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11th August 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the Taliban and the state of play in Congress on Iran deal.

10th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues Terror Attacks in Afghan Capital

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continued its attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, targeting a NATO military convoy just outside the city’s airport with a suicide bombing. The bombing is the fourth in Kabul in four days, and has led Afghanistan’s president and chief executive to lash out at...

10th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss the fights against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

6th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

3 Al Qaeda Branches Issue Joint Eulogy for Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

Three al Qaeda branches have released a joint statement commemorating Mullah Omar’s jihadist career.

5th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Camp in Paktia Province

Bill Roggio

A Taliban fighter promoted what he described as a training camp for jihadists in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia. The camp is located in a district that is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network and which has hosted members of al Qaeda’s network in the past.

4th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Honor Mullah Omar, Praise Taliban’s Radical State

Thomas Joscelyn

Just one day after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Omar was dead, the Syria-based jihadist group Ahrar al Sham heaped praise on the Taliban leader in a statement released online.

2nd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

ISIS Just Received a ‘Gift’- and Now ‘There’s A Lot of Opportunity for High Drama’

Thomas Joscelyn

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result.

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to Omar.

30th July 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the death of Mullah Omar and its implications.

30th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban Confirms Mullah Omar is Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihulla Mujahid, released a statement via Twitter earlier today confirming that Mullah Omar, the group’s first emir, is dead. The statement is attributed to Omar’s family and the Taliban’s shura council. A screen shot of one of his tweets concerning...

30th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the district center and several military and police installations in Now Zad in the southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday. The fall of Now Zad is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Afghan security forces and government, which are struggling to maintain...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Reports of Mullah’s Death Rock Afghan Peace Push

Bill Roggio

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks...

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan Officials Say Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Thomas Joscelyn

Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.

29th July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef, and Sami Yousafzai - The Daily Beast

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before

Thomas Joscelyn

Rumors surfaced Wednesday morning that Mullah Omar, the notorious one-eyed leader of the Taliban, had died. The BBC first reported news of Omar’s death, citing “top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.”

29th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Emir Killed in Shootout With Pakistani Police

Bill Roggio

Pakistani police killed Malik Ishaq, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in a shootout in Muzaffargarh on the evening of July 28. The jihadist group’s fighters were attempting to free Ishaq and his two sons, who were in police custody. The jihadist leader had been in and...

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white...

26th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun Base, Capture and Release 100 Afghan Security Personnel

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a military base in the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan this weekend, capturing more than 100 police and tribal fighters before disarming and freeing them.

25th July 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic Jihad Union Details its Involvement in Taliban’s Azm Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorist group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trumpeted its role in the current Taliban-led Azm offensive in Afghanistan as well as its involvement in battling Pakistani troops in North Waziristan.

24th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills One of Osama bin Laden’s Most Trusted Commanders in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US killed Abu Khalil al Sudani, a senior al Qaeda leader who took direction from Ayman al Zawahiri, in an airstrike on July 11 in eastern Afghanistan. The strike took place in the Bermal district of the Paktia province, where the US operated a base before withdrawing the bulk of its...

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