Analysis & Commentary

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, Philip Hegseth

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.

21st January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban terrorists lay siege to Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban quickly claimed credit for an assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The jihadists' siege lasted more than half a day before it was finally ended by Afghan security forces.

17th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drone strike inside Pakistan targets ‘Afghan extremist’

Bill Roggio

The last five US counterterrorism strikes have all taken place inside Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency. The Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, is known to operate inside Kurram and use it as a base to attack Afghanistan.

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.


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