Analysis & Commentary

20th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Ambush Policemen in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed at least 20 Afghan policemen in an ambush in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan this week. The deadly ambush took...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Mark Maginer, Los Angeles Times

Young Militants Ready to Die, Eager to Kill

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Abdul Wali Fadaei is proud of his family history. His father died when he drove an explosives-laden car into the capital's upscale Hotel Inter-Continental in 2011...

13th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on US Consulate in Herat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched an early morning suicide assault today on the US Consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat. The attack is the latest in a series...

12th September 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Battle of Syria

Clifford D. May

Twelve years ago today, we were staring at smoking rubble in downtown Manhattan and at the Pentagon, counting the dead, wondering who had committed...

10th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan to Free Taliban Leader Mullah Baradar

Bill Roggio

Pakistan is planning on freeing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's second in command before he was detained in Karachi in 2010...

8th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Confirm Death of Badruddin Haqqani in Drone Strike Last Year

Bill Roggio

The Taliban confirmed that Badruddin Haqqani, one of the top leaders in the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda...

2nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Team Hits Base at Border Crossing with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another suicide assault, this time against a joint Coalition and Afghan base in Torkham at the border crossing with Pakistan.

29th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Killed 15 Afghan Policemen in Ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed 15 Afghan policemen in an ambush in Farah province. Two senior security officials, including the deputy intelligence chief for the western...

28th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on ISAF PRT in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan today, including an assault on the Provincial Reconstruction Team base...

26th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Afghan Army Base in Kapisa

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide assault today on an Afghan Army base in Kapisa, where jihadists have been making inroads since Coalition...

22nd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Military Claims Dual-Hatted Taliban and al Qaeda Leader Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

An Afghan Army spokesman claimed that Qari Zia Rahman, a wanted Taliban leader who is also known to be a leader in al Qaeda, was killed in a Coalition...

18th August 2013 - PJ Media

It’s War, You Idiots

Michael Ledeen

It’s hard to get our minds around the dimensions of the slaughter underway in the Middle East and Africa, and harder still to see that the battlefields of Egypt...

10th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Fighters Attack US Base, Plant ‘Anti-Helicopter’ Mine

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-allied jihadist group, has released a video of attacks against a US base in Paktia province...

8th August 2013 - Real Clear World

Will Obama Bomb Iran?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Could Barack Obama preemptively strike Iran? Not likely. The president's flight from Iraq and soon Afghanistan; his ever-moving red lines for the Iran-allied...

8th August 2013 - National Review Online

Ideology Matters: Time to Call the Fort Hood Attack Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

Staff Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford told prosecutors this week that Major Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” before he opened fire on military personnel...

6th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Emir of Pakistan-Based Mullah Nazir Group to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added the emir of the Mullah Nazir Group, a Taliban subgroup based in South Waziristan that supports al Qaeda, to the list....

3rd August 2013 - The Weekly Standard

‘Core’ Al Qaeda Closes US Diplomatic Facilities

Thomas Joscelyn

On Friday, the State Department announced that 21 diplomatic facilities (now updated to 22), from North Africa through the Middle East and into...

3rd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Launch Suicide Assault at Indian Consulate in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

Jihadists launched a suicide assault that targeted the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad today, killing nine people, including children, in the failed attack.

1st August 2013 - Quoted by "aelkus", Abu Muqawama - Center for a New American Security

Banquo in Bandit Country

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One long, deadly night in an isolated outpost in a place few Americans could place on a map. A tragic turn of events and Americans dead. The headline...

31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun...


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