Analysis & Commentary


19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael O'Hanlon - The Washington Post

We Still Need U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

On Feb. 9, a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s Helmand province killed Abdul Rauf, an Islamic State leader attempting to spread the would-be caliphate’s influence into South Asia.

16th February 2015 - Cited by Tim Lister - CNN

ISIS Atrocity in Libya Demonstrates Its Growing Reach in North Africa

ISIS is under pressure in parts of Iraq and battling a variety of adversaries in Syria, but it's metastasizing at warp speed elsewhere, most dangerously in Egypt and Libya.

4th February 2015 - The Washington Times

Blaming the Victims

Clifford D. May

There are victims and then there are victims. Too often, I think, we worry about the wrong ones.

2nd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Emir for Bajaur Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Maulana Abu Bakr, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for Bajaur, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the "caliph" of the Islamic State.

28th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan.

22nd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Falsely Claims it Takes ‘Immediate Action’ Against Terror Groups Listed by the UN

Bill Roggio

Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released.

17th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the...

16th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment.

15th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud.

13th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group.

5th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Curious Cover Story

Thomas Joscelyn

The cover story of the Islamic State's recently released issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine, is written by an alleged al Qaeda defector known as Abu Jarir ash-Shamali. The group has been trying to win over al Qaeda's and the Taliban's supporters, but Shamali's piece criticizes...

4th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Hit ‘Good Taliban’ Commander’s Compound in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Osama bin Laden’s Documents Pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi Should be Released

Thomas Joscelyn

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public.

26th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Targets Emir of Punjabi Taliban in Pair of Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a dual-hatted Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda commander in one of two drone strikes that took place today in Pakistan's jihadist haven of North Waziristan.

20th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Condemns Pakistani Taliban’s Attack on Peshawar School

Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on a Peshawar school earlier this week, calling it "un-Islamic."

20th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in Jihadist Stronghold in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it "cleared" the Datta Khel area in September 2014 as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb. The US has launched seven drone strikes in Datta Khel since then.

17th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets Pakistani, Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The strike is the fifth that has targeted Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan fighters and leaders operating inside Afghanistan since the last week of November.

16th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of many al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in the South Asian country, launched one of its more horrific attacks earlier today.

16th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Military High School in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

More than 100 high school students are said to have been killed as Taliban fighters fanned out and killed everyone in their path.

16th December 2014 - CTV

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Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses the recent attack by the Taliban on a school in Pakistan.

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