In the UNSC’s new report on the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and affiliated groups, the UN states that the Uzbek jihadist group, the Islamic Jihad Union, operates in Syria. This was not previously known.
According to a recently released report by a UN Security Council monitoring team, the Taliban is the “primary partner for all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan,” including al Qaeda. The only exception is the Islamic State, which opposes the Taliban.
According to the UN’s Jan. 2019 assessment, al Qaeda’s relationship with the Taliban is “long-standing” and “strong.” And al Qaeda “continues to see Afghanistan as a safe haven for its leadership.” The UN estimates that the Islamic State has several thousand fighters in Afghanistan as well.
The al Qaeda and Taliban-linked jihadist group has operated under the radar of Western officials in Afghanistan, but continues to wage jihad alongside its allies.
The IJU continues to operate in eastern Afghanistan. The group said that fighters from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan as well as Pashtuns participated in attacks on US bases, and that the fighters have deployed a mine designed to down a US Apache.
The strike took place in Mir Ali, a known terrorist haven where the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and the Islamic Jihad Group, an IMU splinter group, are based.
Mounir and Yassin Chouka, two Germans who are operatives in the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and Mevlut Kar, an Islamic Jihad Union facilitator, were added to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. All three have ties to al Qaeda.
Another Turkish fighter is said to have been killed in a recent US Predator airstrike in Mir Ali, Pakistan.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said that Abu Bakr al Almani, a previously unknown jihadist, was killed during battle.
The Taliban again called for the release of ‘Lady al Qaeda’ Aafia Siddiqui. The hostages may be managed by Moezeddine Garsallaoui, a Swiss citizen who is a senior al Qaeda leader in North Waziristan.
A propaganda outlet for the the Victorious Sect said that Abdul Fettah al Almani was killed. The report is unconfirmed.
Four “militants of central Asian origin” were said to have been killed in the strike in the Mir Ali area.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s leader for the Afghan north is connected to networks in Kabul and Ghazni, and facilitates suicide and other attacks.
The Haqqani Network commander was the deputy operational leader in Paktia, and led more than 250 fighters, including Uzbeks.
Miqdad, a German citizen who is also known as “Abdullah the Essen,” was killed while fighting US forces in Baghlan in April 2011. He wanted “to kill Germans.”
Pakistani officials said the attackers appeared to be “Uzbek or Chechen.” The Pakistani Army claimed to have captured a senior al Qaeda operative in Karachi.
The attack took place in an area that hosts a number of regional and international terror groups. Four “foreigners” were reported killed.
The IMU ‘s senior leader in Afghanistan served as “a key conduit between the senior IMU leadership in Pakistan and senior Taliban leadership in Afghanistan.” He escaped from a Pakistani jail in 2010.
The IJG facilitator “is responsible for coordinating the movement of foreign fighters from Iran and Pakistan into Afghanistan,” ISAF stated.
The strike took place in the Mir Ali area, a known haven for al Qaeda and the Islamic Jihad Group.
Predators fired four missiles at targets in the Datta Khel area. The strike is the first in eight days.
Another vehicle was hit as it traveled in an area of North Waziristan known to host foreign terrorists plotting to attack Europe and the US.
The “high-ranking Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior leader” facilitates suicide attacks in the north and is in close contact with leaders in Pakistan.
Unmanned strike aircraft hit a vehicle as it traveled through the Mir Ali area, which has been the epicenter of an al Qaeda plot to attack the West.
The strike is the fourth in the Mir Ali area this month. Foreign terrorists training to strike in the West have been harboring in the area.
The Germans were members of the Islamic Jihad Group. An operational commander, a financier, and an expert bomb maker were among those reported killed.
Two missiles were fired into a compound that had “become a hub of militants’ movement” in North Waziristan.
A leader of the British cell and two German cell members were killed in Predator strikes in September. Abdul Jabbar was named the leader of the Islamic Army of Great Britain.
The strike took place in Mir Ali, a known haven for al Qaeda leader Abu Kasha al Iraqi, who supports the Islamic Jihad Group.
Eight Germans and two Britons are said to have been killed in the same strike that killed an Islamic Jihad Group leader who trained Germans to return to their home country to carry out terror attacks.