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More jihadist training camps identified in Iraq and Syria

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria.


5 transferred Gitmo detainees served al Qaeda, leaked files allege

The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.


AQAP rejects Islamic State's 'caliphate,' blasts group for sowing dissent among jihadists

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, directly responds to a Nov. 13 speech by the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Nadhari says that Baghdadi's caliphate is illegitimate and criticizes him for trying to split the jihadists' ranks around the world.


AQIS announces death of 2 senior leaders in US operation

Adil Qudoos was a former major in the Pakistani Army; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested at Qudoos' home in 2003. The second jihadist leader, Dr. Sarbaland, served as a surgeon and senior propagandist for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.


US launches drone strike in North Waziristan

Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.


US military continues to claim al Qaeda is 'restricted' to 'isolated areas of northeastern Afghanistan'

A recent military report says that al Qaeda is bottled up in Kunar and Nuristan, but the global jihadist group is active in several other provinces.


Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb video features French, Dutch hostages

In a newly-released video, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shows French hostage Serge Lazaervic and Dutch captive Sjaak Rijke. The two men claim to be in poor health, appeal to their governments and family for their release, and mention the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.


US airstrike targets al Qaeda in Syria

The US military's airstrikes in Syria show that there is no firm dividing line between al Qaeda's so-called Khorasan Group and the Al Nusrah Front, which is al Qaeda's official branch in the country.


'Foreign militants' reported killed in latest US drone strike in Pakistan

Eight of the 18 US drone strikes in Pakistan since June 11 have occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which is a known hub for al Qaeda.


Sinai-based jihadists pledge allegiance to Islamic State in audio recording

An unidentified jihadist has released an audio recording saying that Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, the most prolific terrorist group in Egypt, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdad's Islamic State.


Analysis: CENTCOM draws misleading line between Al Nusrah Front and Khorasan Group

CENTCOM denied that the five airstrikes on Nov. 5 targeted "the Nusrah Front as a whole" but instead were directed at the Khorasan Group. This is a distinction without difference, as the Khorasan Group is part of the Al Nusrah Front.


Al Nusrah Front tweets photos allegedly showing aftermath of coalition airstrikes

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has tweeted a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Idlib. Prior to today, the coalition had not announced any airstrikes against Al Nusrah since the first day of the bombing campaign in Syria.


Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent calls for jihadist unity against US-led coalition

Usama Mahmood, the spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has released a statement calling on all jihadists to unite against the US-led coalition, which is bombing targets throughout Iraq and Syria.


Al Nusrah Front forces Western-backed rebel group to flee base in Idlib

The Al Nusrah Front has forced the leader of the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, Jamal Maarouf, to flee his base of operations in Idlib.


AQAP continues to portray US-led bombing campaign as a 'Crusade'

In a pair of videos released in late October, two leading AQAP ideologues preached jihadist unity in the face of the US-led coalition's bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. One of the videos also included thinly-veiled criticisms of the Islamic State's declared caliphate.


Arab, Haqqani Network commanders reported killed in latest drone strike in South Waziristan

Reports surfaced that an al Qaeda commander known as "Adil" was killed in the eighth recorded drone strike in Pakistan this year.


Al Nusrah Front offensive in Idlib targets Assad regime, fellow rebels

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army.


Pro-al Qaeda Saudi ideologue criticizes jihadist leaders in Syria, calls for unity

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms.


Analysis: Al Qaeda's 'Resurgence' focuses on Indian Subcontinent

Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region.


Taliban control 3 districts in Afghan provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.
 
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