Analysis & Commentary


30th March 2017 - Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Earlier this week, the Taliban posted a report to their website enumerating, in detail, which districts the group controls and contests in Afghanistan.

28th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban lists ‘Percent of Country under the control of Mujahideen’

Bill Roggio

The Taliban issued a “report” that attempts to determine areas in Afghanistan it controls as well as contested areas and areas under the influence of the Afghan government. While the report may be seen as propaganda to bolster its claims of controlling territory, it does not inflate or...

26th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s alleged ‘representative in Syria’ previously freed from US Custody in Afghanistan

David Andrew Weinberg

On Mar. 14, the US Treasury Department announced its decision to impose sanctions on Kuwaiti national Muhammad Hadi al-‘Anizi, saying he is “a terrorist facilitator and financier based in Kuwait.”

26th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of al Qaeda commander

Bill Roggio

The US military confirmed that it killed Qari Yasin, the al Qaeda commander who was targeted in an airstrike in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on March 19. Yasin had decades of experience with jihadist factions operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the US military said he was...

25th March 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.

25th March 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - The Washington Post

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda ‘leader’ in Afghanistan -Pentagon

A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.

24th March 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Sangin captured

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has captured an important town in southern Afghanistan that was a bloody graveyard for British and American troops, in a symbolic and strategic blow to the Afghan government and its international partners.

24th March 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Gandhara Podcast: How To Deal With The Taliban In Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses how to deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

24th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Saeed Ghasseminejad

FDD associate fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad discusses Iran depopulating Syria and colonizing it with Shia from Lebanon and Afghanistan.

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban takes key district in Helmand province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban seized the district of Sangin in southern Helmand province, forcing Afghan troops to withdrawal and Coalition forces to launch airstrikes to destroy bases and government facilities left behind. Sangin has been a battleground in Helmand for several years and has exchanged hands...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims US drones killed commander from North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed that the US killed a senior commander from Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan in a drone strike near the “Pak-Afghan border” on March 18. Commander Yusuf Wazir, the slain Taliban leader, also lost a father and a brother in...

22nd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms senior al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) confirmed in a statement today that Qari Muhammad Yasin, a senior al Qaeda military commander, was killed in a US drone strike. The bombing took place in the Laman area of the eastern Paktika province on Mar. 19. The statement confirming...

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda commander believed to be killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda military commander who led numerous attacks in Pakistan has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. Qari Muhammad Yasin was listed by the Pakistani government as the 10th Most Wanted terrorist in the country in 2013.

20th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

67 Taliban fighters ‘graduate’ from camps in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that 67 “Mujahideen” have graduated from two training camps located in the northwestern Afghan province of Faryab. The group has publicized 12 training facilities throughout the country since late 2014.

9th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide team assaults military hospital in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of five Islamic State suicide fighters assaulted a military hospital in the Afghan capital yesterday. The number of reported casualties has steadily climbed, with dozens killed and many more wounded.

1st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams strike Afghan security services in Kabul

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide assault teams struck three separate targets in the Afghan capital of Kabul today. The Afghan jihadist group quickly claimed credit for the complex attack, which hit military, police, and intelligence buildings.

28th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The future of counterterrorism: Addressing the evolving threat to domestic security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Rice, and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. The terrorist threat has evolved greatly since the September 11, 2001 hijackings. The U.S. arguably faces a more diverse set of threats today than ever. In my written and oral...

27th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban confirms death of Kunduz shadow governor

Bill Roggio

The Taliban announced today that the US killed Mullah Abdul Salam, its shadow governor for the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, in an airstrike on Feb. 26. Salam led Taliban forces in overrunning Kunduz City and holding the provincial capital for two weeks in 2015. His forces also entered...

27th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discusses the use of Ighimasi fighters by al-Qaeda and ISIS.

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

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