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Al Qaeda's general manager threatens America in video of large gathering

April 17, 2014
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A video of Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda's general manager, has sparked renewed interest in the media. Wuhayshi threatens the US in the video. His "core" leadership role gives him influence across al Qaeda's international network.

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2 Australian nationals killed in Yemen in November drone strike

April 16, 2014
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Two Australian citizens believed to have been fighting alongside al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the Nov. 19, 2013 US airstrike in Yemen's Hadramout province. Both are considered low-level AQAP fighters.

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Trial of jihadist cleric expected to highlight ex-Guantanamo detainee's al Qaeda role

April 15, 2014
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Feroz Ali Abbasi was once held at Guantanamo and US officials have accused him of agreeing to take part in al Qaeda's attacks against the West. He was transferred to Britain in 2005, but his story is a key part of the case against Abu Hamza al Masri, whose trial began this week in New York.

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Al Nusrah Front official explains al Qaeda's strategy, conflict with former branch

April 14, 2014
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A video released by the Al Nusrah Front stars Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a jihadist ideologue who serves as a sharia official in the group. Sulayman discusses al Qaeda's organizational scheme and hierarchy, as well as the ongoing conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS).

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Jihadist ideologues call on Zawahiri to detail problems with former al Qaeda affiliate

April 11, 2014
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A group of jihadist ideologues has published a message addressed to Ayman al Zawahiri. They call on Zawahiri to address the specific problems they have encountered with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), which has been disowned by al Qaeda.

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Al Qaeda shura council member addresses infighting in Syria

April 11, 2014
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Abu Khalil al Madani has released an audio message calling on the jihadist groups in Syria to form a common sharia committee, as well as a security committee. Much of his message echoes the mediation efforts of the past.

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Ansar Jerusalem releases video of December bombing in Mansoura

April 10, 2014
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The video's release comes a day after the US designated Ansar Jerusalem as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.

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Taliban's shadow governor for Kunar reported killed in US airstrike

April 10, 2014
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Noor Qasim Sabari, the shadow governor of Kunar, is said to have been killed in a US airstrike along with seven senior commanders in the province.

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State Department adds Ansar Jerusalem to terrorist designation lists

April 9, 2014
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The State Department today added the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem to the US government's lists of designated terrorist organizations. Although State says the group "generally maintains a local focus," its attacks are entirely consistent with al Qaeda's global jihad.

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ISIS' 'Southern Division' praises foreign suicide bombers

April 9, 2014
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ISIS-Wilayats.jpgThe suicide bombers, who conducted attacks just south of Baghdad, are from Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. The Southern Division is one of 16 administrative areas defined by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.

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Jordan rearrests ex-Gitmo detainee once deemed a 'high' risk

April 8, 2014
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A former Guantanamo detainee named Osama Abu Kabir has been arrested in Jordan. The charges have not been made public, but his arrest seems to be connected to Jordanian concerns about the jihad in Syria.

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Zawahiri's longtime deputy reportedly arrested in Egypt

April 7, 2014
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Thirwat Salah Shehata has been arrested in a suburb of Cairo. According to Egyptian officials, he had been training militants in eastern Libya. Shehata has been tracked by US intelligence for more than a decade.

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Zawahiri eulogizes al Qaeda's slain Syrian representative

April 4, 2014
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Ayman al Zawahiri has released an audio message eulogizing Abu Khalid al Suri, who was killed on Feb. 23. Zawahiri confirms that he knew al Suri since before the 9/11 attacks and that they had been in direct communication after the beginning of the Syrian revolution.

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Former Guantanamo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria

April 4, 2014
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Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being freed, has been killed while leading Sham al Islam in Latakia. Bin Shakaran had run a recruiting network for Abu Musab al Zarqawi after being released by the US.

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Terrorism in the Caucasus and the threat to the US homeland

April 3, 2014
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Testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security on the threat posed by the Islamic Caucasus Emirate and the implications for US homeland security.

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Ajnad Misr claims Cairo University bombings and 3 other attacks

April 2, 2014
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Ajnad Misr stated that its fighters delayed the detonation of the third bomb due to the crowd of civilians in the area. The group also said it has canceled operations in the past that it believed would have harmed civilians.

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Ajnad Misr releases first video of attacks

April 17   Ajnad Misr has taken credit for at least 11 attacks since November, according to a tally maintained by The Long War Journal. Comments (0)


Is the 'Taliban's negotiator' under house arrest in the UAE?

April 17   The Taliban have publicly stated that Agha Jan Mutasim does not represent them. Twice. Comments (0)


ISIS reportedly kills Al Nusrah Front's commander for Idlib province

April 16   Abu Muhammad al Ansari, the emir for Idlib province, and his family are said to have been killed by an Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham assassination team. Comments (0)


Suspected AQAP militants kill deputy governor in Baydha

April 15   In a drive-by attack, suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants assassinated the deputy governor of Baydha province as he was stepping out of his house. Comments (0)


Al Qaeda weapons ship docks in Aden

April 14   AQAP militants sailed a ship carrying weapons from Djibouti to Aden on April 11 and clashed with Yemeni security services before sailing away. Comments (0)


Social Media Jihad: Still tweeting Ayman al Zawahiri

April 14   Jihadist ideologues have mounted a social media campaign to ask Ayman al Zawahiri to more fully explain al Qaeda's conflict with its former branch, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). Comments (0)


Jihadist media unit confirms death of Israeli Arab in Syria

April 14   Reliable figures on the number of Israeli Arabs who are fighting or have fought in the ongoing Syria conflict are hard to come by. According to one report, the number is between 15 and 20. Comments (0)


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April 17, 2014:

In a military operation today, French troops freed five aid workers in Timbuktu who were kidnapped in February in the north by al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants affiliated with the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). The five, all Malian nationals, are said to be in good health.


Two days after seizing Taleh district, Somali forces pulled out; Shabaab fighters were reportedly in the region, which is claimed by Puntland. In a suspected Shabaab attack, a bomb attached to a solar lamp post in Mogadishu killed at least one civilian and injured five on April 15. Uganda sent 400 troops to guard UN personnel and facilties in Somalia. Two Ugandan army officers are on trial for training Shabaab fighters at a joint AMISOM-Somali facility. The Middle Shabelle government claimed to be cracking down on opium production. Security is deteriorating in Mogadishu, where two intelligence agents were gunned down on April 13. Shabaab issued a video celebrating its Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, threatening further attacks, and calling for jihadists to join the group.


Police said 225 people, including 91 Somalis this week alone, have been deported in the ongoing security crackdown. The Mombasa county education director said there are pockets of radicalization in some schools. Former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim denied having links to Shabaab.


A female US embassy employee who was kidnapped and injured by gunfire managed to escape her captors. A Tunisian diplomat was reportedly kidnapped in Tripoli. Ansar al Sharia member Mohamed Mahlaz Shawaihdy was killed on April 14 in Benghazi; a large contingent of Ansar al Sharia members visited the hospital where his body was brought. A Benghazi candidate for election survived a murder attempt on April 15. One man was murdered and another injured in separate drive-by shootings in Benghazi. A Sebha councilman was murdered. Kidnappers holding the Jordanian ambassador are seeking the release of Mohamed Dersi, a Libyan member of al Qaeda serving a life term for plotting to blow up a Jordanian airport.


Boko Haram militants killed 20 people in Sabon-Kasuawa in Borno state, allegedly because residents had informed security forces about militant activities. Militant "Fulani herdsmen," who have recently begun attacking the state and have killed hundreds of people in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Nasarawa states, bombarded Wukari in Taraba state, forcing residents to flee; at least 50 people were killed. Despite the military's claim that many of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram have escaped their captors, school authorities and parents say that 115 are still missing; one of the militants was reportedly captured.


April 16, 2014:

Opposition activists accused the Assad regime of a gas attack in Harasta, the fourth such attack claimed by the opposition so far in April. The Al Nusrah Front said it was cutting ties with the Raqqah Rebel Brigade. In Idlib, Al Nusrah clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, after ISIS fighters killed Al Nusrah's emir for Idlib and his family members. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia and in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Deraa, and fought against the ISIS in Deir Izzour. The ISIS released a video showing fighters from foreign countries including the West burning passports, denouncing patriotism, and threatening to come and destroy "tyrants" in Canada and the US. Russia expressed concern about reports the US has supplied at least 20 units of antitank weapons to Syrian rebels.


Two Syrian airstrikes hit near Syrian refugee tents on the outskirts of Arsal in the Bekaa valley. The military prosecutor filed terrorism charges against Mohammed Abdel-Hamid Qassem, who has admitted to rigging car bombs and fundraising for the Al Nusrah Front; similar charges were also filed against others linked to Qassem who are at large.


Four Jordanian fighter jets hit and destroyed a number of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria that were believed to be carrying Syrian rebel fighters. Syrian state media said the vehicles were not from its army.


Ten of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Borno managed to escape from their captors, bringing the number of those who have fled to 14. About 10 gunmen broke into the house of the Kogi state speaker, kidnapping two of his children. About 20 gunmen in Bauchi state stormed Soro town in the Ganjuwa area, killing a bystander and stealing two vans belonging to the UN and another belonging to the Bauchi state television company.


The extradition of Abu Hamza deputy Haroon Aswat to face terror charges in the US was delayed until the UK obtains "the kind of assurances envisaged" by the European Court of Human Rights that he will be treated humanely in the US. Some 200 UK jihadists who have fought in Syria are thought to have returned.


A Cairo court will soon examine whether Ajnad Misr should be considered a terrorist organization. Overnight, a bombing attack wounded at least one security person in North Sinai. In Giza, three security personnel were wounded in a bombing attack. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a tribal leader known to be supportive of the army.


April 15, 2014:

Police arrested Kevin Edson, 25, who had left two unattended backpacks, one of which contained a rice cooker, found this evening near the Boston Marathon finish line, exactly a year after bomb attacks at the event killed three people and injured 264. This year's Marathon will be held on April 21.


Regime forces launched an offensive on Homs city, parts of which have been besieged for almost two years, and retook one of the last rebel-held villages in Qalamoun. The Al Nusrah Front claimed three car bombings in Homs and said its fighters are eager to detonate more as well as conduct suicide attacks. In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with the Kurdish Front brigade, and the Islamic Front battled regime forces; ISIS also was targeted by regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS clashed with Islamic fighters in Raqqah. Al Nusrah announced an offensive in Sweida province, and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Deraa. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where Islamic fighters toured Sermen displaying a beheaded Syrian soldier. Videos appeared showing rebel groups, including the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front and the Harakat Hazm, using US-made antitank rockets.

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