Analysis & Commentary

20th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Want Release of 5 al Qaeda-Linked Commanders in Exchange for Captured US Soldier

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have again offered to free a US soldier who was captured in 2009 in exchange for five Taliban commanders who are closely tied to al Qaeda and are currently...

19th June 2013 - America's Radio News Network


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Conflict with Karzai in Afghanistan, arming the Syrian rebels.

19th June 2013 - National Post

Heads Held High in Afghanistan

Jonathan Kay

Of all the books that have come out of the Afghanistan war since 9/11, one of the finest is The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Jake Tapper’s...

17th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures al Qaeda Trainer in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that an al Qaeda leader and trainer who was targeted in an operation in Kunar province on June 6 has been captured.

17th June 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Who will the US provide arms to in Syria and US forces withdrawing from Kunar province, Afghanistan.

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Facilitator Targeted in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar yesterday. He is the ninth al Qaeda operative...

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...


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