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Al Qaeda's general manager threatens America in video of large gathering

A video of Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda's general manager, has sparked renewed interest in the media. Wuhayshi threatens the US in the video. His "core" leadership role gives him influence across al Qaeda's international network.


Zawahiri's longtime deputy reportedly arrested in Egypt

Thirwat Salah Shehata has been arrested in a suburb of Cairo. According to Egyptian officials, he had been training militants in eastern Libya. Shehata has been tracked by US intelligence for more than a decade.


Saudi MSC in Jerusalem fighter fought in Libya, sought to join 'mujahideen' in Somalia

Saudi national Adi Saleh Abdullah al Fudhayli al Hadhli, who died in June 2012 in an attack against Israel, had originally sought to join the "mujahideen" in Somalia. In 2011, he traveled to Libya to fight in the Libyan civil war.


State Department designates 3 Ansar al Sharia organizations, leaders

The State Department has designated three Ansar al Sharia organizations. Two of them were involved in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya and the third was involved in the Sept. 14, 2012 assault on the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. The State Department says Ansar al Sharia Tunisia is "tied" to al Qaeda's affiliates, including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


Suicide bomber strikes security checkpoint near Benghazi, Libya

For the first time since the Libyan revolution, a suicide bomber attacked Libyan security forces. At least several Libyan soldiers were reportedly killed. No group has claimed responsibility, but the Libyan Army has blamed Ansar al Sharia.


Analysis: Al Qaeda seeks to spin capture of top operative

Adam Gadahn, an al Qaeda propagandist and spokesman, has released a video denouncing the capture of top al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi. While calling for vengeance, Gadahn tries to portray al Libi as an innocent who was wrongly detained.


ISIS praises slain commander who fought in Iraq, Libya, and Syria

Abu Abdullah al Libi fought against US forces in Iraq, the Ghaddafi regime in Libya, and against Bashir al Assad's regime before being killed in Syria in September.


Ansar al Sharia battles security forces in Benghazi

For the past few days, Ansar al Sharia has been battling Libyan security forces in the city of Benghazi. More than one year after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US mission, the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia remains a potent force.


Suicide bomber strikes in Tunisia

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the coastal city of Sousse earlier today. According to Tunisian officials, the bombing was part of a planned wave of attacks. No group has claimed the attack, but it comes after weeks of escalating violence between Ansar al Sharia and the Tunisian government.


Analysis: UN adds Benghazi suspect to al Qaeda sanctions list

The UN added Muhammad Jamal al Kashef to its al Qaeda sanctions list on Oct. 18. The US government previously designated Jamal on Oct. 7. The UN noted Jamal's ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, whereas the US government's announcement did not. Jamal's network continues to plan attacks.


Ansar al Sharia Libya denounces capture of top al Qaeda operative

Ansar al Sharia Libya has issued a statement saying "we must seek to release the captive brother" Abu Anas al Libi, who was seized by US forces on Oct. 5.


State Department designates longtime Zawahiri subordinate

The State Department designated Muhammad Jamal and the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN) as terrorists. Jamal established connections to al Qaeda's senior leadership, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


'Core' al Qaeda member captured in Libya

Anas-al-Libi.jpgA senior al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al Libi, was captured in Tripoli, Libya. Al Libi has served al Qaeda since the 1990s. According to a report published by the Library of Congress in August 2012, he was the "builder of al Qaeda's network in Libya."


Letter from Nasr City cell member posted by Ansar al Sharia Egypt

Ansar al Sharia Egypt posted a letter in June from Tariq Abu-al-Azm, a former major in the Egyptian air force who is accused of being part of the Nasr City cell. The cell has multiple ties to al Qaeda.


Benghazi suspect fled to Pakistan, recently detained in Libya

Al-Chalabi-Faraj.jpgA Libyan named Faraj al Chalabi has been detained in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. It is "unclear" what role he is suspected of playing, but he fled to Pakistan afterwards. Muammar Qaddafi's regime previously said he worked for al Qaeda.


Al Qaeda-linked groups increasing contact with Salafi groups in Nile Delta and Sinai

Egyptian officials are worried that they are seizing only a fraction of the weaponry entering the Sinai Peninsula from Libya. In addition, al Qaeda-linked groups are said to be increasing contact with Salafi groups in the Sinai and Nile Delta.


US officials denied access to 'Nasr City Cell' suspects

American officials have not been granted access to senior al Qaeda-linked terrorists detained in Egypt. One of them has ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


Communications with Ayman al Zawahiri highlighted in 'Nasr City cell' case

The Egyptian press has reported on two letters written by Muhammad Jamal to Ayman al Zawahiri. Jamal's trainees reportedly took part in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The letters do not deal with the Benghazi assault, but one of them was written less than one month beforehand.


Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases video of freed Benghazi suspect

harzi1.jpgThis is the third time that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has used social media to update Ali Ani al Harzi's case. In December, the group prayed for his release and published photos of the FBI agents who interviewed him.


Tunisia frees Benghazi suspect

The Tunisian government has freed Ali Harzi, a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The FBI questioned Harzi in December, and Ansar al Sharia Tunisia released photos of the investigating agents online.
 
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