Ayman al-Zawahiri


Bin Laden’s Son Urges Saudis to Train with Al Qaeda to Overthrow Kingdom

Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al Qaeda leader, has urged young Saudis in a new audio message to train with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to “gain the necessary experience” to overthrow Saudi Arabia’s kingdom, a U.S. ally, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity online.


Syria’s Nusra Front Breaks from Al-Qaeda

The Nusra Front, formally known as Jabhat al-Nusra, has been al-Qaeda’s franchise in Syria since late 2011. The Syrian group’s leader has announced it will now cut its ties with al-Qaeda and become independent, with al-Qaeda’s blessing.


Al Qaeda Boss Zawahiri Calls for Alliance with ISIS against Russia

Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a new audio recording on Sunday, in which he called for an Islamist alliance against Russia and the West, and said his organization was ready to work with its previously despised offshoot ISIS against those common foes.


World View: Refugee Crisis: Turkey Ridicules Europe as Hungary Closes Croatia Border

Contents: Russian troops may take control of Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan; European Union agrees to terms in exchange for Turkey’s help with refugees; Hungary closes the border with Croatia; Polls show British voters more willing to leave European Union; Turkey’s president Erdogan ridicules Europe over refugee crisis

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Iran Swaps Top Al-Qaeda Operatives for Kidnapped Diplomat

Sky News reported last week that Iran has released five senior al-Qaeda operatives, including several possible successors to Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the organization, in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped in Yemen earlier this year.

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ISIS 9/11 Video: ‘We Are Back in America’

ISIS has released a video to commemorate–and celebrate–the 9/11 attacks. “We are back in America,” the terrorist nation declares, warning that Americans can expect another attack on the scale of what their godfathers in al-Qaeda pulled off on September 11, 2001, and promising to deliver “cars full of explosives and suicide bombers.”

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Al-Qaeda Chief Pledges Allegiance to New Afghan Taliban ‘Mullah’

In a sign that there could be dangerous times ahead for Afghanistan and the entire surrounding region, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Taliban “emir,” Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, in an audio tape released Thursday by the jihadist group.