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French authorities identify suspects in attack on Charlie Hebdo

Two of the suspects are brothers who recently returned from Syria. One of the brothers was previously convicted and sentenced to prison in France for recruiting jihadists to fight for al Qaeda in Iraq.


Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'




Terrorists who attacked French magazine displayed professional training

Videos from the scene of today's attack show the two gunmen engaging a French policeman on the streets of Paris. Two police officers are among 12 people killed in the terrorist attack on the headquarters of a satirical French magazine.


Analysis: Al Qaeda and other jihadists repeatedly threatened French magazine

It is too early to tell who was responsible for today's attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine. Al Qaeda and other jihadists have repeatedly threatened the publication. By itself, however, this does not mean they were responsible.


Saudis Report Deadly Border Clash With Infiltrators From Iraq




The Islamic State's curious cover story

The cover story of the Islamic State's recently released issue of Dabiq, an English-language magazine, is written by an alleged al Qaeda defector known as Abu Jarir ash-Shamali. The group has been trying to win over al Qaeda's and the Taliban's supporters, but Shamali's piece criticizes Osama bin Laden's jihadist legacy and the Taliban. Shamali also provides new details about how al Qaeda is currently structured.


Jihadists in Mali step up attacks, kill 7 soldiers

Despite a French-led counterterrorism operation in Mali and the Sahel, al Qaeda-linked violence continues to be a problem.


Boko Haram overruns Multinational Joint Task Force base

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters assaulted and took control of the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, Nigeria. The base was used by troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to conduct counterterrorism missions.


US drones hit 'good Taliban' commander's compound in North Waziristan

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a "high-value target" is reported to have been killed.


Analysis: Osama bin Laden's documents pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi should be released

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public.


Taliban video highlights training camp, operations in Kunar

The Taliban have released videos of two training camps in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks.


Senior al Qaeda leader returns to Twitter, praises 'martyrs'

The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr praised al Qaeda's "martyrs" on Twitter. Among them is Adnan al Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative charged with attacking the West. Nasr's tweets also shed additional light on the identity of another terrorist reportedly killed earlier this month.


Ansar al Sharia Libya showcases spoils of war, key personalities in video

A newly released Ansar al Sharia video features Wissam Ben Hamid, a key figure in the security failures surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. The video also shows Mohammed al Darsi, who appears to be the same jihadist released in exchange for a Jordanian ambassador earlier this year.


US targets 'senior leader' for Shabaab in southern Somalia

The US has launched multiple airstrikes and raids against Shabaab's leadership cadre over the past decade.


Around an invisible leader, Taliban power shifts




Captured Shabaab official previously identified as group's 'chief of intelligence'

Somali officials have reportedly captured Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, who has been identified by the State Department as Shabaab's "chief of intelligence." The UN has said that another Shabaab official held that role.


Pakistan judge issues arrest warrant for Abdul Aziz




US targets emir of Punjabi Taliban in pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan

Asmatullah Muawiya is said to have been targeted in one of the two strikes that took place today in Shawal area of North Waziristan in Pakistan.


US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo




4 Gitmo detainees transferred to Afghanistan are veteran insurgents, files allege

On Dec. 20, the Defense Department announced the transfer of four Afghans to their home country. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) deemed all four to be "high" risks to the US, its interests and allies. All four are veteran insurgents, according to JTF-GTMO.
 
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