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Al Qaeda

24th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader argues Taliban’s ‘blessed emirate’ a core part of new caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to unite against an alleged “international infidel alliance” in a newly released video. The 5-minute production, which was posted online yesterday (Aug. 23), is titled “The Battle of Awareness and Will – The Solid Structure.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda leader argues Taliban’s ‘blessed emirate’ a core part of new caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to unite against an alleged “international infidel alliance” in a newly released video. The 5-minute production, which was posted online yesterday (Aug. 23), is titled “The Battle of Awareness and Will – The Solid Structure.” more...

20th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Wanted AQAP bomb maker rumored killed in US drone strike

Bill Roggio

Ibrahim al Asiri, al Qaeda’s top bomb maker and a senior leader in its branch in Yemen, is rumored to have been killed in a US drone strike sometime in the past year. The death of Asiri, one of the most dangerous and wanted men in the world, has yet to be confirmed. more...

7th August 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Al Qaeda-Iran Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

Twenty years ago today, al Qaeda carried out its most devastating terrorist attack prior to the September 11 hijackings. On the morning of August 7, 1998, two al Qaeda operatives drove explosive-laden trucks into the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. more...

7th August 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan forces target al Qaeda commanders in Helmand and Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The raids in Helmand and Nangarhar indicate that al Qaeda's leaders are not focused on its survival. Al Mesri was focused on manufacturing IEDs to support the Taliban's insurgency in Helmand, while Rahmatullah and his cohorts were operating in Nangarhar's provincial capital. more...