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Al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar

In the first edition of its new online newsletter, Al Nafir, al Qaeda renews its oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The move is likely a response to the Islamic State's claim that it rules over a caliphate with its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, serving as the new caliph. Last week, al Qaeda released a video of Osama bin Laden discussing his oath of allegiance to Mullah Omar.


Analysis: Al Qaeda attempts to undermine new Islamic State with old video of Osama bin Laden

Al Qaeda has posted a video featuring Osama bin Laden from mid-2001. Al Qaeda is attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the Islamic State's announced caliphate by highlighting bin Laden's testimony. Bin Laden spoke of the "pillars" necessary for building a "strong Islamic state."


Taliban commander exchanged for Bergdahl coordinated with al Qaeda to attack Northern Alliance the day before 9/11

Mohammad Fazl, one of the five Taliban leaders exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl, played a key role in al Qaeda's military preparations leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Member of Taliban's elite Supreme Shura among 5 transferred to Qatar

Two court decisions provide insights into the career of Khairullah Khairkhwa, who is one of the five senior Taliban leaders recently transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.


Review board recommends indefinite detainee at Guantanamo be transferred

Ali Ahmad Mohamed al Razihi is one of the 48 detainees President Obama's Guantanamo Review Task Force said should be held in indefinite military detention. But a Periodic Review Board has now recommended that he be transferred to his home country of Yemen.


Al Qaeda spokesman convicted on terrorism charges

A New York jury has convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith on terrorism charges. In the weeks following 9/11, he became infamous for his threats against America. During questioning by the FBI in 2013, Abu Ghaith admitted he knew a Guantanamo detainee who is still in custody.


Review board rules against Guantanamo detainee

Earlier this month, a review board responsible for evaluating the status of Guantanamo detainees determined that a Yemeni held in Cuba since early 2002 should remain in custody. According to a leaked threat assessment, the detainee was slated to be a hijacker on 9/11 before al Qaeda canceled his part of the operation.


AQAP's emir also serves as al Qaeda's general manager

Wuhayshi-oath.jpgNasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been appointed the overall general manager of al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden's letters contain a description of the general manager's role.


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.


Analysis: Al Qaeda central tightened control over hostage operations

Several months before his death in May 2011, Osama bin Laden ordered al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to stand down with respect to hostage negotiations. The terror master said he would negotiate with France concerning AQIM's hostages. Mokhtar Belmokhtar's spokesman recently confirmed that he still answers to al Qaeda central.


Osama bin Laden's documents cited by Canadian intelligence




Key Mumbai plotter arrested in Saudi Arabia

Abu-Jundal.jpgSaudi authorities arrested Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, a key operative in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, earlier this month. Ansari has reportedly implicated Pakistani officials in the attacks.


Pakistan detains al Qaeda operative tied to multiple plots

An al Qaeda operative named Naamen Meziche has been reportedly detained in Pakistan. Meziche had extensive ties to the 9/11 plotters and was part of a 2010 plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe. That plot also had significant links to al Qaeda's Iran-based network.


Osama bin Laden on the Muslim Brotherhood




Analysis: Spinning Iran and al Qaeda, part 2

The Combating Terrorism Center's report on the bin Laden files gets a basic fact about the history of the relationship between Iran and al Qaeda wrong.


Bin Laden docs: Al Qaeda asserts authority in letter to Pakistani Taliban leader

The letter shows a confident al Qaeda leadership working to maintain order and consistent behavior within the ranks of its affiliates in Pakistan.


Osama requested safe house in Peshawar for his son Hamza




Bin Laden advised relocation of some leaders to Afghanistan due to drone strikes in Waziristan

In late 2010, the al Qaeda emir said some of the group's leaders and operatives should relocate from North and South Waziristan to the eastern Afghan provinces of Kunar, Nuristan, Ghazni, and Zabul.


Analysis: Nearly all of bin Laden's documents should be released

Only a tiny fraction of Osama bin Laden's files have been released. Nearly all of them should be.


LWJ Series: Analyzing the bin Laden documents


 
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