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1st June 2014 - The National Review

Obama Replenishes The Taliban… Or ‘How Wars End In The 21st Century’

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama finally completed the prisoner swap he has been pleading with the Taliban for years to accept.

1st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban says ‘Five Senior Leaders’ Have Been ‘Liberated’ from Guantanamo

Thomas Joscelyn

Hours after the US government announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been released in exchange for the top five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo, the Taliban...

1st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar Hails Release Of 5 Top Taliban Commanders As ‘Great Victory’

Thomas Joscelyn

In addition to a statement from Mullah Omar, the Taliban has posted pictures of the Taliban commanders...

31st May 2014 - The Daily Beast

Here Are The Taliban Terrorists Obama Released To Free POW Bowe Bergdahl

Thomas Joscelyn

In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison...

31st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Exchanged for Top 5 Taliban Commanders at Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban since 2009, has been released. Bergdahl was exchanged for the top five Taliban...

31st May 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors.

30th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Raids Against al Qaeda and Allies in Afghanistan 2007-2013

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

One of the arguments used by the Obama administration for a rapid drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is that the US...

23rd May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun District Center in Northern Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban overran a district center in the remote northern province of Badakhshan and captured 27 government officials. A local militia commander and an...

21st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Military Strikes Anger ‘Good Taliban’ Commander

Bill Roggio

A series of military strikes in the tribal agency of North Waziristan has caused a Taliban commander who is favored by Pakistan's ruling class...

14th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strikes Target Lashkar-e-Islam Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed several fighters from the Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in three...

9th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Announce This Year’s Spring Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the Afghan Taliban, announced yesterday that this year's spring offensive would, like...

29th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim They Shot Down US Warplane in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban claimed that their forces hit an US Air Force AC-130 gunship with antiaircraft fire and forced it to land in the eastern...

27th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Head of Taliban’s Military Commission Resigns Due to ‘Ill Health’

Bill Roggio

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who serves as the head of the Afghan Taliban's military commission has resigned his position due to "ill health."

24th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Policeman Guns Down 3 Americans at Hospital in Kabul

Bill Roggio

An Afghan police officer opened fire on American medical personnel at a hospital run by a Christian charity in Kabul, killing three Americans...

23rd April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Confirms Death of Shadow Governors for Kunar, Kandahar

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its shadow governors for Kunar and Kandahar provinces were killed during combat over the past...

10th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Kunar Reported Killed in US Airstrike

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's domestic intelligence service, claimed that the Taliban's shadow governor for Kunar province and several senior...

29th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continue to Launch Suicide Assaults in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two more suicide assaults in the Afghan capital of Kabul over the past 24 hours. In the attacks, the Taliban targeted the

20th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Suicide Assault on Jalalabad Police HQ

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban claimed credit for today's suicide assault on a police headquarters in Jalalabad in the eastern province of

14th March 2014 - Cited by Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times

Pakistan Militant Group Takes Responsibility for Two Bombings

Bill Roggio

A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and...

3rd March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ahrar-ul-Hind Suicide Assault Team Attacks Courthouse in Islamabad

Bill Roggio

The newly formed Ahrar-ul-Hind claimed credit for a suicide assault today at a courthouse that killed a judge and 10 other people in Pakistan's

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