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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...

5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

4th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills 2 ISAF Troops in Latest Green-on-Blue Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier killed two NATO troops in an attack in western Afghanistan today. The attack is the sixth green-on-blue, or insider attack, in which Afghan security...

3rd May 2013 - Daily Beast

Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open

Thomas Joscelyn

During a news conference earlier this week, President Obama was asked about the mass hunger strike at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

1st May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assassinate Member of Afghan High Peace Council

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assassinated a member of the Afghan High Peace Council in a complex ambush in Helmand province today. The Taliban have now assassinated three senior members...

30th April 2013 - Fox News

America Live

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses a recent Pew poll on the popularity of sharia in the Muslim world and alarming opinions on the use of suicide bombing.

30th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Focusing Efforts Against IMU in Baghlan District

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces continued operations against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid on April 28 in northern Afghanistan. The raid successfully...

29th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network’s Taj Mir Jawad Subgroup Targeted in Raid

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted "a high-profile attack facilitator" for the Taj Mir Jawad Network during a raid in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Taj Mir Jawad...

29th April 2013 - National Post

China’s Ruthless Foreign Policy is Changing the World in Dangerous Ways

Jonathan Kay

Are we witnessing the end of the “American age”? It depends whom you ask. But one thing is certain: Thanks to the near-bankruptcy of the American welfare state...

27th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise Suicide Assaults, ‘Insider Attacks’ in This Year’s Spring Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced that this year's spring offensive would begin on April 28 and would focus on suicide assaults on Coalition installations, as well as "insider attacks"...

24th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party Releases Video of Children in Training

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party, an al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, has released a video that shows young children firing weapons while at a training camp in Pakistan.

23rd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills Senior IMU Leader in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations teams killed a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader who coordinated operations with the Taliban and directed suicide...

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