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  • Exclusive: Bowe Bergdahl 'Should Be Charged Without Question'

    06/03/2014 7:38:54 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Peace ^ | 6-3-2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Breitbart News had the opportunity to speak with Bill Roggio, managing editor of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' The Long War Journal, about the ongoing debacle over the exchange of five senior Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Roggio has been praised for being “the best-in-class on situation awareness, especially of the Af-Pak theater.” He was embedded within the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army as a reporter in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and he also served in the Army from 1991 to 1997. He provided Breitbart News with valuable feedback: Breitbart News: What is your interpretation of...
  • Al Qaeda fighters moving from Iraq to Syria

    07/05/2012 5:21:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | JULY 5, 2012 | BILL ROGGIO
    Al Qaeda fighters moving from Iraq to Syria: report By BILL ROGGIOJuly 5, 2012 1:32 PM Hoshiyar Zebari, Iraq's Foreign Minister, went on the record to say that some members of al Qaeda in Iraq are moving into Syria to wage jihad. From Reuters: "We have solid information and intelligence that members of al Qaeda terrorist networks have gone in the other direction, to Syria, to help, to liaise, to carry out terrorist attacks," he told a news conference in Baghdad. Syria says that a 16-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad is not a popular revolt but a "terrorist" conspiracy...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan (Flash Back Sept 21, 2009)

    06/23/2010 11:05:45 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | Sept 21, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for...
  • Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare [Pathfinder Had "Propane Tanks, Gasoline and Timing Device"]

    05/01/2010 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 159 replies · 2,869+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 01st 2010 | RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY
    Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare The scene at Times Square on Saturday night after police found a suspicious package inside a Pathfinder on West 45th Street. RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY May 1, 2010 A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said. There was no explosion. “It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. The device, he said, contained “explosive...
  • Mullah Baradar capture 'a lucky accident'

    02/18/2010 11:14:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 507+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | February 19, 2010 1:08 AM | Bill Roggio
    The New York Times has the scoop on the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's deputy commander. According to the Times, Baradar's capture was "a lucky accident": When Pakistani security officers raided a house outside Karachi in late January, they had no idea that they had just made their most important capture in years. American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications saying militants with a possible link to the Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, were meeting. Tipped off by the Americans, Pakistani counterterrorist officers took several men into custody, meeting no resistance. Only after...
  • Brits battle the Taliban near Marja (amazing video)

    02/18/2010 12:32:33 AM PST · by ksm1 · 12 replies · 881+ views
    See video at link.
  • Taliban commander, 4 al Qaeda fighters killed in raid near Marja

    02/16/2010 10:34:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 352+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | February 16, 2010 7:13 PM | Bill Roggio
    Afghan and Coalition special operations forces killed a Taliban commander who works with foreign fighters and 10 Taliban and al Qaeda operatives during a raid in a region just outside the battle zone in Marja in Helmand province. During a raid in the district of Washir, the combined force targeted and killed Mullah Sarajudin, the Taliban commander, along with four al Qaeda operatives and six Taliban fighters. Washir lies just north of the district of Nad Ali, where Afghan and Coalition forces have launched a massive operation to take control of the city of Marja and the surrounding areas. "Troops...
  • WAR UPDATE: The military strategy in Afghanistan (Long War Journal weighs in)

    02/14/2010 11:25:58 AM PST · by ksm1 · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | February 14, 2010 8:44 AM | CJ Radin
    Since 2006, the Taliban have made a dramatic comeback in Afghanistan after being driven from the country in 2002. As security has deteriorated, they have steadily taken control of more and more territory. In response, a new strategic plan for Afghanistan has been formulated by General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of ISAF and US Forces - Afghanistan. On Dec. 3, 2009, this plan was approved by the Obama administration. While there are several important aspects of the strategy, such as political development, economic development, counter narcotics, and the police and justice system, this article will focus on the military aspect.
  • LWJ: Assault on Taliban stronghold of Marja begins

    02/13/2010 9:05:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 66 replies · 1,524+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | February 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade at Taliban fighers firing on their position at the “Five Points” intersection in Marja in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Feb. 9, 2010. Afghan soldiers joined US Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, as they conducted an assault earlier that morning to seize the key intersection linking the northern area of the insurgent stronghold of Marja with the rest of Helmand province. US Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Brian A. Tuthill. Coalition and Afghan forces have launched the long-awaited assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marja in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province....
  • "I am alive" - Hakemullah Mehsud ( CIA targets the right place,...but he wasn't there ....

    01/16/2010 11:17:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Bill Roggio
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban release another audiotape denying that he was killed in Thursday's airstrike along the border between North and South Waziristan. “Today, on the 16th of January, I am saying it again -- I am alive, I am OK, I am not injured... when the drone strike took place, I was not present in the area at that time,” Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said in a recorded statement that was played for reporters. Hakeemullah provided a specific date to confirm he was alive. “After the audio I released...
  • CIA suicide bomber appears on tape with leader of Pakistani Taliban

    01/09/2010 4:40:45 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 920+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | January 9, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "Hakeemullah Mehsud (left), the Leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. and Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi (right), the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan. The al Qaeda operative who killed seven US CIA operatives and guards, and a Jordanian intelligence official, was on a martyr's videotape with the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi, a Jordanian Islamist who was thought to have been turned against al Qaeda, appeared on a videotape with Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of...
  • Al Qaeda names Fazul Mohammed East African commander

    11/11/2009 10:35:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,141+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | November 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "An al Qaeda leader wanted by the US for a string of deadly attacks has been named the new leader of terror group's network in East Africa. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of several al Qaeda leaders charged with carrying out the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was appointed the leader of al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Fazul was "inaugurated" during an open ceremony in the southern city of Kismayo, according to a translation received by The Long War Journal of an article posted Waaga Cusub, a website operated by the Hawiye clan,...
  • US Army major behind Fort Hood murders expressed sympathy for Islamic terrorists

    11/07/2009 1:15:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 657+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | November 5, 2009 9:50 PM | Bill Roggio
    An Army major behind the murders of 13 US soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, expressed sympathy for suicide bombers and support for terrorists waging war against US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police shot and wounded Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist, after he went on a killing spree outside a readiness center for troops preparing to deploy to Iraq. Hasan, a Muslim American, opened fire with handguns on soldiers at the center. Eleven US soldiers were killed and 31 more were wounded before Hasan was shot by members of a SWAT team and detained by police. Initial reports indicated...
  • Iraqi forces search for Qods Force agents

    11/07/2009 12:31:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 561+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | November 7, 2009 2:28 AM | By BILL ROGGIO
    SNIPPET: "Iraqi officials in Al Kut are seeking four suspected Iranian Qods Force operatives behind attacks on security forces. Members of the Iraqi security forces put up wanted posters with photos of the Iranian operates on the streets in an effort to detain the men. The Qods Force agents are wanted for "armed operations against Iraqi security personnel and civilians," an Iraqi security official told Voices of Iraq. "The security authorities in Kut appealed to local residents to report these dangerous persons who are wanted on charges of involvement in terrorist operations in Iraq." The campaign was announced the same...
  • Has al Qaeda won the War on Terror? (plus an update on Afghanistan from Bill Roggio)

    09/28/2009 9:01:56 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 30 replies · 1,300+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | September 28, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Roggio recently did the math and found that since January 2008, “74 airstrikes and ground raids the Taliban and al Qaeda’s network in Pakistan’s lawless tribal agency [have killed] 13 senior al Qaeda leaders and one senior Taliban leader [and] sixteen other mid-level al Qaeda and Taliban commanders and operatives.” General McChrystal was placed in command to fight a counter-insurgency operation there with the mission to protect the civilian populace and train up the Afghanistan army and police. The mission entailed setting the conditions for good governance, the infusion of aide, and the building of needed infrastructure. Yet he does...
  • Freedom Radio 8pm EDT 9/27/09: War in Afghanistan with guests Bill Roggio and MG Paul Vallely

    09/27/2009 6:19:41 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Freedoom Radio ^ | September 27, 2009 | Honest Conservative
    Join Honest Conservative tonight, Sunday, Sep 27, 2009, 8 PM EDT, on Freedom Radio as she discusses Afghanistan with her guests Bill Roggio and MG Paul Vallely. Click Freedom Radio to visit the web site, listen in, and even chat if you like. The call in number is 646-478-5613 Bill Roggio is the Managing Editor of The Long War Journal. He is also the president of Public Multimedia Inc., a nonprofit media organization with a mission to provide original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War, an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a...
  • Join Gen Paul Vallely (ret'd) and Bill Roggio for a NiteCap on Freedom Radio Sunday Sept 27, 2009

    09/26/2009 4:54:22 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 3 replies · 455+ views
    BlogtalkRadio/NiteCap at Freedom Radio ^ | September 26, 2009 | HonestConservative
    Join General Paul Vallely(ret'd) and Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal for vital conversation on the Long War and Rules of Engagement. Chill those brewsky's break out the cigars, and put on your slippers for some great computer side chat. The Long War Journal consistently provides original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror). LWJ accomplishes this through embedded reporters, news aggregation, podcasts, and other media. Bill Roggio is retired Army and has embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Long War Journal has become the go-to site...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan

    09/22/2009 7:47:30 AM PDT · by CWW · 303 replies · 11,481+ views
    Threat Matrix ^ | 09-22-09 | Bill Roggio
    McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan By Bill RoggioSeptember 21, 2009 4:17 PM Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan

    09/21/2009 3:46:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,441+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix - blog ^ | September 21, 2009 4:17 PM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read troops) to implement a change in direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request...
  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan

    09/21/2009 3:03:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 106 replies · 3,324+ views
    The Long War ^ | 9/21/09 | Bil Roggio
    Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read troops) to implement a change in direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for...
  • Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in US airstrikes since 2004

    08/07/2009 3:59:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 426+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | August 7, 2009 1:10 PM | By BILL ROGGIO
    If the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is thought to have been killed during the Aug. 5 airstrike in South Waziristan, is confirmed, his name will top of the list of senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed since the US began launching airstrikes into Pakistan's tribal areas in 2004. Baitullah would be the first tier one target (senior most al Qaeda and Taliban commanders) killed since the Jan. 1, 2009, airstrike that killed Osama al Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan. Al Kini was al Qaeda's operations chief in Pakistan, and Swedan was...
  • "Iran continues to fund, train, equip, and direct"Shia terror groups in Iraq: General David Petraeus

    07/13/2009 1:03:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 418+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | July 11, 2009 4:49 PM | Bill Roggio
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Long War at the World Affairs Council's Global Leadership Series in Seattle's Town Hall."
  • US Predator kills 4 in South Waziristan strike

    04/08/2009 4:30:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 8, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    The US has struck yet again inside Pakistan. The latest attack was aimed at a target in the lawless, Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan. An unmanned Predator strike aircraft fired a Hellfire missile at a vehicle in a bazaar in the town of Gangi Khel near Wana. Four Taliban and al Qaeda operatives are thought to have been killed in the strike and four civilians are said to have been wounded, Geo News reported. No senior Taliban or al Qaeda leaders have been reported killed at this time. The town of Gangi Khel is located in the tribal areas...
  • Pakistan relaunches Swat operation

    01/27/2009 9:04:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 344+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 27, 2009 9:24 PM | Bill Roggio
    The Pakistani Army has launched another operation in the Taliban controlled district of Swat after the Taliban reportedly rampaged in the main city and ordered government officials to appear before a sharia court. Today the military declared a curfew in the main city of Mingora, the only remaining town in Swat under the tenuous control of the government, after more than 100 Taliban fighters "stormed the streets of the town displaying arms," Daily Times reported. The Taliban have held public executions and punishments in Mingora despite the government's claim of control. Shelling and airstrikes have been reported in Swat; at...
  • Pakistan Shuts Down Supply Line

    12/31/2008 5:33:19 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 12/31/2008 | Bill Roggio
    NATO's vital supply link through the Northwest Frontier Province has been shut down as the Pakistani military launched an operation to clear the Taliban from the area. "Supplies to NATO forces have temporarily been suspended," Tariq Hayat Khan, the Khyber agency's political agent, told reporters. The main road between Peshawar and the border town of Torkham has been closed as the military launched attacks using "artillery, tanks and, helicopter gunships," Geo News reported. It is unclear if the operation is being led by the Army or the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
  • The State of Jihad: 2008

    01/03/2009 7:29:06 AM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 224+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | January 2, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    The past year has seen significant developments in the Long War. Pakistan teeters on a civil war and a potential war with India, after Taliban gains and an attack launched on Mumbai from within Pakistan. India has emerged as a central battlefield in the war. Iraq has dealt major defeats to al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army, and is moving towards reconciliation. Afghanistan experienced the worst year since the US invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001. A “surge” in Afghanistan will take place this year. Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon, and the West has no plan...
  • NATO’s Supply Line Through Peshawar Under Siege

    12/09/2008 1:46:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 527+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 8, 2008 05:20 PM | Bill Roggio
    The U.S. military and NATO received a rude awakening this weekend after Taliban military units raided three separate terminals in Peshawar. More than 200 Humvees and trucks carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan were destroyed in the attacks, which took place over the course of two days. In the largest attack, a Taliban force of abut 200 to 300 men – a company in military terms – rampaged in one shipping terminal for 40 minutes before the security forces responded. The Pakistani military has promised to protect the supply columns, but no forces were in sight during the attacks.
  • US targets Taliban "facility" in South Waziristan

    10/26/2008 4:50:50 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies · 1,698+ views
    Long War Journel ^ | By Bill RoggioOctober 26, 2008 6:16 PM
    US unmanned Predator aircraft have struck again inside Pakistan's tribal areas. The latest attack occurred in the Shakai region north of Wana in South Waziristan. This is a region under the control of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Eight people were reported killed after missiles struck what a Pakistani security official described as a "facility." The Taliban and al Qaeda are known to have numbers camps and support facilities in South Waziristan. There are no reports of senior Taliban or al Qaeda leaders killed or wounded.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle: October 2008 update

    10/03/2008 8:06:50 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 283+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 3 October 2008 | DJ Elliott
    Babil and Wasit are next on the list for Provincial Iraqi Control. The Air Force may be getting F-16s while the Army trains more forces for air assault missions.
  • New Covert Radio Show with Long War Journal's Bill Roggio

    09/02/2008 5:11:47 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 2 replies · 141+ views
    Covert Radio Show ^ | 09/02/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Today we talk about Russia and Georgia. The EU has bailed out on Russian sanctions under oil pressures from the new Russian empire. Also, a look at pledges by Russia to help Iran. Bill Roggio joins us to talk about the latest fight against Al Qaeda in Somalia and Pakistan, plus your emails! Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Three senior al Qaeda in Iraq leaders captured in Baghdad

    08/25/2008 6:57:44 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 36 replies · 177+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 8/25/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Coalition and Iraq forces captured three senior al Qaeda in Iraq leaders behind some of the deadliest violence over the past several years. Two of the men were detained during the past two weeks in raids by Task Force 88, the hunter-killer special operations teams assigned to dismantle al Qaeda's networks in Iraq. The special operations teams captured Salim 'Abdallah Ashur al Shujayri during an operation on Aug. 11. Six days later, Ali Rash Nasir Jiyad al Shammari was captured. The locations of the raids were not disclosed by Multinational Forces-Iraq. Today, Iraqi forces announced the capture of Mahdi Mosleh...
  • NEW COVERT RADIO SHOW: Brett talks to Bill Roggio about Pakistan, China, Iraq and Russia

    08/13/2008 8:54:03 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 91+ views
    Covert Radio Show.com ^ | 08/13/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Brett talks to Bill Roggio about the latest on the war in Pakistan, Bill reveals that there are 157 training camps in the Nortwest Province of Pakistan. Brett and Bill also discuss the emerging Uighur threat in China. Finally Bill talks about the recent bust of Hezbollah operatives in Baghdad and finally about the fall out from Russia's invasion of Georgia.
  • New Covert Radio: World Terror Roundup with Bill Roggio

    08/09/2008 8:01:24 AM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 11 replies · 153+ views
    Covert Radio Show ^ | 080908 | Brett Winterble
    It is the world terror roundup. Bill Roggio from LWJ checks in to examine Hamdan, Roundups of High Value Targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, China and Russia/Georgia.
  • More than 375 suspected al Qaeda fighters detained in Diyala operation

    08/05/2008 12:58:35 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 22 replies · 159+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 8/5/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Map of Diyala province [PDF]. Click to view. More than 375 insurgents and al Qaeda operatives have been captured during the first week of Operation Omens of Prosperity in Diyala province. Six senior al Qaeda in Iraqi leaders in the province have been captured during the province-wide operation. The Iraqi military announced it captured 265 suspected al Qaeda fighters during operations from July 29 through Aug. 2. Five members of al Qaeda's provincial shura, or executive council, were captured during this timeframe. Iraqi troops captured Qussai Ali Khalaf, the leader of al Qaeda's Islamic State in Iraq in Diyala...
  • New Covert Radio Flash Report: Examining reports of Zawahiri's Death/Wounding

    08/02/2008 7:33:37 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Covert Radio Show and Long War Journal ^ | 08/02/2008 | Brett Winterble
    FLASH Report from Covert Radio with the Long War Journal. Looking at the reports of the death of Zawahiri, plus Roggio examines reports of AQI pulling out of Iraq and transiting to Afghanistan via Iran. Free download at the site or at Itunes.
  • Analysis: Reports of Zawahiri’s death are based on suspect sources

    08/02/2008 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 585+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | August 1, 2008 9:06 PM | Bill Roggio
    As Western and Pakistani intelligence sort through the fallout from the July 28 airstrike in South Waziristan, Pakistan, rumors are swirling that Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, was either killed or seriously wounded in the attack. All of these rumors have been based on Pakistani intelligence sources, which makes the allegations suspect. Without confirmation from the US military or intelligence, the reports from Pakistan should be viewed with deep skepticism. From the strike to the Zawahiri rumor Rumors of Zawahiri's death or wounding began four days after what appears to be a US Predator unmanned aerial vehicle...
  • Latest Covert Radio with the Long War Journal: Iraq, Pakistan and Obama's Visit to the Mid East

    07/23/2008 3:21:41 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 1 replies · 56+ views
    Covert Radio Show.Com ^ | 07/23/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Bill Roggio checks in with Brett to talk about the latest on the visit to the Middle East by Barack Obama, plus Bill's take on the latest in Iraq, Pakistan and also Yemen. Interesting revelations and analysis by Bill Roggio as always.
  • Iraqi military prepares for offensives in Diyala, Babil

    07/23/2008 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 7 replies · 177+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/23/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Map of Iraq. Click to view. Iraqi security forces are massing more than 30,000 soldiers and police for an upcoming operation against al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army in the eastern province of Diyala, according to police and military officials. The operation, which was expected to be launched this week, has been scheduled to kick off on August 1, an anonymous senior Iraqi military officer told AFP. "The operation is aimed at cleansing the region of insurgents, al Qaeda and militias who are still there," the officer said. Like other offensives against al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army, the...
  • Iraqi, US forces keep pressure on the Mahdi Army

    07/21/2008 8:02:38 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 585+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/21/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi and US troops continue to press the offensive against the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army during a series of raids throughout Iraq. Since July 18, US and Iraqi forces have killed six Mahdi Army fighters and captured 18 during operations in central Iraq. Scores more have been captured, including senior leaders, weapons smugglers, financiers, trainers, and cell leaders. The raids have been driven by intelligence, much of it gleaned from captive Mahdi Army fighters, according to information contained in Multinational Forces Iraq press releases. Captive Mahdi Army leaders and cell members are providing US and Iraqi forces information on leaders and...
  • Joint al Qaeda and Taliban force behind Kunar base attack ( Attack killed Nine US Soldiers )

    07/15/2008 12:08:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 187+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | July 14, 2008 9:03 PM | Bill Roggio
    Joint al Qaeda and Taliban force behind Kunar base attack By Bill RoggioJuly 14, 2008 9:03 PM Kunar provincial map. Click to view. Yesterday's deadly complex attack on a joint US and Afghan outpost in Kunar province was carried out by a large, mixed force of Taliban, al Qaeda, and allied extremist groups operating eastern Afghanistan. Sunday's assault occurred just three days after 45 US soldiers, likely from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and 25 Afghan troops established a new combat outpost in the town of Wanat. The troops had little time to learn the lay of the land, establish local...
  • The John Batchelor Show Sunday July 6th , 2008

    07/06/2008 12:08:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies · 207+ views
    Johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | Sunday July 6th , 2008 | Perdogg
    The John Batchelor Show Sunday July 6th , 2008 Listenlive from 7pm – 10pm ET (4pm – 7pm PT) on WABC AM 770 New York City 10pm – 1am ET (7pm – 10pm PT) on KFI AM 640 Los Angeles If you missed last week show, listen on John Batchelor On-Demand Podcast Sunday July 6 WABC in New York and WMAL in Washington DC and KSFO in San Francisco. 705P ET: Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ Americas Editor, re the spectacular Colombia special ops, "Operation Check-Mate," to rescue French citizen Ingrid Betancourt... 720P: Herb London, Hudson Institute, author, “America’s Secular Challenge:...
  • Iraqi forces pursue Mahdi Army in Baghdad

    07/07/2008 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 8 replies · 237+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7/6/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Clashes broke out in the Sadr City district in northeastern Baghdad after Iraqi forces detained a senior Sadrist leader, an Iraqi news outlet reported. Iraqi soldiers and police cordoned several neighborhoods in the Mahdi Army stronghold to contain the fighting that occurred after security forces detained Abbas Abdul Aal, who is a "senior Sadrist leader," Voices of Iraq reported. Aal's nephew was also detailed. "Security forces closed all of the city's outlets and prevented the movement of traffic and pedestrians," an eyewitness told the Iraqi newspaper. The move in Sadr comes one day after Iraqi soldiers closed the Sadrist office...
  • Taliban attack US base in Afghanistan from Pakistan

    06/27/2008 6:28:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 170+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | June 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Bill Roggio
    By Bill RoggioJune 27, 2008 3:14 PM Wanted poster for Siraj Haqqani. The image is a composite photo. Click to view. The Taliban has launched yet another attack on a US outpost in Afghanistan from inside Pakistan. A Taliban rocket teams fired at a US outpost in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan from two sites early this morning from two sites: one within Afghanistan and another about 400 meters across the border in Pakistan. Four rockets struck near the military base, but no casualties were reported. The military responded by attacking the two sites and notifying the Pakistani military of...
  • Covert Radio and Long War Jounal: Bill Roggio reacts to his imagery being used in AQI Video

    06/25/2008 10:50:32 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 197+ views
    Bill Roggio's images over at Long War Journal.Org were used in an AQI video recently released. The images of the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Mosul in March of 2008 were originally posted on Long War Journal.Org, as a part of Bill Roggio's reporting. They can be viewed here. Apparently it was these same pictures that caught the eye of Al Qaeda in Iraq. According to LWJ's report on this account. "The 38-minute-long video, titled "The Islamic State is Meant to Stay," was produced by Al Furqan, al Qaeda's media arm in Iraq. Al Furqan has released few videos...
  • Northwest Pakistan descends into chaos

    06/25/2008 8:50:16 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 71+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | June 25, 2008 5:15 PM | Bill Roggio
    Red agencies/ districts controlled by the Taliban; purple is de facto control; yellow is under threat. The Pakistani Taliban continue military operations in the tribal agencies and the settled regions of the Northwest Frontier Province despite ongoing negotiations to sign a peace agreement with the government. Forces loyal to Baitullah Mehsud overran a town previously run by pro-government tribal forces, and beheaded 22 Pakistanis. In Peshawar, the provincial capital, police and government officials have said the Taliban is close to taking control of the city. Baitullah Mehsud strikes in South Waziristan As the Pakistani government continues negotiations with Baitullah Mehsud,...
  • US forces kill al Qaeda's leader in Mosul [Boo hoo]

    06/24/2008 4:01:45 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 41 replies · 179+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/24/2008 | Bill Roggio
    US Special Operations Forces scored a major victory in Mosul today. US forces killed al Qaeda's emir, or leader, of the northern city during a raid on a safe house. The emir, who has not been named, was killed after a Special Operations Forces team form Task Force 88, the hunter-killer teams assigned to take down terrorists in Iraq, stormed a building in Mosul. The commandos opened fire after one of the terrorists attempted to detonate his suicide vest was shot and another reached for a pistol. A woman with the group attempted to detonate the vest on the dead...
  • One hundred insurgents detained in Baghdad during past week

    06/23/2008 7:16:13 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 89+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/23/2008 | Bill Murray
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Iraqi and Coalition forces in and around Baghdad captured more than 100 insurgents and defused 147 improved explosive devices during the past week as part of continued security operations, according to Iraqi and Coalition spokesmen. One insurgent was killed, six kidnap victims liberated and about 700 kilograms of TNT discovered during security sweeps in the past seven days, said Iraqi Army spokesman Major General Qassim Atta during a press conference in Baghdad today. The current security plan, called Fardh al-Qanoon, or `Enforcing the Law,’ has been in place since early 2007, when U.S. planners began implementing a U.S....
  • Operations target Mahdi Army in South

    06/22/2008 2:26:43 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 14 replies · 158+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/22/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi security forces continue to target the Sadrist movement and the Mahdi Army in the southern provinces of Maysan, Dhi Qhar, and Wasit over the weekend. More than 113 Mahdi Army fighters and Sadrists were detained since Friday, including a senior Sadrist leader in the city of Al Kut. The arrests come as a major operation was launched in the former Mahdi Army stronghold in Maysan province. On Saturday, Iraqi forces detained Sayyid Tahseen, a senior member of Muqtada al Sadr's political movement, in Al Kut in Wasit province. Iraqi police described Tahseen as "one of the most important individual...
  • Three senior Mahdi Army commanders captured in Baghdad, Hillah

    06/21/2008 6:00:17 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 17 replies · 182+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/21/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured a senior Mahdi Army commander with "close ties" to Muqtada al Sadr's office in Najaf on June 19. Two other senior Mahdi Army commanders in Baghdad and Hillah were captured on June 20 and 21. The Mahdi Army commander captured by Iraqi special forces is thought to be "an influential advisor in west Baghdad" with close ties to the Office of the [Martyr] Sadr in Najaf," Multinational Forces Iraq reported. The commander also is able to appoint Mahdi Army officers into command positions. The US military would not release the identity of the leader as...
  • Iraqi security forces ramp up for Maysan operation [Heading to Berlin!]

    06/17/2008 11:57:11 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 8 replies · 128+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/17/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi troops replace border guards. Local police forces are raised. Maliki gives deadline for Mahdi Army to disarm. Sadrists fear being targeted. The Iraqi government and military continue to shape the battlefield for the confrontation with the Mahdi Army in Maysan province. Starting late last week, Iraqi security forces started the operation by sealing off the entrances and exits to the province, deploying additional forces from Baghdad and Basrah, warning the population, starting patrols in Amarah, and relieving the provincial chief of police. Since then, Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has ordered all wanted Mahdi Army fighters to turn themselves...