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24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Squad Pledges Allegiance to Emir Mullah Mansour

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence...

15th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dozens of Afghan Troops Surrender to Taliban in Helmand

Bill Roggio

Sixty-five Afghan soldiers and several of their officers laid down their weapons two days ago and surrendered to the Taliban in the embattled district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand.

10th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Deputy Emir of ‘Moderate’ Taliban Faction Oversaw ‘Massacre of Thousands of Shiites’

Bill Roggio

The deputy emir of a new Taliban faction in Afghanistan that is attempting to portray itself as more moderate than the established branch has been directly implicated in the massacre of thousands of Afghans during the 1998 takeover of Mazar-i-Sharif. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi also helped...

9th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Rival Taliban Factions Clash in Southeastern Afghanistan

The Taliban and a breakaway faction of the jihadist group fought each other in two districts in southeastern Afghanistan that are out of the Afghan government’s control. At least 80 fighters from both sides are reported to have been killed during clashes in Zabul province.

5th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Confirms Death of ‘Khorasan’ Military Emir

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda confirmed that the US killed its military commander for the “Khorasan,” or Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a drone strike in Waziristan in early 2014. Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as the group’s military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of many unknown al...

28th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns District, Loses Control of 2 Others in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of a district that borders Tajikistan and lost two others as security forces and the jihadist group fight a seesaw battle for control of the Afghan north.

24th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Operates in Southern Helmand Province

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Foreign jihadists, including members of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), are training at facilities in southern Helmand province in Afghanistan. The camps are used to prepare fighters to conduct attacks throughout Southeast Asia, according to reports reviewed by The Long War...

23rd October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Threatens Provincial Capital of Helmand

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive in southern Afghanistan and is reported to have advanced within miles of the city of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province.

23rd October 2015 - Quoted by Steven Metz - World Politics Review

The U.S. Must Adopt Realistic Objectives for Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn, Michael G. Waltz

A few years ago Afghanistan seemed on the path to success. The economy was doing relatively well. The Taliban were losing ground to Afghan security forces, the U.S. military and units from other partner nations. The new president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, seemed more willing to tackle...

22nd October 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

An Emboldened Taliban Is Capturing A Shocking Chunk Of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban stunned many in the international community last month when it stormed the city of Kunduz, seizing the strategic stronghold from Afghan forces and freeing 500 militants from a local jail.

21st October 2015 - The New York Times

Are We Losing Afghanistan Again?

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

“ALLAH has promised us victory and America has promised us defeat,” Mullah Muhammad Omar, the first head of the Taliban, once said, “so we shall see which of the two promises will be fulfilled.”

20th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Leader Linked to ‘Groups of Arab Fighters’ to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added Torek Agha, a senior Taliban leader linked to “groups of Arab fighters” and a key fundraiser, to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

19th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al Qaeda and the Taliban.

16th October 2015 - Quoted by Sarah Almukhtar and Karen Yourish - The New York Times

14 Years After U.S. Invasion, the Taliban Are Back in Control of Large Parts of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have a significant footprint in Afghanistan, according to Bill Roggio, the editor of The Long War Journal, an online publication that is tracking Taliban control.

15th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Mufti of Islamic State Khorasan Province

Bill Roggio

The US killed the Islamic State Khorasan Province’s mufti, or senior religious and legal scholar, in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, where the global jihadist group is strongest in the country.

15th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Jonathan Schanzer

Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland and Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies discuss President Obama’s decision to drop his plan to withdraw most forces from Afghanistan.

13th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Strikes Large al Qaeda Training Camps in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Between Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, the US military orchestrated a large-scale operation against two al Qaeda camps in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. Dozens of jihadists were reportedly killed during the raids.

12th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on Afghanistan and Syria.

8th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seizes 2 More Districts in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran two more districts in northern Afghanistan, this time in the province of Faryab, where the jihadist group made a push to seize the capital just last weekend.

7th October 2015 - Quoted by Joe Perticone - IJ Review

Strike On Afghan Hospital Called a ‘War Crime.’ Now a US General Has His Say…

Patrick Megahan

The air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of multiple civilians has brought the war-torn nation back into the headlines, but the strike “does not constitute a war crime,” according to a military research analyst.

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