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11th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assaults in Kabul, Qalat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide assaults in Afghanistan today, one at the international airport in Kabul, and another in the capital of the southeastern province of Zabul.

10th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU-Linked Insurgent Leader Targeted in Northern Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Over the weekend, Afghan and Coalition forces targeted a "senior extremist leader" with ties to both the Taliban and the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

10th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Leaders in Kunar

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force executed multiple operations targeting al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province late last week.

9th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Local Taliban Commander Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US drone strike two days ago killed a "key" local Taliban commander who was preparing to lead a group of fighters into Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani press.

8th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldiers Kill 2 ISAF Troops, Civilian in Latest Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

Afghan soldiers opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two US soldiers and a civilian, and wounding three other Americans. The attack took place...

6th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds al Qaeda Explosives Expert to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department has added an al Qaeda explosives expert who once served as the commander of the terror group's military committee to the list of Specially...

6th June 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Al Qaeda vs. Hezbollah

Clifford D. May

Back during the Bush administration, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage famously called Hezbollah the “A Team of terrorists,” adding, “al-Qaeda is actually the B Team.”

3rd June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Kills 10 Afghan Students, 2 US Soldiers

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber killed 10 Afghan students, two US soldiers, and an Afghan Local policeman in an attack today outside a school in Paktia province, a haven for the al Qaeda-linked...

1st June 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU, Taliban Launched Joint Suicide Assault in Panjshir

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan, claimed it executed the May 29 suicide assault on the governor's compound...

28th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Leader in Kunar

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a senior al Qaeda leader during a raid yesterday in district in Kunar province that is known to host al Qaeda's network.

26th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Touts Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, has released two videos over the past several months that glorify suicide attacks in Afghanistan. The group...

24th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

It is true that the drone strikes have been effective in killing terrorists. So the president is right in that regard and deserves credit for the slaying of some senior al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated operatives.

24th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Obama Pulls Back in Fight Against al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama's speech yesterday which outlined his vision of the future of the fight against al Qaeda and allied groups was a long time coming.

22nd May 2013 - Testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security

Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s Iran-based network has not only facilitated the movement of terrorists to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also been implicated in plots...

20th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Assassinates Senior Politician in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan that killed the head of the provincial council in Baghlan province. The suicide bomber, who was dressed in a police uniform...

18th May 2013 - Quoted by Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman

Boise Case May Be New Chapter for Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The IMU has been active in Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade. The U.S. State Department declared it a foreign terrorist organization in 2000.

17th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Facilitator in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

During a raid in Nuristan province on May 15, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces targeted a senior Taliban leader who is known to assist members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan...

10th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘Iranian Citizens’ Reported Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Last week, Afghan news outlets reported that ISAF aircraft killed a Taliban commander, two "Iranian citizens," and several fighters in an airstrike in the Pusht Rod district...

8th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Multiple Raids Against IMU as Fighting Season Heats Up

Patrick Megahan

Since the beginning of May, Afghan and Coalition forces have launched five operations targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the northern province of Baghlan.

6th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Bombing at Political Rally, Name New Emir of Kurram

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for a bombing today at a political rally in the tribal agency of Kurram that killed at least 18 people. Additionally...

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