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22nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 7 in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven suspected militants in a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Today's strike is just the second...

15th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assassinate Senior Pakistani Army General in Dir

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, an al Qaeda ally, killed a senior Pakistani Army general and two soldiers in a roadside bombing in the northwestern...

10th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan to Free Taliban Leader Mullah Baradar

Bill Roggio

Pakistan is planning on freeing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's second in command before he was detained in Karachi in 2010...

8th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Confirm Death of Badruddin Haqqani in Drone Strike Last Year

Bill Roggio

The Taliban confirmed that Badruddin Haqqani, one of the top leaders in the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda...

6th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Mullah Sangeen Zadran, al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Yesterday's drone strike in the Ghulam Khan area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan is reported to have killed Mullah...

5th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 Haqqani Network Fighters in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed four suspected Haqqani Network fighters in the second drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan...

2nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Team Hits Base at Border Crossing with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another suicide assault, this time against a joint Coalition and Afghan base in Torkham at the border crossing with Pakistan.

1st September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Ansarul Muhajideen Kills 9 Pakistanis in IED Attack in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Ansarul Muhajideen, a group known to include Uzbek fighters, killed nine Pakistani Frontier Corps troops in an IED attack today on a convoy in the...

31st August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 Turkistan Islamic Party Fighters in Pakistan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing four foreign fighters from Turkmenistan in an attack today in an area known...

20th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates al Qaeda Leader, Madrassa

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department today designated an al Qaeda leader who has served the terrorist organization in various capacities since the 1990s.

19th August 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

Pakistan and Egypt, two army's with states. And al Qaeda in Iraq conducting attacks in Syria.

15th August 2013 - Quoted by AFP

Al-Qaeda’s Center of Gravity ‘Shifting’ from Pakistan to Yemen

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As al-Qaeda marks its 25th anniversary this month, analysts say the recent security threat in Yemen shows the organization’s center of gravity is shifting...

14th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani al Qaeda Commander Threatens Government Over Execution of Jihadists

Bill Roggio

Asmatullah Muawiya, a Pakistani terrorist who serves as one of several al Qaeda "company" commanders as well as the leader of the Taliban...

10th August 2013 - MSNBC

Weekends with Alex Witt

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the US embassy closures and whether the threat from al Qaeda has passed.

9th August 2013 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer and Abigail Fielding-Smith, Financial Times

US Security Alert Belies Claim of al-Qaeda’s Demise

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A stepped-up campaign of drone strikes in Yemen and diplomatic missions shut in 19 countries, and another on Friday in Lahore, Pakistan, have all come...

6th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Emir of Pakistan-Based Mullah Nazir Group to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added the emir of the Mullah Nazir Group, a Taliban subgroup based in South Waziristan that supports al Qaeda, to the list....

4th August 2013 - The Weekly Standard

INTERPOL Alert Warns of Al Qaeda’s Jailbreaks

Thomas Joscelyn

INTERPOL issued a “global security alert advising increased vigilance for terrorist activity” on Saturday. While the U.S. government has warned of al Qaeda...

3rd August 2013 - The Weekly Standard

‘Core’ Al Qaeda Closes US Diplomatic Facilities

Thomas Joscelyn

On Friday, the State Department announced that 21 diplomatic facilities (now updated to 22), from North Africa through the Middle East and into...

1st August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US has ‘Eliminated Most of the Threat’ in Pakistan, SecState Kerry Claims

Bill Roggio

Remember when, two years ago, unnamed US counterterrorism and intelligence officials claimed that there are only two top al Qaeda leaders left in Pakistan?

31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

3 al Qaeda Military ‘Training Experts’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani Taliban commander said that the US killed three al Qaeda military "training experts" in a drone strike in North Waziristan that took...

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