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The US Treasury Department designated three members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The men are financiers for the terror group. LIGF formally merged with al Qaeda in November 2007.
The US will try al Qaeda propagandist Ali Hamza Ahmad al Bahlul at a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay. Bahul may face life in prison if convicted for multiple counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism, murder, terrorism, providing material support for terrorism. He still pledges allegiance to Osama bin Laden.
Osama Bin Laden is reportedly writing a book on al Qaeda and the current fight against the West. The book is a response to "negative propaganda and insufficient information" about the terror group. Bin Laden will write the book in Arabic and have it translated into English.
Abu Omar al Baghdadi, al Qaeda's Islamic State in Iraq, confirmed that Abu Qaswarah was killed by US forces. Qaswarah had "thrown his Swedish passport in the trash bin," and left his European wife and five children to fight in Iraq, Baghdadi said.
The Al Fajr Media Center has closed three al Qaeda forums: Al Ekhlaas, Al Firdaws, and Al Boraq, citing "technical reasons." Al Fajr denied the forums were under the control of Western intelligence and stated the forums are not run out of any single office. The forums were used to disseminate al Qaeda's propaganda audiotapes, videotapes, written statements, and other messages.
Adam Gadahn and Mustafa Abu Yazid appeared on al Qaeda's latest videotape, which was released by As Sahab. Both Gadahn and Yazid have been rumored to have been killed in aistrikes and clashes in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Nine terrorists who trained under Fazul Abdullah Mohammed have been deported from Ethiopia to Kenya. The men were members of al Qaeda in East Africa, and trained and served in Somalia. One man admitted to acting as Fazul's driver. Kenya has released the men from custody.
A US appeals court overturned terrorism convictions for a Yemeni cleric and his personal assistant, claiming the two men did not receive a fair trial. Sheik Mohammed Ali al Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Zayed were convicted of providing support for terrorist groups in 2005 and have been in detention in the Supermax prison. Moayad was caught on tape bragging about giving money to Osama bin Laden.
Al Qaeda in Iraq has used 24 children to carry out suicide bombings in Iraq over the past two years. "Of the 24 children, five had a mental disability," Iraq's interior ministry stated. Sixteen women have carried out suicide attacks in Iraq this year.
Abu Omar al Baghdadi, the leader of al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq, issued a 37-minute audiotape calling for Sunni insurgents to rejoin the fight against the Iraqi government. He also warned the Awakening and Sons of Iraq fighters that the government would turn against them. Violence in Iraq is down 82 percent since Ramadan last year.
Abu Musab Abdulwadood, the leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, released an audiotape titled, "A message to our nation in the Islamic Maghreb." Abdulwadood called for Muslims to unite behind jihad and said Mauritania "has become a nest of foreign intelligence." He also said Algeria is dominated by France and the US.
Al Qaeda was finally able to release its yearly Sept. 11 tape. Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, also released a six-minute audiotape that criticized the Egyptian government for its handling of a rock slide near Cairo. Al Qaeda's Web site remain offline due to hackers.
Al Qaeda in Iraq's puppet Islamic State of Iraq released an audiotape by "Abu Omar al Baghdadi." In his first tape since April, Baghdadi calls for the assassination of senior Sunni political leaders and continues to offer a $100,000 reward for the killing of a Danish cartoonist who published images of the prophet Mohammed.
Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, issued a new videotape titled "Assessment of Seven Years of Crusades." Zawahiri accused Iran of collaborating with the US in Iraq and Afghanistan and claimed Hezbollah did not win the 2006 war with Israel. Mustafa Abu Yazid, al Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan, and Abdulmalik Droukedel, the leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, also appeared on the tape.
Western intelligence sources in Pakistan believe that al Qaeda's American recruit and propaganda chief, Adam Gadahn, may have been killed in a CIA-directed airstrike. Intelligence officials will scrutinize radical websites and forums this week to see whether Gadahn - also known as Azzam al Ameriki - produces a new video message to mark Sept. 11, as he has done every year since 2003.
Al Qaeda's latest videotape featured the suicide bomber who carried out the June 2 attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad. Mustafa Abu Yazid, al Qaeda's commander in Afghanistan, said attacks would continue. "The Danish embassy (attack) and prior operations is but the beginning."
The US Department of Justice formally indicted al Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui for attempting to kill US officers during an interrogation in Ghazni province in Afghanistan. Siddiqui also had documents and computer files in her possession referring to the construction of "dirty bombs," and discussed various ways to attack "enemies," including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using underwater bombs, and using gliders.
As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda outlet, announced the release of a new video titled "The word is the word of the sword" on Al Ekhlaas, a jihadi forum. The banner features an image of Mustafa Abu Yazid, al Qaeda's commander in Afghanistan, and Pope Benedict XVI.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps said al Qaeda in Iraq fighters are moving to safe havens in Pakistan's tribal areas, posing threat not only to Coalition forces in Afghanistan but to Islamabad. Al Qaeda in Iraq has suffered serious setbacks due to recent operations aimed at their second- and lower-tier leaders. A university president and a top local official, both arrested north of Baghdad, are suspected of giving weapons and government cars to al Qaeda in Iraq operatives.
Ayman al Zawahiri eulogized Abu Khabab al Masri and three other Egyptian al Qaeda commanders: Abu Mohammed Ibrahim al Masri, Abdul Wahab al Masri and Abu Islam al Masri. The latest videotape was released today on the Internet. The four were killed in an airstrike in South Waziristan, Pakistan on July 28.