Long War Journal & Threat Matrix

Taliban suicide team kills a dozen policemen in Kandahar

US military and diplomatic officials have claimed that attacks such as these are designed by the Taliban to increase its leverage in so-called peace talks with the US. In reality, the Taliban has all the leverage it needs. The Taliban is preparing the ground for the next stage in the war by targeting and weakening Afghan forces in major cities and outlying areas. Read more →

Pakistan again arrests Lashkar-e-Taiba emir Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan is a state where those who push the bounds of what is acceptable to the military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, including jihadists, politicians, journalists, and activists, end up missing or are found murdered. Pakistan has weathered nearly two decades of international condemnation over Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, yet he and his terrorist entities have not only survived, but thrived. Read more →

Taliban overruns district in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials confirmed the Taliban took the district after security forces retreated. Paktika is in the sphere of influence of the Haqqani Network, the influential Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda as well as Pakistan's military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. Read more →

Taliban suicide team strikes hotel

A Taliban suicide assault team attacked a hotel in the northwestern Afghan province of Badghis earlier today, killing six police officers and two civilians. The attack took place just days after the Taliban reportedly committed to protect residential areas in order to limit civilian casualties. Afghan officials said five Taliban... Read more →

Taliban overruns district in Afghan north

The Taliban has overrun another district in northern Afghanistan. The district of Qush Tepa in Jawzjan province – which was previously contested – was taken by the Taliban earlier today after several days of fighting, both Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The governor of Jawzjan province said that the... Read more →

US military targets al Qaeda operatives in Syria

CENTCOM says the U.S. targeted a group of al Qaeda operatives in Syria who were "responsible for plotting external attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians." According to jihadists online, the operatives belonged to Hurras al-Din (the "Guardians of Religion" organization). Read more →

Iran shoots down US drone

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps shot down a MQ-4 Global Hawk as it was gathering intelligence over the Strait of Hormuz. It is the third US drone targeted by Iran and the second shot down since the beginning of the month. Read more →