Analysis & Commentary

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.

5th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the news in Syria and Afghanistan.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Badakhshan Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s shadow governor for Badakhshan province, Qari Fasehuddin, released an audiotape to dispel the Afghan government’s claim that he was killed in a US airstrike in late last week. Fasihuddin is the second shadow governor to deny reports that he was killed in a US airstrike...

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Participated in Siege of Kunduz

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), which is openly loyal to the Taliban and also affiliated with al Qaeda, participated in the Taliban’s siege of Kunduz city, according to statements and photos released by the group and its supporters online. In a message posted on the IJU’s official website...

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls or Contests Scores of Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

While fighting for control of the provincial capital of Kunduz, the Taliban launched a wider offensive in the Afghan north aimed at seizing control of districts in four provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Takhar. Since Sept. 28, the Taliban has taken control of nine districts in...

1st October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of...

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Sean Davidson - CBC News

Taliban Seizure of Kunduz Sends Message to Kabul, Europe

Bill Roggio

Prior to Monday's Taliban attack on Kunduz, the group had — at least in some ways — slipped from the West's mind. There have been so many headlines and so much heated debate about the threat posed by ISIS and its offshoots elsewhere in the world that it was easy to forget about the...


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