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1st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Militants Bungle Coordinated Multi-Province Terrorist Attacks

The Taliban failed to conduct a multi-province terrorist assault planned for today after Afghan security forces shot and killed a suicide bomber in Kabul City...

26th June 2013 - Cited by Seema Sirohi, First Post

Why US Shouldn’t Accept Dalrymple’s Reading of Afghan ‘History’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sometimes it is better to write about history that is long gone and archived for easy or privileged access. But with his latest essay on Afghanistan, William Dalrymple has crossed...

25th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on Presidential Palace, CIA HQ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a complex suicide assault that targeted the Presidential palace in Kabul just hours before President Hamid Karzai was to...

23rd June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Nuristan Again Reported Killed in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghan officials are again reporting that Sheikh Dost Mohammed, the Taliban's shadow governor for Nuristan province, has been killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province.

20th June 2013 - Quoted by Carmen Gentile, USA Today

Afghan Police Adapt in Face of US Drawdown

Bill Roggio

Armored vehicles carrying U.S. and Afghan Special Forces arrive at this remote village and are greeted by dozens of angry men. They scream that the Afghan Local Police (ALP)...

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...


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