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Testimony in the recent trial of New York subway bomb plotter Adis Medunjanin shed more light on the role of fugitive Canadian terrorist Ferid "Yousef" Imam, 31. Yousef conducted weapons training at an al Qaeda camp in North Waziristan that was also attended by an al Qaeda operative known as "Hamad," a name for wanted terrorist Adnan El Shukrijumah, who is said to sometimes use a Canadian passport.

Files recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, show that the al Qaeda leader and his deputy Ayman al Zawahiri were in contact with Afghan Taliban emir Mullah Omar. The terror leaders plotted strategy in Afghanistan up to two weeks before bin Laden was killed.

An apparent cyberattack took down several of al Qaeda's websites between March 23 and April 2. Announcing it was back online, Shamukh al-Islam, a main al Qaeda website, claimed the attack was the work of the "enemies of Allah" and said that instead of one network, al Qaeda has "tens of networks."

Ayman al Zawahiri released yet another videotape via As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm. Zawahiri called for the US to release al Qaeda prisoners in exchange for captive American Warren Weinstein, and called for a a popular revolt agains the government of Pakistan.

US officials believe that the Jan. 11 drone strike in Miramshah, North Waziristan, killed Aslam Awan, a deputy to the leader of al Qaeda's external operations network. Awan is a Pakistani national from Abbottabad who is also known as Abdullah Khorasani.

Ayman al Zawahiri, the emir of al Qaeda, released a videotape that commemorated his predecessor, Osama bin Laden. "People don't know that this man was tender, gentle, kind, with refined feelings, even when life was hard," Zawahiri said.

A federal court in New York indicted Abdeladim El-Kebir, a Moroccan who trained in a Waziristan terror camp, on charges of planning to use a destructive device and conspiring to support al Qaeda. In April, he and two other men were arrested in Germany while collaborating on a bombing ordered by a top al Qaeda official in 2010.

Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, an al Qaeda operative from Saudi Arabia, is being arraigned by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. Al Nashiri was involved in the suicide boat attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen in 2002, the attack on the MV Limburg in 2002, and the plot to attack the USS The Sullivans in 2000.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri called on Algerians to rise up against their government just as the Libyans did against President Qaddafi. Zawahiri also criticized Egypt's military for failing to aid the Libyans and Tunisians.

The Abbottabad commission said that Osama bin Laden's wives and children are allowed to return to their home countires after being questioned. Bin Laden's compound will also be turned over to local officials.

Pakistani forces arrested Younis al Mauritania, a member of al Qaeda's external operations council, during a raid in Quetta. Also captured were two of his aides: Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami and Messara Al Shami.

The Al Fida' forum announced that Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu al Khayr, a jihadist who shares the same name as Ayman al Zawahir's deputy and Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, was killed. The report is not confirmed.

The Al Fajr Media Center, al Qaeda's internet propaganda arm, announced the establishment of the al-Fida' forum. The new forum is to take the place of the Al Ekhlaas forum.

Abdul Rahman Hussein, an Austrian known as "Driss," is said to be a senior al Qaeda leader who commands Austrian, Belgian, and French fighters along the Afghan-Pakistan border region. Driss was a deputy to slain external operations chief Saleh al Somali.

US intelligence officials now believe that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in the June 3 Predator airstrike in South Waziristan. Kashmiri, a Pakistani, is a top al Qaeda military commander and strategist.

The al Qaeda-linked Shamukh al Islam jihadist forum has been taken offline, presumably by hackers. Al Qaeda and other terror groups use the forum to publish official announcements.

Al Qaeda appointed Ayman al Zawahiri as the emir of the terror group. The official statement was released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm.

The Al Tahadi jihadist forum purportedly published a video, supposedly produced by As Sahab, that announced that Hamza bin Laden, Osama's son, was appointed the new leader of al Qaeda. The video was quickly removed from the forum.

Somali troops killed Fazul Abdullah Mohammed during a shootout at a checkpoint near Mogadishu on June 8. Fazul was the head of al Qaeda in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander. He was wanted for the 1998 suicide attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and other terror attacks.

Ayman al Zawahiri released a videotape that eulogized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "You shall not dream of security until we enjoy it and until you depart the Muslims' lands," Zawahiri said in a threat to the US.