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Ex-Gitmo 'poet' now recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan

November 22, 2014
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Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost was once held at Guantanamo. Today, he is recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dost claims he had a vision at Guantanamo predicting the coming caliphate.

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5 transferred Gitmo detainees served al Qaeda, leaked files allege

November 21, 2014
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The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.

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AQAP rejects Islamic State's 'caliphate,' blasts group for sowing dissent among jihadists

November 21, 2014
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Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, directly responds to a Nov. 13 speech by the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Nadhari says that Baghdadi's caliphate is illegitimate and criticizes him for trying to split the jihadists' ranks around the world.

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AQIS announces death of 2 senior leaders in US operation

November 21, 2014
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Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

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Jihadist group 'Soldiers of Egypt' claims responsibility for attack on police near university

November 20, 2014
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Ajnad Misr, the "Soldiers of Egypt," claimed today's bombing of a police post near Helwan University in Cairo. The group has repeatedly targeted security personnel at universities.

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US launches drone strike in North Waziristan

November 20, 2014
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Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

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UN recognizes ties between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda

November 19, 2014
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The United Nations has added the Ansar al Sharia chapters in Benghazi and Derna to its al Qaeda sanctions list, explicitly recognizing their ties to each other, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other al Qaeda-linked groups.

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US military continues to claim al Qaeda is 'restricted' to 'isolated areas of northeastern Afghanistan'

November 19, 2014
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A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces.

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb video features French, Dutch hostages

November 18, 2014
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In a newly-released video, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shows French hostage Serge Lazaervic and Dutch captive Sjaak Rijke. The two men claim to be in poor health, appeal to their governments and family for their release, and mention the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Analysis: Islamic State snuff videos help to attract more followers

November 17, 2014
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Brutal beheading videos attract young militants to the Islamic State. But the group's leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has struggled to recruit established jihadists.

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Islamic State releases new execution video, purportedly kills American

November 16, 2014
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The Islamic State has released a new execution video highlighting the mass beheadings of Syrian soldiers captured by the group. An Islamic State executioner also claims to have killed Peter Kassig, an American who was kidnapped in Syria late last year.

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US airstrike targets al Qaeda in Syria

November 15, 2014
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The US military's airstrikes in Syria show that there is no firm dividing line between al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group and the Al Nusrah Front, which is al Qaeda's official branch in the country.

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Sinai-based jihadist group rebranded as Islamic State's official arm

November 14, 2014
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A new video has been posted online by jihadists claiming to be the Islamic State's official arm in the Sinai. The Sinai jihadists were formerly part of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, but are now marketing themselves as the Islamic State's representatives.

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Iraqi forces, Iranian-suported militias report success in Baiji

November 14, 2014
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The League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia that is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq between 2006-2011, helped Iraqi forces take control of Baiji. The US provided air support.

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Islamic State leader claims 'caliphate' has expanded in new audio message

November 13, 2014
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The Islamic State has released a new audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who claims the group has expanded its "caliphate" into Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

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Taliban splinter group releases photos of suicide bomber who attacked Pakistani border crossing

November 13, 2014
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Jamaat-ul-Ahrar announced that a fighter known as Hanifullah executed the deadly suicide attack on Nov. 2 at the Wagah border crossing.

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Islamic State launches assault on Ramadi

November 21   The Islamic State has launched a multi-pronged coordinated assault on Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, in a bid to control the entirety of the city. Comments (0)


AQAP claims attacks targeting Houthi leaders in Dhamar

November 20   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for a series of attacks in central Yemen, including a pair of IED attacks targeting two Houthi leaders in Dhamar. Comments (0)


US airstrike hits al Qaeda's local network in Syria

November 19   The latest attack "struck and destroyed a storage facility associated with the Khorasan Group." Comments (2)


AQAP claims attacks in eastern and central Yemen

November 18   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a series of attacks in eastern and central Yemen that took place between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17, including the assassination of a Houthi leader in Dhamar. Comments (0)


Good Taliban are not our problem, adviser to Pakistan's prime minister says

November 18   "Why should America's enemies unnecessarily become our enemies," the adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs to Pakistan's prime minister said of Taliban factions like the Haqqani Network and the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group. Comments (10)


Islamic State releases new pictures from Ramadi

November 16   The Islamic State has released pictures showing recent battles in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi. The city is being contested by the terrorist organization, which is thought to control at least 60 percent of Anbar's provincial capital. Comments (1)


AQAP releases interview with Jalal al Marqishi

November 13   In a new interview, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninusla commander Jalal al Marqishi comments on recent developments in the group's war against the Houthis and expounds on the nature of the US-Houthi relationship. Comments (1)


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November 22, 2014:

In recent weeks, President Obama quietly broadened the US mission in Afghanistan in 2015, authorizing US forces to conduct missions against the Taliban and other groups that threaten Afghanistan, the US, or Coalition forces and to support Afghan troops in combat missions. US troop levels in Afghanistan, to be reduced to about 4,900 by the end of 2015, reportedly will not be affected by the new guidelines. The US has already committed roughly 10,000 troops to the Coalition's 2015 "Resolute Support" training mission in Afghanistan. The US pledged to give the relief effort in Syria and Turkey an additional $135 million, bringing the total donated so far by the US for humanitarian relief for Syrians to more than $3 billion; the US will also admit some 7,000 refugees from Turkey into the US next year. The US has released detainee Muhammad al-Zahrani from Guantanamo and repatriated him to Saudi Arabia.


Shabaab gunmen killed 28 non-Muslims, including nine women, after ambushing a bus in Mandera near the border with Somalia. Shabaab claimed the attack, saying it was retaliation for government raids in Mombasa earlier this week. The Australian Navy intercepted a shipment of $155 million-worth of heroin off the East African coast on Nov. 17; Australian authorities said the interception was part of a multinational task force effort to disrupt terrorist funding derived from the drug trade in the Indian Ocean.


The Interior Ministry now estimates that 550 people have left Germany to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, up from an estimate of 450 a few days ago. Authorities are also monitoring 230 other people who are considered possible threats in Germany.


Two Londoners, Abu Abdullah al Habashi and Abu Dharda, are reported to have been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. West Midlands counterterrorism police arrested a suspected terrorist from Coventry at Heathrow Airport on Nov. 20 upon his arrival from Jordan. A powerful explosion shook a central London hotel last night, injuring 14 people, destroying part of the building, and forcing the evacuation of 500 guests; investigators are looking into the cause.


November 21, 2014:

CENTCOM said US and partner nations have carried out seven airstrikes in Syria and 23 in Iraq against the Islamic State since Nov. 19. Vice-President Biden met with Turkey's prime minister in Ankara about the campaign against the Islamic State.


The Edmonton police chief asked for counterterrorism training for his frontline officers. The newly released annual report of Canada's Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre indicated that 234 of 1,143 intelligence disclosures to police and security agencies this past year involved terrorist financing or threats to Canadian security.


A judge ordered that extremist cleric Anjem Choudary and six other Islamist associates be allowed to preach publicly while out on bail. Ofsted found that six Muslim schools in east London are putting their students at risk of Islamic radicalization, and threatened to close the schools if changes are not implemented; the four secondary and two primary schools were all found to focus on Islamic knowledge to the exclusion of other subjects. British hostage John Cantlie appeared in another Islamic State video, the seventh in which he has been featured. An official report on the murder of UK soldier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists will be published next week.


November 20, 2014:

US authorities released three Guantanamo Bay detainees to Georgia, including Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, a Yemeni; the other two are Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani. The US also released two detainees to Slovakia, Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai. Seventy-four inmates remain at Guantanamo awaiting resettlement. US officials have confirmed that ex-Gitmo detainee Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost is now recruiting in Pakistan for the Islamic State. Secretary of Defense Hagel said that the Assad regime is benefiting indirectly from the campaign against the Islamic State.


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud predicted that "by the first quarter of next year there will not be a territory, space, controlled by al Shabaab." Gunmen from the terrorist organization killed a Somali-American engineer who had returned to the country to assist Mogadishu with "urban planning and drainage systems."


Egypt arrested a Muslim Brotherhood leader who had conducted negotiations with the government. Authorities also announced the arrest of an Al Nusrah Front operative on his return from Syria.


The UN has added Ansar al Sharia to its list of terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions on the Islamist group. US officials said they are "concerned" about the Islamic State's ties to Derna. A Libya Dawn commander was injured in fighting with pro-government forces near Gwalish.


One "terrorist" was killed in a firefight with a National Guard unit in Sidi Bouzid. Tunisia has closed part of its border with Libya due to security concerns surrounding the upcoming presidential election.


The Nigerian military has reportedly retaken control of Gombi, Pelia, and Hong in northeastern Nigeria. The communities were taken by Boko Haram last week. The National Emergency Management Agency estimates that 700,000 people have been internally displaced by the terrorist group.

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