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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.


Afghan Taliban denounces former senior official, denies involvement in peace talks

The Taliban again denied that Agha Jan Mutasim represents the group, and said his actions are "detrimental" to both the Taliban and "the goals of the sacred Jihad."


Treasury adds Afghan heroin trafficker to narcotics kingpin list

Lahore Jan, an Afghan national based in Jalalabad, uses his hawala to transfer funds for the Taliban.


US adds 4 Qods Force operatives to terrorism list for supporting terrorism in Afghanistan

Three Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force officers and one facilitator who are involved in the "use of terrorism and intelligence operations as tools of influence against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" were added to the US' list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.


State designates leader of Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi as global terrorist

Malik Ishaq leads the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an al Qaeda-linked group that has conducted numerous suicide attacks in Pakistan and has targeted Americans.


US adds 3 senior Haqqani Network leaders to terrorism list

Two of the Haqqani Network leaders have close ties to al Qaeda; one of them has traveled to Saudi Arabia to fundraise as recently as late 2013. The other is a member of the Miramshah Shura and coordinates operations with the Taliban.


2 al Qaeda commanders killed in December airstrike in Afghanistan

The Dec. 13 airstrike in Nangarhar killed two al Qaeda commanders who were associated with slain al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri.


Uzbeks, Germans reported killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Unconfirmed reports indicate that 33 Uzbeks and three Germans are among those killed in Pakistani airstrikes in North Waziristan.


Turkish authorities arrest ex-Gitmo detainee in raids against al Qaeda cells

An ex-Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Sen, was arrested in Turkey on Jan. 14. Sen is accused of being an important al Qaeda facilitator and leader.


Afghan Taliban suicide team kills ISAF soldier in assault on base

The suicide assault that targeted an Afghan and Coalition base in Kandahar's Zhari district is the second such attack in Afghanistan in four days.


Afghan Taliban reject US call for peace talks

Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the US' call for the group to "put down their arms and begin peace talks," a request that was made just one day after a Taliban suicide assault team killed 21 people, including two Americans, at a restaurant in Kabul.


Taliban suicide assault team targets foreigners in Kabul

Fourteen people, including the International Monetary Fund's representative to Afghanistan, are reported to have been killed in the attack on a restaurant in a secured area of the capital.


Afghan, US forces target Haqqani-linked Taliban leader in Parwan

Qari Nazar Gul, the deputy shadow governor for Parwan province, is linked to the Haqqani Network and "transports weapons, fighters and suicide bombers" into Parwan and Kabul. Ten Taliban fighters, a US Special Forces soldier, and two civilians were killed during the raid.


ISAF confirms Taliban downing of US helicopter in Zabul

It is unclear if the downing of the US Blackhawk in Zabul province, which killed six US soldiers, was caused by RPGS or "if the low-flying aircraft set off a bomb hidden on the ground." Last year, the Islamic Jihad Union tested an anti-helicopter fragmentation mine with the intent of bringing down an Apache.


US adds Afghan Taliban deputy shadow governor to terrorist list

Qari Saifullah, whom the State Department described as a "Taliban shadow deputy governor and an operational commander in Zabul Province," also supports al Qaeda in southern Afghanistan.


Taliban suicide assault team kills ISAF soldier in eastern Afghanistan

Security forces gunned down the suicide assault team before it penetrated security at the base in Nangarhar. The Taliban took credit for the attack.


Taliban eulogize Qari Hussain, chief of suicide and international operations

Qari-Hussain-martyr-tape-2.pngQari Hussain is thought to have been been killed in a US drone strike in January 2012. He served as the Taliban's "teacher of suicide bombers" and was involved in the Times Square plot and the suicide attack on the CIA in Afghanistan.


2 Guantanamo detainees transferred to Saudi Arabia

Both detainees were approved for transfer "subject to appropriate security measures" by President Obama's Guantanamo Review Task Force. Previously, Joint Task Force Guantanamo deemed both detainees "high" risks to the US and its allies and recommended that they be retained in US custody.