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4th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Mehsud faction rejoins the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban that broke away from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in 2014 has rejoined the group, and its leader has been named the deputy emir of the TTP. The reunion is the latest in a series of moves that have brought wayward Taliban groups back into...

2nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction showcases training camp, suicide attacks

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a powerful faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), has released a video detailing a training camp somewhere in Pakistan’s northwest tribal frontier. The video also highlighted the training of suicide bombers and an assault on a Pakistani military base...

1st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan government ‘has lost territory to the insurgency’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan government “has lost territory to the insurgency” and “district control continues to decline,” the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its most recent quarterly report to United States Congress. An estimated 15 percent of...

1st February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan government ‘has lost territory to the insurgency’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan government “has lost territory to the insurgency” and “district control continues to decline,” the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its most recent quarterly report to United States Congress. An estimated 15 percent of...

20th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban seek ‘to establish an Islamic state on earth’

Bill Roggio

In a propaganda video that promoted its Al Farouq Training Camp, the Taliban said that the ultimate goal of its jihad is “to establish an Islamic state on earth.” The Al Farouq camp is the latest training site publicized by the Taliban.

17th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban eulogizes Pakistani cleric with al Qaeda ties

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban mourned the death of the leader and founder of a Pakistani Islamic university known to have supported al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in the region. Mawlana Salimullah Khan, the Pakistani cleric, was also the president of Pakistan’s largest confederation of Deobani...

10th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban kills dozens in double suicide attack in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed and wounded more than 100 people in a coordinated attack that targeted intelligence officials and government workers today in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack included a blast that preyed on first responders who rushed in to help those injured in...

4th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.

3rd January 2017 - The Daily Beast

Russia’s New Favorite Jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.

22nd December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assault member of parliament’s home in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed responsibility for last night’s suicide assault on a member of parliament’s home in Kabul that killed at least seven people.

14th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

American counterterrorism forces have killed or captured approximately 250 al Qaeda operatives in 2016, according to US military officials.

28th November 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss Taliban training camps and al-qaeda in Afghanistan.

27th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban feature 2 training camps in latest propaganda

Bill Roggio

The Taliban said 100 “mujahideen” have graduated from its “Khalid bin Walid Camp” and 50 more from its “Abu Dujana Camp.” These two facilities are designed to indoctrinate and train fighters in basic combat techniques, and the Khalid bin Walid Camp “can train up to 2000...

23rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s general command comments on ‘martyrdom’ of senior figure in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a statement earlier today concerning the “martyrdom” of Faruq al Qahtani, who was killed in an American airstrike on Oct. 23.

21st November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber kills dozens at Kabul mosque

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province claimed credit for the deadly suicide attack at a Shiite mosque in Kabul that killed more than 30 people and wounded scores more. The attack is the second of its kind in the Afghan capital by the Islamic State in the past six weeks.

17th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Clapper: US collects and analyzes more intelligence on jihadi groups now than ever

Thomas Joscelyn

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper announced his retirement during a hearing held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) earlier today.

14th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban, Islamic State both claim to have shot down helicopter in central Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State claim to have shot down a helicopter in the central Afghan province of Ghor today.

12th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4 in attack inside Bagram Air Base

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide bomber penetrated Bagram Air Base, one of the most secure facilities in Afghanistan, and killed four people and wounded 17 more.

11th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims suicide assault on German consulate

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team killed six civilians and wounded more than 100 in an attack on the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif last night.

2nd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US military assessment of Taliban control of Afghan districts is flawed

Bill Roggio

The US military says that the Taliban “influences” at least 25 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts and controls only 8 more.

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