• Threat Matrix

    Pentagon confirms US targeted veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria

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    Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed today that the US targeted Abu Firas al Suri, a veteran al Qaeda leader, in an airstrike in Syria. Within hours of the bombing yesterday, jihadists on social media claimed that Abu Firas had perished. Separately, Cook confirmed that Hassan Ali Dhoore, a dual hatted al Qaeda and Shabaab leader, was killed in an airstrike in Somalia on Mar. 31. Read more →

    Afghan forces withdraw from district in Uruzgan

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    Over the past year, the Taliban have seized control of, or contested, a number of districts in a belt that spans southwestern Herat, eastern Farah, northern and central Helmand, Uruzgan, and northwestern Kandahar. The Taliban have historically used these safe havens to organize operations against neighboring districts and provincial capitals. Read more →

    Islamic State-linked ‘news’ agency claims 90 suicide attacks launched in February

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    'Amaq News Agency, which is linked to the Islamic State's online propaganda operations, released an infographic claiming that the "caliphate" launched 90 "martyrdom operations" in Iraq, Syria and Libya in February. The propaganda outfit previously claimed that the Islamic State carried out 85 suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria in January. These figures have not been independently verified. Read more →

    Islamic State releases photos from captured Libyan town of Bin Jawad

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    The Islamic State's Libyan "province" has released images from the captured town of Bin Jawad. The jihadists have likely operated in the town for months, but they only declared complete control of it earlier this week after launching a new offensive. The photos and a short video released by an Islamic State-affiliated "news" agency are intended to advertise the jihadists' control of Bin Jawad. Read more →