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21st December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls Or Contests Nearly All Of Southern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a strategic district in Helmand the same day the deputy governor warned that the southern Afghan province was in danger of collapsing. Sangin District fell to the Taliban despite the involvement of US and British special operations forces as well as US air support in the...

17th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Continues To Push For Negotiations With Taliban Despite Direct Ties To Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense asserts in its biannual Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan report, released earlier this week, that “reconciliation and a political settlement with the Taliban” is a key part of its strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

16th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Insists Al Qaeda Is “Concentrated” In Afghan East and Northeast

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to claim that al Qaeda is “primarily concentrated in the east and northeast” of Afghanistan, despite a major operation two months ago that targeted the jihadist group at two established training facilities in the southeast.

14th December 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the latest from The Long War Journal.

9th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Squad Kills Dozens In Assault On Kandahar Airport

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed more than 30 people in an attack on Kandahar International Airport in southern Afghanistan that lasted for more than a day before Afghan forces backed by the U.S. military could regain control.

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Taliban Strikes Back: Massive Attack On Afghan Airport Leaves 37 Dead

Bill Roggio

Taliban militia engaged in a coordinated suicide assault on Kanadahar airport in southern Afghanistan Wednesday leaving 37 dead and 35 wounded.

7th December 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss radicalization, San Bernardino, Afghanistan, and ISIS.

5th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Emir Denies Reports Of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released an audio statement attributed to Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, who denied reports of his death. Afghan officials and other sources recently claimed that Mansour, who succeeded Mullah Omar as the Taliban’s top leader in late July, had been killed in a shootout during...

3rd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Fate of Taliban’s New Leader Uncertain After Conflicting Reports of a Shootout in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban is forcefully denying reports stating newly appointed leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour was wounded or killed during a shootout at a meeting Wednesday with other commanders in Pakistan. The jihadist group’s top two spokesmen dismissed the reports as “absolutely...

1st December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Hundreds of Military Personnel, Government Officials Defect in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that nearly 200 security personnel and 140 government officials defected to the jihadist group in the embattled northeastern province of Nuristan over the past week.

30th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the Taliban's use of child soldiers and Al-Qaeda.

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Denies Children Serve ‘In Jihadi Ranks’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban has released a statement claiming that reports of children serving in its frontline units or its suicide brigade are “fabricated.” The Taliban issued the denial despite the fact that the group’s own propaganda has advertised armed children in its ranks.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Squad Pledges Allegiance to Emir Mullah Mansour

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence...

19th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Highlights ‘Sheikh Jalaluddin Training Camp’ in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan (Khorasan Province), its small branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, advertised a training camp that is named after a former religious scholar who was killed by the US last month. While the location of the camp was not disclosed, it is likely in the...

15th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dozens of Afghan Troops Surrender to Taliban in Helmand

Bill Roggio

Sixty-five Afghan soldiers and several of their officers laid down their weapons two days ago and surrendered to the Taliban in the embattled district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand.

10th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Deputy Emir of ‘Moderate’ Taliban Faction Oversaw ‘Massacre of Thousands of Shiites’

Bill Roggio

The deputy emir of a new Taliban faction in Afghanistan that is attempting to portray itself as more moderate than the established branch has been directly implicated in the massacre of thousands of Afghans during the 1998 takeover of Mazar-i-Sharif. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi also helped...

9th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses Russian strikes in Syria, IRGC deaths in Syria, and Afghanistan.

9th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Rival Taliban Factions Clash in Southeastern Afghanistan

The Taliban and a breakaway faction of the jihadist group fought each other in two districts in southeastern Afghanistan that are out of the Afghan government’s control. At least 80 fighters from both sides are reported to have been killed during clashes in Zabul province.

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Confirms Death of ‘Khorasan’ Military Emir

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda confirmed that the US killed its military commander for the “Khorasan,” or Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a drone strike in Waziristan in early 2014. Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as the group’s military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of many unknown al...

2nd November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Northeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda commander and two of his bodyguards are reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, which remains a haven for the jihadist group and its allies in the region.

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