Analysis & Commentary


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.

10th April 2013 - Cited by Bethany Matta, al Jazeera English

Uzbek Fighters Gain Support in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

More than a decade ago, the people of the predominately Uzbek province of Takhar in the country's north fiercely resisted the Taliban's desire to impose Sharia on the region. Indeed, in January 2001, Taloqan...

6th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 5 ISAF Personnel in Southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack in southeastern Afghanistan today that killed three Coalition soldiers and two civilian personnel who worked for the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team.

5th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Increased Targeting of IMU Continues in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

During an operation in the northern province of Baghlan on April 3, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces arrested another leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The raid was the 13th operation...

3rd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Strikes Courtroom in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team stormed a courthouse in western Afghanistan today in an attempt to free Taliban prisoners who were on trial. The Taliban assault team, estimated at between six to nine fighters,...

29th March 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

African AQ Affiliate Groups Leave Signatures in Mali

Laura Grossman

Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in northern Mali launched a two-pronged attack in Gao last weekend. There were no reported fatalities; Malian soldiers were able to repel both attacks.

26th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Latest IMU Capture Indicates Resiliency of Terror Group in Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Yesterday, Afghan and Coalition forces captured a commander from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during yet another operation in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

25th March 2013 - National Post

What Pakistan Needs is a South Asian Anwar Sadat

Jonathan Kay

Power is an addictive drug. And like all addictions, it can drive men to reckless, even suicidal risks. Of this, there is no better example than Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s President from 2001 to 2008...

18th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets IMU Suicide Bombing Network Following Deadly Attack

Patrick Megahan

Following a deadly suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan that killed 10 people on March 13, Afghan and Coalition forces launched separate raids on March 14 and March 15 targeting three senior members of the al Qaeda-linked...

18th March 2013 - The Weekly Standard

What Did Iran Know?

Thomas Joscelyn

Last week, the U.S. government announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s Kuwaiti-born spokesman and son-in-law, had been arrested in Jordan and is awaiting trial in New York City.

16th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Forces Thwart Unprecedented Terror Plot in Kabul

Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces scored a major coup on March 12, breaking up a suspected Haqqani Network terror cell that was hours away from detonating a 7,800-kilogram...

14th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Commander Captured in Kunduz

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force has captured a commander in the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during an operation in northern Afghanistan. Afghan and Coalition forces captured...

11th March 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May analyzes US/Afghanistan relations, Iran’s imperialistic goals, and Syria’s continuing collapse.

11th March 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Hamid Karzai accused US officials of secretly negotiating with the Afghan Taliban.

11th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 US Soldiers Killed by Afghan Policeman in Attack at Special Forces Base

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policeman killed two US soldiers in an attack at a US Special Forces base in Wardak province today. The attack is the second green-on-blue, or insider attack, that has been reported in the past four days.

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