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AQAP issues guidelines for suicide operations

Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, sets forth six recommendations for suicide operations in a newly-released video.


Family members claim leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi has died

Mohamed al Zahawi's family members have told the press that he has died due to wounds suffered in fighting last year. Zahawi has been the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Unconfirmed rumors of his death have circulated for months.


Analysis: Qatar embraces admitted al Qaeda operative

Qatar continues to celebrate the release of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted al Qaeda sleeper agent, from a US federal prison last week. The prime minister of Qatar has even reportedly called al Marri to congratulate him.


Analysis: Freed former al Qaeda operative was part of intelligence dispute

The story of how Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri was first identified and arrested became a key part of the dispute between Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the CIA. Al Marri, who was recently released from a US prison, admitted that he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent.


Analysis: Former al Qaeda operative freed, sent home to Qatar

Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who served as an al Qaeda sleeper operative, has been released from an American prison and returned to Qatar.


Analysis: Reported ban of Haqqani Network unlikely to end Pakistan's support of group

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment.


US drones kill 2 'Uzbeks' in South Waziristan

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud.


Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack

In a newly released video, a senior AQAP official states his organization planned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices. AQAP chose the target and financed the operation, he says.


US adds a leader of the Mujahideen Shura Council to list of global terrorists

In addition to serving as a senior MSC leader, Abdallah al Ashqar is on the jihadist group's military committee, is a "foreign relations official," and a weapons facilitator.


Pakistani Taliban splinter group again pledges allegiance to Islamic State

A Pakistani Taliban splinter group released a nearly 17-minute video again pledging its allegiance to the Islamic State. The group primarily consists of low to mid-level former Pakistani Taliban officials from Khyber, Arakzai, Bajaur, Hangu, and Dir in Pakistan, and from Kunar, Logar, and Nangarhar in Afghanistan.


US adds Mullah Fazlullah to list of global terrorists

Fazlullah has presided over the fracturing of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which remains a dangerous terrorist group.


Senior AQAP official praises Paris attack in new audio message

A senior AQAP official praises the Charlie Hebdo attack in a new audio message. Unverified statements also claim that AQAP ordered the attack.


Investigators explore ties to al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula in Charlie Hebdo attack

One of the chief suspects in the attack on Charlie Hebdo reportedly received training at an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) camp in 2011.


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.


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.


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.
 
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