Analysis & Commentary


2nd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bomber strikes NATO convoy in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a NATO military convoy as it was traveling in Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan.

1st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video details takeover of eastern Afghan district

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a propaganda video of its fighters battling to take control of the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province.

1st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban control of Afghan districts remains ‘unchanged,’ according to SIGAR

Bill Roggio

The battle between the Afghan government and the Taliban “remains a stalemate” and the number of districts under Taliban control or influence is “unchanged” since the last assessment by the US military was made more than five months ago.

31st July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk about the Afhan National Army's recent challenges on The John Batchelor Show.

31st July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ assaults Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province) attacked the Iraqi embassy in Kabul earlier today.

26th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces sustain heavy casualties in Taliban assault on southern base

Bill Roggio

The Afghan National Army sustained more than 50 percent casualties as the Taliban assaulted a military base in Khakrez, a contested district in the southern province of Kandahar.

26th July 2017 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

The Taliban’s Steady Gains

Bill Roggio

Afghan troops have suffered significant losses to the Taliban in recent days, highlighting their country’s security vulnerabilities more than 15 years after the U.S.-led invasion ousted the militant group, as well as President Trump’s reported reluctance to send more troops to the...

25th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban seizes 3 districts from Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban has overrun three districts previously held by the Afghan government in the provinces of Paktia, Faryab and Ghor over the past several days.

23rd July 2017 - Quoted by Muhammad Khan - Pakistan Observer

Afghanistan: Friendly fire syndrome

While the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were carrying out operation against Taliban in a remote village of district Gereshk of Helmond province, a US aerial attack killed sixteen soldiers.

22nd July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Son of Taliban’s emir kills himself in suicide attack on Afghan forces

Bill Roggio

The son of Mullah Haibatullah, the emir of the Afghan Taliban, killed himself in a suicide attack that targeted Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand earlier this week.

20th July 2017 - Quoted by Carlo Munoz - Washington Times

Trump remains mum on next step of Middle East war plan

Bill Roggio

President Trump kept the world and Washington’s national security establishment in suspense Thursday, refusing to disclose details of the White House’s war plan for Afghanistan and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East.

19th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Pakistan continues to provide safe haven for Taliban, allied jihadists

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The State Department’s newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 points to Pakistan’s ongoing complicity with jihadists in Central and South Asia, including the Afghan Taliban.

19th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan military calls for Pakistan to launch operations on ‘terrorist centers’ throughout country

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan military recoiled after Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense called on Pakistan to launched operations against “terrorist centers” throughout the country, including in the Pakistani cities of Quetta and Peshawar.

17th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces liberate district in central Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Afghan National Army retook control of the district of Nawa from the Taliban today in central Helmand province.

14th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills third emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan province

Thomas Joscelyn

US Forces-Afghanistan announced today that the emir of the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province, also known as ISIS-Khorasan) was killed “in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province on July 11.”

10th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State fights the Taliban, Afghan government-backed locals in Tora Bora Mountains

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province) has released a new set of photos documenting its battles against the Taliban in the Tora Bora Mountains and the nearby area.

5th July 2017 - Quoted by Corey Dickstein - Stars and Stripes

US soldier from Alaska killed by indirect fire in Afghanistan

A 19-year-old Texas-based soldier was killed late Monday while conducting operations against the Taliban alongside Afghanistan security forces in that nation’s volatile Helmand province, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

4th July 2017 - Quoted by James Farwell - The National Interest

4 Ways America Can Fix Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

As the U.S. government considers whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the real issue is what political outcome we’re plausibly trying to achieve? Military force is useful only as a means to achieve a political end.

28th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan denounces US terrorism designation of Hizbul Mujahideen chief

Bill Roggio

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected to the United States’ designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist and claimed the country “has a demonstrated and longstanding commitment of combating terrorism.”

26th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban promotes 4 previously unidentified training camps in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban promoted its network of training camps that it claims are in operation throughout Afghanistan in a recent propaganda video that was published on its official website. Four new Taliban camps have been identified by the Taliban.

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