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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.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Press Trust of India

CIA chief Mike Pompeo says hostages held in Pakistan for 5 years; Contradicts Pak Army

CIA chief Mike Pompeo has said a US-Canadian couple kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan had been held for five years inside Pakistan before being freed, contradicting the Pakistan Army's claim that the hostages were rescued shortly after entering the country from Afghanistan.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by David Krayden - The Daily Caller

Pompeo: Kidnapped Couple Spent All Five Years In Pakistan

CIA Director Mike Pompeo revealed for the first time Thursday that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle spent all five years of their captivity in Pakistan.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by David Brunnstrom and Jonathan Landay - Reuters

CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan

The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

19th October 2017 - Quoted by The Associate Press

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Behind the dramatic rescue of American-Canadian couple from Haqqani captivity

Bill Roggio

Armed with information from U.S. intelligence, Pakistani soldiers staged a dramatic but successful rescue operation last week to free American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, and their three young children after five years in Haqqani network captivity.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones target Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The strike took place just days after Pakistan freed two westerners and their children from Taliban custody in the same tribal agency.

14th October 2017 - Quoted by Press Trust of India

Pakistan took key step to do more in fight against terror: Pence on Canadian-American family release

Bill Roggio

US vice president Mike Pence has praised Pakistan in helping secure the release of a Canadian- American family who were abducted by the Haqqani networks five years ago.

12th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan announces release of couple held captive by Taliban since 2012

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pakistani and American governments announced today that Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, along with their three children, have been released from the Taliban's custody. The couple was abducted in Afghanistan in 2012.

4th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan’s intelligence service ‘has connections with terrorist groups’

Bill Roggio

Mattis and Dunford placed all of the blame for Pakistan's support of terrorist groups on the ISI, and essentially absolved Pakistan's government and the military of any responsibility for incubating and supporting regional and global jihadist organizations.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Asia News International

US covering Pak Govt, military by dubbing ISI as guilty brewing terrorism

Bill Roggio

The United States is apparently providing cover to Pakistan's military and the government by blaming its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for brewing terrorism.

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