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25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban name Mullah Haibatullah as new emir

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban appointed Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s top judicial officer, as its new emir after confirming Mullah Mansour was killed by the US. Siraj Haqqani, the Taliban’s military commander, remains one of the Taliban’s top two deputies, and Mullah Mohammad...

25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Baluchistan province is a primary hub for Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The American airstrike in Baluchistan, Pakistan that targeted and killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour was unprecedented as the US military and CIA have not launched an attack in the province since the drone program began in 2004.

24th May 2016 - Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the future of the Taliban and drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour in Pakistan.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US confirms Mansour killed, vows no change in combat strategy

Bill Roggio

The White House confirmed the death of Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today, two days after the US said it targeted the group’s leader in an unprecedented airstrike in southwestern Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan.

22nd May 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

21st May 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz weighs in on status of Taliban after alleged death of leader.

21st May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US targeted Taliban emir Mullah Mansour in unprecedented Pakistan drone strike

Bill Roggio

The US military said it targeted and possibly killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today in an “airstrike” in a remote area along the “Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.” Mansour’s status is unknown and the military said it is attempting to determine if he is dead or alive.

16th May 2016 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the Taliban in Afghanistan.

16th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban offensive in north stresses Afghan military

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has surrounded a number of Afghan troops in Baghlan near the provincial capital, putting pressure on Afghan troops which were already stretched thin fighting on four different fronts.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US, Afghan forces rescue son of former Pakistani prime minister from ‘al Qaeda cell’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Siraj Haqqani, the group’s operational leader, serves as one of the Taliban’s two deputy emirs is also a member of al Qaeda’s executive council. The Taliban and Haqqani Network are known to shelter al Qaeda’s men and they conduct joint operations with the group inside of Afghanistan....

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban claims to have ‘thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban said it would give “top priority” to retaliate against government agencies involved in the execution of jihadist prisoners and claimed it has “thousands of fully armed martyrdom seekers” at its disposal who are “awaiting to take revenge.”

9th May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the Taliban's martyr bombers and other news from The Long War Journal.

7th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

2 Romanian soldiers killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two Romanian soldiers were killed and another was wounded today in an insider or “green-on-blue” attack, where Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on coalition forces.

6th May 2016 - Hoover Institution

The Battle For Europe

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In 2004 Gilles Kepel, the noted French scholar of the modern Middle East and Muslims in Europe, wrote:

3rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban denies shadow governor for Kandahar killed by Afghan forces

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied reports from the Ministry of Interior that the shadow governor and his deputy were among the 45 jihadists killed during a raid in the southern Afghan province.

27th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military searches for Kabul Attack Network members

Bill Roggio

The US military made an unusual public plea for information yesterday in its hunt for eight members of a terrorist network which is plotting attacks in four provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The organization, known as the Kabul Attack Network, is comprised of fighters from various jihadist...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Afghanistan’s Endless War And Its Staggering Toll On Civilians

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s deadly assault in Kabul on Tuesday, which the Afghan Interior Ministry said killed 64 people and injured more than 300 others, was aimed at an elite security force paid to protect government officials, the militant group claimed. But the majority of those struck by the car...

19th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban kills dozens in suicide assault in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban targeted a unit responsible for providing security for Afghan officials in a coordinated suicide assault in the Afghan capital today. The Taliban claimed credit for the deadly attack, in which at least 28 people were killed and more that 300 were wounded, according to reports on...

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