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2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Hindustan Times

Pak resorting to proxies against India and Afghanistan, experts tell US Congress

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s relationship with India is unacceptable to Pakistan, which is using proxies like Haqqani network and the Taliban against its neighbours, eminent experts have told US lawmakers.

2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

Bill Roggio

After dropping a monster bomb on its fighters, then targeting its leader, the US military is looking to destroy the Islamic State group's Afghan branch before battle-hardened reinforcements arrive from Syria and Iraq.

1st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban controls or contests 40 percent of Afghan districts: SIGAR

Bill Roggio

Both the Taliban and the Afghan government have slightly increased the number of Afghan districts under their control over the past three months, but the security situation remains virtually unchanged, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its most...

1st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban and Islamic State clash in eastern Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province) claimed gains at the Taliban’s expense earlier today. The two sides clashed in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, where they have fought each other repeatedly during the past two years.

30th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

2 Taliban commanders reportedly killed in US strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Two Pakistani Taliban commanders were among seven jihadists reportedly killed in a suspected US drone strike that took place on April 29 in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to reports from the region. The strike would be the second inside Pakistan since the US killed...

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Vera Bergengruen - The Sacramento Bee

Here’s the sad news of what ‘mother of all bombs’ did for U.S. fight in Afghanistan Read more here:

Bill Roggio

The use of the “mother of all bombs” on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts.

28th April 2017 - ABC Radio

The World Today

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses his recent testimony on Afghanistan, al-Qaeda and Taliban.

28th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State Khorasan province’s emir targeted in US raid

Bill Roggio

The US military may have killed Abdul Hasib, the Islamic State’s emir for Khorasan province, during the April 27 raid in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of two US Army Rangers.

27th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Britain Eakin - Courthouse News Service

US Policy in Afghanistan ‘a Mess,’ House Committee Hears

Bill Roggio

More than 15 years after U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaida, experts told members of a House committee Thursday that jihadist groups have proliferated while the Taliban is stronger than at any time since 9/11.

27th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

2 American service members killed fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The US military announced today that two American service members were killed a third wounded during a raid against the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province. The operation was conducted last night in coordination with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

27th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghanistan’s terrorist resurgence: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and beyond

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Keating, and other members of this subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan and their continuing threat to U.S. national security.

26th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills AQIS leaders, fighters in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the deaths of a shura member for its branch in the Indian subcontinent, its commander in Bangladesh, and other fighters during US military operations in Afghanistan over the past year. The eight leaders and fighters are but a small percentage of al Qaeda members killed by...

24th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban strikes US base in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other jihadists in the region.

24th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan defense minister, Army chief of staff resign after deadly suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Casualties continue to pile up in the wake of the Taliban’s spectacular suicide attack on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in Balkh province on April 21 that killed more than 140 Afghan security personnel. Afghanistan’s defense minister and the Army chief of staff have resigned, and...

23rd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban ‘infiltrated’ Afghan Army to carry out deadly attack in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that four of the fighters who executed Friday’s suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh had “infiltrated” the military. At least 140 Afghan soldiers were reportedly killed during the Taliban operation, making it one of the...

22nd April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban kills more than 140 Afghan soldiers in suicide assault

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, when the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that his fighters killed more than 100 soldiers in a complex suicide assault at the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters near the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif, his claim was dismissed as routine...

21st April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assault Afghan Army corps headquarters in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched a suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in the northern province of Balkh today and attacked the mosque on the base.

20th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

On April 17, the Pakistani military said that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, voluntarily surrendered. Today, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar insisted that Ehsan was “arrested” in eastern Afghanistan and later turned...

17th April 2017 - Syndicated

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Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the MOAB in Afghanistan.

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