Analysis & Commentary


22nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Outpost in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

As the Taliban mounts offensives in the northern province of Kunduz and the southern province of Helmand, it has also been consolidating its grip on areas in eastern Afghanistan. A video from Paktika province, a bastion of the Haqqani Network, shows the Taliban in control of a military...

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assaults Air Force Camp Near Peshawar

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for a suicide assault at a Pakistani Air Force camp that killed dozens of people early this morning. The attack is the latest in a string of suicide assaults against Pakistani military facilities since the the TTP was formed in...

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US kills 7 ‘militants’ in Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed seven “militants” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan.

15th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Mullah Omar’s Brother and Son Swear Allegiance to New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Omar’s son and brother, both who previously opposed the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour to serve as the new leader of the Taliban, have changed their minds and sworn allegiance to Mansour, according to the Taliban.

14th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Eastern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, said that it killed a senior al Qaeda commander and seven associates during a raid in the eastern province of Paktika. The raid took place in the same district where 15 Pakistani Taliban fighters were reported...

14th September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn analyze the fights against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

14th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Overruns Prison, Frees Hundreds

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has freed more than 140 of its fighters and 200 prisoners in a coordinated suicide assault on a jail in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni today. Among those freed include 17 “dangerous” Taliban operatives, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry stated.

11th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills 15 Pakistani Taliban Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed 15 fighters from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika earlier this week. Both the TTP and its ally, al Qaeda, have stepped up their presence in eastern Afghanistan over the past several years.

8th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Flaunts al Qaeda Links in Latest Issue of its Official Magazine

Bill Roggio

In the September 2015 edition of Al Sumud, the Taliban’s official magazine, the jihadist group devoted significant space to al Qaeda leaders and pro-al Qaeda clerics eulogizing its former emir, Mullah Mohammad Omar. The seven al Qaeda representatives who lauded Omar include al Qaeda emir...

7th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Dissident Taliban Commander Claims Pakistani Intel Ordered Him to Conduct Attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A former senior Taliban leader who was ousted by Mullah Omar in 2007 has rejected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the group and accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan.

5th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Continues to Advertise Alliance With al Qaeda, Haqqanis

Thomas Joscelyn

In late August, the Taliban released the fifth installment in its “Army of Badr” video series. The title of the videos is a reference to the battle of Badr in 624 CE between the Prophet Mohammed’s followers and their enemies. The battle is considered a crucial event in early Islamic...

1st September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Intel Captures Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Faryab

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), captured the Taliban’s shadow governor for Faryab province as he was traveling to Pakistan.

31st August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn discuss conflicts across the Middle East.

28th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Spokesman Admits Mullah Omar’s Death Was Covered Up

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan...

27th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Mass in Northern Afghanistan to Swear Allegiance to New Emir

Bill Roggio

Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban fighters gathered in the open in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz to pledge an oath of allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the group.

26th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Takes Another District in Southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the Musa Qala district center when Afghan forces fled after several days of fighting. The fall of Musa Qala puts the Taliban in effective control of northern Helmand, and will allow it to threaten the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah Emir Killed in Northern Afghanistan, NDS Claims

Bill Roggio

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, claimed it killed the leader of Jundallah’s fighters who are based in the country in an airstrike in Kunduz province yesterday.

25th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Haqqani Network Commander to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander.

24th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Central Asian Groups Split Over Leadership of Global Jihad

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), two Central Asian groups that have been allied with al Qaeda in the past, have taken different sides in the ongoing struggle between the Islamic State and al Qaeda for the leadership of the global jihad.

19th August 2015 - Quoted by Margherita Stancati and Nathan Hodge - The Wall Street Journal

Islamic State Ally Emerges As Threat to Afghanistan, Central Asia

Bill Roggio

An extremist group allied with Islamic State has emerged as a potent force on the battlefield in northern Afghanistan, threatening to further destabilize the country and sow instability throughout Central Asia, senior Afghan officials say.

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