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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.


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.


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.


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.


Leaders of German al Qaeda cell living in Iran

Leaders of an al Qaeda cell that plotted a Mumbai-style attack in Europe in 2010 and fought alongside the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan are living in Iran.


Senior al Qaeda leader reportedly killed

Atiyah_Rahman.jpg Atiyah Abd al Rahman, a top al Qaeda leader, was reportedly killed on August 22. Senior US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would neither confirm nor deny Atiyah's death. Atiyah was al Qaeda's "general manager" and Osama bin Laden's "chief of staff," according to a senior US intelligence official.


Latest issue of Inspire highlights al Qaeda succession

OBL-Inspire.jpgAQAP has released the sixth edition of its Inspire magazine. In it, Osama bin Laden is praised as a martyr. Inspire's editors also praise the selection of Ayman al Zawahiri as al Qaeda's new emir. Two other al Qaeda affiliates have already sworn their allegiance to Zawahiri.


The Gitmo Files: al Qaeda's alleged primary financial manager

Haji-Wali-Mohammed.jpgAccording to a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo threat assessment, a current detainee named Haji Wali Mohammed was al Qaeda's "primary financial manager." Haji Wali also allegedly worked for the Taliban, and purchased missiles for Osama bin Laden with support from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.


Bin Laden's courier tied to Pakistani-backed terror group

The New York Times reports that Osama bin Laden's courier was found to be in contact with members of Harakat ul Mujahedin (HUM), a terrorist organization long backed by Pakistan's spy agency. Leaked Guantanamo files provide more details about the relationship between HUM and al Qaeda.


DC district court denies former Taliban governor's habeas petition

Khirullah-Said-Wali-Khairkhwa.jpgIn a decision released on Thursday, a DC district court denied Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa's petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The court cited Khairkhwa's clandestine meetings with Iranian officials, among other evidence.


State Department designates former Gitmo detainee turned AQAP commander

Uthman-Ghamdi-thumb.JPGThe State Department designated former Gitmo detainee Othman al Ghamdi as a global terrorist today. Al Ghamdi is an "operational commander" in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.


The Gitmo Files: Fazul Mohammed continued to seek bin Laden's direction

Abdullahi-Sudi-Arale.jpgLeaked Guantanamo threat assessments highlight Osama bin Laden's influence over East Africa al Qaeda (EAAQ) and its leader, the recently slain Fazul Mohammed. The files also contain striking details about the ties between EAAQ and Somalia's Islamic Courts Union, the predecessor of Shabaab.


Analysis: Al Qaeda's interim emir and Iran

saif-al-adel.jpgAl Qaeda's interim emir is reportedly Saif al Adel, a longtime member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Al Adel has a decades-long relationship with Iran and was protected by the Iranians after 9/11.
 
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