Analysis & Commentary

12th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on Afghanistan and Syria.

8th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seizes 2 More Districts in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran two more districts in northern Afghanistan, this time in the province of Faryab, where the jihadist group made a push to seize the capital just last weekend.

7th October 2015 - Quoted by Joe Perticone - IJ Review

Strike On Afghan Hospital Called a ‘War Crime.’ Now a US General Has His Say…

Patrick Megahan

The air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of multiple civilians has brought the war-torn nation back into the headlines, but the strike “does not constitute a war crime,” according to a military research analyst.

5th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the news in Syria and Afghanistan.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Badakhshan Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s shadow governor for Badakhshan province, Qari Fasehuddin, released an audiotape to dispel the Afghan government’s claim that he was killed in a US airstrike in late last week. Fasihuddin is the second shadow governor to deny reports that he was killed in a US airstrike...

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Participated in Siege of Kunduz

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), which is openly loyal to the Taliban and also affiliated with al Qaeda, participated in the Taliban’s siege of Kunduz city, according to statements and photos released by the group and its supporters online. In a message posted on the IJU’s official website...

5th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkish airspace, Russian airstrikes in Syria, and the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls or Contests Scores of Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

While fighting for control of the provincial capital of Kunduz, the Taliban launched a wider offensive in the Afghan north aimed at seizing control of districts in four provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Takhar. Since Sept. 28, the Taliban has taken control of nine districts in...

1st October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of...

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Sean Davidson - CBC News

Taliban Seizure of Kunduz Sends Message to Kabul, Europe

Bill Roggio

Prior to Monday's Taliban attack on Kunduz, the group had — at least in some ways — slipped from the West's mind. There have been so many headlines and so much heated debate about the threat posed by ISIS and its offshoots elsewhere in the world that it was easy to forget about the...

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Why Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

It is proving a hard slog because the Taliban have been entrenched for so long around the city that its approaches are now full of booby-traps and Taliban fighters. Even if the Taliban are ultimately ousted, however, the damage will have been done: It is hugely demoralizing to see the...

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...


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