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Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including mid-level planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States.
In Afghanistan, the government willingly released a bunch of imprisoned terrorists. In Yemen, they had to be broken out of prison. Twenty-nine al Qaeda operatives freed in an attack on a prison that killed seven. Click here to read the story.
Al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad’s regime so they can set up a “just Muslim government.”
Clashes between Sunni militants, some of whom are linked to al Qaeda, have claimed more than 1,000 lives this month, according to a monitoring group. Click here to read the story.
The leader of the Nusra Front, an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, on Tuesday proposed an initiative aimed at halting the worst infighting yet between the armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the conflict nearly three years ago. Read more here.
Iraqi security forces and their tribal allies have made gains in heavy fighting in Ramadi, security officials and tribal leaders said. But Sunni militant insurgents aligned with al Qaeda appeared to maintain control of much of Falluja, another important city in Anbar province.
The fighting in Falluja is complicated. Some armed tribesmen will little sympathy for al Qaeda and its desire to set up a Sunni Islamic state in Iraq have now apparently decided that the Shiite-dominated govt is their greater enemy.
Many of the militants in Anbar are members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, a Qaeda-affiliated group that’s also among the fiercest combatants in the Syrian civil war.