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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.


Pakistani Taliban commander killed during fighting in North Waziristan

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said that Mohammad Hassan recently was freed from a prison in Afghanistan before rejoining the fight in Pakistan's tribal areas.


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.


Al Qaeda leader released from Iranian custody reported killed

Abu Amru al Masri was previously described as a "mid-level commander," in one of Osama bin Laden's documents that was dated June 11, 2009.


AQIS claims plot to strike US warships was executed by Pakistani Navy officers

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent said that all of those who participated in the attempted hijacking of the PNS Zulfiqar were active duty naval officers.


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.


Al Qaeda operations chief, propagandist reported killed in airstrikes

Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.


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.


2 al Qaeda commanders reported killed in US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan

The pair of al Qaeda commanders are said to be members of the Badr Mansoor Group, which was described in one of Osama bin Laden's documents as an al Qaeda "company."


Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claims 2 attacks in Pakistan

AQIS has claimed two attacks in Pakistan. On Sept. 2, the group assassinated a Pakistani officer. An AQIS spokesman claims that the group attempted to take over a docked Pakistani ship on Sept. 6 and fire missiles at American warships.


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.


Al Nusrah Front releases eulogy commemorating Ahrar al Sham leaders

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a statement honoring the Ahrar al Sham leaders killed in yesterday's explosion. Al Nusrah says they were among the "best" of men and leaders.


Al Qaeda members mourn Ahrar al Sham, Islamic Front leaders on Twitter

Several influential al Qaeda members have used their Twitter feeds to mourn the slain leaders of Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front. The jihadists were killed in an explosion earlier today. One well-connected jihadist, who appears to be an al Qaeda media operative, claimed that the head of the Islamic Front had been in communication with Ayman al Zawahiri.


Head of Islamic Front, other senior leaders killed in explosion

The Islamic Front announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders were killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among the slain leaders is Hassan Abboud, who was the leader of Ahrar al Sham and the head of the Islamic Front's political office. Abboud was especially close to Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Syria.


Al Nusrah Front releases English-language summary of monthly operations

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released an English-language pamphlet highlighting its activities throughout the month of August. The publication focuses on the group's military operations, including targeting Assad's forces and Hezbollah fighters, as well as its social work.


AQAP endorses new branch of terror network in the Indian subcontinent

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has congratulated its "brothers" in al Qaeda for creating a new branch in the Indian subcontinent. AQAP offers "special congratulations" to "our Sheikh and good Emir," Ayman al Zawahiri.


Shabaab names new emir, reaffirms allegiance to al Qaeda

Less than one week after Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in an American airstrike, Shabaab has named a new leader and publicly reaffirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.


Al Qaeda veteran takes on a more prominent role as spokesman in Syria

Abu Firas al Suri long served as a clandestine figure in al Qaeda's international terrorist network. Today he serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman. He is tasked with defending Al Nusrah's capture of more than 40 UN peacekeepers.


US confirms Shabaab emir Godane killed in airstrike

'Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabaab," the Pentagon's spokesman said. But jihadist groups have withstood the loss of top leaders in the past.
 
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