- ISIS Spokesman Boasts of Recent Conquests, Urges Fighters to March to Baghdad
Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani, the official spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), boasted in an audio speech about the recent conquests by the group in Iraqi provinces and urged the fighters to march to Baghdad.
- Al-Qaeda No. 2 Wuhayshi Threatens U.S. in AQAP Video
The latest news media reports of a new video from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) featuring the group's leader, Abu Baseer al-Wuhayshi, amidst a large, open gathering of fighters, was released over two weeks ago by the SITE Intelligence Group, on March 29, 2014.
- Brigades of Abdullah Azzam: Bringing the War into Lebanon
After years of threatening Hezbollah and Iranian interests in Lebanon, and solely claiming responsibility for attacks outside the country, the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam took credit for the November 19, 2013, twin suicide bombings near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
- The Westgate Attack: A New Trend in al-Qaeda Communication Strategies
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen's attack and four-day-long siege at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya demonstrated a new trend in al-Qaeda's online media strategies, as online communication from the al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia was routed exclusively through social media sites.
- Special Report on the Power Struggle Between al-Qaeda Branches and Leadership
The controversy between al-Qaeda's branches in Iraq and Syria took an unexpected turn on the night of June 14, 2013, when an audio message surfaced from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)...
- London Attack Echoes al-Qaeda Incitement to Target Soldiers in West
Aftermath of attack in Woolwich, London / Credit: ITV
Although it is not yet clear what motivated the beheading of a man believed to be a soldier outside of the Woolwich barracks in London, the incident, which is being treated as an apparent terrorist attack, is reflective of al-Qaeda's incitement for lone-wolf strikes against soldiers in Western countries.
- Caucasus Emirate Division Comments on Alleged Role in Boston Bombings
“Vilayat Dagestan,” one of the branches of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (IEC), issued a statement regarding the April 15, 2013, Boston bombings and the speculation in the American media that one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is affiliated with the group.
- Profiles of Djohar Tsarnaev's Twitter, Tamerlan's Alleged YouTube Channel
The suspects behind the bombings during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, Chechen brothers Djohar (Dzhokhar) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both maintained social networking accounts, one on the microblogging website Twitter, and the other on the video sharing site YouTube.
- Boston Bombing Suspects Identified as Chechen Brothers
US officials have identified the suspects in the April 15, 2013, Boston bombings as Chechen brothers Djohar (Dzhokhar) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both of whom have a presence on social networking websites.
- Jihadists Hope Boston Bombings are Acts of Jihadi Terrorism
Amidst ongoing media reports of two explosions in the American city of Boston, Massachusetts, near the finish line of the marathon race on April 15, 2013, jihadists expressed their joy and hoped the blasts are acts of jihadi terrorism.
- Federal Reserve Banks Among Targets Listed By Jihadists
On October 17, 2012, a Bangladeshi national, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan.
- French Shooter Mohammed Merah Directed By Moez Garsalloui
Amidst the French police siege on Toulouse shooter Mohammed Merah's apartment on March 22, 2012, a post on the Shumukh al-Islam jihadist forum, the online primary source for al-Qaeda's propaganda, claimed responsibility for Merah's March 19th shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school that killed three students and a rabbi.
- Prominent Jihadist Forum Appears Again Online
The top-tier Shumukh al-Islam jihadist forum has come online once again after being offline for nearly a week and a half, though it is unclear whether its appearance is only temporary.
- Zawahiri Announces Joining of Shabaab to al-Qaeda
Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir, the leader of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, pledged to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video released by al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab.
- Terror Suspect Sami Osmakac Criticizes Jews and Christians in Several Online Videos
Sami Osmakac, an American indicted on January 9, 2012, and accused of attempting to carry out a terrorist attack in Florida, appeared in several videos posted online throughout 2011 on YouTube and other video sharing websites.
- American Touted as a Leader of GIMF Killed in Pakistan
"Abd al-Moeed bin Abd al-Salam," an American citizen killed during a raid by Pakistani security forces in Karachi in November 2011, was named by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) as one of the group's commanders.
- Naser Abdo: Al-Qaeda's Ideal Recruit
American soldier Naser Abdo was arrested near the Fort Hood military base on July 27, 2011, after arousing the suspicion of a clerk at a local weapons and ammunition store.
- Jihadist Announces Forthcoming AQAP Cartoon
A jihadist announced that he will soon release a cartoon he created about al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a message posted on jihadist forums on July 17, 2011.
- Jihadist Website Administrator Isa Al Khattab Arrested in Germany
On June 28, 2011, German authorities Harry Machura, a 19-year-old German convert to Islam, better known online as the jihadist “Isa Al Khattab,” who allegedly operated a German-language website called the “Islamic Hacker Union” (IHU).
- Jihadist Charged for South Park Threat Spread Ideology on Social Networks
On May 13, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed an affidavit charging an American convert to Islam, Jesse Curtis Morton AKA Younus Abdullah Mohammed, with communicating threats to the creators of the “South Park” television show in a statement posted in April 2010 on the RevolutionMuslim website, a jihadist website that Morton co-founded in 2008.
- Insight into Al-Qaeda's Confirmation of Bin Laden's Death
In a four page statement released to jihadist forums on May 6, 2011, al-Qaeda officially announced the death of its leader, Usama bin Laden, stating that he “was killed in truth in a situation of truth.”
- Libya, an Important Land for Jihad
As rebels in Libya rise up against the 40-year rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the country moves towards civil war, al-Qaeda leaders and affiliated organizations have responded by issuing a flood of messages and statements addressing the Libyan people.
- The Third Palestinian Intifada’s Facebook Page
An Arabic-language Facebook page called the “Third Palestinian Intifada,” has declared May 15, 2011, as the beginning of a third Palestinian intifada, modeled after the First and Second Intifadas, but inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
- In Frankfurt Attack, Echoes of Jihadist Propaganda
On March 2, 2011, Arid Uka reportedly boarded an American military bus carrying soldiers to the Frankfort airport and opened fire on them, killing two and injuring an additional two soldiers who were on their way to serve in Afghanistan.
- Social Jihad Network : Taliban Twitter
As part of an apparent strategy by the Afghan Taliban to broaden their online reach by using social media websites1, the organization has created several accounts on Twitter, the user-generated realtime updating platform.
- Egyptian Church Bombing Follows Years of Instigation from Al-Qaeda against Copts
At midnight on New Year's Eve, twenty-one congregants at the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt, were killed in what was reported to be a suicide bombing. The attack was carried out exactly two months after the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) had attacked a church in Baghdad and had threatened additional attacks against Christians, not only in Iraq, but also in Egypt and elsewhere.
- Emerson Begolly: An American Jihadist
Following the December 11, 2010, suicide bombing of Taymour Abdulwahhab Al-Abdaly, an American jihadist named Emerson Begolly recorded a chant honoring Al-Abdaly and uploaded it to jihadist forums. Singing lines such as "blow their heads right off their shoulders," Begolly encouraged others to emulate the bomber. A portion of his chant can be heard in the SITE Intelligence Group's YouTube video discussing the recent bombing, available online at http://youtu.be/_pQrBGQZ4Ug .
- Brief on Recent AQAP Threats to the US and its Interests
In light of the discovery of packages originating from Yemen containing explosive materials, and those packages being attributed to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, SITE Intelligence Group has prepared a brief on examples of AQAP’s recent threats to the US and its interests. Since its establishment, AQAP has demonstrated its determination to launch strikes abroad, specifically in its deployment of Umar al-Farouk Abdulmuttalab to carry out a suicide bombing on a US-bound passenger plane, and to use innovative methods.
- Virginia Jihadist Zachary Chesser Arrested
Zachary Chesser, a young, Virginia-based jihadist activist who uses the name “Abu Talhah al-Amriki,” was arrested on July 21, 2010, following an attempt to travel to Somalia to join the Shabaab al-Mujahideen, a designated terrorist organization. Cheser previously gained media attention when he threatened the South Park creators in April over the show's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. According to an FBI affidavit, Chesser managed to make contact with facilitators on online jihadist forums who provided advice on how he could successfully travel to Somalia.
- Jihad on YouTube
When the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a video taking credit for the Times Square bombing early Sunday morning following Mayor Bloomberg's press conference, the group didn't post its message through traditional jihadist forums or send a tape to al-Jazeera.
- Timeline of Tehrik-e-Taliban Videos
In light of the revelations that the alleged Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad admitted to receiving training in Waziristan, SITE is releasing a timeline and brief report looking at how the recent videos from the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) were released to the internet.