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16th September 2017 - Quoted by Rod Norland - The New York Times

US Expands Kabul Security Zone, Digging In for Next Decade

Bill Roggio

Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district.

15th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones strike jihadists in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US is likely to step up drone strikes in Pakistan after President Trump accused Pakistan of harboring and supporting jihadist groups last month.

15th September 2017 - Quoted by Eric Schmitt and Matthew Rosenberg - The New York Times

C.I.A. Wants to Expand Its Drone Strike Authority Despite Pentagon Concerns

The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones, a proposal that the White House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according to current and former intelligence and military officials.

11th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows and Long War Journal editors Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchlor Show to discuss how the Taliban is gathering momentum and credibility.

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflet dropped in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A public affairs or information operations specialist made the grave error of equating the shahada solely with the Taliban, and the commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan is now forced to apologize for the mistake.

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan suffers diplomatic defeat as BRICS names regional terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

The blow comes just two weeks after President Trump called out Pakistan for providing "safe haven" for terrorist groups operating in the region and advocated for closer ties with India.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Brown - Business Insider

Taliban releases video of fighters imitating US special forces

Bill Roggio

While much of the video shows how the Taliban conducts ambushes and assaults, the first 10 minutes of it shows militants replete with tactical garb and weapons, and employing their tactics.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by David Pugliese - Ottawa Citizen

The Taliban go tacticool….insurgent gunmen mimic U.S. special forces

Bill Roggio

Over the years the Taliban have cranked out various videos for recruiting and propaganda purposes. But a recently released video is catching the attention of some analysts.

2nd September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video documents takeover of district center in Kunar

Bill Roggio

As with previous videos reported on by FDD's Long War Journal, the Taliban is able to organize and launch its attack, and then subsequently overrun Afghan government-controlled headquarters during broad daylight without fear of being targeted.

1st September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anatomy of a Taliban ambush

Bill Roggio

The daylight ambush destroyed multiple Afghan vehicles, and despite the fact that US helicopters were nearby, the Taliban do not appear to have been targeted during the fighting.

31st August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May joins the John Batchelor Show to talk about how Iran recruits Afghans to fight for Assad in Syria.

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimiam - Foreign Policy

Mapped: The Taliban’s Strongholds in Afghanistan

In Aug. 21, U.S. President Donald Trump announced after months of internal debate inside the administration that he would send more troops to Afghanistan. The announcement indicated that the war there — the longest the United States has ever fought — will not wind down anytime soon.

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO refutes Taliban claim it shot down US helicopter

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed the aircraft made "a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue."

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who says that "peace" is only possible if the "occupation" is ended. The statement is entirely self-serving and contains absurd claims. For example, Akhundzada writes that the Taliban wants a "free, independent...

30th August 2017 - The Washington Times

Afghanistan and the war against the West

Clifford D. May

To win will require a ‘sustainable sustained commitment’

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review

In Afghanistan, End the Trump-Obama Taliban Fantasy

Thomas Joscelyn

On the matter of an outcome in Afghanistan after 16 years of fitful war, President Trump is adamant. “The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory,” he proclaimed in Monday night’s big speech. “They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have...

29th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Coalition and Afghan forces must target Taliban after overrunning bases

Bill Roggio

While such tactics may be viewed as reactionary or defensive, if the Afghan government wants to arrest Taliban gains, the Taliban must be forced to pay a heavy price for massing and striking outposts, bases, and district centers.

28th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio the Taliban's efforts and success in Afghanistan.

27th August 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

David Adesnik

David Adesnik and Phyllis Bennis talked about Trump administration foreign policy. The guests focused primarily on Afghanistan, including the president’s first national address on U.S. policy in Afghanistan; requests from General John Nicholson, the top U.S. military commander in...

26th August 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May discusses Trump's Afghanistan strategy on the Journal Editorial Report.

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