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22nd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government.

22nd June 2015 - Quoted by Sounak Mukhopadhyay - International Business Times

Afghan Troops Kill Six ISIS Militants; Taliban Car Bomb Near Parliament Kills Two

John Hannah

Six Islamic State group militants were killed after attacking a security checkpoint in Afghanistan. The deaths occurred Monday when an attack near the Afghan Parliament by Taliban militants killed a child and a woman.

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Beheads Former Shura Member Who Defected Back to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province brutally executed one of its former shura members, purportedly for defecting back to the Taliban last month. The execution, as well as the assassination of the Taliban’s shadow governor for Nangarhar province, likely by the Islamic State, preceded a...

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Chastise Islamic State for Dividing Jihadist Ranks in Afghanistan and Beyond

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released a statement today from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the “deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] and acting head of the Leadership Council,” to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State, that demanded the Islamic State fight under...

6th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Afghan Taliban Fighters in Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed nine Afghan Taliban fighters in an drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today.

4th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan Province’ Threatens Taliban in Latest Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” threatened the Taliban in a video released late last month. The video, which is more than 15 minutes long, features a lengthy speech by an unnamed jihadist (see image above) in front of armed fighters and local villagers.

25th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Shadow Governor Appears in New Propaganda Video Depicting Recent Combat in Badakhshan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a new propaganda video in late May depicting a recent series of attacks against Afghan security forces in the rugged and remote northeastern province of Badakhshan. The video, which is over an hour long, contains an interview with Qari Fasehuddin, the Taliban shadow...

23rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same...

22nd May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Afghanistan: The Next Battlefield?

“We will maintain a presence in Af­ghanistan, even after the end of our current mis­sion,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced. The Atlantic alliance, he said, will have a “light footprint,” with “a military component”.

17th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 Jihadists in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing at least six jihadists, including “foreigners,” in an area along the Afghan-Pakistan border that is known to host a variety of terrorist groups.

14th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Kill 14, Including 9 Foreigners, in Kabul Hotel Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for an attack that killed 14 civilians, including 9 foreigners, at the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul that started last evening and ended this morning. The assault is the latest in a string of attacks that have targeted civilians at upscale hotels in the Afghan...

6th May 2015 - Quoted by Natalie Obiko Pearson and Siddarth Vikram Philip - Bloomberg

India Companies to Improve Iran Port Despite U.S. Pleas

Mark Dubowitz

The Indian government agreed to let the nation’s companies upgrade facilities at a port in Iran, despite U.S. warnings not to rush into investments in the country before a nuclear deal is completed.

1st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Success in Kunduz Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video today titled “Kunduz and Renewed Resolve” that shows its fighters in control of Afghan security forces’ outposts, captured security personnel, and vehicles and weapons seized during the fighting. The title of the video is a play on the the name of the...

28th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal.

27th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Offensive in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts.

25th April 2015 - Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - RFE/RL

Increasing Number Of Afghans, Pakistanis Killed In Syria Buried In Iran

An increasing number of Afghans and Pakistanis killed in the fighting in Syria have been buried in Iran in recent months.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - Huffington Post

What We Know About Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ahmed Farouq

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said Thursday.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Editorial Staff - USA Today

Drone Strikes Claim America’s Best, and Worst: Our View

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Adam Entous, Damian Paletta and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone killed an American and an Italian held hostage in a January attack on an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan, sparking new questions about the use of the controversial and still-evolving weapon.

22nd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Spring Operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced today that this year’s “spring operations” will begin on April 24, and, like previous years, the main targets will be the “foreign occupiers” and “the stooge regime,” or Afghan government.

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