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.