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21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Posts Rewards For 5 Haqqani Network Leaders

Bill Roggio

Siraj Haqqani's reward is raised to $10 million, putting it in the top tier of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million were posted for four other Haqqani leaders.

21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander To Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Quetta Airbase Attacks Carried Out By Pakistani Taliban, IMU

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, said the Quetta airbase attacks were executed with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

15th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Fedayeen-i-Islam Claims Suicide Assaults on Pakistani Airbases

Bill Roggio

Fourteen members of the Fedayeen-i-Islam were killed during the latest assault on a Pakistani airbase.

8th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Leader Who Defected From al Qaeda Reported Killed in Mosul

Bill Roggio

Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani is thought to be Abdullah al Punjabi, one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders to openly defect from the global jihadist group and join the Islamic State.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 5 ‘Militants,’ Including Foreigners in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The attack is the fourth by the US in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan since July 6; at least three al Qaeda leaders are thought to have been killed in one of the strikes.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Officials, Taliban Deny Adnan Rasheed Was Captured

Bill Roggio

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

21st July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest on the Punjabi Taliban.

20th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

6 al Qaeda Operatives Thought Killed in Recent Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan."

18th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Target ‘Punjabi Taliban’ in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US has launched three strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past 10 days, indicating that a top jihadist leader is thought to be operating there.

16th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Another Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 18 suspected "militants" in another drone strike targeting an area of Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan that previously served as a military command center for al Qaeda's military.

10th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 6 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in an area of North Waziristan that has served as a command center for al Qaeda's military.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Kills Local Taliban Leader, Captures al Qaeda Bomb Expert

Bill Roggio

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.

25th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders, Several Aliases to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US government added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. Additionally, the US identified four additional aliases for Lashkar-e-Taiba...

22nd June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Claims 257 ‘Terrorists,’ No Civilians Killed in North Waziristan Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has claimed that more than 250 "terrorists" and zero civilians have been killed during the first week of military operations in the Taliban-controlled tribal...

18th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in North Waziristan, Kill 6 ‘Militants’

Bill Roggio

As the Pakistani military is launching airstrikes against foreign terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party as part of an...

15th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Launches ‘Comprehensive Operation Against Foreign and Local Terrorists’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has launched what it described as a "comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists" in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North..

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Breaks 6-month Lull

Bill Roggio

The US killed 16 jihadists, including four Uzbeks, in two drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. The strikes ended a six-month pause in Pakistan.

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