Analysis & Commentary

10th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri lectures on global jihad, warns of national boundaries

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime in the last few years, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri got an editor.

4th June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says

Bill Roggio

The three suicide bombers who killed 20 people and wounded scores more during a complex attack at a funeral at a Kabul cemetery trained at a Pakistani madrassa, according to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.

2nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban again affirms Haqqani Network is an integral part of group

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban has issued a second statement denying any role in the deadly Kabul bombing on May 31.

2nd June 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

The Taliban Are Now Proudly Parading The Streets Of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video of its forces proudly parading the streets of Waghaz, Afghanistan after taking it last month, but it is only the most recent example of the group’s brazen celebrations.

1st June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban parades forces after capturing district in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban paraded its forces in broad daylight without fear of retribution after overrunning the district center of Waghaz in the southeastern Afghanistan province of Ghazni last month.

31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan military helicopter destroyed in Taliban IED attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban published a dramatic video touting the destruction of an Afghan military helicopter just seconds after it landed on a remote outpost in a mountainous area of Afghanistan. The Taliban has infiltrated Afghan military outposts in the past and conducted similar attacks.

31st May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians

Thomas Joscelyn

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near diplomatic facilities in the Afghan capital during rush hour this morning. Preliminary casualty reports say that at least 80 people were killed in the blast and dozens more wounded. A photo of the aftermath of the bombing...

30th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihad during Ramadan is ‘obligatory,’ Taliban spokesman says

Bill Roggio

An official Taliban spokesman described jihad as “obligatory worship” and said that there would be no cease-fire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The spokesman’s stance is consistent with Taliban policy.

29th May 2017 - Quoted by Al Arabiya

Analysts raise fears of US base’s proximity to Hamas in Qatar

Jonathan Schanzer

More than a week before Qatari Emir Tamim Al Thani’s controversial comments came to light, American analysts published an opinion piece in Newsweek magazine raising fears of American presence so close to the Islamist Hamas group in Doha.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban attacks another base in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another coordinated assault against Afghan military installations in the southern province of Kandahar today. At least one dozen Afghan soldiers are reported to have been involved in the fighting.

25th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Bill Roggio

After stepping up attacks against Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar over the past several days, the Taliban has now overrun a large military base.

22nd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assaults provincial capital in southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched an attack on Ghazni City and destroyed the governor’s compound over the weekend. Additionally, the Taliban claimed it took control of Waghaz district and is threatening to overrun Dih Yak.

18th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces, Taliban battle for control of Kunar

Bill Roggio

Afghan security forces claimed to have beaten back a Taliban assault on several districts in the remote northeastern province of Kunar, while the Taliban said it launched “a full-scale operation” that was successful.

18th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran steps up support for terrorism in Bahrain

David Andrew Weinberg, Amir Toumaj

Bahrain’s rulers have long sought confirmation from Washington that their country faces a terrorist threat sponsored by Iran. In March, the US finally validated them by sanctioning two Bahraini individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. One of those sanctioned individuals...

12th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Treasury adds 3 JDQ leaders, charity to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

Yesterday, the US Treasury Department added three members of Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ), a jihadist group that is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as JDQ’s Welfare and Development Organization, to its list of specially designated global terrorists. JDQ is a perfect example of...

10th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban parades large convoy in Sangin

Bill Roggio

The Taliban paraded a large convoy of fighters into the district center of Sangin in Helmand province just one month after Resolute Support denied Afghan forces were defeated there. The Taliban force operated openly in the daylight without fear of being targeted by US or Afghan airstrikes....

9th May 2017 - FDD"s Long War Journal

Taliban back on the offensive in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban is making another push to take control of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz and has taken one of Kunduz province’s seven districts during the past several days of fighting. The province has been a focal point of Taliban operations for more than two years.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Evan Dyer - CBC News

Real tragedy of Operation Medusa is that Taliban may soon win back ground hard won by Canadian troop

Bill Roggio

The 2006 operation code named Medusa, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's role in it, has transfixed Canada's politicians for the past three weeks, yet no one is talking about how the hard-won gains of the operation stand in danger of being wiped out.

3rd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban retaliates for ‘the drone attack in North Waziristan’

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed 120 of its fighters assaulted a Pakistani military base in the Shawal area of North Waziristan to retaliate for the April 29 US drone strike in Datta Khel that reportedly killed an al Qaeda leader.

3rd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi al Qaeda leader reportedly killed in drone strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A “key” al Qaeda commander was among seven jihadists reportedly killed in the Apr. 29 drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to press accounts from the region. The strike took place in an area that the Pakistan military claimed was cleared of jihadists...


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