Al Qaeda

Shabaab overruns base in northern Somalia

Between 30 and 60 Puntland troops are reported to have been killed after Shabaab overran a base in the Galgala mountains. Fighters from al Qaeda's branch in East Africa have successfully overrun Somali and African Union bases in the past and inflicted high casualties. Read more >

Analysis: The Islamic State’s first major terrorist attacks inside Iran

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for its first major attacks inside Iran earlier today. Although the group has long fought Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria, it had never struck Tehran. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al Adnani previously admitted that his organization had abided by an order from al Qaeda's senior leadership to refrain from attacking in Iran. Read more >

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Taliban fighters overran a large military base earlier this week, and launched attacks on other installations throughout the province. The fighting in Kandahar takes place as the Taliban remains on the offensive on several fronts throughout the country as part of Operation Mansouri. Read more >

Al Qaeda criticizes Saudi relations with West during President Trump’s visit

Al Qaeda released an audio message from Hamza bin Laden and a news bulletin during President Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Hamza does not mention the American delegation, but he does criticize the Saudi family's historical dealings with the British. The one-page newsletter specifically addresses Trump's visit and claims that a new center for combating extremism in Riyadh will really be used "to fight faith, purity, and commitment." Read more >

AQAP leader calls for ‘simple’ attacks in the West

In a short video released yesterday, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) leader, Qasim al Raymi, reiterated his group's call for "lone mujahid" attacks in the West. AQAP was an early innovator of the concept of "individual jihad," but has been eclipsed by its rivals in the Islamic State in recent years. Raymi is attempting to move AQAP back to the fore of the "lone mujahid" effort. Read more >

AQAP leader discusses complex war in Yemen

AQAP released a lengthy "dialogue" with its emir, Qasim al Raymi, on April 30. Raymi discusses the complex war inside Yemen, AQAP's desire to focus on the Houthis and his group's general approach to waging jihad. He also cites a text written by Ayman al Zawahiri to explain why AQAP cooperates with other Islamists inside Yemen. Read more >

Ayman al Zawahiri warns against ‘nationalist’ agenda in Syria

In a new audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri warns jihadists that they should avoid a strictly "nationalist" agenda in Syria. He also says the jihadists should focus on waging a "guerrilla" war inside Syria and not place too much emphasis on controlling territory at this time. Zawahiri's words are likely intended to influence some of the debates occurring within jihadist circles. Read more >

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar said that Ehsanullan Ehsan was captured on Mar. 7 by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate along with three others and subsequently turned over to the Pakistani military. The group's claim contradicts the Pakistani military's version of events. Earlier this week, Pakistani officials said Ehsan had voluntarily turned himself in. Read more >