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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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10th July 2018 – Quoted by Kyle Rempfer - Military Times

Here’s what a massive spike in airdrops says about the war in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Airdrops in Afghanistan grew nearly ten-fold this year, as supplies were increasingly ferried out via cargo aircraft and parachuted into Afghanistan to sustain operations against the Taliban this spring and summer. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Afghanistan on Monday. His visit, which was not announced in advance to the public, comes just two days after a U.S. service member was killed, and two others wounded, as a result of an apparent insider attack. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by ABC News Radio

In face of security concerns, recent attacks, Pompeo claims progress in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Monday to see what progress has been made nearly one year after President Trump announced his new “South Asia strategy.” more...

18th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published on its Voice of Jihad website on June 17. more...

13th June 2018 – Quoted by Austin Bodetti - The Diplomat

How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban

Bill Roggio

While empowering allied militaries to confront insurgents on their own has become the cornerstone of the American approach to counterterrorism, that strategy comes with a drawback: those militaries often lose Western-supplied equipment to American-labeled terrorist organizations. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Saleh Hamid - Al Arabiya

In first, Iran admits to facilitating passage of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attackers

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, confessed in unprecedented remarks that Iran facilitated the passage of al-Qaeda members who carried out the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York. more...

6th June 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Pakistan works to clean up Karachi, once world’s ‘most dangerous city’

Bill Roggio

In the once terror-teeming city of Karachi on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh province, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a name some hold in esteem. more...

28th May 2018 – Quoted by James Kitfield - Breaking Defense

The Great Afghan Paradox

Bill Roggio

By most metrics the war in Afghanistan is going badly. According to the most recent quarterly report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the troop strength of Afghan Security Forces is in “sharp decline” even as the Taliban are on the march throughout the countryside. more...

16th May 2018 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

6 Big Issues on Trump’s Plate for UN and NATO Leaders

Bill Roggio

In a defining stretch of his presidency, Donald Trump will spend the next two days meeting with leaders of two international bodies he has criticized—the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. more...

14th May 2018 – Quoted by VT

The CIA has published a list of video games played by Osama bin Laden

Bill Roggio

In the aftermath of 9/11 and at the height of the War on Terror, Osama bin Laden was the ultimate bogeyman of the free world. more...

22nd April 2018 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Bill Roggio

Rising from a barren stretch of African scrubland, a half-finished drone base represents the newest front line in America’s global shadow war. more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Senior ISIS leader killed in northern Afghanistan, highlighting shifting militant allegiances

Bill Roggio

The U.S. military said Monday that it has killed the senior leader of an Islamic State enclave in northern Afghanistan, highlighting an evolving fight that expanded more than a year ago after the militant left the Taliban in a dispute. more...

18th March 2018 – Quoted by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Pakistan claims rebirth in tribal regions, but U.S. doubts commitment to war on terror

Bill Roggio

These are the supposed hallmarks of Pakistani tribal border regions touted by Islamabad, an image paid for with blood and treasure in a two-year campaign to clear North Waziristan’s provincial capital from groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and notorious Haqqani network. more...

14th March 2018 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Shadowy Terrorist Group Emerges in Iraq

Bill Roggio

A new group in Iraq called White Flag is coming under close scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies amid concerns the terrorist organization could become a regional successor to the Islamic State. more...

8th March 2018 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

Under Trump, U.S. Launched 8 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya. It Disclosed 4.

Bill Roggio

The United States military has carried out twice as many airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya since President Trump took office as it has publicly acknowledged, raising questions about whether the Pentagon has sought to obscure operations in the strife-torn North African nation. more...

4th March 2018 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

New US advisors hope to give Afghan soldiers vital boost

Bill Roggio

A brigade of seasoned American soldiers has arrived in Afghanistan in recent days on a much-trumpeted mission to offer a new type of training -- as well as motivation -- to beleaguered Afghan partners. more...

22nd February 2018 – Quoted by Jonathan Marshall - Consortium News

Time to Admit the Afghan War is ‘Nonsense’

Bill Roggio

Exclusive: Officially, the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating an incoherent policy, as Jonathan Marshall notes. more...

15th February 2018 – Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Cipher Brief

US Demands Pakistan Arrest “Hit List” of Top Haqqani & Taliban Leaders

Bill Roggio

The Trump administration has given Pakistan a new “hit list” of nearly a dozen top militants to detain, to show its willingness to fight terrorism, but the U.S. won’t share intelligence that would help lead to their capture, and has snubbed Pakistani requests to meet CIA chief Mike Pompeo in Washington, a senior Pakistani official tells The Cipher Brief. more...

1st February 2018 – Quoted by Bennett Seftel - The Cipher Brief

Afghanistan Quagmire Leaves U.S. With No Good Options

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s government and security forces are mired in a grueling struggle for survival, despite the relative lull the winter is supposed to provide ahead of the Taliban’s traditional spring offensive. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Courtney Kube - NBC News

The Taliban is gaining strength and territory in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

More than 16 years after the U.S. helped overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan, the metrics kept by U.S. and Afghan officials and security experts show the Taliban is gaining territory and strength. more...