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23rd February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Multiple Insurgents Captured in Raid Targeting IMU Leader

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

Afghan and Coalition troops captured six insurgents during a raid two days ago that targeted a leader from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The security forces launched the raid...

19th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Emir Faqir Mohammed Reported Captured by Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

Faqir Mohammed, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's former deputy emir and a previous leader in Bajaur, is reported to have been captured by Afghan intelligence officials along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

19th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Insider Attack Facilitator Killed in Kunar

Bill Roggio

ISAF has announced that a Taliban operative who facilitated insider attacks was killed last week in Kunar province along with an associate. The operative was responsible for the May 11, 2012 green-on-blue attack...

18th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Veteran Sudanese Jihadist Killed in French Airstrike in Mali

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda commander who waged jihad for more than 20 years in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Chechnya, and the Sudan was killed in a French airstrike in Mali. A Sudanese jihadist announced the death...

12th February 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

President Obama's announcement of the withdrawal of 34,000 US troops from Afghanistan.

12th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Another IMU Leader Captured in Afghanistan as Obama Announces US Force Cut

Patrick Megahan

Today special operation forces arrested a commander from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in the Khanabad district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province. ISAF reports:

9th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 IMU Leaders Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) captured two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commanders during separate raids in northern Afghanistan over the past two days. Special operations forces...

6th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Prominent al Qaeda Leader Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the death of Abd el Kader Mahmoud Mohamed el Sayed, a longtime senior jihadist leader and military commander who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan sometime in the spring of 2012.

31st January 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

Bill Roggio

FDD's Bill Roggio offers his gloom prediction of what will happen if the United States military leaves only a token force behind in Afghanistan. Namely, territory that Americans fought and died for will be...

29th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Commander Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) commander today during an operation in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province. The International Security Assistance Force...

27th January 2013 - The Daily Caller

Leaders with Ginni Thomas

Michael Ledeen

TheDC’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with FDD's Michael Ledeen about America’s reputation in the world, the Benghazi terrorist attack, the threat of a nuclear Iran, whether there is a war on Christians and Jews...

27th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Another Raid Targeting al Qaeda in Kunar

Patrick Megahan

On Jan. 25, the International Security Assistance Force reported another operation in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province targeting a Taliban leader associated with al Qaeda. This follows a report three...

25th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Taliban Commander Targeted in Kunar Raid

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force reported yesterday that an operation targeting an "al Qaeda associated Taliban leader" was conducted in Kunar province, Afghanistan on Jan. 23. Two insurgents...

25th January 2013 - The Atlantic

Where Should Mali’s Militants Be Detained?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During the course of the intervention in Mali led by France and members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), militants from the north will inevitably be captured.

24th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Wanted Saudi al Qaeda Leader to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added a wanted Saudi citizen who serves as a senior al Qaeda leader and ideologue in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists.

21st January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Police Headquarters in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched their second suicide assault against a security installation in the capital of Kabul in six days. The suicide assault team targeted the traffic police headquarters in western...

19th January 2013 - Gunpowder & Lead

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

With recent events in Mali and Algeria, there is a notable uptick in interest in Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). One question commentators are asking is what the relationship is between AQIM...

17th January 2013 - Quoted by Maurizio Molinari, La Stampa - Italy

L’imprendibile Mokthar vuole un Afghanistan nel deserto del Sahara

Jonathan Schanzer

Afirmare l’assalto al campo petrolifero algerino di Ain Amenas è Mokthar Belmoktar, il leader salafita denominato «l’imprendibile» dai servizi segreti francesi, più volte erroneamente dichiarato morto, le cui...

16th January 2013 - Faster, Please!

The War Rages, The White House Ducks, Death Abounds

Michael Ledeen

You know all this, of course, because you’ve been reading these blogs all along. But as my mother used to tell me with her charming smile and melodious voice, repetition is the basis of all learning.

13th January 2013 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama met last week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses...

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