Analysis & Commentary


19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Manhunt Continues in Boston, as Analysts Turn to Social Media for Clues

Thomas Joscelyn

The manhunt for one of the two chief suspects in this week's Boston Marathon bombings has continued throughout the day. And as the younger of two brothers is pursued by authorities...

18th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Lauds Another German Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan released martyrdom tape today praising a German member who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan over a year ago. The German, who was identified...

16th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Deny Responsibility for Boston Marathon Bombings

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan denied that it executed yesterday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy...

15th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures Senior Lashkar-e-Taiba Leader in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured a senior leader from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba during a raid today in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni. Additionally...

14th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

4 ‘Militants’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed four "militants" in a drone strike in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strike today is the first reported by the US...

7th April 2013 - Cited by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Bill Roggio

In Pakistan, where the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden sent Pakistani-American relations into a tailspin, drone strikes — though deeply unpopular — are tolerated by the security establishment.

4th April 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Holy Wars

Clifford D. May

In much of what we now call the Muslim world, Muslims are fighting Muslims. The conflicts fall into two broad categories: those in which militants battle militants, and those in which militants battle moderates. The outcomes of these conflicts matter.

25th March 2013 - National Post

What Pakistan Needs is a South Asian Anwar Sadat

Jonathan Kay

Power is an addictive drug. And like all addictions, it can drive men to reckless, even suicidal risks. Of this, there is no better example than Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s President from 2001 to 2008...

25th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Threaten Former President Musharraf with ‘Death Squad’

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani jihadist who escaped from prison during a Taliban jailbreak last spring appeared in a video in which he threatened to assassinate Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan who has recently...

24th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Kills 17 Pakistani Troops in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

A suicide bomber killed 22 people, including 17 Pakistan paramilitary soldiers, in an attack yesterday in the main town of Miramshah in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

21st March 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 ‘Militants’ in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed four "militants" in a drone strike in the terrorist hub of Datta Khel in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strike today is the first reported by the US in Pakistan in 11 days.

20th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Overrun Rival Faction’s Headquarters, Dozens Killed

Two nights ago, hundreds of Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (Tehrik-e-Taliban-e Pakistan or TTP) militants overran the headquarters of a rival faction, Ansar-ul-Islam, deep inside the Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency...

10th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 ‘Militants’ Reported Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

US drones are reported to have killed two "militants," including a "foreign national," as they rode on horseback in the terrorist hub of Datta Khel in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

7th March 2013 - Cited by Katie Glueck, Politico

10 Things to Know About Drones

Bill Roggio

Drones received nearly 13 hours of attention on the Senate floor Wednesday: the tools were the center of a filibuster delaying confirmation of CIA Director nominee John Brennan, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)...

7th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani American Indicted for Supporting al Qaeda Suicide Bomber

Bill Roggio

A naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan has been indicted by the US government for providing material support to a Maldivian suicide bomber who attacked a Pakistani intelligence headquarters...

6th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani al Qaeda ‘Company’ Commander Praises Mumbai Attacker

Bill Roggio

Asmatullah Muawiya, a Pakistani terrorist who serves as one of several al Qaeda "company" commanders, praised two terrorists who were behind some of the largest attacks in India and who were recently executed.

5th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Execute, Behead Soldiers in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan released a videotape on the fighting in the Mehsud areas of South Waziristan which includes graphic footage of the mutilation of several Pakistani soldiers who appear...

26th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Nazir Group, Subcommander to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added the Mullah Nazir Group, a Taliban subgroup based in South Waziristan, and an important deputy commander to the list of foreign terrorist entities and individuals.

23rd February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Multiple Insurgents Captured in Raid Targeting IMU Leader

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

Afghan and Coalition troops captured six insurgents during a raid two days ago that targeted a leader from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The security forces launched the raid...

21st February 2013 - National Post

Ahmadi Muslims, Killed in Pakistan but Welcomed Here, Perfectly Symbolize Our Canadian Values

Jonathan Kay

Last week, when Canadians learned that the federal government was set to announce the creation of a new “Office of Religious Freedom,” CBC reported the news with this headline: “Harper to unveil religious...

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