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State Department confirms al Qaeda in Iraq leader has relocated to Syria

Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a deadly string of bombings inside Iraq on Aug. 10. The State Department also confirmed that the ISIL's emir has relocated to Syria.


Analysis: Al Qaeda's Iraqi, Syrian affiliates jointly battle Kurds

Despite a dispute between the emirs of the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the two al Qaeda branches are jointly fighting against their Kurdish enemies.


Al Qaeda assaults Iraqi jails, frees hundreds of prisoners

Al_Qaeda_flag500.jpgThe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji. More than 500 al Qaeda operatives and leaders escaped from Abu Ghraib, while the assault in Taji was repelled.


Analysis: Zawahiri's letter to al Qaeda branches in Syria, Iraq

Al Jazeera has published a letter purportedly written by Ayman al Zawahiri to al Qaeda's franchises in Iraq and Syria. Two US intelligence officials say the letter is genuine. In the letter, Zawahiri rules on a dispute between the two al Qaeda branches and appoints a new representative in the region.


Iraq breaks up al Qaeda chemical weapons cell

Iraq-AQ-chemical-agents.jpgThe al Qaeda cell is said to have been plotting to use sarin and mustard gas against a religious procession in Iraq, and was planning to move the chemical weapons to the US, Canada, and Europe.


Book excerpt: Chemical attack in Iraq

From 'Fallujah Awakens': a chlorine truck bomb deployed by insurgents against the village of Albu Aifan on March 16, 2007.


Al Nusrah Front leader renews allegiance to al Qaeda, rejects new name

Nusrah-front-banner.jpgAbu Muhammad al Julani, the head of the Al Nusrah Front, has rejected a call by the head of al Qaeda in Iraq to change his organization's branding. Al Julani also renews his organization's oath of allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri.


Al Qaeda in Iraq claims 'storming' operation in Baghdad

The Iraqi terror group said the attack was part of its "Destroying the Walls" campaign, which was announced by the group's emir, Abu Du'a, last year.


Al Qaeda in Iraq claims ambush that killed Syrian, Iraqi troops

The Iraqi terror group said it killed the Syrian and Iraqi soldiers just one day after its affiliate, the Al Nusrah Front, seized a border crossing in Syria.


Al Nusrah Front claims suicide attacks in Damascus, al-Shadadi

Nine suicide attacks have now been reported in Syria so far this year; the al Qaeda affiliate has claimed credit for eight of them.


Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate seizes control of another town

The Al Nusrah Front took control of the town of al-Shadadi in Hasakah province. Five Iraqi and Kuwati fighters were killed during the operation.


Al Nusrah Front, foreign jihadists overrun another Syrian military base

The al Qaeda affiliate, the Muhajireen Group, and the Free Syrian Army took control of the headquarters of the Syrian Army's 80th Regiment near the main airport in Aleppo.


Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

Al-Nusrah-Front-banner.pngThe al Qaeda affiliate has gained control or has a major presence in several key cities and towns along the Euphrates River, securing its lines of communication into Iraq.


Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bomber attacks Awakening in Taji

Nineteen anti-al Qaeda Awakening fighters and three Iraqi soldiers were killed in the suicide attack, which is the second of its kind in Iraq in two days.


Al Qaeda in Iraq launches suicide assault in Kirkuk

The tactic of the suicide assault is being employed with increasing frequency by al Qaeda and its affiliates and allies in all of the major theaters of the Long War.


Al Qaeda in Iraq video shows series of attacks against Iraqi security forces

AQI-attacks-ISF-video.jpgThe operations are part of the "third wave" of al Qaeda in Iraq's "Destroying the Walls" campaign.


Suicide bomber kills 42 Iraqis at Shia mosque

The suicide bomber targeted the funeral of a policeman in Tuz Khurmatu. The attack is the fourth suicide bombing in the country in nine days.


AQAP eulogizes jihadist who fought in Iraq and was killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Abdullah-Bawazir-2.jpgAbdullah Bawazir fought against US forces in Iraq and escaped from a Yemeni prison in June 2011, according to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was killed in a drone strike in Hadramout on Dec. 24, 2012.


Al Nusrah Front claims 2 suicide attacks in Syria

Al-Nusrah-Front-banner.pngAl Qaeda's affiliate in Syria claimed credit for the first two suicide attacks reported in Syria this year. The attacks were launched to avenge reported atrocities in a village in Idlib.


Suicide bomber kills Iraqi lawmaker who was prominent Awakening leader, and 5 others

aifan560.jpgSheikh Aifan Sadoun Aifan al-Issawi, an Iraqi parliamentarian and one of the leaders of the Sunni tribal "Awakening," was assassinated while inspecting a road construction project near Fallujah.