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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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12th September 2018 – The New York Times

Why a ‘Dramatic Dip’ in ISIS Attacks in the West Is Scant Comfort

Bill Roggio

The attacks seemed to come one after another: 130 dead on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall and on the streets of Paris. Eighty-six mowed down on Nice’s historic promenade. Twenty-two people, many of them teenage girls, killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. more...

4th September 2018 – Quoted by James Laporta - Newsweek

US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Was Highest Enlisted Soldier Supporting Trump Administration’s New

Bill Roggio

An American soldier killed by an Afghan ally on Monday was the highest-ranking enlisted soldier of a unit that forms the U.S. Army’s newest adviser brigade deployed to Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said. The brigade deployed in February as part of the Trump administration’s latest strategy in America’s longest-running war. more...

4th September 2018 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

How Jalaluddin Haqqani Went From U.S. Ally to Foe

Bill Roggio

Before the Taliban announced Tuesday that he was dead; before, in fact, he was reported dead in 2015; and indeed before he waged violent attacks against the U.S. and its allies inside Afghanistan, Jalaluddin Haqqani was a U.S. ally in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. more...

24th August 2018 – Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS News

Despite civilian deaths, U.S. says Afghanistan strategy is working

Bill Roggio

The Trump administration says their year-long effort to bring peace to Afghanistan by mobilizing regional support is working as planned even as civilian deaths skyrocket. more...

22nd August 2018 – Quoted by Carlos Munoz in The Washington Times

Taliban cannot ‘wait us out’ under new Afghan war plan, says top U.S. commander

Bill Roggio

A year after the Trump White House unveiled its new war plan for Afghanistan, the highly-touted strategy is beginning to bear fruit as the Taliban inches closer toward Kabul and Washington on a peace plan to end the 17-year conflict, the top U.S. commander in the country said Wednesday. more...

20th August 2018 – Quoted by Yahoo News

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. more...

16th August 2018 – Qutoed by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Taliban blindside U.S. forces with surprise Afghan offensive

Bill Roggio

The Taliban are on the verge of dramatically expanding their control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration’s strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there. more...

15th August 2018 – Quoted by Wesley Morgan - Politico

Whatever happened to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda, the group whose Sept. 11 terrorist attacks provoked the U.S. invasion in 2001, has shrunk to relative obscurity among the military’s other missions in Afghanistan, supplanted by newer threats such as a local branch of the Islamic State. more...

15th August 2018 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Talking to the Taliban While Still Fighting the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The latest headlines from Afghanistan are much like the old headlines from Afghanistan. This week, U.S.-backed Afghan troops forced the Taliban out of Ghazni city, only after dozens of people had already been killed by the militant group. more...

13th August 2018 – Quoted by Craig Nelson, Habib Khan Totakhil, Ehsanullah Amiri - The Wall Street Journal

Afghan Government Struggles to Oust Taliban From Strategic City

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s defense chief said Monday the country’s U.S.-backed security forces were struggling to counter a Taliban offensive on a strategic eastern city, a departure after days of rosy assessments about progress in dislodging the insurgents. more...

3rd August 2018 – Quoted by Alex Ward - Vox

Why some experts are cautiously optimistic about peace talks with the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The United States has restarted conversations with the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group that America and NATO set out to dislodge more than 16 years ago. It’s part of the Trump administration’s effort to end America’s longest war, which has killed around 2,400 Americans and more than 30,000 Afghan civilians. more...

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...