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6th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda ‘Paramilitary Commander,’ Haqqani Network Leader Reported Killed in Recent Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda military commander and a Haqqani Network leader are among 17 jihadists reported to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place...

2nd July 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 17 in First Strike in Pakistan in Nearly a Month

Bill Roggio

The US targeted the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely tied to al Qaeda, in the first strike in Pakistan in more than three weeks.

30th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

New al Qaeda Video Features Magazine Editor, Discussion of Arab Spring

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, on jihadist forums on June 28 features Hossam Abdul Raouf, the editor of the terrorist organization's...

26th June 2013 - Cited by Seema Sirohi, First Post

Why US Shouldn’t Accept Dalrymple’s Reading of Afghan ‘History’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sometimes it is better to write about history that is long gone and archived for easy or privileged access. But with his latest essay on Afghanistan, William Dalrymple has crossed...

21st June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Assault Team Strikes Inside Shia Mosque in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

A suicide assault team has killed at least 15 people after one of the bombers detonated his vest inside a Shia mosque in the provincial capital of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan.

17th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures al Qaeda Trainer in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that an al Qaeda leader and trainer who was targeted in an operation in Kunar province on June 6 has been captured.

16th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Launches Suicide Assault at Hospital in Quetta

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed credit for a suicide assault on female Pakistani university students in the southwestern provincial capital of Quetta.

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Facilitator Targeted in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar yesterday. He is the ninth al Qaeda operative...

10th June 2013 - The Weekly Standard

See No Evil

Thomas Joscelyn

During his speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama sought to reassure Americans that they are “safer” because of the administration’s “efforts” to fight terrorism. The controversy...

10th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Leaders in Kunar

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force executed multiple operations targeting al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province late last week.

9th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Local Taliban Commander Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US drone strike two days ago killed a "key" local Taliban commander who was preparing to lead a group of fighters into Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani press.

7th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 6 in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today. Six "militants," including an unnamed "high value target," are said to have...

6th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds al Qaeda Explosives Expert to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department has added an al Qaeda explosives expert who once served as the commander of the terror group's military committee to the list of Specially...

3rd June 2013 - National Post

Pakistan’s Toxic Obsession with Kashmir is Still Generating Fresh Victims

Jonathan Kay

Pakistan is beset by such a bewildering array of militant political and religious movements that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight. The most spectacular events...

30th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Confirm Death of Deputy Emir in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's top spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, confirmed today that Waliur Rehman, the group's deputy leader and emir in South Waziristan, was killed in a US drone...

29th May 2013 - Quoted by Shaan Khan and Joe Sterling, CNN

Sources: Top Militant Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The Pakistan Taliban's No. 2 leader was killed in a drone strike Wednesday in the country's tribal region, a local tribal official and an intelligence official confirmed to CNN.

29th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Launches First Drone Strike in Pakistan in 6 Weeks

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven people in the first drone strike in Pakistan in six weeks. The attack took place in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan...

24th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

It is true that the drone strikes have been effective in killing terrorists. So the president is right in that regard and deserves credit for the slaying of some senior al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated operatives.

24th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Obama Pulls Back in Fight Against al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama's speech yesterday which outlined his vision of the future of the fight against al Qaeda and allied groups was a long time coming.

22nd May 2013 - Quoted by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Debate Aside, Number of Drone Strikes Drops Sharply

Bill Roggio

President Obama embraced drone strikes in his first term, and the targeted killing of suspected terrorists has come to define his presidency. But lost in the contentious debate over the legality...

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