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24th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

4 Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan Are Veteran Insurgents, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

On Dec. 20, the Defense Department announced the transfer of four Afghans to their home country. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all four to be "high" risks to the US, its interests and allies. All four are veteran insurgents, according to JTF-GTMO.

21st December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Publicize Training Camp in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban are training fighters in Faryab province and have overrun Khamyab district in Jawzjan province.

20th December 2014 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the recent release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

14th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Surge as Coalition Ends Combat Mission

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched suicide bombings, assassinations, IED attacks, and ambushes in the capital and four provinces over the weekend.

3rd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Eastern Afghanistan Target Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was the target of one of the three recent strikes in Nangarhar province.

1st December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss recent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria, and more with John Batchelor.

29th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Camp Bastion, Storm Foreign Guest House in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban and Afghan security forces have been fighting inside Camp Bastion for three days. Hostages may have been taken in the attack in Kabul.

24th November 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the announcement that the US will be continuing its combat role in Afghanistan into 2015.

24th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Launched Suicide Attack at Soccer Game, Afghan Intel Claims

Bill Roggio

The accusation is made as the US has extended the combat mission in Afghanistan for one year.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Military Continues to Claim al Qaeda is ‘Restricted’ to ‘Isolated Areas of NE Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces.

18th November 2014 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Doubts About Afghan Forces Rise After Attack in Capital

Thomas Joscelyn

A Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s fortified capital Tuesday triggered fresh concerns about the ability of U.S.-trained Afghan security forces to secure Kabul as international combat troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.

29th October 2014 - CNN

China No Substitute for U.S. Involvement Over Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by freshly minted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make his first overseas trip to China is symbolic.

28th October 2014 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Monograph Explores Role of China in Afghanistan’s Future

A new monograph published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies explores the role China is likely to play in shaping Afghanistan’s future, now that American troops have left the country.

27th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn chat with John Batchelor about their latest pieces for the Long War Journal.

22nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.

22nd October 2014 - FDD Press

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the United States draws down from Afghanistan, regional actors are recalibrating their policies to protect their interests in the country.

21st October 2014 - Cited by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Taliban Claim Freed ex-Gitmo Prisoners Visited by Members of Terror Group

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar and eventual release in the spring as...

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Captured Haqqani Leaders Visited ex-Gitmo Detainees in Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban claims that two recently captured Haqqani operatives had recently met with members of the "Taliban Five" in Qatar. The Taliban Five is a group of senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

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