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AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

14th April 2017 – The Cipher Brief

AQIS Fits Into al Qaeda’s Global Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the region, AQIS is a highly significant group. This is an assessment that’s shared by top officials within the U.S., such as General John Nicholson, Commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who talked about this recently in an interview with CTC Sentinel. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military kills AQIS leaders, fighters in southern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda announced the deaths of a shura member for its branch in the Indian subcontinent, its commander in Bangladesh, and other fighters during US military operations in Afghanistan over the past year. The eight leaders and fighters are but a small percentage of al Qaeda members killed by US forces in Afghanistan in that time. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban strikes US base in eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that has hosted CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other jihadists in the region. more...

23rd April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri warns against ‘nationalist’ agenda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released an audio message from emir Ayman al Zawahiri earlier today. The audio file, which was spliced together with images from the Sunni jihad in Syria, is just over six minutes long. It was released via social media, including on As Sahab’s Telegram channel. more...

23rd April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban ‘infiltrated’ Afghan Army to carry out deadly attack in north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that four of the fighters who executed Friday’s suicide assault on an Afghan Army corps headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh had “infiltrated” the military. At least 140 Afghan soldiers were reportedly killed during the Taliban operation, making it one of the deadliest and most effective attacks on a military installation in Afghanistan since the US invaded in 2001. more...