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3rd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

US State Department lists Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as terrorist group

Bill Roggio

The US State Department added Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, to its list of global terrorists organizations earlier today. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has been behind numerous deadly attacks inside Pakistan and is closely allied with the Afghan Taliban...

2nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban denies Helmand’s shadow governor killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

The Taliban denied reports that both its shadow governor for Helmand province and his military commander were killed in a US airstrike in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The Afghan government has a questionable track record when reporting on the deaths of Taliban commanders.

25th July 2016 - Quoted by Ari Lieberman - FrontPage Magazine

Afghanistan, a Model for Obama’s Failed Global Leadership

Bill Roggio

Twin suicide blasts struck Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul last week killing at least 80 and injuring as many as 260. The death toll is likely to rise as many of the injured are in a critical state. The resultant carnage was gruesome even by Afghan standards. Bodies in grotesque,...

23rd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Kabul protest

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a double suicide attack today in Kabul that killed more than 60 people, wounded at least 200 more and caused much of the city to be shut down.

21st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control.

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo ‘poet’ and committed jihadist denounces Islamic State for attacks on civilians

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who defected from the Taliban in 2014 and joined the Islamic State denounced the group and called the emir of Khorasan province “illiterate” for conducting acts of wanton violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

14th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

US kills Pakistani Taliban commander behind attacks on schools

Bill Roggio

News of Mansour’s death was released by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate, or ISPR.

12th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

Bill Roggio

Chairman Poe and Chairman Salmon, Ranking Members Keating and Sherman, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about Pakistan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies.

7th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama called the security environment in Afghanistan “precarious” and said today he will keep more troops on the ground in Afghanistan than previously planned.

6th July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow and senior editor of The Long War Journal Bill Roggio discusses the Taliban's rise and the U.S. hesitation to address this growing problem.

5th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban condemns suicide attack in Medina, Saudi Arabia

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has condemned a July 4 suicide attack that targeted security personnel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Four Saudi guards and five others were wounded in what the Taliban describes as “an act of enmity and hatred towards Islamic rituals.”

4th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban shows ‘Omar ibn Khattab’ training camp in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video from the Taliban’s media wing, the jihadist group advertises the existence of the Omar ibn Khattab training camp somewhere in the northern Kunduz Province.

30th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban suicide bombers target police cadets, first responders in Kabul attack

Bill Roggio

A pair of Taliban suicide bombers killed dozens of people, including police cadets and the first responders who arrived to administer aid after the initial attack, in a coordinated assault in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

29th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Ministry of Interior admits 9 districts under Taliban control

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior reported yesterday nine districts are under Taliban control, including four in the southern province of Helmand, and more than 40 others are heavily contested.

28th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hekmatyar withdraws from peace talks with Afghan government

Bill Roggio

The leader of Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a faction that fuels Afghanistan’s insurgency, has withdrawn from peace talks after raising the hopes of the Afghan government that an agreement was near. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, HIG’s leader, has toyed with the Afghan government in the past....

21st June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban deny Ghazni shadow governor killed in airstrike

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied government claims that its shadow governor for the important southeastern province of Ghazni was killed last weekend in an airstrike. Ghazni has served as a haven for the Taliban and its ally, al Qaeda.

20th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Targeting leaders won’t deter Taliban’s ‘jihad,’ group says

Bill Roggio

The Taliban recently said that the US drone strike that killed its last emir, along with other targeted killings and detentions of its leaders, would not weaken its resolve. Rather, it is the Taliban’s “religious obligation” to continue fighting despite such losses.

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Obama Poised To Leave Office With The Taliban More Powerful Than He Found It Read more: http://dail

Bill Roggio

With the U.S. set to cut its forces in Afghanistan by nearly half by the end of the year, and an expectation for a violent Taliban fighting season ahead, President Obama is set to leave office with the Taliban the most powerful it has been since 2001.

15th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes a district in Uruzgan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of a district center in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan after several days of fighting Afghan forces who are reported to have been supported by US forces.

11th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri swears allegiance to the Taliban’s new leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri has sworn allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. Zawahiri’s oath of allegiance is included in a newly-released, 14-minute message from As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm. The message was released late yesterday.

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