Analysis & Commentary


15th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US drones strike jihadists in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US is likely to step up drone strikes in Pakistan after President Trump accused Pakistan of harboring and supporting jihadist groups last month.

11th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows and Long War Journal editors Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn join the John Batchlor Show to discuss how the Taliban is gathering momentum and credibility.

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military apologizes for ‘highly offensive’ leaflet dropped in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A public affairs or information operations specialist made the grave error of equating the shahada solely with the Taliban, and the commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan is now forced to apologize for the mistake.

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan suffers diplomatic defeat as BRICS names regional terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

The blow comes just two weeks after President Trump called out Pakistan for providing "safe haven" for terrorist groups operating in the region and advocated for closer ties with India.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Brown - Business Insider

Taliban releases video of fighters imitating US special forces

Bill Roggio

While much of the video shows how the Taliban conducts ambushes and assaults, the first 10 minutes of it shows militants replete with tactical garb and weapons, and employing their tactics.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by David Pugliese - Ottawa Citizen

The Taliban go tacticool….insurgent gunmen mimic U.S. special forces

Bill Roggio

Over the years the Taliban have cranked out various videos for recruiting and propaganda purposes. But a recently released video is catching the attention of some analysts.

2nd September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban video documents takeover of district center in Kunar

Bill Roggio

As with previous videos reported on by FDD's Long War Journal, the Taliban is able to organize and launch its attack, and then subsequently overrun Afghan government-controlled headquarters during broad daylight without fear of being targeted.

1st September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Anatomy of a Taliban ambush

Bill Roggio

The daylight ambush destroyed multiple Afghan vehicles, and despite the fact that US helicopters were nearby, the Taliban do not appear to have been targeted during the fighting.

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

NATO refutes Taliban claim it shot down US helicopter

Bill Roggio

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed the aircraft made "a precautionary landing for a maintenance issue."

30th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who says that "peace" is only possible if the "occupation" is ended. The statement is entirely self-serving and contains absurd claims. For example, Akhundzada writes that the Taliban wants a "free, independent...

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review

In Afghanistan, End the Trump-Obama Taliban Fantasy

Thomas Joscelyn

On the matter of an outcome in Afghanistan after 16 years of fitful war, President Trump is adamant. “The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory,” he proclaimed in Monday night’s big speech. “They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have...

29th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Coalition and Afghan forces must target Taliban after overrunning bases

Bill Roggio

While such tactics may be viewed as reactionary or defensive, if the Afghan government wants to arrest Taliban gains, the Taliban must be forced to pay a heavy price for massing and striking outposts, bases, and district centers.

28th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio the Taliban's efforts and success in Afghanistan.

25th August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban overruns 2 districts in Afghan east

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Taliban continues to demonstrate that it can conduct concurrent operations across the country, while Afghan forces largely remain on the defensive.

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi - The Times of India

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy, if followed through, opens a window of opportunity for India

Bill Roggio

Donald Trump’s gut instinct had said something else, but the demands of the Oval Office prompted him to deliver a “presidential” South Asia strategy. If it is followed through it can have wide-ranging implications for the region. Most important, it gives India a small opportunity to...

23rd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

In response to Trump, Pakistan claims no terrorist groups operate on its soil

Bill Roggio

Pakistan's denial of harboring terrorist groups that conduct attacks outside of its borders falls flat on its face when looking at Lashkar-e-Taiba, which not only supports al Qaeda and the Taliban, but has executed numerous attacks inside of Pakistan's neighbor and enemy, India, as well as...

22nd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban vows to continue its “Jihad” against US

Bill Roggio

Taliban spokesman Zahibullah Mujahid denounced Trump's decision to remain engaged in Afghanistan and said that Taliban fighters will "sustain our Jihad." Additionally he repeated the canard that the Taliban does not pose a threat to foreign countries.

22nd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Trump takes hard line on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

With words unprecedented for a US president, Trump called out Pakistan for harboring and supporting terrorist groups that target and kill US citizens and said there would be a radical change in policy toward the South Asian nation. Trump indicated the US would work to increase ties with...

22nd August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban retakes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to demonstrate that it can conduct concurrent operations across the country, while Afghan forces largely remain on the defensive. The district of Khamab in Jawzjan has gone back and forth between Taliban and government control over the past several years.

21st August 2017 - Quoted by Michael Graham - CBS News

Commentary—Trump on Afghanistan: New president, same old dilemma

Thomas Joscelyn

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of President Trump's speech on Afghanistan was how, well, unsurprising it was. It was, with a few notable exceptions, a speech both Presidents Bush and Obama could have given. In fact, I'm pretty sure they did.

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