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5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

4th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills 2 ISAF Troops in Latest Green-on-Blue Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier killed two NATO troops in an attack in western Afghanistan today. The attack is the sixth green-on-blue, or insider attack, in which Afghan security...

3rd May 2013 - Daily Beast

Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open

Thomas Joscelyn

During a news conference earlier this week, President Obama was asked about the mass hunger strike at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

1st May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assassinate Member of Afghan High Peace Council

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assassinated a member of the Afghan High Peace Council in a complex ambush in Helmand province today. The Taliban have now assassinated three senior members...

30th April 2013 - Fox News

America Live

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses a recent Pew poll on the popularity of sharia in the Muslim world and alarming opinions on the use of suicide bombing.

30th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Focusing Efforts Against IMU in Baghlan District

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces continued operations against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid on April 28 in northern Afghanistan. The raid successfully...

29th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network’s Taj Mir Jawad Subgroup Targeted in Raid

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted "a high-profile attack facilitator" for the Taj Mir Jawad Network during a raid in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Taj Mir Jawad...

29th April 2013 - National Post

China’s Ruthless Foreign Policy is Changing the World in Dangerous Ways

Jonathan Kay

Are we witnessing the end of the “American age”? It depends whom you ask. But one thing is certain: Thanks to the near-bankruptcy of the American welfare state...

27th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise Suicide Assaults, ‘Insider Attacks’ in This Year’s Spring Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced that this year's spring offensive would begin on April 28 and would focus on suicide assaults on Coalition installations, as well as "insider attacks"...

24th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Releases Video of Children in Training

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, has released a video that shows young children firing weapons while at a training camp in Pakistan.

23rd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills Senior IMU Leader in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations teams killed a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader who coordinated operations with the Taliban and directed suicide...

21st April 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Investigating the Boston Bombers’ Foreign Ties

Thomas Joscelyn

There is still much we don’t know about the Boston Marathon bombers. It will take time to piece together a more complete picture of their backgrounds. But the investigation has taken an important turn...

20th April 2013 - Cited by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post

Reduced Security Blamed for Taliban Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban fighters who blew up a half-dozen U.S. Marine fighter jets on a sprawling NATO base last fall were able to walk easily onto the encampment because patrols of the perimeter...

19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Manhunt Continues in Boston, as Analysts Turn to Social Media for Clues

Thomas Joscelyn

The manhunt for one of the two chief suspects in this week's Boston Marathon bombings has continued throughout the day. And as the younger of two brothers is pursued by authorities...

19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Targeted in Samangan Province

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition special operation forces conducted a raid targeting a senior leader for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) two days ago in northern Afghanistan. This is the 19th operation targeting...

19th April 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Boston Bomber Posted Video on ‘The Black Flags From Khorasan’

Thomas Joscelyn

BuzzFeed has linked to the YouTube page of Tamerlan Tasarnaev – the older brother in the pair suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon earlier this week. A video he linked to...

17th April 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Thomas Joscelyn discusses the type of bomb used in the terrorist attack in Boston.

15th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures Senior Lashkar-e-Taiba Leader in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured a senior leader from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba during a raid today in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni. Additionally...

14th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Operations Against IMU in 2013 at Highest Rate Since War’s Start

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

This past week Afghan and Coalition special operations forces conducted five raids targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in northern Afghanistan.

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