Analysis & Commentary

14th June 2017 - Quoted by Daily Mail

Mattis vows not to repeat past mistakes in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has vowed that the Trump administration will not repeat the "mistakes of the past" in Afghanistan, after the president signaled a desire to give the Pentagon wide latitude in setting warfighting policy

13th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban continues to deny involvement in deadly Kabul attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to deny any and all involvement in the May 31 suicide truck bombing that killed more than 150 Afghans, primarily civilians, and wounded hundreds more.

11th June 2017 - CBS News

CBS Evening News

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Congressional debate surrounding US forces in Afghanistan.

11th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban ‘infiltrator’ kills 3 US soldiers in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban said one of its fighters who infiltrated the ranks of the Afghan National Army was responsible for killing US troops yesterday who were operating in the eastern province of Nangarhar against the Islamic State.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says

Bill Roggio

The three suicide bombers who killed 20 people and wounded scores more during a complex attack at a funeral at a Kabul cemetery trained at a Pakistani madrassa, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban again affirms Haqqani Network is an integral part of group

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban has issued a second statement denying any role in the deadly Kabul bombing on May 31.

2nd June 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

The Taliban Are Now Proudly Parading The Streets Of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video of its forces proudly parading the streets of Waghaz, Afghanistan after taking it last month, but it is only the most recent example of the group’s brazen celebrations.

1st June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban parades forces after capturing district in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban paraded its forces in broad daylight without fear of retribution after overrunning the district center of Waghaz in the southeastern Afghanistan province of Ghazni last month.

1st June 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the ISIS attack in Kabul.

31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan military helicopter destroyed in Taliban IED attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban published a dramatic video touting the destruction of an Afghan military helicopter just seconds after it landed on a remote outpost in a mountainous area of Afghanistan. The Taliban has infiltrated Afghan military outposts in the past and conducted similar attacks.

31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians

Thomas Joscelyn

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near diplomatic facilities in the Afghan capital during rush hour this morning. Preliminary casualty reports say that at least 80 people were killed in the blast and dozens more wounded. A photo of the aftermath of the bombing...

31st May 2017 - CNN International

CNN Today

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses the suicide bombing in Kabul.

30th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihad during Ramadan is ‘obligatory,’ Taliban spokesman says

Bill Roggio

An official Taliban spokesman described jihad as “obligatory worship” and said that there would be no cease-fire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The spokesman’s stance is consistent with Taliban policy.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban ‘master in electronics’ in drone strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) has confirmed that the US killed two of its operatives in a drone strike in the tribal agency of North Waziristan earlier this week. The TTP announced today that it “retaliated” for the drone strike by attacking Pakistani forces....

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban attacks another base in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another coordinated assault against Afghan military installations in the southern province of Kandahar today. At least one dozen Afghan soldiers are reported to have been involved in the fighting.

25th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

After stepping up attacks against Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar over the past several days, the Taliban has now overrun a large military base.

22nd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults provincial capital in southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched an attack on Ghazni City and destroyed the governor’s compound over the weekend. Additionally, the Taliban claimed it took control of Waghaz district and is threatening to overrun Dih Yak.

18th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces, Taliban battle for control of Kunar

Bill Roggio

Afghan security forces claimed to have beaten back a Taliban assault on several districts in the remote northeastern province of Kunar, while the Taliban said it launched “a full-scale operation” that was successful.

18th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran steps up support for terrorism in Bahrain

David Andrew Weinberg, Amir Toumaj

Bahrain’s rulers have long sought confirmation from Washington that their country faces a terrorist threat sponsored by Iran. In March, the US finally validated them by sanctioning two Bahraini individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. One of those sanctioned individuals...

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Josh Siegel - Newsweek

Will Trump Send a Troop Surge to Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

In an early test of his foreign policy, President Donald Trump is facing a decision on whether to contribute thousands of additional U.S. troops to America’s longest-running—and often overlooked—war.


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