Analysis & Commentary


29th July 2016 - Quoted by Manzoor Ahmed - Kashmir Images

US lawmakers are upset with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

In the worst criticism leveled at Pakistan’s doors in last many years, American lawmakers have called Pakistan ‘manipulative’ in its fight against terror. The criticism has been termed ‘vicious’ by Pakistani media that is shocked and livid at some Americans “questioning our...

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo ‘poet’ and committed jihadist denounces Islamic State for attacks on civilians

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who defected from the Taliban in 2014 and joined the Islamic State denounced the group and called the emir of Khorasan province “illiterate” for conducting acts of wanton violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

14th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban commander behind attacks on schools

Bill Roggio

News of Mansour’s death was released by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate, or ISPR.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Anees Hanif - Dawn

Indian lobby doing propaganda against Pakistan in US, says Aziz

Bill Roggio

Referring to the recent discussion in US Congress regarding whether to categorise Pakistan as a "friend or foe", Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said its only a section of US intelligentsia which thinks Pakistan should be treated as a foe by United States.

12th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe and Chairman Salmon, Ranking Members Keating and Sherman, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about Pakistan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies.

10th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son says al Qaeda has grown despite 15 years of war

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released audio message, Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza says that the number of “mujahideen” around the globe has grown despite a decade and a half of war. Hamza also threatens revenge for the death of his father, claiming that America has not yet witnessed al Qaeda’s...

10th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan condemns killing of Kashmiri terrorist military leader

Bill Roggio

The government of Pakistan called the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian troops “deplorable and condemnable.” This condemnation highlights Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups throughout the region. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is listed by the US, the European...

9th July 2016 - The Globalist

The Creeping Pakistanization of Turkey?

Aykan Erdemir

The ISIS attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport hit Turkey at a difficult, yet hopeful time. The bombing came in the immediate aftermath of the Turkish government’s diplomatic U-turn, that is the rapprochement with both Israel and Russia.

30th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

US adds Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, leader to terrorism list

Bill Roggio

The Department of State added Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organization and listed its emir, Asim Umar, as a specially Designated global terrorist.

28th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past....

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News.

14th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan faction emerges after group’s collapse

Bill Roggio

A new faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) independent of the Islamic State has emerged and indicated that it remains loyal to the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other traditional jihadist group that operate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

7th June 2016 - Quoted by Michael Kugelman - War On The Rocks

Why Did Washington Wait So Long To Take Its Drone War To Baluchistan

The Hellfire missile that incinerated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on May 21 set a major new precedent: It marked the first time we know of that a U.S. drone strike was used in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

6th June 2016 - Quoted by Hannah Bloch - NPR

Taliban Get A New Leader, Who’s Just As Violent As The Old One

Bill Roggio

The U.S. has backed a reconciliation process — brokered by Pakistan, in which China and the U.S. are observers — that's aimed at fostering direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Those talks seem increasingly unlikely now.

6th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

State notes ‘severely degraded’ al Qaeda operated large training camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US government continues to underestimate al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

5th June 2016 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Pentagon brags of killing terrorists even as released Gitmo detainees return to battlefield

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon is boasting of the al Qaeda operatives it has killed to make America safer, yet the same type of terrorists have been transferred out of the Guantanamo prison to countries with a poor history of security, and some have ended up back on the battlefield.

3rd June 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban’ or Haqqani Network

Bill Roggio

The Department of State noted Pakistan’s unwillingness to deal with its preferred jihadist groups in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.

1st June 2016 - Quoted by Aru Pande - Voice of America

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Renews Calls for Transparency

John Hannah

For the first time, a U.S. drone struck Pakistan outside its lawless border area with Afghanistan, killing the leader of the Afghan Taliban in the country’s southwestern province of Baluchistan.

26th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US lists 2 Pakistani jihadist groups as global terror organizations

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ) and the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) have now been sanctioned, meaning Americans “are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with” the jihadist organizations.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader.

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