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21st April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban assault Afghan Army corps headquarters in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched a suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in the northern province of Balkh today and attacked the mosque on the base.

20th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

On April 17, the Pakistani military said that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, voluntarily surrendered. Today, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar insisted that Ehsan was “arrested” in eastern Afghanistan and later turned...

13th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban emir calls for unity, jihad, and global caliphate

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), said that his group’s ultimate goal is “to implement the law of Allah on the Earth” and called on Muslims to unite and wage jihad to achieve that end. Fazlullah, one of the most extreme commanders in a group...

9th April 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Majlis Podcast

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses the different terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

8th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

American soldier killed fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

An American soldier was killed while fighting the Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan earlier today, according to US officials.

30th March 2017 - Quoted by Catherine Putz - The Diplomat

Taliban Claims to Control 34 Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Earlier this week, the Taliban posted a report to their website enumerating, in detail, which districts the group controls and contests in Afghanistan.

28th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban lists ‘Percent of Country under the control of Mujahideen’

Bill Roggio

The Taliban issued a “report” that attempts to determine areas in Afghanistan it controls as well as contested areas and areas under the influence of the Afghan government. While the report may be seen as propaganda to bolster its claims of controlling territory, it does not inflate or...

28th March 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

US sees a resurgent Russian military expanding into Afghanistan, Libya

Bill Roggio

The Kremlin's ambitions in the Middle East reach far beyond Syria, according to US officials. From Afghanistan to Libya, US Pentagon officials are increasingly concerned by mounting Russian military and diplomatic activity they believed is aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

26th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military confirms death of al Qaeda commander

Bill Roggio

The US military confirmed that it killed Qari Yasin, the al Qaeda commander who was targeted in an airstrike in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on March 19. Yasin had decades of experience with jihadist factions operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the US military said he was...

24th March 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Sangin captured

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has captured an important town in southern Afghanistan that was a bloody graveyard for British and American troops, in a symbolic and strategic blow to the Afghan government and its international partners.

24th March 2017 - Radio Free Europe

Gandhara Podcast: How To Deal With The Taliban In Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio discusses how to deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban takes key district in Helmand province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban seized the district of Sangin in southern Helmand province, forcing Afghan troops to withdrawal and Coalition forces to launch airstrikes to destroy bases and government facilities left behind. Sangin has been a battleground in Helmand for several years and has exchanged hands...

23rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban claims US drones killed commander from North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed that the US killed a senior commander from Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan in a drone strike near the “Pak-Afghan border” on March 18. Commander Yusuf Wazir, the slain Taliban leader, also lost a father and a brother in...

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda commander believed to be killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda military commander who led numerous attacks in Pakistan has reportedly been killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. Qari Muhammad Yasin was listed by the Pakistani government as the 10th Most Wanted terrorist in the country in 2013.

20th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

67 Taliban fighters ‘graduate’ from camps in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that 67 “Mujahideen” have graduated from two training camps located in the northwestern Afghan province of Faryab. The group has publicized 12 training facilities throughout the country since late 2014.

5th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda eulogizes Egyptian leader killed in Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, the propaganda arm for al Qaeda’s senior leadership, has released a two-page eulogy for Abu al Khayr al Masri. The US killed Masri in a drone strike in Idlib, Syria in late February. [See FDD’s Long War Journal report, Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels.]...

3rd March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Zawahiri’s deputy sought to ‘unify’ Syrian rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 26, jihadist social media sites reported that Abu al Khayr al Masri, one of al Qaeda’s top leaders, had been killed in a US drone strike in Idlib, Syria.

1st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban suicide assault teams strike Afghan security services in Kabul

Bill Roggio

Taliban suicide assault teams struck three separate targets in the Afghan capital of Kabul today. The Afghan jihadist group quickly claimed credit for the complex attack, which hit military, police, and intelligence buildings.

27th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban confirms death of Kunduz shadow governor

Bill Roggio

The Taliban announced today that the US killed Mullah Abdul Salam, its shadow governor for the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, in an airstrike on Feb. 26. Salam led Taliban forces in overrunning Kunduz City and holding the provincial capital for two weeks in 2015. His forces also entered...

22nd February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan.

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