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4th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan’s intelligence service ‘has connections with terrorist groups’

Bill Roggio

Mattis and Dunford placed all of the blame for Pakistan's support of terrorist groups on the ISI, and essentially absolved Pakistan's government and the military of any responsibility for incubating and supporting regional and global jihadist organizations.

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 February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban, IMU Form Ansar al Aseer to Free Jihadist Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan announced the formation of the Ansar al Aseer, a unit tasked to free jihadist prisoners and support their families.

5th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Suicide Operations Chief to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Today the US State Department added the Haqqani Network's chief of suicide operations to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Qari Zakir, who is also known as Abdul Rauf, is now the...

3rd July 2012 - National Post

Syed Zabiuddin Ansari, and India’s Role in Prosecuting the Global War on Terrorism

The 10 Islamist terrorists who committed the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks killed 164 innocent people with guns, grenades and bombs. Nine of the killers died during their rampage.

12th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Panetta on Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn

During a trip to Afghanistan last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta chastised Pakistan for its ongoing support for the Haqqani Network – an insurgency organization that is closely tied to al Qaeda.

23rd May 2012 - National Post

Time to Call Pakistan What It Is — a State Supporter of Terrorism

Here in the West, the killing of Osama Bin Laden was considered a triumph. In Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader lived out his final years, attitudes are very different.

16th April 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Pakistan’s Message to the West

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sunday, insurgents launched a series of coordinated attacks on Western embassies in Kabul, as well as other targets throughout Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s interior minister, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, said that at least two detained terrorists.

13th April 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Lion in Winter?

Thomas Joscelyn

Last week, foreign press outlets ran a story that deserves to receive a lot more attention in America. Documents captured in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound reportedly show that the terror master helped plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

12th April 2012 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan’s ISI Supports Taliban, al Qaeda in Nuristan, Says Afghan Parliament

Bill Roggio

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate continues to support the Taliban and al Qaeda in the northeastern province of Nuristan, according to the Afghan parliament's Security Commission, while US forces have withdrawn from the area.

5th April 2012 - The Long War Journal

Report: Osama bin Laden Helped Plan Mumbai Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

Osama bin Laden was in close contact with Hafiz Saeed, the wanted chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and helped plan the 2008 Mumbai attack, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

12th March 2012 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

Pakistan names new spymaster.

6th February 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Drones Are Not Enough

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Has Barack Obama been a good counter-terrorist president? On the left, and even on the right, we usually hear a resounding “yes”: Obama has maintained, sometimes amplified, the programs that really keep us safe (predator drones, expansive use of domestic intercepts, unsavory intelligence...

4th January 2012 - The Long War Journal

Are the Top Two Pakistani Taliban Leaders ‘at Each Other’s Throats’?

Bill Roggio

According to Reuters, Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and his deputy, Waliur Rahman Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's South Waziristan branch, are ready to kill each other.

24th December 2011 - The Long War Journal

US Cannot Rely on Pakistan for Counterterrorism Operations

Bill Roggio

In CJ Radin's recent Threat Matrix report on US counterterrorism (CT) strategy, one area that stood out was the Obama administration's emphasis on partnering with Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and allied terror groups, as set forth below in the "National Strategy for Counterterrorism"

22nd September 2011 - The Long War Journal

Admiral Mullen: Pakistani ISI Sponsoring Haqqani Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Agency's role in sponsoring the Haqqani Network - including attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.

13th July 2011 - The Long War Journal

21 Killed in Mumbai Bombings

Bill Roggio

Three bombings today in India's financial capital of Mumbai have killed 21 people and wounded scores more in the first major attack in the country since the terror assault on the city in November 2008.

20th May 2010

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security & Stability

Clifford D. May, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

What is the optimal strategy for the United States and its allies to pursue in Afghanistan? Observers across the political spectrum agree that military operations alone are not enough to secure Afghanistan against a powerful insurgency linked to global jihadism. There is increasing consensus...

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