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19th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Emir Faqir Mohammed Reported Captured by Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

Faqir Mohammed, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's former deputy emir and a previous leader in Bajaur, is reported to have been captured by Afghan intelligence officials along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

13th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Praise Slain American, British Jihadists

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan recently released a video of so-called "martyrs" that includes two previously unknown jihadists from the United States and Britain. The two dead Western jihadists...

8th February 2013 - Cited by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press

Lawmakers Test Legal Waters for Regulating Drones

Bill Roggio

The new notion is drawing concern from some in Congress who fear special courts would slow down the drone strikes — considered by some, including Brennan, as one of the most effective weapons in the war...

8th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 al Qaeda Operatives Killed in Latest Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed two foreign al Qaeda fighters, including an "explosives expert," in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike is the second by the US in three days.

6th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in Remote Area of North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched an airstrike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today, killing five "militants" in an area known to host al Qaeda and other foreign terror groups.

6th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Prominent al Qaeda Leader Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the death of Abd el Kader Mahmoud Mohamed el Sayed, a longtime senior jihadist leader and military commander who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan sometime in the spring of 2012.

5th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban, IMU Form Ansar al Aseer to Free Jihadist Prisoners

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan announced the formation of the Ansar al Aseer, a unit tasked to free jihadist prisoners and support their families.

2nd February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Hits Pakistani Military Camp

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today's deadly suicide assault on a Pakistani military checkpoint in the northwestern district of Lakki Markat. The Taliban claimed the attack was carried out to avenge the deaths...

31st January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Sidelined Pakistani Taliban Commander Back in Good Graces

Bill Roggio

Faqir Mohammed, the former emir in Bajaur of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has returned to the fold after his dismissal a year ago for conducting negotiations with the Pakistani...

28th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Debacle in Ben­ghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. She addressed the September 11 assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

27th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Another Raid Targeting al Qaeda in Kunar

Patrick Megahan

On Jan. 25, the International Security Assistance Force reported another operation in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province targeting a Taliban leader associated with al Qaeda. This follows a report three...

25th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Taliban Commander Targeted in Kunar Raid

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force reported yesterday that an operation targeting an "al Qaeda associated Taliban leader" was conducted in Kunar province, Afghanistan on Jan. 23. Two insurgents...

24th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Wanted Saudi al Qaeda Leader to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added a wanted Saudi citizen who serves as a senior al Qaeda leader and ideologue in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists.

19th January 2013 - Gunpowder & Lead

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

With recent events in Mali and Algeria, there is a notable uptick in interest in Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). One question commentators are asking is what the relationship is between AQIM...

17th January 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Osama and the Two Nazirs

Clifford D. May

Nazir is dead. Actually, both Nazirs are dead. Earlier this month, Mullah Nazir, a Taliban and al-Qaeda commander, was killed by an American drone strike in South Waziristan, a tribal area of Pakistan.

14th January 2013 - National Post

Al-Qaeda and the Arab Spring

Thomas Joscelyn

Sitting in his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound just days before his demise in May 2011, Osama bin Laden surveyed the political turmoil in the Middle East. In a memo dated April 26, 2011, the terror...

13th January 2013 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama met last week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses...

13th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Uzbek Terror Group Kills 14 Pakistani Soldiers in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek group that calls itself the "Mujahideen Ansar" claimed credit for today's roadside bomb attack on a Pakistani military convoy in North Waziristan that killed 14 soldiers. The attack took place...

12th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Hakeemullah Mehsud Orders Taliban to End Attacks on Pakistani Military in North Waziristan: Report

Bill Roggio

Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has ordered his fighters to end attacks against government forces in North Waziristan, according to a report from Reuters:

10th January 2013 - Quoted by Greg Miller, The Washington Post

US Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Rise for 2013

Bill Roggio

The CIA has opened the year with a flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is preparing to disclose its plans for...

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