Analysis & Commentary

24th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad.

17th August 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the terror group’s strategy and implications for U.S. policy.

17th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

14th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

New Taliban Emir Accepts al Qaeda’s Oath of Allegiance

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban’s new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, has accepted the oath of allegiance (bayat) from al Qaeda emir Ayman Zawahiri, as well as the pledges to him from “Jihadi organizations spread throughout the globe.” Mansour’s statement was released just one day after al Qaeda...

13th August 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest developments in Afghanistan.

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Al-Qaeda Chief Pledges Allegiance to New Afghan Taliban ‘Mullah’

Thomas Joscelyn

In a sign that there could be dangerous times ahead for Afghanistan and the entire surrounding region, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Taliban “emir,” Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, in an audio tape released Thursday by the jihadist group.

13th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri Pledges Allegiance to the Taliban’s New Emir

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released an audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri in which he pledges allegiance to the newly appointed emir of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Although the speech was released earlier today, it is dated August 1, meaning that Zawahiri recorded it just two days after...

11th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Raise Flag Over Captured District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban raised its white banner over military outposts after overrunning the district of Now Zad in Helmand province two weeks ago. Afghan officials have confirmed that Now Zad is under Taliban control.

11th August 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Stoltzfoos - The Daily Caller

ISIS Takes It To The Taliban In Afghanistan

John Hannah

Islamic State fighters recently forced a group of blindfolded Taliban supporters to kneel unwittingly over buried devices set to blow them to bits, upping the ante in the battle between the two forces for Afghanistan.

11th August 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the Taliban and the state of play in Congress on Iran deal.

10th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues Terror Attacks in Afghan Capital

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continued its attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, targeting a NATO military convoy just outside the city’s airport with a suicide bombing. The bombing is the fourth in Kabul in four days, and has led Afghanistan’s president and chief executive to lash out at...

10th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss the fights against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

7th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Haqqani Network in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

6th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

3 Al Qaeda Branches Issue Joint Eulogy for Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

Three al Qaeda branches have released a joint statement commemorating Mullah Omar’s jihadist career.

5th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Camp in Paktia Province

Bill Roggio

A Taliban fighter promoted what he described as a training camp for jihadists in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia. The camp is located in a district that is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network and which has hosted members of al Qaeda’s network in the past.

4th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Honor Mullah Omar, Praise Taliban’s Radical State

Thomas Joscelyn

Just one day after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Omar was dead, the Syria-based jihadist group Ahrar al Sham heaped praise on the Taliban leader in a statement released online.

2nd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS Just Received a ‘Gift’- and Now ‘There’s A Lot of Opportunity for High Drama’

Thomas Joscelyn

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result.

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to Omar.

30th July 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the death of Mullah Omar and its implications.


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