Analysis & Commentary


20th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed During Fighting in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas.

19th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Released from Iranian Custody Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009.

17th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Claims Plot to Strike US Warships Was Executed by Pakistani Navy Officers

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers.

16th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operations Chief, Propagandist Reported Killed in Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.

14th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 al Qaeda Commanders Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The pair of al Qaeda commanders are said to be members of the Badr Mansoor Group, which was described in one of Osama bin Laden's documents as an al Qaeda "company."

5th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Incorporates Regional Jihadist Groups

Bill Roggio

Usama Mahmoud, AQIS's spokesman, openly stated that the group "was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting."

5th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Muslim Identity Crisis

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The massive sexual abuse case in Rotherham, England, has revealed again how awkward and self-defeating the Western response often is to matters that touch on religious identity.

3rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 910 ‘Terrorists,’ 82 Soldiers Killed in North Waziristan Operation

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's spokesman described the military press release and subsequent reporting in the Pakistani media as "nothing but complete lies," and claimed that jihadists had moved out of the area long before the operation began.

3rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Opens Branch in the ‘Indian Subcontinent’

Bill Roggio

Ayman al Zawahiri announced the establishment of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. The group is led by a former Taliban leader known as Asim Umar.

30th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Captured by ISAF in 2011 Now Leads Fight in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

In 2011, ISAF captured Qari Bilal, who was serving as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's top leader in Afghanistan. He was subsequently released by the Afghan government, and is now commanding more than 300 jihadist fighters in Kunduz.

26th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Splinter Group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Forms in Northwestern Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The new group includes Taliban factions from the tribal agencies of Mohmand, Bajaur, Khyber, and Arakzai, and the districts of Charsadda, Peshawar, and Swat.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Posts Rewards For 5 Haqqani Network Leaders

Bill Roggio

Siraj Haqqani's reward is raised to $10 million, putting it in the top tier of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million were posted for four other Haqqani leaders.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander To Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Quetta Airbase Attacks Carried Out By Pakistani Taliban, IMU

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, said the Quetta airbase attacks were executed with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

15th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Fedayeen-i-Islam Claims Suicide Assaults on Pakistani Airbases

Bill Roggio

Fourteen members of the Fedayeen-i-Islam were killed during the latest assault on a Pakistani airbase.

8th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Who Defected From al Qaeda Reported Killed in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani is thought to be Abdullah al Punjabi, one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders to openly defect from the global jihadist group and join the Islamic State.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 5 ‘Militants,’ Including Foreigners in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The attack is the fourth by the US in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan since July 6; at least three al Qaeda leaders are thought to have been killed in one of the strikes.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July.

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