Roggio

Pakistani police killed Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a shootout in Muzaffargarh on the evening of July 28. The jihadist group’s fighters were attempting to free Ishaq and his two sons, who were in police custody. The jihadist leader had been in and out of Pakistani custody despite the fact that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is banned in Pakistan as a terrorist organization. more...

28th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white flag of [the] Islamic Emirate” over the district headquarters and other government buildings earlier today. more...

26th July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun Base, Capture and Release 100 Afghan Security Personnel

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a military base in the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan this weekend, capturing more than 100 police and tribal fighters before disarming and freeing them. more...

25th July 2015 – The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic Jihad Union Details its Involvement in Taliban’s Azm Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorist group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trumpeted its role in the current Taliban-led Azm offensive in Afghanistan as well as its involvement in battling Pakistani troops in North Waziristan. more...