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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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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...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Ishaal Zehra - Asian Tribune

US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War

Bill Roggio

The US war in Afghanistan has entered into its 17th consecutive year of dismay. It is learnt that this winter, Afghan security forces have intensified their operations against the rogue elements despite heavy snow and bitter cold instead of a usual slowdown in fighting during Afghanistan's harsh winter tide. more...

12th January 2018 – The Weekly Standard

A Pakistan Crackdown

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

On New Year’s Day, Donald Trump fulminated on Twitter that the United States had “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted by Ann Simmons - The Los Angeles Times

Many Americans have never heard of the Haqqani network, one of the world’s most lethal terror groups

Bill Roggio

When the Trump administration announced this week it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until the country takes more aggressive action against terrorist organizations that have targeted Americans, one of the groups it named was the Haqqani network. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by News Corp Australia

Osama bin Laden’s grandson killed in an air strike, letter reportedly confirms

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Osama bin Laden’s 12-year-old grandson has reportedly been killed in an air strike. His father, Hamza Bin Laden, revealed he died on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border last year. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Jeff Daniels - CNBC

Widening US-Pakistan rift could ultimately hike costs of Afghanistan war

Bill Roggio

Besides withholding financial aid, some experts are suggesting the Trump administration impose sanctions and travel restrictions on Pakistan to pressure it stop providing a safe haven for terrorists. more...

13th December 2017 – Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

Radical Christian Group ‘Sons Of Jesus’ Claims Egypt Mosque Attack, Experts Skeptical

Bill Roggio

A radical Christian terror group calling itself the Sons of Jesus has claimed responsibility for the Egyptian mosque bombing in late November, but the claim has inspired skepticism among terror analysts, who believe the attribution — and the group itself — may be a rare example of an ISIS false flag. more...

5th December 2017 – Quoted by Frud Bezhan - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Explainer: Taliban ‘Special Forces Unit’ Bursts Into Spotlight With Deadly Attacks

Bill Roggio

On the increasingly crowded battlefields of Afghanistan, a feared, commando-style Taliban unit is gaining attention for a series spectacular, deadly attacks on Afghan security forces. more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

SOCOM: Islamic State, Al Qaeda Weakened in Most Areas

Bill Roggio

Most of the 16 regional branches or affiliates of the Islamic State and al Qaeda terrorist groups have been suppressed, contained, or placed under pressure from global counterterrorism efforts, according to the U.S. Special Operations Command. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Bin Laden files ‘will rewrite history of Iraq War’, conference told

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly released files from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan will rewrite the history of the Iraq War, a conference in Washington has heard. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Scott Johnson - Powerline

From The Bin Laden Files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD’s Long War Journal hosted a panel discussion of the massive cache of Osama bin Laden documents released on November 1 courtesy of CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The conversation featured the incredibly dogged New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi as well as FDD’s Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, who were given the opportunity to preview the records, images, audio, and video files included in the release. The discussion was moderated by Kim Dozier, executive editor of The Cipher Brief and author of Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

A top foreign correspondent at the New York Times said Friday that the Obama administration deliberately downplayed al Qaeda’s strength in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. more...