Analysis & Commentary


25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban name Mullah Haibatullah as new emir

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban appointed Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s top judicial officer, as its new emir after confirming Mullah Mansour was killed by the US. Siraj Haqqani, the Taliban’s military commander, remains one of the Taliban’s top two deputies, and Mullah Mohammad...

25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Baluchistan province is a primary hub for Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The American airstrike in Baluchistan, Pakistan that targeted and killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour was unprecedented as the US military and CIA have not launched an attack in the province since the drone program began in 2004.

24th May 2016 - Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the future of the Taliban and drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour in Pakistan.

23rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US confirms Mansour killed, vows no change in combat strategy

Bill Roggio

The White House confirmed the death of Taliban emir Mullah Mansour today, two days after the US said it targeted the group’s leader in an unprecedented airstrike in southwestern Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Mushtaq Yusufzai, Fazul Rahim, and Jon Schuppe - NBC News

Who Will Lead Taliban Next? Four Contenders Emerge

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban collected the body of its slain leader on Monday, the insurgent group also began discussing his replacement, insiders say — a choice that could spark furious infighting and signal whether there's any chance of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

23rd May 2016 - Quoted by Kathy Gilsinan - The Atlantic

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

Bill Roggio

Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan.

22nd May 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan, Tim Craig - The Washington Post

U.S. strikes top Taliban leader in Pakistan

The U.S. military launched a drone strike against Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, the Pentagon said, dealing a potential blow to the group whose insurgent assaults pose a major obstacle to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.

21st May 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz weighs in on status of Taliban after alleged death of leader.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US, Afghan forces rescue son of former Pakistani prime minister from ‘al Qaeda cell’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Siraj Haqqani, the group’s operational leader, serves as one of the Taliban’s two deputy emirs is also a member of al Qaeda’s executive council. The Taliban and Haqqani Network are known to shelter al Qaeda’s men and they conduct joint operations with the group inside of Afghanistan....

4th May 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

Today marks five years since Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Where does the jihadist group stand now, without their infamous leader? Clifford May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies weighs in.

20th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction kills 7 policemen guarding polio vaccination team

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, or TTP, claimed credit for two attacks in Karachi that targeted policemen as they guarded members of a polio vaccination team. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has targeted polio vaccination teams in Pakistan’s major cities in...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Is al-Qaeda Back in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda is ostensibly the reason the United States got involved militarily in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. But as the war in Afghanistan progressed, al-Qaeda receded as a target and seemingly as an active player. When Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 in neighboring Pakistan, the...

13th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military admits al Qaeda is stronger in Afghanistan than previously estimated

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior US general in Afghanistan recently admitted the US military and intelligence services’ long-held belief that al Qaeda has only 50 to 100 operatives based in the country is incorrect, stating that number must be revised upward.

11th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Khorasan leaders defect to Taliban

Bill Roggio

Several members of the Islamic State Khorasan Provinces’ “central council” as well as other senior and mid-level leaders based in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar have broken their oath to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and have rejoined the Taliban.

28th March 2016 - CNBC

CNBC World

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah says Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which claimed responsibility for the Lahore attacks, shares a common ideology with other radical Islamic groups.

28th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that the group intentionally targeted Christians in a suicide bombing which killed and wounded hundreds of women and children on Easter Sunday.

11th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda provided feedback on Pakistani Taliban’s charter

Bill Roggio

Two top al Qaeda leaders provided detailed feedback on the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s charter, according to one of the 113 documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and released by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week. The document,...

1st March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda relocated operatives out of northern Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Months prior to his death, Osama bin Laden ordered one of his chief lieutenants to evacuate “the brothers” from Pakistan’s tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan to “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” according to a letter seized by US forces in the al Qaeda master’s Abbottabad,...

25th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan is ‘very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism.’

Bill Roggio

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that Pakistan’s government and military are “very cooperative and very engaged in the fight against terrorism” while Senator Bob Corker accused the country of “outright blatant duplicity” for supporting the Afghan Taliban.

22nd February 2016 - The Long War Journal

US drones target jihadist ‘hideouts’ in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Bill Roggio

The US targeted a jihadist safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today. The drone strike, which possibly targeted the Haqqani Network, is just the second reported inside Pakistan this year.

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