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Taliban says 'five senior leaders' have been 'liberated' from Guantanamo

The Taliban has released a statement on the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Taliban says that its five "prominent" leaders have been freed in exchange for an American soldier, and that it did not participate in direct negotiations with the US to complete the swap.


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl exchanged for top 5 Taliban commanders at Gitmo

The five Taliban commanders exchanged for Sgt. Bergdahl were all deemed "high" risks to the US and its allies by Joint Task Force Guantanamo. All of them were closely allied with al Qaeda prior to their detention. Two of them have been wanted for war crimes by the UN.


ISAF raids against al Qaeda and allies in Afghanistan 2007-2013

Mapping special operations forces raids against al Qaeda and allied groups in Afghanistan shows that al Qaeda's network has remained active in Afghanistan up until ISAF ceased issuing press releases on its targeting in June 2013.


Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan: An enduring threat

Testimony to the House Committee of Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the enduring threat to the US and her allies.


Treasury Department designates 2 'al Qaeda leaders' in Syria

One of the two newly-designated jihadists, Abd Al Rahman Muhammad Zafir Al Dubaysi Al Juhni, has a lengthy al Qaeda pedigree and sat on al Qaeda's elite Shura council in Pakistan before relocating to Syria. Treasury says Al Juhni is now part of an al Qaeda group in Syria that is planning attacks against Western targets.


US drone strikes target Lashkar-e-Islam fighters in eastern Afghanistan

US airstrikes killed upwards of 10 jihadists in three airstrikes in the Nayzan district in Nangarhar province.


Taliban announce this year's spring offensive

The Khaibar offensive, like previous ones, will target both Coalition and Afghan personnel, and will include suicide attacks.


Saudis, Chechens, Afghans killed during recent fighting in southern Yemen

Foreigners are said to make up the majority of the 37 al Qaeda fighters killed during Yemeni military operations in the southern province of Shabwa.


Taliban claim they shot down US warplane in eastern Afghanistan

A Taliban video shows fighters opening fire on what appears to be a C-130. ISAF has neither confirmed nor denied the claim that one of its aircraft has crashed or been shot down.


Head of Taliban's military commission resigns due to 'ill health'

Although Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, has resigned as the military leader, he is still "a member of the Leadership Council of Islamic Emirate and is busy working in other important Jihadi works."


Afghan policeman guns down 3 Americans at hospital in Kabul

A police officer guarding the CURE hospital in Kabul turned his gun on Americans, killing three and wounding another.


Afghan Taliban confirms death of shadow governors for Kunar, Kandahar

Noor Qasim Sabari and Abdul Wasi' Azzam, the shadow governors of Kunar and Kandahar respectively, were killed in military operations over the past month.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


Former Guantanamo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria

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.


Taliban continue to launch suicide assaults in Kabul

The Taliban launched two more suicide assaults in the Afghan capital of Kabul over the past 24 hours. The targets were an American charity and the Independent Election Commission.


Al Qaeda spokesman convicted on terrorism charges

A New York jury has convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith on terrorism charges. In the weeks following 9/11, he became infamous for his threats against America. During questioning by the FBI in 2013, Abu Ghaith admitted he knew a Guantanamo detainee who is still in custody.


Taliban claim suicide assault on Jalalabad police HQ

The Taliban suicide assault team stormed a police headquarters and killed the district chief and nine policemen while fighting off Afghan forces for six hours.


Review board rules against Guantanamo detainee

Earlier this month, a review board responsible for evaluating the status of Guantanamo detainees determined that a Yemeni held in Cuba since early 2002 should remain in custody. According to a leaked threat assessment, the detainee was slated to be a hijacker on 9/11 before al Qaeda canceled his part of the operation.