Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State’s controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.
An Afghan soldier fired at fairly close range on Coalition and Afghan troops during a key leader engagement at an Afghan military training facility near Kabul, killing a US major general and injuring a German general as well as US, British, and Afghan troops.
The destruction of the mosques housing the tombs of Jonah and Seth is only the latest in the Islamic State’s campaign to purge minority religions from Mosul.
Abdul Waheed Majeed, who is thought to be the first British suicide bomber in Syria, is seen in a video dedicated to Al Nusrah Front commander Saifullah al Shishani, a Chechen recently killed in Aleppo.
Recent infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and other Islamist groups, including the Al Nusrah Front, has not yet risen to an all-out confrontation.
In addition to conducting operations with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, Ahrar al Sham was involved in the recent takeover of a large cache of weapons and munitions owned by the Free Syrian Army.
The charter of the newly formed Islamic Front indicates that the group is willing to work with al Qaeda’s two branches inside Syria.
The Vatican reported last week that the priest was captured by fighters “linked” to the Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. A graphic video of his beheading has been published on the Internet.
A Taliban operative who was responsible for the death of an American soldier in May 2012 died along with an associate in a precision airstrike in Kunar’s Ghaziabad district. ISAF had claimed it killed the operative last September.
Asadullah Khalid, the chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, was wounded in an attack at an NDS guesthouse today by a Taliban suicide bomber posing as a peace envoy.
“The nightmare that surreptitiously looms on British shores is bound to eclipse the horrors of 7/7 and 21/7 combined,” Shabaab said on its Twitter account.
Moezeddine Garsallaoui, a Swiss citizen, led the al Qaeda-linked group, and trained Mohamed Merah, the Toulouse shooter who killed seven people. He appears to have been killed in a drone strike.
The suspension of combined combat patrols by units below the battalion level takes place as green-on-blue attacks continue to spike.
Qais al Qazali, the leader of the League of the Righteous, said a controversial film “will put all the American interests Iraq in danger.” Qazali was released from custody by the US in 2009.
And in Cairo, Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the US embassy, took down the American flag, and raised the al Qaeda flag in its place. The two attacks, which occurred on Sept. 11, are the first such attacks on US diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya.
As green-on-blue attacks spike, US and Afghan military officials have taken increasingly strong measures to combat attacks on their forces by Taliban infiltrators and disgruntled Afghan troops. In 2012, green-on-blue attacks accounted for 15% of ISAF deaths.
The letter shows a confident al Qaeda leadership working to maintain order and consistent behavior within the ranks of its affiliates in Pakistan.
Nassar al Awlaki urged Muslims to keep Anwar’s message alive “by spreading his teachings, sermons, and lectures,” and condemned the US airstrikes that killed his son and grandson.
The suicide bomber was led to Burhanuddin Rabbani for peace talks by a reconciled Taliban minister who has been described as “a trusted emissary.”
The bombings targeted buildings housing the offices of the prime minister, the justice ministry, a newspaper, and a news agency, killing at least 7 people and wounding many more. In a related attack, a gunman shot at least 20 attendees at a political youth camp.
A large number of observers believe that the US just provided Uganda and Burundi with offensive drone capabilities. It hasn’t.
An increase in Predator strikes against al Qaeda groups in Pakistan and operations against the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in northern Afghanistan is linked to a plot to carry out a Mumbai-like terror assault in several cities in Europe.