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21/1/2014 Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi’s Letter as Evidence of a Deep Rift between the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, and the Al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda

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During January 2014, there was another indication of the deep rift between the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, and the Al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda, with the publication of a letter written by Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. Al-Maqdidi is considered the father of the Salafi-jihadist movement in Jordan and a senior spiritual authority within the movement in general.


21/10/2013 The Crisis in the Syrian Arena of Jihad

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During the first half of April 2013, a rift was exposed between the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and the Islamic State of Iraq, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq. The rift became clear after the cold response given by Abu Muhammad al-Golani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front, to the declaration by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, in which he unilaterally proclaimed a merger between the branches under the organization’s leadership in Iraq.

 


2/10/2013 “The Terrorism Industry”: An Al-Qaeda Course in Security and Intelligence - Part Two

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This is the second segment in the series “The Terrorism Industry” by Sheikh Abu Ubaydah Abdallah al-Adam, who was until his death a prominent leader of Al-Qaeda responsible for its intelligence and security operations. The series was published by the Al-Fajr Media Institution, which is responsible for disseminating the written, audio and visual materials of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

 


17/9/2013 “The Terrorism Industry”: An Al-Qaeda Course in Security and Intelligence - Part One

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On July 24, 2007, Al-Fajr, the official media institution of Al-Qaeda, which is responsible for disseminating all official publications of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, published the first installment of an audio course titled, “The Terrorism Industry”, which covers “security and intelligence and their importance to Islam”. This course, which is composed of some 35-40 segments, was compiled by Sheikh Abu Ubaydah Abdallah al-Adam, who was responsible for intelligence and security for Al-Qaeda until he was killed in a US drone strike in Waziristan in April 2013. These segments shed light on the functioning and thought of global jihad strategists. The following is a summary of the first segment of this course.

 


11/9/2013 Main Developments in Theaters of Jihad: Mali, North Africa, Somalia, the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, and the Northern Caucasus

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Al-Qaeda’s nature and goals are transnational, as is evidenced by its threats and operations not being confined to particular countries or regions. Rather, through its many affiliates and adherents, Al-Qaeda has been able to extend its reach to many geographic locations, each of which has served a different purpose for the group – from bases of operations, to new frontiers, to potential locations for Islamic emirates. In recent testimony before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, RAND Corporation analyst Seth Jones stated that, "There has been a net expansion in the number and geographic scope of Al-Qaeda affiliates and allies over the past decade, indicating that Al-Qaeda and its brand are far from defeated.” Al-Qaeda's decentralization has cultivated this expansion, with local affiliate groups often launching autonomous operations under the strategic guidance of the core leadership.

 


19/8/2013 The Notebook of Abd al-Malek Droukdel: A Treasure Trove from Northern Mali

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During the first half of January 2013, France embarked on a military campaign to prevent northern Mali from falling into the hands of militias, some of them jihadist affiliates of Al-Qaeda. During an assault on Timbuktu, fleeing jihadists left behind a treasure trove: a notebook, containing guidelines from the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), headed by Abd al-Malek Droukdel, to its affiliate in the Sahara and the heads of its Shura Council (governing body). The notebook addresses matters of policy and strategy, and sheds new light on relations within and among the various branches of Al-Qaeda. The following is a brief review of the contents of the notebook.

 


17/7/2013 An Analysis of Two Attacks by the Al-Nusra Front in Syria

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Liwa Al-Sham, an independent Salafi-jihadist media institution devoted to publishing information about Syria, produced two studies describing and analyzing two key attacks perpetrated by the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s arm in Syria, against targets of strategic importance to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Both of the articles were written by Abd al-Rahman Muhammad al-Nimmer, an independent researcher at Liwa Al-Sham. Following is a brief review of al-Nimmer’s findings and conclusions.

 


9/7/2013 The Military Coup in Egypt as a Catalyst for Increased Terrorist Activity in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula

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Last week’s military coup in Egypt, which culminated in the overthrow of the sitting President Mohamed Morsi and the arrest of hundreds of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters, has given rise to mass demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is unwilling to concede defeat or accept this loss of power and its removal from Morsi’s hands in what was a distinctly undemocratic move. The demonstrations have quickly devolved into physical violence and bloodshed. This worrying development shows that Egypt is progressing toward civil war – between the Islamist camp of the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, and the secular and military camp. Jihadist groups, chief among them Al-Qaeda, are fanning the flames of this explosive situation, and raising their tone against the secular opposition and the Egyptian military.


13/6/2013 Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri Strives to Direct Jihad Against the State of Israel

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During the past year and a half, Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri has mentioned the State of Israel with increasing frequency. This trend reflects his desire to place Palestine at the center of jihadist discourse, and to direct jihadist efforts against Israeli territory. The latest instance of this occurred on June 6, 2013, when the Al-Sahab jihadist media institution published a new video clip by the Al-Qaeda leader titled, “65 Years of Existence for the Occupying State of Israel”. The date of publication was apparently chosen to coincide with commemoration of the nakba [tragedy], as the Palestinians call the establishment of the State of Israel, which falls on May 15.

 


28/12/2012 A Review of Jihadist Groups Active on the African Continent

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The following surveys the main jihadist groups currently active on the African continent. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is the most significant of these groups, and is active primarily in North Africa and specifically Algeria, where it originated. AQIM has been active for a number of years, and has recently expanded its influence into West African nations such as Niger, Mali and Nigeria. The bulk of its activity is terrorist attacks against regime forces and the kidnapping of foreign citizens in exchange for ransom.

 

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