The Abu Zubaydah file
IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria
Zawahiri calls on Muslims to support Taliban, reject Islamic State
Influential Taliban commander pledges to new emir

The Abu Zubaydah file

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The US government has released an unclassified summary of Abu Zubaydah's career. Some claim that Abu Zubaydah wasn't really an al Qaeda member when he was detained in March 2002, but the newly released file alleges that he worked closely with multiple senior al Qaeda operatives and possibly had foreknowledge of the terror group's three most successful attacks between August 1998 and September 2001. Read more →

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

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In a revealing interview, a retired senior IRGC commander who has deployed to Syria discussed a wide range of issues. He praised the Afghan militia fighting for the IRGC in Syria, and claimed that a "Shia liberation army" is forming, with the ultimate goal of destroying Israel. The commander's talk about his mission in Syria reflects the IRGC's pattern of deployment since its military escalation in October 2015. Read more →

Influential Taliban commander pledges to new emir

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The Taliban continue to bring disaffected leaders back into the fold. Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the commander of the Tora Bora Military Front and the son of an influential Taliban leader who was instrumental in welcoming Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan after al Qaeda was ejected from Sudan in 1996, has sworn allegiance to the Taliban's new emir. Read more →