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3rd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Names Interim Emir, Spokesman Says

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has appointed Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani to serve as the group's interim leader after Hakeemullah Mehsud...

2nd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Names New Emir After Hakeemullah Killed in Drone Strike: Report

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has named a successor to replace Hakeemullah Mehsud, the group's emir who was killed by the US in a drone strike...

2nd November 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denounces ‘Cowardly US Drone Attack’ That Killed Hakeemullah Mehsud

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denounced yesterday's drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban...

2nd November 2013 - National Review Online

Hakimullah Masud’s End

Benjamin Weinthal

A U.S. drone strike eliminated Hakimullah Masud, the head of Pakistan’s Taliban, who was linked to the 2009 murders of seven CIA employees in Afghanistan.

1st November 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets Head of Pakistani Taliban

Bill Roggio

The US targeted the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

1st November 2013 - The Daily Beast

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed By US After 4-Year Hunt

Bill Roggio

After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the...

31st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in a month. Last night's attack took place in an area of the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan

29th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Denies It Opposes Suicide Attacks

Bill Roggio

A top spokesman for the Afghan Taliban denied a recent report in the Pakistani media that claimed the group opposes suicide attacks. The group also...

23rd October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Taliban Commander in Kunar Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Qari Dawat, a Taliban commander in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar who has been hunted by US forces for years and has vowed to avenge the death...

19th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

IMU Claims Suicide Attack Against US Forces in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked group that operates in Afghanistan, claimed it conducted yesterday's suicide attack near...

15th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Assassinate Governor in Key Afghan Province

Bill Roggio

Arsala Jamal, the governor of Logar province, was assassinated today as he was speaking inside a mosque for Eid al Adha prayers.

13th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Soldier Killed in Latest Insider Attack in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A member of the Afghan National Security Forces gunned down a soldier from the International Security Assistance Force in the fourth green-on-blue,

11th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Grabs Pakistani Taliban Commander from Afghan Intel

Bill Roggio

The US military has taken a senior Pakistani Taliban commander known as Latif Mehsud from the custody of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Intelligence.

7th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban: US ‘Forced’ to ‘Accept the Existence and Presence of the Islamic Emirate’ of Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Today the Taliban released an official statement on the "12th year of the American invasion" of Afghanistan. The statement, which was emailed to The Long...

7th October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Support Pakistani Branch, Spokesman Claims

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban provide financial support to their "jihadi brothers" in Pakistan, the top spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan told a group...

7th October 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

The Next Breeding Ground for Global Jihad

Reuel Marc Gerecht

When President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must "step aside" two years ago, many believed that it was only a matter of time before...

2nd October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Commander Mullah Fazlullah Claims Credit for Assassinating Pakistani General

Bill Roggio

Mullah Fazlullah, a senior leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has claimed credit for the assassination of a senior Pakistani Army...

1st October 2013 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay, Al Monitor

Turkey Polls Oppose AKP Once Again

Jonathan Schanzer

Muslims’ concern for extremist groups has increased, while Hezbollah appeared as the least disliked — or most favored — among al-Qaeda, Taliban and Hamas...

1st October 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Said to Name Successor to Mullah Sangeen

Bill Roggio

The Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda allied Taliban subgroup that operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, is said to have named Bilal Zadran to succeed...

30th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Condemns Latest Drone Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second drone strike in two days in Pakistan's Taliban controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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