Analysis & Commentary


3rd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes in Eastern Afghanistan Target Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was the target of one of the three recent strikes in Nangarhar province.

26th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Condemns Drone Strike That Targeted ‘Good Taliban’ and Foreign Fighters

Bill Roggio

Members of the Haqqani Network, the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group, and "Uzbeks" are reported to have been killed in an attack in the Shawal Valley.

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Announces Death of Two Senior Leaders in US Operation

Bill Roggio

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

20th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

13th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Splinter Group Releases Photos of Suicide Bomber Who Attacked Pakistani Border Crossing

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar announced that a fighter known as Hanifullah executed the deadly suicide attack on Nov. 2 at the Wagah border crossing.

11th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

‘Foreign Militants’ Reported Killed in Latest US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Eight of the 18 US drones strikes in Pakistan since June 11 have occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which is a known hub for al Qaeda.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Alessandria Massi - International Business Times

Pakistan Border Bombing: ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups Race To Claim Responsibility

A suicide attack on the Pakistani border with India that left at least 60 people dead and more than 150 wounded is so significant that several jihadist groups are trying to claim responsibility.

3rd November 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their recent pieces for the Long War Journal.

2nd November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Pakistan at Border Crossing With India

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a recently formed splinter group of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Jundallah both claimed credit for the suicide attack in Wagah that killed more than 50 people.

22nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.

22nd October 2014 - FDD Press

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the United States draws down from Afghanistan, regional actors are recalibrating their policies to protect their interests in the country.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said.

21st October 2014 - WRC - Washington, DC

Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column, "'Homeland' Under Attack."

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda External Operations Leader Reported Killed

Bill Roggio

Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed....

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Veteran Jihadist Turned Senior AQIS Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior official in al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. After 9/11, Imran founded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HUMA), an al Qaeda-linked group thought to be responsible for an attack on the US Consulate...

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQIS Leader, ‘Good’ Taliban Commander Killed in 2 US Drone Strikes in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader, and Muhammad Mustafa, a Taliban commander loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadar, were reported killed in the strikes in Khyber and North Waziristan.

9th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike al Qaeda Hub in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

The US has launched five strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in five days, indicating that the hunt is on for a senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist leader or operative.

7th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Another 2 Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike in the Shawal Valley is the third attack in the jihadist haven in the past three days.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 more Drone Strikes in North and South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan.

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