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Ayman al-Zawahri released a six minute audiotape praising Mullah Dadullah, who was killed by NATO and Afghan forces in Helmand province in May. "The martyrdom of the commander of the martyrdom-seekers, Mulla Dadullah ... shall break the back of the Crusaders and their helpers in Afghanistan and hasten their imminent defeat," Zawahiri said.
The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, an al Qaeda group in Europe, threatened France with "a bloody jihadist campaign" after electing "the crusader and Zionist Sarkozy." Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna said "the epicenter [of the war] has shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq," and abandoning Iraq would make the country a "Disneyland" for terrorists.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: "Based on information I have, I believe Osama is alive... I also believe that it is good that he ... does not appear in the media, and that it is wise that no statements or tapes are issued even after a long while."
The US has extradited Mohammed Jaafar al-Qahtani (aka Abu Nasser al-Qahtani) to Saudi Arabia for questioning. Qahtani escaped Bagram prison in July of 2005, along with Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, Syrian Abdullah Hashimi, and Omar al-Farouq, who was killed in Basra, Iraq.
Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a new videotape, where he "mocked both U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress bill setting a pullout timetable for U.S. troops from Iraq," appealed for the support of African Americans and other minorities, and reiterated the importance of Palestine.
Abu Laith al-Libi released a videotape through As Sahab, al Qaeda's media wing. He eulogized Zarqawi, discuss the state of jihad in Afghanistan, reiterated the importance of the issue of Palestine and the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and indicated the US has shown persistence in Iraq, operating behind the Shia. He also called out to the mujahideen "on all fronts, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Somalia, and Saudi Arabia."
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a senior al Qaeda leader, was captured while attempting to enter Iraq. al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb states Samir Saioud, who was killed by Algerian forces was not the 2nd in command, but "merely a member of its 'communications committee.'" As Sahab advertises a new video by Abu Yayha al-Libi will be released soon.
[UPDATE2] Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah told Al Jazeera that Osama bin Laden is alive, and currently planning military operations "in both Iraq and Afghanistan." Dadullah said bin Laden personally planned "the martyr operation inside the Bagram base which targeted a senior US official [Vice President Dick Cheney]... that operation was a result of his wise planning."
A leaked MI5 intelligence report indicates al Qaeda may be planning a major strike in Britain, possibly coincide with the step down of Prime Minister Blair. The report also indicates al Qaeda is operating from Iran. Over 150 Britons are believed to have traveled to Iraq to fight just last year.
Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq formed a 'cabinet' of ministers for its shadow government. The Islamic State of Iraq also released a video of the murder of 20 members of the Iraqi security forces.
Abu Omar al Baghdadi, the leader of al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq, released an audio tape pleading with the Islamic Army in Iraq to mend the rift between the two groups. Baghdadi also claims Iraq is a "'university of terrorism' producing highly qualified warriors since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion."
A poster on a jihadist website Tahjeed announced the upcoming release of a tape of Osama bin Laden by As Sahab, al Qaeda's media wing. The tape will purportedly address al Qaeda in Iraq and American fear of the Islamic State of Iraq, signs of victory in Iraq & Afghanistan, Hamas' surrender to the political process and the Arab summit in Riyadh.
Saad bin Laden, Osama's son, Saif al-Adel, Suleyman Abu al-Ghaith, Muhammad Shouki al-Islambuli and other senior al Qaeda leaders are sheltering in Iran, according to Middle East experts. Al Qaeda continues to recirute and train suicide bombers in Pakistan and send them to Afghanistan.
Muktar Said Ibrahim, one of the London 7/21 bomb plotters, spent 2 months in Pakistan to learn how to make explosives. Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on Iraq's deputy prime minister.
Waleed Mohammed Bin Attash, the mastermind behind the USS Cole attack, confessed during a hearing at Guantanamo Bay. Iraq security forces claimed to have captured Mahmud Hamed Kamal al-Mathi - aka "Abu Qutada the Palestinian" - al Qaeda in Iraq's chief financier.
[UPDATE2] Khalid Sheikh Mohammad has admitted to masterminding the September 11 attack on the US during his tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z," said KSM. He also admitted to "managing and following up on the Cell for the Production of Biological Weapons, such as anthrax and others, and following up on Dirty Bomb Operations on American soil."
Kenya denies it arrested Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, an al Qaeda operative involved in the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa. Iraqi officials claim to have captured Mohammed Younis al-Hayal, the second in command of al Qaeda in northern Iraq.
[UPDATE2] The Arabic newspaper al-Hayat reported Afghan security forces captured Sidi Abtar, who is said by Pakistani intelligence sources to be a close aide to Osama bin Laden, in Nuristan province. "The man, identified as Sidi Akbar, is accused of not only helping the al Qaeda leader escape but also of having hosted him in a location in Nuristan."
Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, issued a new videotape titled "Palestine is Our Concern and the Concern of Every Muslim" via As Sahab. Zawahiri railed against Western leaders the UN, and the International Criminal Court, claimed the US is losing in Iraq and Afghanistan, and chastised Hamas for participating in elections and abandoning jihad.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, one of the al Qaeda operatives behind the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya & Tanzania is believed to have been arrested in Mombasa, Kenya. Iraqi sources are claiming Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of al Qaeda's Islamic State in Iraq, has been captured. This is the third such claim this week, and is false.