Analysis & Commentary

14th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration

Bill Roggio

In a conversation with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is "undermining ... Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism" in Washington.

9th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

Bill Roggio

Sufi Mohammed was responsible for the Taliban uprising in Swat and the peace agreement that put jihadists in control of a significant area of Pakistan from 2007 to 2009.

2nd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’

Bill Roggio

If Trump is serious about hitting back at Pakistan, expect the US to ramp up drone strikes against jihadists, and not just in Pakistan's tribal areas.

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ claims responsibility for attack on cultural center in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of civilians were killed during a bombing at the Tabayan cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Islamic State's Khorasan "province," which regularly targets Shiite civilians and places of worship in Afghanistan, quickly claimed responsibility.

26th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Afghan Taliban commander in drone strike inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Jamiuddin, was a "trusted man" within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

13th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban features its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’

Bill Roggio

The video is the latest in a series of propaganda that promotes Taliban units and the network of training camps.

8th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US targets Taliban drug facilities in Helmand

Bill Roggio

F/A-18 Super Hornets, flown from a US Navy aircraft carrier, targeted and destroyed the Taliban drug labs in Helmand province.

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.

5th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US killed commander of Taliban’s ‘Red Unit’

Bill Roggio

Mullah Shah Wali, the leader of the Red Unit's forces in Helmand , was killed in a US airstrike in the Taliban-controlled district of Musa Qala. The Red Unit has served as the Taliban's shock troops and special forces.

5th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US and Afghan forces target al Qaeda operatives in 3 provinces

Thomas Joscelyn

US and Afghan forces have targeted al Qaeda operatives in at least three Afghan provinces in recent weeks. One of the jihadists killed has been identified as Omar Khetab, the deputy leader of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Khetab and other AQIS operatives have been supporting...

4th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban touts defection of Islamic State ‘deputy’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban is touting the defection of Mullah Abdul Razzaq Mehdi, the purported "deputy" of the Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan. The Taliban is using his testimony to undermine the will of its jihadist rivals inside Afghanistan. But in so doing, the group reveals just how similar the two...

29th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan official ‘happy’ Taliban controls 219 schools in Herat

Bill Roggio

"We are very happy with this work of the Taliban," Herat's director of education said after noting that 219 of the province's 969 schools are controlled by the Taliban. He admitted that five districts are off limits to education officials.

25th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan laughingly says its fight against terrorists is ‘unmatched in the world’

Bill Roggio

"Pakistan's resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists is unmatched in the world," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the day after Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed was freed from house arrest.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

US military opens new, but risky front in Afghan air war

John Hannah

Washington: As the US military opens a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban’s poppy-processing factories and dropping thousands more bombs, experts are warning of the risk of alienating the local population.

20th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban promotes gains in remote Kandahar district

Bill Roggio

The video is similar to others produced by the Taliban that highlights the group's battlefield gains against overstretched Afghan forces.

20th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Coalition attacks Taliban command center and drug labs

Bill Roggio

The US military and Afghan Air Force hit a Taliban command and control center and seven "drug labs" in what was described as "previously un-targeted safe havens in the South and Southwest" Afghanistan.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Courtney Kube, Hans Nichols and Mosheh Gains - NBC News

U.S. on track to triple bombs dropped on Afghanistan against Taliban

The U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year compared with last year, new figures reveal as the White House opens a new front in America’s longest war.

18th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

16th November 2017 - PBS News

PBS Newshour

PBS Newshour features a map created by FDD's Long War Journal on its special "What will it take to achieve peace in Afghanistan?"

10th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video shows fighters entering valley after Afghan forces retreat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released video of its forces entering the Fanduqistan Valley in Afghanistan's central province of Parwan after Afghan forces retreated.


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