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Al Nusrah Front posts photos showing aftermath of US bombings

September 23, 2014
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The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US.

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Houthi Rebels sweep Yemeni capital

September 23, 2014
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The stunning Houthi sweep of Sana'a on Monday provides an opportunity for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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US airstrikes target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

September 23, 2014
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Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim that al Qaeda veterans have been killed in the bombings.

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US air war against jihadists in Syria begins

September 22, 2014
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Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo.

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Al Nusrah Front threatens to execute 2nd Lebanese hostage

September 21, 2014
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The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.

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Pakistani Taliban commander killed during fighting in North Waziristan

September 20, 2014
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The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas.

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Al Nusrah Front threatens life of Lebanese soldier held hostage amid fighting

September 19, 2014
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The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.

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Islamist foreign fighters returning home and the threat to Europe

September 19, 2014
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Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats on the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe.

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Al Qaeda leader released from Iranian custody reported killed

September 19, 2014
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Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009.

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Islamic State assaults city in Syrian Kurdistan

September 18, 2014
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The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province.

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AQIS claims plot to strike US warships was executed by Pakistani Navy officers

September 17, 2014
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The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers.

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Al Qaeda branches urge jihadist unity against US

September 16, 2014
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AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar al Sham leaders who were killed earlier this month.

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Al Qaeda operations chief, propagandist reported killed in airstrikes

September 16, 2014
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Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.

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Caucasus Emirate eulogizes slain Ahrar al Sham leaders

September 15, 2014
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The al Qaeda-linked Caucasus Emirate joins the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist groups in offering condolences to Ahrar al Sham.

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2 al Qaeda commanders reported killed in US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan

September 14, 2014
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The pair of al Qaeda commanders are said to be members of the Badr Mansoor Group, which was described in one of Osama bin Laden's documents as an al Qaeda "company."

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Islamic State beheads British citizen, threatens another

September 13, 2014
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The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013.

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CENTCOM videos show airstrikes on Islamic State facilities in Syria

September 23   The strikes against the Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria were "organized in three waves." Comments (0)


US airstrikes in Iraq expand to Kirkuk area

September 22   US warplanes are now operating over Irbil, Sinjar, the Mosul and Haditha dams, southwest of Baghdad, and somewhere on the Euphrates River. Comments (1)


Islamic State spokesman again threatens West in new speech

September 21   The terrorist organization continues to threaten the West in propaganda videos and audio recordings. Comments (4)


France launches airstrikes in northeastern Iraq

September 19   As France enters the fray, reports emerge that the US military must get get permission from the White House to deploy air controllers embedded with Iraqi troops. Comments (12)


US air campaign against Islamic State expands to southwestern Baghdad

September 16   The airstrike likely took place in northern Babil, the Islamic State's southern front. Comments (6)


4 ISAF soldiers killed in suicide, green-on-blue attacks

September 16   Three ISAF soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul, while another soldier was killed after an Afghan soldier opened fire on military trainers at a base in Farah province. Comments (2)


Al Qaeda official in Syria tweets in solidarity with Islamic State

September 15   Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a member of the Al Nusrah Front's Sharia Committee, has now joined other al Qaeda members and branches in expressing solidarity with the Islamic State; but such expressions of support are not pledges of loyalty or allegiance. Comments (1)


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September 23, 2014:

The military claimed it killed 19 "suspected terrorists" in a series of airstrikes during the ongoing operation in North Waziristan. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed it executed the suicide attack that killed four people in Peshawar. The target of the attack was a brigadier in the paramilitary Frontier Corps.


The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base in Saqlawiya in Anbar province. The extent of Iraqi casualties is unclear; upwards of 800 soldiers are said to have been killed or captured during the opening suicide attack, the storming of the base, and while retreating. An estimated 200 soldiers are said to have escaped. Two army officers were relieved of command after the attack.


The US launched 14 air and cruise missile strikes against the Islamic State in Raqqah, Hasakah, and Dier al Zour, and eight more strikes against the Al Nusrah Front and the Khorasan Group near Aleppo. An Al Nusrah commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki is reported to have been killed. More than 70 Islamic State and 50 Al Nusrah fighters and commanders, and eight civilians are reported to have been killed.


More than 340 people were killed in the past week as Houthi rebels pushed to take control of the capital of Sana'a. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed it detonated a car bomb that targeted Houthis near the Yemeni-Saudi border. Local Yemenis said that a drone has crashed in Shabwa province. The German foreign ministry confirmed that a couple and their young son who were kidnapped five years ago are dead.


Jund al Khilifah, a splinter group from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb that joined the Islamic State, kidnapped a Frenchman in Kabylie on Sept. 21. The ministry of defense claimed it killed a "leading terrorist" with ties to al Qaeda during an operation in Kabylie.


A man who had threatened Prime Minister Abbott and was being investigated as a suspected Islamic State terrorist was shot and killed after he stabbed two officers at a Melbourne police station, wounding one of them critically. The government has canceled the passports of over 60 Australians to stop them from traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State or the Al Nusrah Front.


September 22, 2014:

An angry crowd shot and killed an Ansar al Sharia gunman who had assassinated an army colonel in Benghazi. A prominent Benghazi blogger was killed on Sept. 20. The Libyan Judges' Association denounced the recent spike in Benghazi murders. Libya Dawn forces attacked Zahra Hospital. The rival Hassi government seized the Oil Ministry. A small bomb damaged a car near the Constitutional Drafting Committee in Beida. Prime Minister al Thinni's Cabinet was approved.


Security forces are investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed by Cameroonian military forces on Sept. 17 in northern Nigeria. A number of Boko Haram fighters surrendered after clashes with the Nigerian military in Konduga that reportedly left some 50 insurgents dead. Boko Haram has been negotiating since August with government and International Red Cross Officials about releasing kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.


A video surfaced that shows a Frenchman claiming to have been recently kidnapped by Jund al Khilafah, an Islamic State-linked group in Algeria, and asking France not to intervene in Iraq. Interior Minister Cazeneuve said "France is not afraid," in response to the IS' latest threats against France and the West. France asked the UN to add four people to its list of global terrorists.


September 21, 2014:

The military claimed it killed 13 Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, and a financial official in Mosul. The US launched seven airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sinjar, Haditha, and southwestern Baghdad since Sept. 19. Thirteen Iraqis were killed in bombings and mortar attacks in Shia areas in Baghdad.


A bomb detonated near the Foreign Ministry in Cairo, killing at least four people. Three bombs also exploded simultaneously in Tanta with a fourth bomb in Mahalla. Another bomb detonated on the Cairo-Zagazig railway. Sixteen detainees escaped Mahalla police station on Sept. 19 after setting a fire with clothes and blankets.


Security forces have arrested a number of suspected Islamic State members who are thought to have been planning terrorist attacks in Jordan; they have admitted to links with IS commanders in Syria. So far 11 of the suspects have been charged, and investigations are ongoing. Senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed Saeed Bakri was arrested last week.


Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa resigned as Shia Houthi rebels seized control of government buildings in the capital. Basindawa accused President Hadi of acting in an "autocratic" manner. The Interior Minister urged police to cooperate with the Houthis and described them as "friends."

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