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23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - Huffington Post

What We Know About Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ahmed Farouq

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said Thursday.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Editorial Staff - USA Today

Drone Strikes Claim America’s Best, and Worst: Our View

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Adam Entous, Damian Paletta and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone killed an American and an Italian held hostage in a January attack on an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan, sparking new questions about the use of the controversial and still-evolving weapon.

22nd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Spring Operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced today that this year’s “spring operations” will begin on April 24, and, like previous years, the main targets will be the “foreign occupiers” and “the stooge regime,” or Afghan government.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among...

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Admit to Beheading Afghan Soliders “In Revenge”

Bill Roggio

The Taliban admitted that its fighters beheaded seven Afghan soldiers during clashes last week in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. The Taliban acknowledged that the beheadings are “contradictory to rules of engagement” but then justified the gruesome acts as revenge for Afghan...

14th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Announces Death of Sharia Official in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda announced the death of sharia official Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish, who was killed in a drone strikein eastern Yemen. Rubaish is a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who also served as an operational planner for the jihadist group.

13th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Four in Taliban, al Qaeda Haven

Bill Roggio

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and...

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Promotes Suicide, IED Attacks, and Ambushes in ‘Caravan of Heroes’

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network promoted suicide bombings, IED attacks, and ambushes that targeted Coalition and Afghan forces throughout eastern Afghanistan in a video that was recently released on Voice of Jihad, the official news outlet of the Afghan Taliban. One of the suicide bombers likely was a...

8th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills American in Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one and wounding several more. The insider or green-on-blue attack, where a member of the Afghan security forces kills Coalition personnel, is the second of its kind recorded this year.

7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in...

6th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban laud Mullah Omar in ‘biography’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released an adulatory biography of Mullah Mohammd Omar that states he is “still the leader in the present hierarchy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” In addition to pumping up Omar, the Taliban outlined its current organizational structure in the release.

31st March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban Commander Involved in Targeting ‘Foreigners’ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security captured a senior Taliban commander who was involved in the network in the Afghan capital that targets Westerners and other foreigners. The commander also had a hand in the recent assassination of Uruzgan’s police chief, US intelligence officials told...

17th March 2015 - Cited by Ali M. Latifi, Shashank Bengali - The Los Angeles Times

Afghan Officials Acknowledge Islamic State Presence in Their Country

The Afghan government said Tuesday that forces belonging to the Islamic State militant organization have taken root in the country, its first official acknowledgment that the group based in Iraq and Syria had reached so far to the east..

17th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Afghan Casualties of the War in Syria

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - Qods Force is backing the Fatemiyoun Brigade, a unit comprise of Shiite Afghans living in Iran. The leader of the Fatemiyoun Brigade have been pictured with Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

27th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized.

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael O'Hanlon - The Washington Post

We Still Need U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

On Feb. 9, a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s Helmand province killed Abdul Rauf, an Islamic State leader attempting to spread the would-be caliphate’s influence into South Asia.

17th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Kills 20 Afghan Policemen

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continue to exact a heavy toll on poorly armed and trained policemen, who have been thrust into the front line of Afghanistan's insurgency.

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