Analysis & Commentary

8th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban activity in Ghazni City highlights deteriorating security in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support has classified the the capital of Ghazni province as government control, yet it is clearly contested, and has been for some time. In Ghazni city, the Taliban collects taxes, dispenses justice, kills security personnel, and lives openly in one neighborhood.

25th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban announces onset of ‘Al Khandaq Jihadi operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced the opening of their 2018 spring offensive today, named the “Al Khandaq Jihadi operations” after the battle in Medina in 627 AD in which the Prophet Muhammad’s forces were significantly undermanned and besieged by Arab and Jewish forces yet still prevailed....

9th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills senior Islamic State commander in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The US military killed Qari Hikmatullah, who was described as “the senior ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan province or IS-K) commander and the main facilitator of ISIS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan” in an airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Faryab on April 5. Hikmatullah is...

3rd March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of Pakistani Taliban commander

Bill Roggio

The US military killed a commander from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who also served as an al Qaeda facilitator in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktika late last month.

31st January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Northern offensives conducted by Afghan Army achieve impermanent gains

Philip Hegseth

The Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps, accompanied by highly trained Afghan Commandos, conducted offensive operations in the northern province of Kunduz last week

30th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Resolute Support claims ‘human error’ led to withholding district control data from SIGAR report

Bill Roggio

After the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) detailed it was ordered by Resolute Support to withhold key unclassified data on district control and the performance of Afghan security forces in its latest quarterly report, Resolute Support attributed it to...

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO refutes Taliban claim it shot down US helicopter

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed the aircraft made "a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue."

26th August 2017 - Quoted by James Kitfield - The Atlantic

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Aykan Erdemir

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”

22nd August 2017 - Quoted by Charles Bybelezer - The Media Line

Erdogan’s Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe?

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkish president unleashes unprecedented verbal attack on Germany, as West ponders future ties with NATO member.

8th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Orde Kittrie

FDD senior fellow Orde Kittrie joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss how Norway and other U.S. allies have been undermined NATO.

31st July 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

How U.S. Allies Undermine NATO

Orde Kittrie

European countries divest from American defense firms that help protect them.

10th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO ignores false Taliban claims of killing US soldiers

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, took the time and energy to refute a false claim by the Islamic State Khorasan Province that it killed two American soldiers in an IED attack in Nangarhar province on July 7 (the two soldiers were wounded, not killed). However, Resolute...

10th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO: Islamic State falsely claimed killing of 2 Americans in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

NATO’s Resolute Support has issued a short statement denying that two Americans were killed while fighting the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or ISIS-K). The jihadists claimed yesterday that they had “repelled” an attack by the “apostate” Afghan Army and the “Crusader...

31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians

Thomas Joscelyn

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near diplomatic facilities in the Afghan capital during rush hour this morning. Preliminary casualty reports say that at least 80 people were killed in the blast and dozens more wounded. A photo of the aftermath of the bombing...

31st May 2017 - The Washington Times

The battles of Britain and Egypt

Clifford D. May

The slaughter of 22 concertgoers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the...

30th May 2017 - Fox News

Trump, Germany’s Merkel clash over trade, NATO and ‘Western values’

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany and the U.S. emerged from Memorial Day weekend in a war of words, as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners attacked America’s reliability as a world power and President Trump fired back on Twitter.

27th May 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report with Paul Gigot

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and it's implications for U.S. foreign policy

25th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

It’s Time for NATO to Call Turkey’s Bluff

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Thursday's NATO Summit provides an opportunity for the alliance to get tough on its putative Turkish ally. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's destabilizing policies in Europe and the Middle East have made it appear less an ally and more a Russian Trojan horse.

24th May 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's senior counselor John Hannah discusses Tillerson's comments on NATO and their possible impact.

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman, Vivian Salama - Associated Press

Erdogan Visits Trump, Amid Much Friction Between US, Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East.


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