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13th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Soldier Killed in Latest Insider Attack in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A member of the Afghan National Security Forces gunned down a soldier from the International Security Assistance Force in the fourth green-on-blue,

11th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Grabs Pakistani Taliban Commander from Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

The US military has taken a senior Pakistani Taliban commander known as Latif Mehsud from the custody of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Intelligence.

7th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban: US ‘Forced’ to ‘Accept the Existence and Presence of the Islamic Emirate’ of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Today the Taliban released an official statement on the "12th year of the American invasion" of Afghanistan. The statement, which was emailed to The Long...

7th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Support Pakistani Branch, Spokesman Claims

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban provide financial support to their "jihadi brothers" in Pakistan, the top spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan told a group...

7th October 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

The Next Breeding Ground for Global Jihad

Reuel Marc Gerecht

When President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must "step aside" two years ago, many believed that it was only a matter of time before...

1st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Said to Name Successor to Mullah Sangeen

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda allied Taliban subgroup that operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, is said to have named Bilal Zadran to succeed...

29th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Target Haqqani Network in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed three Haqqani Network members in a strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strike is just the third...

20th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Ambush Policemen in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed at least 20 Afghan policemen in an ambush in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan this week. The deadly ambush took...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Mark Maginer, Los Angeles Times

Young Militants Ready to Die, Eager to Kill

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Abdul Wali Fadaei is proud of his family history. His father died when he drove an explosives-laden car into the capital's upscale Hotel Inter-Continental in 2011...

13th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on US Consulate in Herat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched an early morning suicide assault today on the US Consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat. The attack is the latest in a series...

12th September 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Battle of Syria

Clifford D. May

Twelve years ago today, we were staring at smoking rubble in downtown Manhattan and at the Pentagon, counting the dead, wondering who had committed...

10th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan to Free Taliban Leader Mullah Baradar

Bill Roggio

Pakistan is planning on freeing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's second in command before he was detained in Karachi in 2010...

8th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Confirm Death of Badruddin Haqqani in Drone Strike Last Year

Bill Roggio

The Taliban confirmed that Badruddin Haqqani, one of the top leaders in the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda...

2nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Team Hits Base at Border Crossing with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another suicide assault, this time against a joint Coalition and Afghan base in Torkham at the border crossing with Pakistan.

29th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Killed 15 Afghan Policemen in Ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed 15 Afghan policemen in an ambush in Farah province. Two senior security officials, including the deputy intelligence chief for the western...

28th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on ISAF PRT in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan today, including an assault on the Provincial Reconstruction Team base...

26th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Afghan Army Base in Kapisa

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide assault today on an Afghan Army base in Kapisa, where jihadists have been making inroads since Coalition...

22nd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Military Claims Dual-Hatted Taliban and al Qaeda Leader Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

An Afghan Army spokesman claimed that Qari Zia Rahman, a wanted Taliban leader who is also known to be a leader in al Qaeda, was killed in a Coalition...

18th August 2013 - PJ Media

It’s War, You Idiots

Michael Ledeen

It’s hard to get our minds around the dimensions of the slaughter underway in the Middle East and Africa, and harder still to see that the battlefields of Egypt...

10th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Fighters Attack US Base, Plant ‘Anti-Helicopter’ Mine

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-allied jihadist group, has released a video of attacks against a US base in Paktia province...

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