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4th November 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a drone strike in Waziristan as he was leaving the mosque for his luxe villa nearby; death...

4th November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Publishes Picture of Hakeemullah Before Burial

Bill Roggio

A picture purporting to show the face of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was published by the group...

3rd November 2013 - Quoted by Declan Walsh, The New York Times

In Pakistan, Drone Strike Turns a Villain Into a Victim

Bill Roggio

In life, Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was Public Enemy No. 1: a ruthless figure who devoted his career to bloodshed and mayhem...

3rd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Names Interim Emir, Spokesman Says

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has appointed Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani to serve as the group's interim leader after Hakeemullah Mehsud...

2nd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Names New Emir After Hakeemullah Killed in Drone Strike: Report

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has named a successor to replace Hakeemullah Mehsud, the group's emir who was killed by the US in a drone strike...

2nd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denounces ‘Cowardly US Drone Attack’ That Killed Hakeemullah Mehsud

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denounced yesterday's drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban...

2nd November 2013 - National Review Online

Hakimullah Masud’s End

Benjamin Weinthal

A U.S. drone strike eliminated Hakimullah Masud, the head of Pakistan’s Taliban, who was linked to the 2009 murders of seven CIA employees in Afghanistan.

1st November 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Head of Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

The US targeted the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

1st November 2013 - The Daily Beast

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed By US After 4-Year Hunt

Bill Roggio

After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the...

31st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in a month. Last night's attack took place in an area of the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan

31st October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Drone Drama

Clifford D. May, Bill Roggio

In 1996, al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden issued a formal declaration of war against the United States. No serious strategy was developed for defeating what...

29th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denies It Opposes Suicide Attacks

Bill Roggio

A top spokesman for the Afghan Taliban denied a recent report in the Pakistani media that claimed the group opposes suicide attacks. The group also...

25th October 2013 - The Weekly Standard

A Covert Story

Reuel Marc Gerecht

There is probably no harder beat in Washington than intelligence. Journalists rarely have sources inside the Central Intelligence Agency who are not authorized...

17th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader and Former US Detainee Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Hassan Ghul, a top al Qaeda leader who was in US custody for two years before being transferred to Pakistani custody and then promptly released...

15th October 2013 - The Daily Beast

Anas Al-Liby’s Pakistan Qaeda Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

The recent counterterrorism raids in Libya and Somalia highlight a fundamental flaw in the U.S. Government’s analysis of al Qaeda. A common misconception...

11th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Grabs Pakistani Taliban Commander from Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

The US military has taken a senior Pakistani Taliban commander known as Latif Mehsud from the custody of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Intelligence.

7th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Support Pakistani Branch, Spokesman Claims

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban provide financial support to their "jihadi brothers" in Pakistan, the top spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan told a group...

2nd October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Commander Mullah Fazlullah Claims Credit for Assassinating Pakistani General

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, a senior leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has claimed credit for the assassination of a senior Pakistani Army...

1st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Said to Name Successor to Mullah Sangeen

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda allied Taliban subgroup that operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, is said to have named Bilal Zadran to succeed...

30th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Condemns Latest Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second drone strike in two days in Pakistan's Taliban controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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