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3rd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Fate of Taliban’s New Leader Uncertain After Conflicting Reports of a Shootout in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban is forcefully denying reports stating newly appointed leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour was wounded or killed during a shootout at a meeting Wednesday with other commanders in Pakistan. The jihadist group’s top two spokesmen dismissed the reports as “absolutely...

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Confirms Death of ‘Khorasan’ Military Emir

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda confirmed that the US killed its military commander for the “Khorasan,” or Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a drone strike in Waziristan in early 2014. Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as the group’s military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of many unknown al...

2nd November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Commander Reported Killed in Northeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda commander and two of his bodyguards are reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, which remains a haven for the jihadist group and its allies in the region.

24th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operates in Southern Helmand Province

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Foreign jihadists, including members of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), are training at facilities in southern Helmand province in Afghanistan. The camps are used to prepare fighters to conduct attacks throughout Southeast Asia, according to reports reviewed by The Long War...

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assaults Air Force Camp Near Peshawar

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for a suicide assault at a Pakistani Air Force camp that killed dozens of people early this morning. The attack is the latest in a string of suicide assaults against Pakistani military facilities since the the TTP was formed in...

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US kills 7 ‘militants’ in Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven “militants” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan.

14th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, said that it killed a senior al Qaeda commander and seven associates during a raid in the eastern province of Paktika. The raid took place in the same district where 15 Pakistani Taliban fighters were reported...

11th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills 15 Pakistani Taliban Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 15 fighters from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika earlier this week. Both the TTP and its ally, al Qaeda, have stepped up their presence in eastern Afghanistan over the past several years.

10th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Says Reports of Joining Islamic State Are ‘Lies’

Thomas Joscelyn

There are frequent rumors that various jihadist groups are going to defect from the Taliban-al Qaeda axis and join the Islamic State. One organization that is often mentioned in this vein is the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban, or TTP). But earlier today a spokesman for the group,...

7th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dissident Taliban Commander Claims Pakistani Intel Ordered Him to Conduct Attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A former senior Taliban leader who was ousted by Mullah Omar in 2007 has rejected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the group and accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan.

28th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan...

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Say Nephew of 9/11 Mastermind Killed in Raid by Pakistani Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi. KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his...

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander.

24th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad.

20th August 2015 - WJTN

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17th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Faction Assassinates Punjab Minister

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, killed the home minister of Punjab province in a suicide attack at his home on Aug. 16. The group said the assassination was “revenge” for the killing of Malik Ishaq, the founder and leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who...

11th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Raise Flag Over Captured District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban raised its white banner over military outposts after overrunning the district of Now Zad in Helmand province two weeks ago. Afghan officials have confirmed that Now Zad is under Taliban control.

10th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues Terror Attacks in Afghan Capital

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continued its attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, targeting a NATO military convoy just outside the city’s airport with a suicide bombing. The bombing is the fourth in Kabul in four days, and has led Afghanistan’s president and chief executive to lash out at...

7th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Haqqani Network in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio


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