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15th September 2017 - Quoted by Eric Schmitt and Matthew Rosenberg - The New York Times

C.I.A. Wants to Expand Its Drone Strike Authority Despite Pentagon Concerns

The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones, a proposal that the White House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according to current and former intelligence and military officials.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

The Chosen One? Al-Qaeda’s Next Leader Could Be Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza

One day before the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Al-Qaeda alerted the world that it would release four messages to coincide with the day the group became the most notorious jihadi group in the world.

1st September 2017 - Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

How the US military is trolling ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimiam - Foreign Policy

Mapped: The Taliban’s Strongholds in Afghanistan

In Aug. 21, U.S. President Donald Trump announced after months of internal debate inside the administration that he would send more troops to Afghanistan. The announcement indicated that the war there — the longest the United States has ever fought — will not wind down anytime soon.

23rd August 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Getting It Right in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

While praising the president’s announcement Monday night that the U.S. will be sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio express their “doubt [that] this will be enough to win the war.”

22nd August 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Can Trump Win America’s Never-ending War in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

With Trump expected to announce move to send more troops to confront the Taliban and Al-Qaida, defense expert warns that U.S. is merely 'kicking the can in a circle'

21st August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Westcott - CNN

Afghanistan: 16 years, thousands dead and no clear end in sight

Bill Roggio

America's longest war continues to trudge on and the bodies continue to pile up.

21st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Alexandra N. Gutowski

A complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan would have been disastrous. The US government needs to drastically reassess America’s jihadist enemies and avoid the policy pitfalls of the past.

21st August 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Sending More Troops To Afghanistan Is a Good Start

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

President Trump deserves credit for making a difficult decision, but he also needs to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

UN Security Council considers resolution punishing ISIS for crimes against humanity

Bill Roggio

Thursday's ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain — which killed at least 13 people and left many injured — coincided with a new effort to bring the terrorist group to justice for crimes committed against humanity in Iraq.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Jack Moore - Newsweek

U.S. Train Stations The Target Of Al-Qaeda In Latest Magazine

Al-Qaeda has ordered its followers to focus on a specific western target in its latest propaganda magazine: train stations.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

US Obliterates Top Contender To Lead Afghan ISIS Chapter

Bill Roggio

The leading candidate to take the helm of the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. air-strike on August 10th, U.S. forces Afghanistan announced Sunday.

23rd July 2017 - Quoted by Muhammad Khan - Pakistan Observer

Afghanistan: Friendly fire syndrome

While the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were carrying out operation against Taliban in a remote village of district Gereshk of Helmond province, a US aerial attack killed sixteen soldiers.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

The U.S. helped kill the top ISIS leader in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

U.S. and Afghan officials confirmed Sunday that Abdul Hasib, the emir of the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, died in a joint special forces operation that killed 35 ISIS fighters and several other high-ranking leaders of the terror group last month. The Pentagon had said in the...

19th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite Militia Promotes Training Camp Named After Qods Force General

Bill Roggio

Saraya al Khorasani, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that operates alongside the Iraqi military, released a short video advertising one of its training camps.

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US kills 7 ‘militants’ in Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven “militants” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan.

27th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Offensive in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts.

26th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Captures Dam, Overruns Base in Western Iraq

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days.

25th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda, Jihadist Allies Declare Victory Over Syrian Regime in Key City

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its allies have declared victory over the Syrian regime in the city of Jisr Al Shughur.

23rd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

White House Says Hostages, Including American, Killed In Counterterrorism Operation

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House released a statement today saying that two hostages held by al Qaeda were killed in a counter terrorism operation earlier this year.


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