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21st May 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz weighs in on status of Taliban after alleged death of leader.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US, Afghan forces rescue son of former Pakistani prime minister from ‘al Qaeda cell’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Siraj Haqqani, the group’s operational leader, serves as one of the Taliban’s two deputy emirs is also a member of al Qaeda’s executive council. The Taliban and Haqqani Network are known to shelter al Qaeda’s men and they conduct joint operations with the group inside of Afghanistan....

4th May 2016 - CTV

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Clifford D. May

Today marks five years since Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Where does the jihadist group stand now, without their infamous leader? Clifford May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies weighs in.

20th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction kills 7 policemen guarding polio vaccination team

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, or TTP, claimed credit for two attacks in Karachi that targeted policemen as they guarded members of a polio vaccination team. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has targeted polio vaccination teams in Pakistan’s major cities in...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Is al-Qaeda Back in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda is ostensibly the reason the United States got involved militarily in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. But as the war in Afghanistan progressed, al-Qaeda receded as a target and seemingly as an active player. When Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 in neighboring Pakistan, the...

13th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military admits al Qaeda is stronger in Afghanistan than previously estimated

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior US general in Afghanistan recently admitted the US military and intelligence services’ long-held belief that al Qaeda has only 50 to 100 operatives based in the country is incorrect, stating that number must be revised upward.

11th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Khorasan leaders defect to Taliban

Bill Roggio

Several members of the Islamic State Khorasan Provinces’ “central council” as well as other senior and mid-level leaders based in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar have broken their oath to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and have rejoined the Taliban.

28th March 2016 - CNBC

CNBC World

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah says Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which claimed responsibility for the Lahore attacks, shares a common ideology with other radical Islamic groups.

28th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that the group intentionally targeted Christians in a suicide bombing which killed and wounded hundreds of women and children on Easter Sunday.

11th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda provided feedback on Pakistani Taliban’s charter

Bill Roggio

Two top al Qaeda leaders provided detailed feedback on the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s charter, according to one of the 113 documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and released by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week. The document,...

1st March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda relocated operatives out of northern Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Months prior to his death, Osama bin Laden ordered one of his chief lieutenants to evacuate “the brothers” from Pakistan’s tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan to “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” according to a letter seized by US forces in the al Qaeda master’s Abbottabad,...

25th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan is ‘very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism.’

Bill Roggio

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that Pakistan’s government and military are “very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism” while Senator Bob Corker accused the country of “outright blatant duplicity” for supporting the Afghan Taliban.

22nd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

US drones target jihadist ‘hideouts’ in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a jihadist safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today. The drone strike, which possibly targeted the Haqqani Network, is just the second reported inside Pakistan this year.

3rd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strikes Pakistani Taliban faction in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed 18 Taliban fighters from Pakistan in an airstrike last night in an eastern Afghanistan area known to serve as a safe haven for several terrorist groups. The Taliban fighters who were killed are believed to belong to a group led by Sajna Mehsud, an al...

27th January 2016 - The Washington Times

Skirmishes on the Indian front

Clifford D. May

What do you make of this month’s attacks on Pathankot Air Force Station and Bacha Khan University? My guess is you don’t know -- you’ve heard next to nothing about either.

20th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Suicide team sent by Pakistani Taliban faction assaults university

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team from a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched an attack on a university in the country’s northwest today, killing more than 20 students and faculty before security forces intervened to end the siege. The attack was claimed by a dangerous Taliban...

20th January 2016 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on Bacha Khan University.

19th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan again puts Jaish-e-Mohammed leader under ‘protective custody’

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani government has placed the leader of of the al Qaeda-linked Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group under “protective custody” after the Indian government implicated his group in multi-day assault at an airbase in Punjab province.

13th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Suicide Bomber Detonates at Polio Vaccination Center

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for today’s suicide attack at a polio vaccination center in Quetta, which killed more than a dozen people and forced the suspension of the vaccination program. The jihadist group has targeted the polio vaccination program in the past....

2nd January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jaish-e-Mohammed Suspected in Assault On Indian Airbase

Bill Roggio

Five terrorists thought to be members of Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed by Indian commandos during an assault at an airbase in Punjab province earlier today. The jihadists were said to have been in contact with their handlers inside Pakistan during the assault.

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