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14th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan pits CENTCOM commander against Trump administration

Bill Roggio

In a conversation with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, the Pakistani military claimed CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said the idea that the Taliban uses Pakistan as a safe haven is "undermining ... Pakistan's contributions in war against terrorism" in Washington.

9th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan frees jihadist leader behind deadly uprising

Bill Roggio

Sufi Mohammed was responsible for the Taliban uprising in Swat and the peace agreement that put jihadists in control of a significant area of Pakistan from 2007 to 2009.

3rd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year.

2nd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’

Bill Roggio

If Trump is serious about hitting back at Pakistan, expect the US to ramp up drone strikes against jihadists, and not just in Pakistan's tribal areas.

26th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills Afghan Taliban commander in drone strike inside Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Jamiuddin, was a "trusted man" within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

13th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban features its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’

Bill Roggio

The video is the latest in a series of propaganda that promotes Taliban units and the network of training camps.

27th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss Pakistan's handling of internal terrorists and organizations on The John Batchelor Show.

25th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan laughingly says its fight against terrorists is ‘unmatched in the world’

Bill Roggio

"Pakistan's resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists is unmatched in the world," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the day after Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed was freed from house arrest.

21st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Sifting through Osama bin Laden’s terrorist treasure trove

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The editors of FDD's Long War Journal were featured as guests on the debut episode of a new podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) titled Foreign Podicy to discuss Osama bin Laden's files.

18th November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound.

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Read Osama bin Laden’s handwritten journal

Thomas Joscelyn

The CIA has released Osama bin Laden's handwritten, 228-page journal, which is available to the public in this post.

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: CIA releases massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA is releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The newly-available material provides invaluable insights into the terrorist organization that struck America on...

31st October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union showcases ‘special forces’ training camp

Bill Roggio

The IJU joins a list of jihadist groups that have publicized its training camps inside Afghanistan, including the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic Party, and the Imam Bukhari Jamaat. training camp joins similar training camps in Afghanistan advertised by the Taliban, the Turkistan Islamic...

24th October 2017 - Quoted by Ayesha Tanzeem - VOA News

Tillerson Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Pakistan on Tuesday to meet with leaders and reinforce the Trump administration's message that they need to take more action against the Taliban and other militant groups based in the country.

23rd October 2017 - Quoted by Waqar K. Kauravi and Umar Waqar - The Nation

Diapers for Boyles

According to Reuters, the head of the CIA said on 19 Oct that a U.S-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan was held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed. American Caitlan Coleman along with her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons...

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Lailuma Noori - The Kabul Times

CIA chief’s new remarks on Pakistan show US further pressure on Islamabad

CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his recent speech in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington has said the United States would do everything if could to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but has added it could not be achieved if the militants...

22nd October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Leader of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar emerges after reports of his death

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khurasani, who was reported to have died on Oct. 19 after a US drone strike, is alive. However, he confirmed the death of Khalifa Umar Mansour, the group's military leader who was killed in a US airstrike back in Afghanistan in July 2016.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Javed Hamim Kakar - Pajhwok Afghan News

US-Canadian couple was held in Pakistan: CIA chief

The CIA chief said on Thursday the US-Canadian couple kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan were held ‘inside’ neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Tolo News

Defense Ministry Says Most Abductees Are Held In Pakistan

Following reports about the release of an American-Canadian couple from Haqqani network’s captivity in Pakistan, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said most of those who are kidnapped in Afghanistan, foreigners in particular, are held as hostages in the neighboring country.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Pakistani Action Needed Before Afghan Peace Talks

U.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the United States wants to draw the Taliban into peace talks in Afghanistan, but for that to happen, he says Pakistan must first ensure the militants cannot establish safe havens within its borders.

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