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4th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan Province’ Threatens Taliban in Latest Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” threatened the Taliban in a video released late last month. The video, which is more than 15 minutes long, features a lengthy speech by an unnamed jihadist (see image above) in front of armed fighters and local villagers.

31st May 2015 - CNN

CNN International

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the 'Taliban 5' and their travel restrictions.

25th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Shadow Governor Appears in New Propaganda Video Depicting Recent Combat in Badakhshan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a new propaganda video in late May depicting a recent series of attacks against Afghan security forces in the rugged and remote northeastern province of Badakhshan. The video, which is over an hour long, contains an interview with Qari Fasehuddin, the Taliban shadow...

23rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same...

14th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Kill 14, Including 9 Foreigners, in Kabul Hotel Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for an attack that killed 14 civilians, including 9 foreigners, at the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul that started last evening and ended this morning. The assault is the latest in a string of attacks that have targeted civilians at upscale hotels in the Afghan...

9th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims it Shot Down Pakistani Helicopter, Displays SAM-7

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed it shot down a Pakistani Army helicopter that was transporting foreign diplomats in the northern part of the country yesterday, and released a video showing its fighters training on a SAM-7 anti-aircraft missile to support its claim. The...

6th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

3 Jihadist Groups Merge with Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely...

1st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Touts Success in Kunduz Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Taliban released a video today titled “Kunduz and Renewed Resolve” that shows its fighters in control of Afghan security forces’ outposts, captured security personnel, and vehicles and weapons seized during the fighting. The title of the video is a play on the the name of the...

28th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Promotes Training Camp in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Three photographs of the “Ustad Yasir” camp were obtained by journalist Saleem Mehsud and published on his Twitter account on April 18. The images were emailed to the Pakistani reporter, Mehsud told The Long War Journal.

27th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Offensive in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Thousands of Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in the northern province of Kunduz in an effort to seize control of the provincial capital and outlying districts.

22nd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Spring Operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced today that this year’s “spring operations” will begin on April 24, and, like previous years, the main targets will be the “foreign occupiers” and “the stooge regime,” or Afghan government.

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Admit to Beheading Afghan Soliders “In Revenge”

Bill Roggio

The Taliban admitted that its fighters beheaded seven Afghan soldiers during clashes last week in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. The Taliban acknowledged that the beheadings are “contradictory to rules of engagement” but then justified the gruesome acts as revenge for Afghan...

18th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Promotes ‘Muhajideen Special Group,’ Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The video, titled “MSG Training,” was released on April 17 by Umar Media, the official propaganda arm of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The footage was posted on Umar Media’s website as well as emailed to The Long War Journal by the group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khurasani....

13th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Four in Taliban, al Qaeda Haven

Bill Roggio

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and...

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Promotes Suicide, IED Attacks, and Ambushes in ‘Caravan of Heroes’

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network promoted suicide bombings, IED attacks, and ambushes that targeted Coalition and Afghan forces throughout eastern Afghanistan in a video that was recently released on Voice of Jihad, the official news outlet of the Afghan Taliban. One of the suicide bombers likely was a...

8th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills American in Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one and wounding several more. The insider or green-on-blue attack, where a member of the Afghan security forces kills Coalition personnel, is the second of its kind recorded this year.

31st March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban Commander Involved in Targeting ‘Foreigners’ in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security captured a senior Taliban commander who was involved in the network in the Afghan capital that targets Westerners and other foreigners. The commander also had a hand in the recent assassination of Uruzgan’s police chief, US intelligence officials told...

19th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Pakistani Taliban Commander in Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Khawray Mehsud served as a bodyguard and close aide to Baitulllah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The Taliban said Khawray was a skilled military commander who fought on multiple "fronts" in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group.

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.

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