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7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in...

3rd April 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Saudis May Go Nuclear to Counter Iran Despite Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

19th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

17th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group.

9th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: The Pakistani Government Wanted to Negotiate

Thomas Joscelyn

Recently released letters recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that key Pakistani leaders, including the brother of Pakistan's current prime minister, sought out negotiations with al Qaeda. Pakistan intelligence also communicated with al Qaeda leaders through jihadist...

2nd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan Operations Chief Denied Spot on Top Shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its...

27th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized.

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

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...

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