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AQAP releases biography of American jihadist Samir Khan

November 25, 2014
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a biography of American AQAP operative and Inspire Magazine founder Samir Khan, who was killed in a US drone strike on Sept. 30, 2011.

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Haqqani Network launched suicide attack at soccer game, Afghan intel claims

November 24, 2014
The accusation is made as the US has extended the combat mission in Afghanistan for one year.

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More jihadist training camps identified in Iraq and Syria

November 23, 2014
Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.

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

November 22, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Islamic State releases images from recent fighting in Ramadi

November 25   Photos from the recent fighting in Ramadi detail the group's activities against the Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribal militiamen in the city. Comments (0)

Islamic State attacks Iraqi border crossing with Jordan

November 25   The Islamic State has launched a suicide attack on an Iraqi military checkpoint near the Karameh boder crossing with Jordan. Comments (0)

AQAP eulogizes fighter killed in US drone strike

November 25   A Twitter account linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a eulogy of a fighter known as Abu Jaber al Houti, who was likely killed in a US drone strike in 2011. Comments (0)

Another wave of Boko Haram attacks

November 24   Over the past few days. Boko Haram has continued its frenetic pace, launching several attacks in Borno state. Comments (1)

AQAP continues targeting Houthis in central Yemen

November 24   Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for yet another series of attacks targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels, including the assassination of two Houthi activists, between Nov. 20 and Nov. 23. Comments (0)

AQAP military commander rallies Sunnis against alleged US-Houthi alliance

November 24   Qassem al Raymi, the military commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, makes claims of a US-Houthi alliance and calls on Sunni tribesmen to take up arms against the Shiite rebels in a newly released audio message. Comments (0)

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 (3)

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November 25, 2014:

The US has agreed to provide up to 1,000 extra US troops for the NATO mission in Afghanistan next year to fill the gap created by other nations' unfulfilled troop commitment pledges. About two dozen US special forces led Yemeni troops in a commando raid in eastern Yemen that rescued eight hostages held by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Authorities charged two Somali Americans from Minneapolis, Abdi Nur and Abdullahi Yusuf, with conspiring to support the Islamic State. Nur allegedly traveled to Turkey and communicated online with wanted Shabaab fugitive Mohammed Abdullah Hassan.

Kenyan security forces pursued Shabaab forces to their camp in Somalia and killed "more than 100," according to Kenya's deputy president. The operation was in response to the terrorist group's attack on a Kenyan commuter bus on Nov. 22.

Egypt will partially reopen the Rafah border crossing linking the Sinai to Gaza on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. The government has revoked Egyptian citizenship for a Palestinian Salafist for "links to foreign entities that seek to undermine the social and economic order of the state."

An airstrike hit the Mitiga airport in Tripoli for the second day in a row; the forces of general Khalifa Haftar claimed the attack on Nov. 24. Libyan Air Force planes also bombed a Libya Dawn camp in Sabratha. Haftar's troops and other pro-government forces took the western town of Kekla from Islamist militias. The House of Representatives has voted to reinstate Haftar in the military, along with Brigadier Saqr Geroushi, Air Force Commander of the national armed forces, and 15 other officers.

Beji Caid Essebsi, a candidate from the secular Nidaa Tounes party, won the most votes in the country's presidential election. The 39.4% is short of a majority, however, and Essebsi will face a run-off with incumbent President Moncef Marzouk in December.

"Four terrorists dressed in Afghan-style clothes" and armed with Kalashnikovs stole a vehicle in Bouira and then fled on Nov. 21. Two "terrorists" were killed in Tipza; "guns, ammunition, mobile phones and other equipment" were captured, according to the government.

Two female suicide bombers detonated explosives at a market in Maiduguri city in northern Nigeria, killing at least 30 people. Boko Haram gunmen killed "scores of residents in Damasak" in Borno state; hundreds of civilians and soldiers are fleeing the city disguised as traders. Nigeria's top Muslim cleric has criticized the military for running away in the face of attacks by the terrorist group. A federal court acquitted a man suspected of being behind an April bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Abuja.

A government report on the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby found that the one of the murderers, Michael Adebolajo, had been the subject of five MI5 investigations prior to the crime, including one involving an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) plot against the West in 2011. The report also found that the other murderer, Michael Adebowale, had communicated online with an extremist overseas six months before the crime about his plan to kill a UK soldier. Home Secretary May is seeking to ban universities from hosting extremist speakers. A teenage Kurdish girl from Islington has reportedly gone to Syria to fight against the Islamic State.

November 24, 2014:

CENTCOM said the US and partner nations have carried out nine airstrikes in Syria and 15 in Iraq against the Islamic State since Nov. 21. Defense Secretary Hagel tendered his resignation, reportedly after pressure by the Obama administration. Officials questioned and released a suspect, said to be a Saudi college student, who triggered a four-hour lockdown at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio last night when he drove through a base entry gate without stopping. Secretary of State Kerry said talks on Iran's nuclear program have been extended for seven more months.

French jihadist Mickael Dos Santos and his mother denied that he was featured in a recent Islamic State video as an executioner. The mayor of the small town of Labastide-Rouairoux in southern France identified French jihadist Abou Ossama Al-Faranci as appearing in the video, and noted that he had left Toulouse for Syria about a year ago.

Home Secretary May warned that the UK is facing its biggest ever threat of terrorism, and said authorities have foiled some 40 major terrorist plots since the July 2005 subway bombings. She is proposing new antiterrorism legislation, including measures to require schools, colleges, and probation providers help prevent radicalization. A senior antiterrorism official said that half of the British jihadists joining the Islamic State had been radicalized only recently. UK Islamist Siddhartha Dhar a.k.a. Abu Rumaysah claimed that he and his family had escaped Britain to join the Islamic State's "caliphate."

November 23, 2014:

Three unexploded bombs were discovered on railway tracks from Cairo to Aswan after a fourth bomb exploded near a southern train station, leaving behind a charred body presumed to be the bomber. The Egyptian Army killed seven and arrested 67 suspected militants during anti-terrorism operations in the Sinai. Hamas has denounced an Egyptian lawsuit to ban and designate the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades, the group's military wing, as a terrorist organization.

Voting has begun in Tunisia's historic presidential election. Tunisian security forces are mobilizing "90,000 personnel to secure polling stations and vital government buildings." Voting was delayed two hours in "the volatile areas near the border with Algeria" due to terrorism concerns.

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