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30th September 2015 - 760 KFMB

The Brett Winterble Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the latest news in Afghanistan and Syria.

30th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Special Forces Engage Taliban in Fighting at Kunduz Airport

Bill Roggio

US Special Forces battled the Taliban forces that laid siege to the main airport in Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan. The fighting at the airport started on Sept. 29, just one day after the Taliban seized control of the city.

28th September 2015 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

The Fall of Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, marking the first time the militant group has seized a major city since 2001 when it was driven from power by the U.S.-led invasion.

28th September 2015 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

In the Fall of Kunduz, Echoes of Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s rout Monday of Afghan forces in the northern city of Kunduz carried an eerie echo of recent battles in Iraq, where another U.S.-trained army has collapsed in combat despite massive support from Washington.

28th September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses U.S. foreign policy and news from Afghanistan.

28th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Storm Kunduz City

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assaulted the northern provincial capital of Kunduz from three directions and seized control of areas in the city. Unconfirmed reports from residents and Taliban fighters inside Kunduz indicate that Afghan forces have been driven out of the city and the Taliban are in full...

22nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Outpost in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban mounts offensives in the northern province of Kunduz and the southern province of Helmand, it has also been consolidating its grip on areas in eastern Afghanistan. A video from Paktika province, a bastion of the Haqqani Network, shows the Taliban in control of a military...

15th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar’s Brother and Son Swear Allegiance to New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Omar’s son and brother, both who previously opposed the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour to serve as the new leader of the Taliban, have changed their minds and sworn allegiance to Mansour, according to the Taliban.

14th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, said that it killed a senior al Qaeda commander and seven associates during a raid in the eastern province of Paktika. The raid took place in the same district where 15 Pakistani Taliban fighters were reported...

14th September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn analyze the fights against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

14th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Overruns Prison, Frees Hundreds

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has freed more than 140 of its fighters and 200 prisoners in a coordinated suicide assault on a jail in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni today. Among those freed include 17 “dangerous” Taliban operatives, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry stated.

11th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills 15 Pakistani Taliban Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 15 fighters from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika earlier this week. Both the TTP and its ally, al Qaeda, have stepped up their presence in eastern Afghanistan over the past several years.

8th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Flaunts al Qaeda Links in Latest Issue of its Official Magazine

Bill Roggio

In the September 2015 edition of Al Sumud, the Taliban’s official magazine, the jihadist group devoted significant space to al Qaeda leaders and pro-al Qaeda clerics eulogizing its former emir, Mullah Mohammad Omar. The seven al Qaeda representatives who lauded Omar include al Qaeda emir...

7th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dissident Taliban Commander Claims Pakistani Intel Ordered Him to Conduct Attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A former senior Taliban leader who was ousted by Mullah Omar in 2007 has rejected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the group and accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan.

5th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues to Advertise Alliance With al Qaeda, Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

In late August, the Taliban released the fifth installment in its “Army of Badr” video series. The title of the videos is a reference to the battle of Badr in 624 CE between the Prophet Mohammed’s followers and their enemies. The battle is considered a crucial event in early Islamic...

2nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

3 Uzbeks Among 5 ‘Militants’ Killed in Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed five “militants,” including several Uzbeks, in the first drone strike in Pakistan in nearly a month.

1st September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Faryab

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), captured the Taliban’s shadow governor for Faryab province as he was traveling to Pakistan.

31st August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss conflicts across the Middle East.

28th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan...

27th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Mass in Northern Afghanistan to Swear Allegiance to New Emir

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban fighters gathered in the open in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz to pledge an oath of allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the group.

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