Analysis & Commentary

8th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen ‘Operates Terrorist Training Camps in Eastern Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group, which is tolerated by the Pakistani state and whose leader lives openly in Islamabad, is currently running training camps in eastern Afghanistan, the US State Department said.

6th August 2014 - Newsmax TV


Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the attack on a military base in Kabul.

6th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 5 ‘Militants,’ Including Foreigners in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The attack is the fourth by the US in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan since July 6; at least three al Qaeda leaders are thought to have been killed in one of the strikes.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Insider Attack at Kabul Base Kills US Major General, Wounds 16 Troops Including Senior Coalition…

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier fired at fairly close range on Coalition and Afghan troops during a key leader engagement at an Afghan military training facility near Kabul, killing a US major general and injuring a German general as well as US, British, and Afghan troops.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July.

4th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers.

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Elizabeth Dickinson - Christian Science Monitor

Terror Finance Worries May Curb Doha Kidnap Mediation

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's government is believed to have paid ransoms to branches of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Syria in recent years – funds that the US Treasury says added $120 million to the terrorist group's coffers between 2004 and 2012.

31st July 2014 - Middle East Week

Middle East Week Podcast With Karl Morand

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, discusses whether jihadists groups can actually govern.

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Well-Connected Jihadist Tweets, Then Deletes, Explanation of al Qaeda’s Oath to Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

A Twitter user known as "Shaybat al Hukama" tweeted, and then quickly deleted, his explanation of al Qaeda's relationship with the Taliban. Al Hukama appears to be well-connected to al Qaeda media operatives and leaders.

28th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Mullah Omar Addresses Governance of Afghanistan, War Against ‘Invaders’ in New Message

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Omar discusses the Taliban's governance efforts at length in a message commemorating the end of Ramadan.

28th July 2014 - Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn on the future of Afghanistan after US forces withdraw.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Officials, Taliban Deny Adnan Rasheed Was Captured

Bill Roggio

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

21st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Renews Its Oath of Allegiance to Taliban Leader Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last...

21st July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the latest on the Punjabi Taliban.

20th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

6 al Qaeda Operatives Thought Killed in Recent Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan."

18th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Target ‘Punjabi Taliban’ in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US has launched three strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past 10 days, indicating that a top jihadist leader is thought to be operating there.

11th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Calls for Reconciliation in Syria, Avoids Mentioning Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released a statement calling on rival jihadist factions in Syria to reconcile. The Taliban avoids any mention of the Islamic State, which recently decreed...

9th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District In Central Afghanistan, Launch Suicide Assault In Kandahar

Bill Roggio

A district center in Ghor province was overrun by hundreds of Taliban, while the group sent more than a dozen fighters to attack the governor's compound and police headquarters in Kandahar City.

5th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Torch Hundreds of Fuel Tankers In Kabul

Bill Roggio

A police official said more than 400 fuel and supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban last night in an attack on a trucking terminal just outside the Afghan capital.

28th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Battle To Regain Areas Of Key Southern Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas.


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