Analysis & Commentary

4th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers.

28th July 2014 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on the future of Afghanistan after US forces withdraw.

21st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Renews Its Oath of Allegiance to Taliban Leader Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last...

9th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District In Central Afghanistan, Launch Suicide Assault In Kandahar

Bill Roggio

A district center in Ghor province was overrun by hundreds of Taliban, while the group sent more than a dozen fighters to attack the governor's compound and police headquarters in Kandahar City.

5th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Torch Hundreds of Fuel Tankers In Kabul

Bill Roggio

A police official said more than 400 fuel and supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban last night in an attack on a trucking terminal just outside the Afghan capital.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas.

26th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist...

22nd June 2014 - Pragati

China’s Post-2014 Afghanistan Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

China’s approach to violent non-state actors is unlikely to make India or the United States happy.

16th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war...

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

IMU Involved in Suicide Assault on Karachi Airport

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said it executed the June 9 suicide assault on a terminal at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi that killed at least 18 Pakistanis, including...

4th June 2014 - Sun News Network

The Source

Clifford D. May

Clifford May comments on the exchange of Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bergdahl.

3rd June 2014 - CNN


Clifford D. May

FDD expert, Cliff May debates the controversy surrounding the release of Taliban prisoners in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl.

1st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban says ‘Five Senior Leaders’ Have Been ‘Liberated’ from Guantanamo

Thomas Joscelyn

Hours after the US government announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been released in exchange for the top five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo, the Taliban...

31st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Exchanged for Top 5 Taliban Commanders at Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban since 2009, has been released. Bergdahl was exchanged for the top five Taliban...

30th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Raids Against al Qaeda and Allies in Afghanistan 2007-2013

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

One of the arguments used by the Obama administration for a rapid drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is that the US...

29th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Remains In Afghanistan Despite Drawdown Plans

Bill Roggio

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, officials are starting to realize that al Qaeda still maintains a strong presence in the country.

23rd May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun District Center in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban overran a district center in the remote northern province of Badakhshan and captured 27 government officials. A local militia commander and an...

21st May 2014 - The Telegraph

Al Qaeda ‘Not Defeated’ In Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Despite death of Osama bin Laden and other senior leaders, al-Qaeda remains a threat to American interests due to a “deep bench” and extensive links to other terrorist groups, according to evidence presented to US Congress

20th May 2014 - The Washington Times

Al Qaeda Runs Shadow Army In Afghanistan; Taliban On Verge Of Surge

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda is operating a “shadow army” inside Afghanistan to conceal its numbers and the scope of its operations...

20th May 2014 - House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade

Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

Before the subcommittee last July.1, Joscelyn discussed five main points he seeks to emphasize in this testimony.


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Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Aykan Erdemir

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Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

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