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17th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures al Qaeda Trainer in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that an al Qaeda leader and trainer who was targeted in an operation in Kunar province on June 6 has been captured.

16th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Launches Suicide Assault at Hospital in Quetta

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed credit for a suicide assault on female Pakistani university students in the southwestern provincial capital of Quetta.

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Facilitator Targeted in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar yesterday. He is the ninth al Qaeda operative...

10th June 2013 - The Weekly Standard

See No Evil

Thomas Joscelyn

During his speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama sought to reassure Americans that they are “safer” because of the administration’s “efforts” to fight terrorism. The controversy...

10th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Leaders in Kunar

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force executed multiple operations targeting al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province late last week.

9th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Local Taliban Commander Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US drone strike two days ago killed a "key" local Taliban commander who was preparing to lead a group of fighters into Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani press.

7th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 6 in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. Six "militants," including an unnamed "high value target," are said to have...

6th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds al Qaeda Explosives Expert to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department has added an al Qaeda explosives expert who once served as the commander of the terror group's military committee to the list of Specially...

3rd June 2013 - National Post

Pakistan’s Toxic Obsession with Kashmir is Still Generating Fresh Victims

Jonathan Kay

Pakistan is beset by such a bewildering array of militant political and religious movements that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight. The most spectacular events...

30th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Confirm Death of Deputy Emir in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's top spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, confirmed today that Waliur Rehman, the group's deputy leader and emir in South Waziristan, was killed in a US drone...

29th May 2013 - Quoted by Shaan Khan and Joe Sterling, CNN

Sources: Top Militant Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan Taliban's No. 2 leader was killed in a drone strike Wednesday in the country's tribal region, a local tribal official and an intelligence official confirmed to CNN.

29th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Launches First Drone Strike in Pakistan in 6 Weeks

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven people in the first drone strike in Pakistan in six weeks. The attack took place in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan...

24th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

It is true that the drone strikes have been effective in killing terrorists. So the president is right in that regard and deserves credit for the slaying of some senior al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated operatives.

24th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Obama Pulls Back in Fight Against al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama's speech yesterday which outlined his vision of the future of the fight against al Qaeda and allied groups was a long time coming.

22nd May 2013 - Quoted by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Debate Aside, Number of Drone Strikes Drops Sharply

Bill Roggio

President Obama embraced drone strikes in his first term, and the targeted killing of suspected terrorists has come to define his presidency. But lost in the contentious debate over the legality...

18th May 2013 - Quoted by Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman

Boise Case May Be New Chapter for Terror Group

Bill Roggio

The IMU has been active in Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade. The U.S. State Department declared it a foreign terrorist organization in 2000.

17th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Facilitator in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

During a raid in Nuristan province on May 15, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces targeted a senior Taliban leader who is known to assist members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan...

16th May 2013 - Quoted By Paul D. Shinkman, US News & World Report

Did US Pause Drone Strikes for Pakistan Election?

Bill Roggio

The skies over Pakistan have remained conspicuously clear during the recent election season, according experts on drone strikes in that part of the world.

13th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Suicide Bomber Targeted Top Police Commander in Quetta

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claimed credit for yesterday's suicide attack in Quetta that targeted the chief of police in the southern Pakistani city. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took credit...

11th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Interior Minister: Al Qaeda Cell Plotted Suicide Attack Against Western Embassy

Thomas Joscelyn

Egypt's interior minister announced today the arrest of three members of an al Qaeda cell who were plotting to attack a Western embassy. "The interior ministry was able to direct a qualitative...

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