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Al Nusrah Front leader says Americans and Europeans will pay the 'tax' of war

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for airstrikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State.


Al Nusrah Front trainer suspected of plotting against 2004 NATO summit killed in US airstrikes

One of the first reported casualties of the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week was an Al Nusrah Front commander known as Abu Yusuf al Turki. He had been training al Qaeda snipers in Syria. He was previously suspected of plotting to attack the 2004 NATO summit in Turkey.


Misunderstanding al Qaeda

The threat posed by al Qaeda remains today. The "Khorasan group" is merely al Qaeda in Syria.


Treasury designations target al Qaeda's international fundraising and facilitation network

The Treasury Department targeted six al Qaeda financiers and facilitators yesterday. Their work spans the globe, covering more than 10 nations from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.


Senior Islamic State military commander, 'emir of suicide bombers' among Treasury's terrorism designations

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today.


Senior al Qaeda strategist part of so-called 'Khorasan group'

An al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr is a part of the so-called "Khorasan group," which was dispatched to Syria by Ayman al Zawahiri. Like another member of the group, Nasr was once the head of al Qaeda's Iran-based network.


State Department designations target al Qaeda's international network

Four of the al Qaeda operatives designated by the State Department have supported the jihad in Syria. One of them may be tied to a key leader in the so-called "Khorasan Group," which was planning attacks in the West. A fifth al Qaeda veteran designated today was sent to Libya by Ayman al Zawahiri in 2011.


State Department adds Chechen, Moroccan-led jihadist groups to terrorist list

The US added the Chechen-led Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar and the Moroccan-led Harakat Sham al Islam, as well as Murad Margoshvilli, the leader of the Junud al Sham, to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. The Margoshvilli and the two terror groups are closely tied to al Qaeda in Syria.


US targets Islamic State in 21 strikes in Syria, Iraq

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West.


Al Nusrah Front posts photos showing aftermath of US bombings

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US.


US airstrikes target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim that al Qaeda veterans have been killed in the bombings.


US air war against jihadists in Syria begins

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo.


Al Nusrah Front threatens to execute 2nd Lebanese hostage

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August.


Al Nusrah Front threatens life of Lebanese soldier held hostage amid fighting

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.


Islamist foreign fighters returning home and the threat to Europe

Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats on the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe.


Islamic State assaults city in Syrian Kurdistan

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province.


Al Qaeda branches urge jihadist unity against US

AQAP and AQIM have issued a joint statement encouraging the jihadists in Syria to unite in the face of the American-led opposition. However, the statement should not be read as an indication that they are breaking ranks from al Qaeda. The two groups also offer their condolences for the Ahrar al Sham leaders who were killed earlier this month.


Caucasus Emirate eulogizes slain Ahrar al Sham leaders

The al Qaeda-linked Caucasus Emirate joins the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist groups in offering condolences to Ahrar al Sham.


Islamic State beheads British citizen, threatens another

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013.


Analysis: Al Nusrah Front explains decision to release UN peacekeepers

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN's list of designated terrorist organizations. And it says the hostages were freed in compliance with sharia law.
 
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