One terrorist probably dead, another probably not

Writing about alleged terrorist deaths means being ready to retract what you’ve written if, as happens pretty frequently, the report of their death turns out to be wrong. One minute you’re talking about Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri kicking the bucket, the next his organization is releasing new recordings that may (but also may not!) be him… Continue reading One terrorist probably dead, another probably not

Trying to make a splash in the terror market, Al-Qaeda heads east

Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video earlier this week in which he announced the creation of an “official” Al-Qaeda branch in India, called Jamaʿat Qaedat al-Jihad fi Shibh al-Qarrah al-Hindiyah or, in English, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Zawahiri claimed that the announcement was the culmination of a “two year” process of organizing smaller jihadi… Continue reading Trying to make a splash in the terror market, Al-Qaeda heads east

You ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine

In a move with fairly wide-ranging implications for global Islamic terrorism and the Levant region, Al-Qaeda Central (AQC) has issued a communique denying any link between itself and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As you know, ISIS has been embroiled in a civil war within a civil war, in recent weeks spending… Continue reading You ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine

Abdullah Azzam: The Unmentioned Founding Father of Al-Qaeda and Hamas

I would guess that most people who know the name “Abdullah Azzam” today know it as the name of a terrorist network, the “Abdullah Azzam Brigades,” a group that claimed responsibility for a recent attack in Lebanon and whose leader, Majid b. Muhammad al-Majid, just died of, uh, “natural” causes while in the custody of… Continue reading Abdullah Azzam: The Unmentioned Founding Father of Al-Qaeda and Hamas