News has emerged on al-Qaeda forums that one of their senior leaders, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has been killed in Afghanistan. Yazid, 55, has been part of al-Qaeda’s inner sanctum for much of the last decade, playing an ever increasing role in the movement after many of its former leaders were either killed or captured in the aftermath of 9/11.
The use of federal courts for terrorist trials highlights the hypocrisy of Obama’s counterterrorism policies
‘At last, a familiar sight: we drive past a Johnson & Johnson factory. “This place can’t be that bad,” I tell myself. “Daniel Pearl was executed near here,” the driver says unprompted. “Do you want to see where?”‘ – Shiraz Maher comes face to face with the Taliban
On Saturday, a number of media outlets reported on a jihadist plot uncovered by Indonesia security authorities to stage a coup in the country and replace the current government with an Islamic state. It was also alleged that, as part of the plot, the group were planning to assassinate President Obama.
The jihadist theorist with an extensive network of British supporters, Anwar al-Awlaki, is currently on the run in Yemen. Still, that hasn’t stopped him issuing a new audio message.
Yesterday, there were conflicting reports about the arrest of American al-Qaeda (AQ) spokesman, Adam Gadahn, in Karachi. Although Pakistani officials claim he was arrested on Sunday, US intelligence sources claimed that they had yet to see any evidence of his capture. The Pakistanis confirmed today that the suspect is not Gadahn, but another AQ-linked US citizen. Nonetheless, due to the recent media interest, it is worth taking a closer look at him.
‘The fighting in Somalia can no longer be dismissed as an obscure domestic struggle in an unimportant country of no wider relevance to the world. The crackle of machinegun fire in Mogadishu, the regular thwump of mortars, the ground-shaking shelling by Amisom tanks and the sporadic suicide attacks by delusional youths represent the frontline in the international fight against al-Qaeda.’
Barack Obama has squandered his first year in office in the face of al-Qaeda’s growing threat
The resurgence of al-Qaeda under Obama has proved that we were right to go to war in Iraq