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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.

9th November 2017 - Quoted by Paul Rogers - Open Democracy

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Afghanistan in 2016 saw 11,489 of its civilians killed in armed conflict, according to international observers. This was the highest number since external recording started in 2009. This year is expected to be at least as bad. The fighting season from May-October was particularly intense,...

7th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden lionizes his father and incites ‘rebellion’ in new audio message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Hamza bin Laden praises his father for spreading jihadism and attacking the US. Hamza calls on Muslims to rise up against "tyrant" rulers and wage jihad until sharia is imposed. The message was posted online just days after the CIA released a video from...

6th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban touts “Special Forces Unit”

Bill Roggio

While the Taliban's "Special Forces Unit" certainly isn't trained to the same standards and proficiency as US special operations forces, it has proven to be effective on the battlefield against its Afghan adversaries.

4th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Secrecy shrouds US development of Afghan security forces

Philip Hegseth

For the first time in eight years, the DoD has classified assigned strength data used to measure Afghan casualties and attrition rates, as well as details on the operational readiness of US-supplied weapons, vehicles and supplies.

31st October 2017 - Quoted by VICE News

Afghanistan keeps losing territory to the Taliban

The Afghan government lost significant ground to the Taliban in the last six months, signaling Kabul’s “deteriorating” capacity to fight back against a dominant Taliban.

31st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

SIGAR: ‘Afghan government district control deteriorated’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan government's ability to control its territory has "deteriorated" as the Taliban has gained control of additional districts, according to SIGAR. This tracks with an analysis of Afghanistan's districts conducted by FDD's Long War Journal, which tracks Taliban controlled and...

31st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union showcases ‘special forces’ training camp

Bill Roggio

The IJU joins a list of jihadist groups that have publicized its training camps inside Afghanistan, including the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the Imam Bukhari Jamaat. training camp joins similar training camps in Afghanistan advertised by the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic...

30th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban fighters mass in western Afghan province

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of Taliban fighters in the western province of Farah paraded their vehicles and then stood in formation for a lengthy period of time, without fear of being targeted by Afghan or Coalition forces, to listen to an official give a speech recently.

23rd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

SIGAR: Alarming rate of Afghan trainees in the US are going AWOL

Philip Hegseth

Afghan forces account for just one percent of the total number of foreign military personnel trained in the US since 2005, but account for nearly 50 percent of the AWOL cases in the same time frame.

22nd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Leader of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar emerges after reports of his death

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khurasani, who was reported to have died on Oct. 19 after a US drone strike, is alive. However, he confirmed the death of Khalifa Umar Mansour, the group's military leader who was killed in a US airstrike back in Afghanistan in July 2016.

21st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bomber kills 15 Afghan army cadets

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed that today's bombing in Kabul "shows the insurgents are desperate and cannot win." However the Taliban has sustained offensive operations in all areas of the country and has had battlefield successes against a struggling Afghan...

19th October 2017 - Quoted by Amir Shah - The Associated Press

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

Pompeo said in a speech at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, that the U.S. "is going to do everything we can, to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, with the Taliban having zero hope that they can win this thing on the battlefield."...

19th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns Afghan army camp in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

Afghan forces suffered 97 percent casualties during the suicide assault. The attack is the latest in the southern province, where the Taliban has stepped up its attacks on Afghan military outposts.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams kill Paktia police chief

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide teams hit the police headquarters and a training center in the provincial capital of Gardez City. Twenty-two policemen and 20 civilians were killed and scores more were wounded.

17th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns 2 districts in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Taliban forces have overrun two district centers in Kandahar and Farah provinces over the past two days. The jihadist group continues to gain ground in Afghanistan despite a change in US strategy that has reduced restrictions on local commanders to launch airstrikes against the group.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones target Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The strike took place just days after Pakistan freed two westerners and their children from Taliban custody in the same tribal agency.

15th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims to have shot down US drone

Philip Hegseth

The Taliban has made claims like this in the past, only to have them be proven false. No official US or coalition spokesperson has confirmed the loss of a drone or verified the Taliban's claims.

13th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Indian forces kill Jaish-e-Mohammed commander in Kashmir

Bill Roggio, Philip Hegseth

The commander, who went by the alias Abu “Khalid,” or Shahid Showkat, was highly sought by Indian security forces for his role in orchestrating attacks targeting Indian military positions and personnel.

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