Taliban-Pakistan

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

Russia is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban, arguing that the jihadist group should be considered a bulwark against the Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan. But the Taliban is a bigger threat to Afghan security than Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's men, the organization remains closely allied with al Qaeda and its own extremism should not be downplayed. Read more >

Taliban claims suicide assault on German consulate

The Taliban claimed that it attacked the German consulate to avenge those killed in an airstrike in Kunduz, but another consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif was targeted in a similar assault earlier this year. That attack highlights the interlinking web of jihadist networks. Read more >

Taliban promotes yet another jihad training camp

The Taliban's "Real Men" video contradicts many of its public statements where the group claims it only seeks to liberate Afghanistan from occupation. Instead, it makes it clear that the Taliban views itself as a defender of Islam and part of the global jihad. Read more >

Estimated number of Guantanamo recidivists continues to rise

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its most recent statistics on Guantanamo recidivism this week. 208 former detainees are either confirmed or suspected of rejoining the jihad. 188 of them were transferred or released during the Bush administration and the remaining 20 by the Obama administration. The estimated number of recidivists has steadily climbed since 2008, when the government first provided statistics on this topic. Read more >

Did al Qaeda exchange former Pakistani army chief’s son for Zawahiri’s daughters?

Al Qaeda claims that two of Ayman al Zawahiri's daughters and a third woman were exchanged for the son of Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in either late July or early August. The Long War Journal cannot independently verify the claim, but it is known that al Qaeda had been trying to exchange at least one kidnapped son of Pakistan's elite for the women. Al Qaeda announced that the women and their children were released in early August. Read more >