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The Saudi-Brotherhood divide




Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs




The Assad regime slated a presidential election for June 3; requests for nomination will be accepted until May 1. Mortar shells landed 100 meters from the Parliament in Damascus, killing five people. Rebels led by the Al Nusrah Front launched a counteroffensive in Homs, where they were joined by the Islamic Front. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic Front continued to clash with regime forces near the military airport in Deir Izzour city, and Al Nusrah carried out two suicide car bombings in Ghariba. In Hasakah, the German-rapper-turned-jihadist Denis Mamadou Cuspert was reportedly killed by an Al Nusrah suicide attack on foreign fighters affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.




Zawahiri discusses infighting in Syria, opposition to Egyptian goverment

In a newly released audio message, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri says his group has not been defeated by American airstrikes. He also addresses the jihadist infighting in Syria, as well as his opposition to the Egyptian government.


Kidnapped French journalists: we were chained together in underground cells




The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; in Reef Dimashq; in Homs, where Al Nusrah carried out two suicide bombings; in Latakia, where they were joined by Junoud al Sham, Ahrar al Sham, Sham al Islam, and Ansar al Sham; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by Fajr al Islam and the Abu A'mara battalion. Also in Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Kobani city, and bombarded regime forces near Kweiris airport. Islamic fighters fought against regime forces in Idlib and in Sweida. Four French journalists kidnapped by ISIS in two incidents in June were released with the help of Turkish authorities. Reports surfaced indicating that Sanafi al Nasr, a senior al Qaeda leader said to have been killed last month in Latakia, is alive.




Head of al Qaeda's 'Victory Committee' survived battle in Syria

Sanafi al Nasr, a senior al Qaeda leader who was reportedly killed in Latakia, Syria in late March, is alive. Nasr leads an al Qaeda committee responsible for the group's strategic planning and policy.


From martyrs to victims: Counting Syria's dead




The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; in Aleppo, where they were joined by the al Mujahideen army; in Reef Dimashq; and in Latakia, where they were joined by the Junoud al Sham, Ahrar al Sham, Sham al Islam, and Ansar al Sham. Turkish border guards opened fire on Kurdish civilians trying to enter Turkey from Syria in Aleppo. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham executed a defected soldier in Hasakah, and clashed with Islamic fighters in Deir Izzour. A large car bomb detonated outside a mosque in the largely Alawite Akrama area of Homs, killing at least 14 people and injuring over 50. Mortars and rockets have begun targeting Druze neighborhoods in Sweida, following an alleged vow by Al Nusrah that it would attack military and paramilitary targets in Sweida to "avenge" the deaths of Deraa residents.




From dawa to hesba: the strange evolution of Ansar al Sharia




Al Nusrah Front sharia official uses social media to condemn killing of fellow jihadist

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir used his Twitter account to condemn the killing of Abu Muhammad al Fateh, the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the province of Idlib, Syria. Sulayman says that Fateh joined al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005 and went on to become a confidante of Abu Muhammad al Julani, Al Nusrah's emir.


ISIS' 'Diyala Division' lauds foreign suicide bombers, including Dane

The Diyala Division praised 26 suicide bombers, including foreign fighters from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tajikistan, Chechnya, and Denmark.


In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham conducted raids and arrests. In Aleppo, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and the Abu A'mara battalion attacked a large regime barracks by first blowing up tunnels under it, and were joined by the al Mujahideen army and rebels in other areas; the ISIS clashed with Kurdish YPG forces and bombarded areas near Kobani city. In Idlib, regime forces ambushed Islamic forces near M'aret al-Nu'man city, killing 28 non-Syrian fighters. In Reef Dimashq, regime forces clashed with Al Nusrah, Islamic forces, and rebel fighters. A jihadist media outlet issued a posthumous statement from the slain leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades warning of the danger to the jihadist cause posed by ISIS' expansion into Syria. The ISIS spokesman issued a statement criticizing al Qaeda's general command for allegedly deviating from the path of Osama bin Laden.




European jihadists form ISIS brigades in Syria




Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons




Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle US-aligned kingdom




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.


ISIS reportedly kills Al Nusrah Front's commander for Idlib province




Any hope for long-held civilian hostages in Syria?




Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria