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12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Afghan Casualties of the War in Syria

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - Qods Force is backing the Fatemiyoun Brigade, a unit comprise of Shiite Afghans living in Iran. The leader of the Fatemiyoun Brigade have been pictured with Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

17th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Kills 20 Afghan Policemen

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continue to exact a heavy toll on poorly armed and trained policemen, who have been thrust into the front line of Afghanistan's insurgency.

16th February 2015 - Cited by Tim Lister - CNN

ISIS Atrocity in Libya Demonstrates Its Growing Reach in North Africa

ISIS is under pressure in parts of Iraq and battling a variety of adversaries in Syria, but it's metastasizing at warp speed elsewhere, most dangerously in Egypt and Libya.

9th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State’s Deputy Emir for ‘Khorasan Province’ in Airstrike: Report

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim was a senior Taliban leader before joining the Islamic State and being appointed the deputy emir of Khorasan province.

2nd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Emir for Bajaur Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Maulana Abu Bakr, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for Bajaur, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the "caliph" of the Islamic State.

30th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Insider Attack at Kabul Airport That Killed 3 US Contractors

Bill Roggio

The commander of police at the airport confirmed that a guard killed the three contractors. The green-on-blue or insider attack is the first of its kind recorded so far this year.

28th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

‘Foreigners’ Among 7 Jihadists Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the Shawal Valley, a jihadist hub that spans both North and South Waziristan.

22nd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Falsely Claims it Takes ‘Immediate Action’ Against Terror Groups Listed by the UN

Bill Roggio

Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released.

17th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the...

16th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment.

15th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud.

14th January 2015 - Cited by Johnlee Varghese - International Business Times

Former Taliban Leader Mullah Abdul Rauf now Recruiting for ISIS in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

With the US forces exiting the conflict-ridden country, reports have found that a former Taliban leader has now turned into a recruiter for Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan.

13th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Mullah Fazlullah to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group.

8th January 2015 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Afghan President to Visit U.S. as Taliban Tension Flares

Thomas Joscelyn

Obama administration officials say they expect a high-profile visit from President Ashraf Ghani right before the Taliban fighting season begins in early spring.

5th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Curious Cover Story

Thomas Joscelyn

The cover story of the Islamic State's recently released issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine, is written by an alleged al Qaeda defector known as Abu Jarir ash-Shamali. The group has been trying to win over al Qaeda's and the Taliban's supporters, but Shamali's piece criticizes...

5th January 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest pieces for the Long War Journal with John Batchelor.

4th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Hit ‘Good Taliban’ Commander’s Compound in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed.

2nd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Video Highlights Training Camp, Operations in Kunar

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have released videos of two training camps in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks.

24th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

4 Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Afghanistan Are Veteran Insurgents, Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

On Dec. 20, the Defense Department announced the transfer of four Afghans to their home country. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all four to be "high" risks to the US, its interests and allies. All four are veteran insurgents, according to JTF-GTMO.

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