Analysis & Commentary


18th July 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Taliban Parades in Northern Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban overran an Afghan military base and paraded its troops through the bazaar in Kajaki in northern Helmand province, the jihadist group claimed.

15th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar Takes Aim at the Islamic State in Thinly-Veiled Message

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released statement, Taliban emir Mullah Omar argues that the jihadists’ gains in Afghanistan won’t be squandered due to infighting as they were in the past. Although Omar doesn’t address the Islamic State directly, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s “caliphate” is clearly on the...

14th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Confirms Death of Khorasan Province Spokesman

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan confirmed the death of his counterpart for the Islamic State’s Khorasan province, vowed to avenge his death, and called for the Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban to reconcile.

13th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Says Emir for Khorasan Province is Alive

Bill Roggio

A former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who was one of the first jihadists to defect to the Islamic State in the Afghan-Pakistan region has denied reports that the group’s emir for its Khorasan province was killed last week in a US airstrike.

12th July 2015 - The Canberra Times

Iran’s Very Active Posture Against IS in Iraq Finds No Match in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Since her return from Tehran in April, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has argued that Iran can be a reliable partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. At the Paris talks this month she called for Iran to be included in the coalition fighting IS.

11th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intelligence Claims US Killed Islamic State’s Emir for Khorasan Province

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the United States killed the Islamic State’s leader for its Khorasan province in an airstrike yesterday in eastern Afghanistan. If his death and the deputy emir’s death, which was reported earlier this week, are...

9th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Spokesman for Khorasan Province Thought Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the US killed the Islamic State’s spokesman for its Khorasan province in a recent airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. The NDS also claimed that the US killed the deputy emir for Khorasan province earlier this week.

9th July 2015 - Quoted by Sudarsan Raghavan and Tim Craig - The Washington Post

Suspected U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Key Islamic State Figures in Afghanistan

A key leader of the Islamic State and another top commander were killed in recent U.S drone strikes in eastern ­Afghanistan, according to intelligence officials here, the latest sign that the radical Islamist group is considered a growing threat in the country.

8th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Deputy Emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed the Islamic State’s deputy emir for its Khorasan province in a drone strike on July 6 in eastern Afghanistan, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security. If confirmed, the US has killed two deputy emirs of the Khorasan province since February.

30th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Taliban Refutes Government Claims of Recapturing Chardara District

Bill Roggio

The Taliban refuted the Afghan government’s claim that it recaptured the Chardara district in the northern province of Kunduz. The Taliban overran the district, along with the nearby district of Dasht-i-Archi, last week, while the Afghan military claimed to recapture Chardara a day later....

28th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not...

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban...

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Jihadists Tout Taliban ‘Special Forces’ Training Camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have have been circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “special forces” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan.

22nd June 2015 - FOXNews.com

Defcon 3

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on ISIS and their growing presence in Afghanistan.

22nd June 2015 - Quoted by Jack Snyder - FOXNews.com

Taliban and ISIS Battle for Influence in Afghanistan

John Hannah

The Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s parliament Monday could be an indicator that the terror group is trying to prove to Afghan officials and other extremists they are the top jihadist movement in the country, foreign policy experts warn.

22nd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government.

22nd June 2015 - Quoted by Sounak Mukhopadhyay - International Business Times

Afghan Troops Kill Six ISIS Militants; Taliban Car Bomb Near Parliament Kills Two

John Hannah

Six Islamic State group militants were killed after attacking a security checkpoint in Afghanistan. The deaths occurred Monday when an attack near the Afghan Parliament by Taliban militants killed a child and a woman.

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Beheads Former Shura Member Who Defected Back to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province brutally executed one of its former shura members, purportedly for defecting back to the Taliban last month. The execution, as well as the assassination of the Taliban’s shadow governor for Nangarhar province, likely by the Islamic State, preceded a...

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Chastise Islamic State for Dividing Jihadist Ranks in Afghanistan and Beyond

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released a statement today from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the “deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] and acting head of the Leadership Council,” to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State, that demanded the Islamic State fight under...

6th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Afghan Taliban Fighters in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed nine Afghan Taliban fighters in an drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today.

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