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Analysis & Commentary - Bill Roggio

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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...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Admits Possible Role in Arming Iranian-Backed Militants in Iraq

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials acknowledged Iranian-backed forces in Iraq could be using American-made arms, an admission that comes amid growing concern on Capitol Hill the U.S. government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Daily Sabah

Anti-Daesh envoy McGurk key in US arming of Iranian-backed militia, officials say

Bill Roggio

U.S. officials have agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be using American-made arms and that Brett McGurk, the anti-Daesh envoy appointed during by former U.S. President Barack Obama, had a key role in enabling policies that helped arm the militants, the conservative Washington Free Beacon said in a piece on Monday, citing American officials. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Cristina Maza - Newsweek

New CIA Footage Shows Osama Bin Laden’s Son Is New Face Of Al-Qaeda

Bill Roggio

The face of an adult Hamza bin Laden, the favorite son of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Landen and Al-Qaeda’s rising star, was seen in new footage released Wednesday by the CIA. more...

3rd November 2017 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen, Brian Todd and Elizabeth Hartfield - CNN

CIA reveals rare images of Osama bin Laden’s son

Bill Roggio

The physical resemblance to his father is evident and chilling. Hamza bin Laden -- the favored son of Osama bin Laden -- has kept his image hidden from the public since he was a young child, despite taking on an increasingly vocal role in al Qaeda propaganda in recent years. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Brad Hunter - Post

Bin Laden Files: Prince Harry ‘was a target’ of al-Qaida leader

Bill Roggio

Terror master Osama bin Laden’s bizarre worldview and wishlist of death are among the top secret files the CIA has released. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Ankita Panda - The Diplomat

The CIA’s Newly Released Osama Bin Laden Files and the Iran Angle

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Wednesday, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), at the direction of Mike Pompeo, the Agency’s director, released 321 gigabytes of images, audio, text, and video gather at Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The data was acquired by U.S. forces in 2011 following a dramatic raid on the compound that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by FirstPost

CIA releases 4.7 lakh files seized during Osama bin Laden’s killing

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA has released a vast archive of intimate Al-Qaeda documents, including Osama bin Laden's handwritten diary, seized in the deadly 2011 raid when US Navy SEALs burst into his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan and shot dead the leader of Al-Qaeda's global extremist network. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Aria Teresa - The Inquisitr

Osama Bin Laden Planned To Kill Prince Harry During His Deployment In Iraq, CIA Files Reveal

Bill Roggio

Newly released CIA files on Osama bin Laden revealed that the Al-Qaeda leader planned to assassinate Prince Harry, tracking the royal’s proposed movements and activities for his deployment to Iraq. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Britain Eakin - Courthouse News

Newly Released Bin Laden Files Back Claims of Iran Ties to Al-Qaida

Bill Roggio

The CIA’s release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Sky News

Children’s films Antz and Cars found among Osama bin Laden’s computer files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

A computer recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011 contained a vast video collection including children's cartoons and documentaries about himself. more...