Analysis & Commentary


16th May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills ‘dual-hatted’ AQIS leader in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Hazrat Abbas served as a leader for both al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. AQIS was formed to unite disparate jihadist factions to fight under the banner of the Afghan Taliban.

1st May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Mattis claims Taliban ‘cannot win at the ballot box’

Bill Roggio

Once again, a top United States official has failed to properly identify the Taliban and Islamic State’s disinterest in participating in peaceful political process.

24th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban camp in Baghlan emphasizes tenuous security situation in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

In a video released by the Taliban yesterday promoting its “Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour Camp” in Baghlan province, jihadists were once again marching through a town and driving in the desert in broad daylight, without fear of reprisal from Afghan and Coalition forces.

22nd April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Suicide bomber strikes voter registration office in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration office in Kabul earlier today. More than 50 people were killed, including women and children, while over 100 others were injured in the bombing, according to the Afghan government.

3rd April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

20 dead, civilians protest following Indian counter-terror operation in Kashmir

Indian security forces launched a decisive counter-terror operation yesterday in the Kashmiri districts of Shopian and Anantnag resulting in the deaths of at least 13 terrorists, three Indian security forces, and four civilians.

2nd April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba fronts, 7 leaders to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The designations are the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to pressure Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups that openly operate inside the country with the approval and support of both the military and government.

30th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Can Resolute Support possibly still not understand Taliban strategy?

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support continues to claim that the Taliban failed in its strategic goals in 2017 and discounts the importance of the Taliban's rural insurgency.

26th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for Kashmir attack on security forces

Bill Roggio

Pakistan continues to fuel the terrorist insurgency inside Jammu and Kashmir by backing Lashkar-e-Taiba and other proxies.

20th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured.

12th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a largely Uighur jihadist group that is affiliated with al Qaeda, released a new video over the weekend highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan.

8th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US hits Pakistani Taliban training camp in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US military is reported to have struck a training camp in Afghanistan’s remote eastern province of Kunar that was run by the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) earlier today.

6th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

German captured while fighting with Taliban’s Red Unit

Bill Roggio

The Afghan military said it captured a German citizen who was fighting in Helmand province and belonged to the Taliban’s Red Unit, which the terrorist group fancies as an elite unit that spearheads attacks on Afghan forces.

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.

14th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani terror groups launch multiple attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

Bill Roggio

Pakistani terror groups Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) launched two attacks against security forces this week in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

12th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban confirms US killed deputy emir in North Waziristan drone strike

Bill Roggio

Sajna Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, not in Afghanistan like some Pakistani officials have claimed. Sajna lead the group's powerful Mehsud faction, was close to al Qaeda, and was responsible for murdering thousands of Pakistanis.

7th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury Department sanctions 3 jihadist facilitators based in Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three jihadists based in Pakistan have been added to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists.

6th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US launches airstrikes on Taliban training camps

Bill Roggio

The camps were used by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other terrorist groups.

4th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban claims 2 suicide bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings this month, one in Balochistan and the other in Swat. At least 11 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the attack in Swat. The jihadists controlled Swat from 2007 to 2009, when Pakistani forces removed them from power....

26th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Designations highlight Taliban’s longstanding ties to al Qaeda

Bill Roggio

The designation of Taliban leaders on the Peshawar Shura highlights the continuity of the Taliban-al Qaeda relationship in Afghanistan and Pakistan that has endured more than 16 years of war against the US and its allies.

24th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan ‘condemns drone strike’ that killed Haqqani Network commander

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan government often criticizes US airstrikes that kill members of the Afghan Taliban, including Haqqani Network leaders.

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