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6th October 2017 - Quoted by James Clark

Propaganda Video Shows An Emboldened Taliban Convoying Through Nimruz Province In Broad Daylight

A recent Taliban propaganda video indicates just how emboldened the group has become: showing its fighter staging a public demonstration in Afghanistan’s Nimruz province. In a video reported by Military Times, a long line of military vehicles and pickups can be seen moving in broad...

5th October 2017 - Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

Large Taliban convoy moves through Afghanistan unopposed

The Taliban recently uploaded a new propaganda video which features a long Taliban convoy moving freely during the daytime unopposed.

29th September 2017 - Quoted by Erik Goepner - Cato Institute

In Afghanistan, the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops Is Long Overdue

Donald Trump announced a mini-surge of U.S. forces into Afghanistan a month ago. This week the Long War Journal reported the Taliban now control or contest 45 percent of Afghanistan’s districts, up from 40 percent three months prior, which was an increase from 34 percent a year earlier,...

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Alexa Liautaud - Vice News

U.S. Troops Will Face The Deadliest Taliban Yet

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly 10,000 U.S. Marines poured into Helmand Province eight years ago as part of the largest surge in the Afghanistan war. Announcing the troop deployment, then-President Obama said the massive campaign was “necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation” and was critical in...

28th September 2017 - Quoted by World Tribune

Report: Taliban controls more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001

As the Pentagon prepares to deploy 3,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a new report reveals that the Taliban is now either in control of or is contesting 45 percent of the country.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

US airdropping supplies in Afghanistan again as war heats up

U.S. forces conducted the first airdrop of military supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan since September 2014, a sign of increasing military operations in the nearly 16-year war.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Taliban Now Contest Nearly Half Of Afghanistan As Thousands More U.S. Troops Pour In

Taliban militants now control or contest nearly half of all districts in Afghanistan as the U.S. pours thousands more troops into the country, a new analysis from The Long War Journal reveals.

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.

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