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Pakistani officials, Taliban deny Adnan Rasheed was captured

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.


Islamic Front rejects rival's caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.


Al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar

In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last week, al Qaeda released a video of Osama bin Laden discussing his oath of allegiance to Mullah Omar.


6 al Qaeda operatives thought killed in recent drone strike in Pakistan

Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan."


US drones target 'Punjabi Taliban' in North Waziristan strike

The US has launched three strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past 10 days, indicating that a top jihadist leader is thought to be operating there.


US launches another drone strike in North Waziristan

The strike is the second in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past week.


Analysis: Al Qaeda attempts to undermine new Islamic State with old video of Osama bin Laden

Al Qaeda has posted a video featuring Osama bin Laden from mid-2001. Al Qaeda is attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the Islamic State's announced caliphate by highlighting bin Laden's testimony. Bin Laden spoke of the "pillars" necessary for building a "strong Islamic state."


AQIM rejects Islamic State's caliphate, reaffirms allegiance to Zawahiri

In a statement attributed to AQIM's propaganda arm, the al Qaeda branch rejects the Islamic State's caliphate and reaffirms its loyalty to Ayman al Zawahiri. The statement also reveals that AQIM has played a role in the mediation efforts between the Islamic State and its jihadist rivals in Syria.


Al Nusrah Front issues 'clarification' on the creation of an Islamic emirate

The Al Nusrah Front has released a statement saying that it has not "yet" announced the creation of an Islamic emirate and it will only do so after other jihadist groups agree with the decision.


Leaked audio features Al Nusrah Front emir discussing creation of an Islamic emirate

An alleged audio recording featuring Al Nusrah Front emir Abu Muhammad al Julani was leaked online. Julani discusses the creation of an Islamic emirate, or state, in Syria as a counterweight to the Islamic State and other actors.


Taliban calls for reconciliation in Syria, avoids mentioning Islamic State's caliphate

The Taliban's statement avoids any explicit mention of the Islamic State or its announced caliphate, even though the Islamic State has claimed that all Muslims must pledge allegiance to its leader.


US drone strike kills 6 'militants' in North Waziristan

The strike took place in an area of North Waziristan that has served as a command center for al Qaeda's military.


Al Qaeda ally calls for statement on Islamic State's caliphate

Hani Sibai, a longtime ally of Ayman al Zawahiri, has called on al Qaeda to issue a statement regarding the Islamic State's announced caliphate.


AQAP praises Ayman al Zawahiri, defends jihadist scholars against 'slander'

Nasir al Wuhayshi, who is the emir of AQAP as well as al Qaeda's general manager, has released a poem praising Ayman al Zawahiri as the "Sheikh father." A video from two leading AQAP ideologues decrying the "slander" of jihadist leaders was released shortly afterwards. Al Qaeda members are trumpeting the messages as rebuttals to the Islamic State and its newly announced caliphate.


Southeast Asian jihadist leader and bomb expert is alive, in Philippines

Zulkifli bin Hir, a most-wanted terrorist linked to Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf, and the KMM who was reported killed in 2012, is operating in the southern Philippines.


Analysis: Islamic State's 'caliph' leads prayers in Mosul

The Islamic State's video of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, now known as 'Caliph Ibrahim', is intended to answer critics of the newly-announced caliphate.


Benghazi suspect has 'extensive contacts' with jihadist leaders in Libya

In a court filing earlier this week, the US government argued that the only suspect in custody for the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya should remain in pretrial detention. Prosecutors cited his "extensive contacts" with senior members of other jihadist organizations and plans for additional attacks as reasons to keep him behind bars as he awaits trial.


Influential Jordanian ideologue argues against Islamic State's caliphate

Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi fears that the Islamic State will use its recent land grab and claim of ruling over a caliphate to go after its jihadist rivals.


Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb calls for reconciliation between jihadist groups

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State."


Pakistani military kills local Taliban leader, captures al Qaeda bomb expert

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.
 
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