Al Qaida have appointed Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri as its new head, in an delayed announcement that seemingly shows the terrorist organization as struggling to come to terms with the killing of its figurehead Osama bin Laden in May.
A jihadist website posted the short statement by al Qaida Thursday explaining that the long-time number two, al-Zawahiri, has been appointed after “consideration”.
Al-Zawahiri has often been described as the “operational brains” behind al Qaida, however, he is reported to be much less charismatic than his predecessor. more >>
Five informants who fed vital information to the U.S. in the build up to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden have been arrested by Pakistan.
According to reports Pakistan’s top spy agency has detained five people who were working with the C.I.A. as U.S. authorities tried to work out whether the al Qaida leader was hiding in the Abbottabad compound.
One of those arrested is believed to be a Pakistani army major who recorded car license plates of vehicles entering and leaving bin Laden’s compound over the weeks prior to the raid on May 2. more >>
Al Qaida's most senior operative in Africa has been confirmed as killed in Somalia, in what is another blow to the terrorist group following a constant flow of senior members falling since Osama bin Laden's death last month.
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is believed to have been the brains behind the 1998 attacks on U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in Mogadishu Tuesday, although he was not initially identified.
The 1998 embassy attacks resulted in the killing of 224 people, including 12 American citizens, and more than 5,000 others were injured. more >>
Al-Qaida’s number two has issued a chilling warning to the West saying that Osama bin Laden will continue to “terrify” the U.S. and its allies from beyond the grave.
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s message has been posted on Jihadist websites five weeks since the killing of bin Laden, and is the first time that al-Zawahiri has spoken publicly about his leader’s death.
The statement also comes just a week after Ilyas Kashmiri, a potential successor to bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. drone strike. more >>
White House officials are considering whether to withdraw all 30,000 U.S. surge troops from Afghanistan by late 2012.
A number of options are currently being discussed for the best to method to conduct the U.S. troop drawdown, which is scheduled to commence in July.
President Barack Obama will hold pivotal meetings Wednesday with Afghan President Karzai to discuss strategy. He is also preparing to address U.S. voters on his Afghan strategy this month. more >>
One of the most wanted terrorist militants in the world has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region late Friday night, June 3, 2011.
Ilyas Kashmiri, the leader of terrorist group “Harkatul Jihad al-Islami” was among nine killed during the U.S. airstrike. His death has been confirmed Saturday by the militant group itself.
Abu Hanzala, a spokesman for the terror group, confirmed the death of Kashmiri, who is believed to have been responsible for the attack on a naval air station in Karachi last month, which killed 10 Pakistan navy personnel. more >>