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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.


6 al Qaeda operatives thought killed in recent drone strike in Pakistan

Sanafi al Nasr, a top al Qaeda leader based in Syria, named three jihadists killed in the "Khorasan."


US drones target 'Punjabi Taliban' in North Waziristan strike

The US has launched three strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past 10 days, indicating that a top jihadist leader is thought to be operating there.


US launches another drone strike in North Waziristan

The strike is the second in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past week.


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.


US drone strike kills 6 'militants' in North Waziristan

The strike took place in an area of North Waziristan that has served as a command center for al Qaeda's military.


Taliban seize district in central Afghanistan, launch suicide assault in Kandahar

A district center in Ghor province was overrun by hundreds of Taliban, while the group sent more than a dozen fighters to attack the governor's compound and police headquarters in Kandahar City.


Taliban torch hundreds of fuel tankers in Kabul

A police official said more than 400 fuel and supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban last night in an attack on a trucking terminal just outside the Afghan capital.


Taliban battle to regain areas of key southern province

The Taliban have been fighting in Helmand's Sangin district for the past week, and are said to be in control of many areas.


Pakistani military kills local Taliban leader, captures al Qaeda bomb expert

The military said the Taliban commander is known as "Commander Umer" but did not name the al Qaeda explosives expert.


Pakistani military claims 257 'terrorists,' no civilians killed in North Waziristan offensive

The Pakistani military claims it has conducted extensive airstrikes without killing a single civilian.


Pakistan launches 'comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists' in North Waziristan

Operation Zarb-e-Azb appears to be aimed at the "bad Taliban" and foreign terror groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. It is unlikely the Haqqani Network or the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group will be targeted.


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.


US launches 2 drone strikes in Pakistan, breaks 6-month lull

Four Uzbeks, two members of the Punjabi Taliban, and 10 "miitants" are said to have been killed in the pair of strikes.


IMU involved in suicide assault on Karachi airport

Both the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan have claimed the attack on Jinnah International Airport.


Pakistani Taliban launch assault on Karachi airport

The movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said the assault on the airport was launched to avenge the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud, its former emir.


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.


Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange 'won't help the peace process in any way' - Taliban spokesman

"We don't believe in the peace process," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated just after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the prisoner exchange might "be a new opening that can produce an agreement."


Mullah Omar hails release of 5 top Taliban commanders as 'great victory'

In addition to a statement from Mullah Omar, the Taliban has posted pictures of the Taliban commanders released from Guantanamo. The pictures show the jihadist leaders being greeted by their supporters and families in Qatar.


Taliban says 'five senior leaders' have been 'liberated' from Guantanamo

The Taliban has released a statement on the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Taliban says that its five "prominent" leaders have been freed in exchange for an American soldier, and that it did not participate in direct negotiations with the US to complete the swap.