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US adds Norwegian AQAP bomb maker to list of terrorists

Anders Cameroon Ostensvig Dale, a Norwegian who joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in 2008, is thought to have been trained under AQAP bomb maker Ibrahim al Asiri or one of his lieutenants.


AQIM rejects Islamic State's caliphate, reaffirms allegiance to Zawahiri

In a statement attributed to AQIM's propaganda arm, the al Qaeda branch rejects the Islamic State's caliphate and reaffirms its loyalty to Ayman al Zawahiri. The statement also reveals that AQIM has played a role in the mediation efforts between the Islamic State and its jihadist rivals in Syria.


Al Nusrah Front issues 'clarification' on the creation of an Islamic emirate

The Al Nusrah Front has released a statement saying that it has not "yet" announced the creation of an Islamic emirate and it will only do so after other jihadist groups agree with the decision.


Taliban calls for reconciliation in Syria, avoids mentioning Islamic State's caliphate

The Taliban's statement avoids any explicit mention of the Islamic State or its announced caliphate, even though the Islamic State has claimed that all Muslims must pledge allegiance to its leader.


Updated: Popular Australian cleric seeks to travel to Syria, join Islamic State

Shortly after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate, Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was planning to travel to Syria.


Islamic State consolidates gains in eastern Syria

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar province in Iraq.


Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb calls for reconciliation between jihadist groups

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State."


The Islamic State's rivals in Syria reject announced Caliphate

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well.


Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border.


Analysis: A protracted struggle ahead for Iraq

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the central government's security forces are unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the more distant provinces of Iraq anytime soon.


ISIS and the threat to Turkey

The recent hostage crisis in Mosul is only the latest sign that Turkey's new neighbor, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, poses a serious threat to Turkey's national security.


Ansar al Islam claims attacks against Iraqi military, police

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month.


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's quiet war minister

Little is publicly known about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's war minister. But he was appointed in April 2010 and the war ministry he leads has been in charge of planning the group's operations in the past.


Ansar al Sharia Tunisia leader says gains in Iraq should be cause for jihadist reconciliation

Abu Iyad al Tunisi, the head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, has released a statement calling for jihadists in the Levant to reconcile based on recent events in Iraq.


Iraqi troops repel ISIS assault on Mosul

The ISIS killed 18 security personnel during a massed assault on the northern Iraqi city. ISIS fighters also briefly seized control of Anbar University in Ramadi.


ISIS touts French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues to highlight the deaths of foreign jihadists in both Iraq and Syria.


ISIS takes control of areas in central Iraqi city

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took partial control of Samarra after more than 150 fighters stormed the city.


Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun

In well over a dozen countries, evidence has emerged that jihadists who trained or fought in Syria are engaging in terrorist activities in their home countries and elsewhere.


Uzbek jihadist group releases footage from Syrian training camp

The Imam Bukhari Jamaat, which fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, touted its training camp, which is thought to be located near Aleppo.


US officials have identified American suicide bomber in Syria

US officials have identified the first American suicide bomber in Syria as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who reportedly grew up in Florida. Abusalha went by the alias "Abu Hurayra al Amriki" and joined the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria.
 
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