British engineer sentenced in U.S. on terror charge

British engineer sentenced in U.S. on terror charge

NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 16 (UPI) --A British engineer who designed websites that built support for the Taliban and other Muslim groups was sentenced Wednesday to 12 1/2 years in a U.S. prison.
Frances Burns
U.S. amends al-Qaida in Iraq's terror designation

U.S. amends al-Qaida in Iraq's terror designation

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) --The State Department announced on Wednesday that it has amended the foreign terrorist designation for al-Qaida in Iraq, now known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
JC Finley
Alarming video shows large al-Qaida gathering

Alarming video shows large al-Qaida gathering

SANA'A, Yemen, April 16 (UPI) -- A 15-minute video circulating around jihadist websites shows a large outdoor meeting of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula vowing to attack the United States.
Aileen Graef

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Al-Qaida attempts to rein in Syrian splinter group

Al-Qaida attempts to rein in Syrian splinter group

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate operating in Syria and Lebanon, issued an ultimatum to a splinter group to cease its activities.
JC Finley

Al-Qaida disavows Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida disavowed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose members have had deadly clashes with Syrian rebels, a statement on jihadist websites said.

Deadly U.S. airstrike in Somalia marks jihadist dangers

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. missiles strike that reportedly killed a senior commander of al-Shabaab, the Somalia Islamist group linked to al-Qaida, indicates that the organization remains threat despite recent military setbacks.

Israel fear of jihadist raids mounts after 'plot to hit U.S. Embassy'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Israel's claim to have thwarted a Gaza Strip-based al-Qaida plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has heightened fears that it's just a matter of time of time before the jihadist forces building up in Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territories launch a major strike on the Jewish state.

U.S. looking into Israeli threat claims

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said work was under way to confirm claims of an al-Qaida threat against U.S. interests in Israel.

Al-Qaida leader calls for truce between jihadists, Islamists in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called on jihadists and Islamists in Syria to "immediately" stop fighting each other and work together to oust the regime.

Al-Qaida wages assassination war against Yemen's spy services

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Dozens of top intelligence and military officers have been assassinated in recent months in a savage campaign widely attributed to jihadists, while complex attacks have been conducted against key military installations, all indicating that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent setbacks.
Israelis alarmed at prospect of 'jihadist tsunami' on borders

Israelis alarmed at prospect of 'jihadist tsunami' on borders

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Israel's security chiefs are increasingly concerned about what one analyst terms a "jihadist tsunami" building up around the Jewish state for the first time as al-Qaida groups emerge in war-torn Syria, turbulent Egypt and even in the Palestinian territories.
Jihadists see Sinai as 'next frontier' in war against U.S., Israel

Jihadists see Sinai as 'next frontier' in war against U.S., Israel

CAIRO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Some security analysts believe the brewing jihadist insurgency in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula may be the next major arena in the battle against militant Islam.

Egypt beefs up security along Suez Canal

CAIRO, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Egypt stepped up security along the Suez Canal after threats were received that jihadists were planning attacks along the waterway, officials said.

State Department declares Muhammad Jamal, his network, terrorists

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Muhammad Jamal Network and its founder, Muhammad Jamal, were declared terrorists, the U.S. State Department announced Monday.
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Ayman al-Zawahiri
WAX2001101003 - 10 OCTOBER 2001 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Most Wanted Terrorist poster of Ayman Al-Zawahiri released by the FBI, October 10, 2001. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Wednesday the creation of a special task force within the Justice Department to prosecute terrorism cases. cc/cc/FBI UPI

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري‎  ʾAyman Muḥammad Rabīʿ aẓ-Ẓawāhirī, detailed transliteration: Åỉmɑn Mʋhɑm̑ɑd Rɑbio alƵ̑ɑuaeɩri ; born June 19, 1951) is an Egyptian physician and current leader of al-Qaeda. He was previously the second and last "emir" of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, having succeeded Abbud al-Zumar in the latter role when Egyptian authorities sentenced al-Zumar to life imprisonment. His wife and three of his six children were killed in an air strike on Afghanistan by US forces in late 2001, following the September 11 attacks on the USA. As of May 2, 2011, he became the leader of al-Qaeda following the death of Osama bin Laden. This was confirmed by a press release from al-Qaeda's general command on June 16. After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. State Department offered a US$25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri's apprehension.

Al-Zawahiri is reportedly a qualified surgeon; when his organization merged with bin Laden's al-Qaeda, he became bin Laden's personal advisor and physician. He had first met bin Laden in Jeddah in 1986. al-Zawahiri has shown a radical understanding of Islamic theology and Islamic history. He speaks Arabic, English and French. He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.

In 1998, al-Zawahiri formally merged the Egyptian Islamic Jihad into al-Qaeda. According to reports by a former al-Qaeda member, he has worked in the al-Qaeda organization since its inception and was a senior member of the group's shura council. He was often described as a "lieutenant" to Osama bin Laden, though bin Laden's chosen biographer has referred to him as the "real brains" of al-Qaeda. On June 16, 2011, al-Qaeda announced that al-Zawahiri had been selected as bin Laden's successor as al-Qaeda's former leader had been killed in a US operation on May 2, 2011.

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