Al Qaeda (Qaedat al-Jihad)
قاعدة الجهاد
Established: 1988
Status: Active
Threat: Local & Global
Affiliation:al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al-Islam (Bangladesh), Nusra Front, Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement
Place of Origin and Activity: Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
State Department: Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1999, al-Qa’ida (AQ) was established in 1988. The group helped finance, recruit, transport, and train Sunni Islamist extremists for the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union. AQ’s strategic objectives are to eliminate Western influence and presence from the Muslim world, topple “apostate” governments of Muslim countries, and establish a pan-Islamic caliphate governed by its own interpretation of Sharia law that would ultimately be at the center of a new international order. These goals remain essentially unchanged since the group’s 1996 public declaration of war against the United States. AQ leaders issued a statement in February 1998 under the banner of “The World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders,” saying it was the duty of all Muslims to kill U.S. citizens – civilian and military – and their allies everywhere. AQ merged with al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad) in June 2001. Many AQ leaders have been killed in recent years, including Usama bin Laden in May 2011. AQ’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri remained at-large in 2015 Read more on
Founders: Usama bin Laden (deceased May 1, 2010), Ayman al-Zawahiri
Current Head (Emir):Ayman al-Zawahiri
Methods of Operation: guerilla tactics, use of IEDs and projectiles, hit-and-run ambushes and assassinations, suicide bombings, hijackings, hostage-taking, soft targets, etc.     
External Operations: Kenya, Tanzania, United States, Yemen     
Media Arms and Publications:
Central Media Division: as-Sahab Media Foundation
Other Media Units: Labbayik
Publications: Resurgence Magazine, Mu'askar al-Battar
Primary Method of Dissemination: Telegram
Languages: Arabic,English, Urdu
Total: 1320 results found.
Jihadists Ridicule U.S. and Partners’ Airstrikes on Syrian Facilities as a “Silly Play”

Jihadists reacted to the United States and European allies’ bombing of Syrian regime chemical facilities with overwhelming criticism, characterizing them as inadequate and purely theatrical.

AQ Stresses "Lineage of Treachery" Among Saudi Leaders, Calls Scholars to Denounce

Al-Qaeda (AQ) stressed in Nafeer 26 what it called a "lineage of treachery" among Saudi rulers from founder Ibn Saud through crown prince Bin Salman and called on Islamic scholars to denounce them and confront them with "knowledge".

Hamza bin Laden Discusses Origin of American-Saudi Relations in 6th Episode in Series

Al-Qaeda (AQ) official Hamza bin Laden, a son of Usama, discussed the origin of American-Saudi relations in the sixth episode of his series maligning KSA founder Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud as a "traitor" to Islam.

inSITE Blog: "Has al-Qaeda Replanted its Flag in Syria?" by Rita Katz

On February 27, pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) Telegram channels began distributing a statement from a group calling itself “Hurras al-Deen” (“Guardians of the Religion”).

Al-Qaeda Urges Disputing Factions in Northern Syria to Reconcile, Not Allow Strife Benefit Regime

Al-Qaeda (AQ) addressed disputing militant factions in northern Syria in the 25th issue of its al-Nafeer bulletin, urging them to reconcile and not allow their strife to benefit the Bashar al-Assad regime.

AQ Leader Zawahiri Gives Historical Lecture on Muslims' Loss, European Conquests in East Africa

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri presented a historical lecture on East Africa as it relates to European conquests and Muslims' loss of sovereignty, and drew conclusions about the cause, among which is corruption and internal conflict.

AQ's as-Sahab Media Publishes Leadership Advice from Former Shariah Official

Al-Qaeda's (AQ) as-Sahab Media Foundation published a booklet containing leadership advice from a former religious official as the first part in a series of past letters from its command.

Shabaab Claims Six Attacks in Three Days in Lower Shabelle, Hiran, & Mogadishu (Banaadir)

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed seven operations on Somali and Djiboutian forces in Lower Shabelle, Hiran, and Banaadir, including four in the country’s capital, Mogadishu.

Al-Qaeda Figure Urges Muslims Maintain Religious Morals, Values on Social Media

An al-Qaeda (AQ) figure urged Muslims to maintain their religious morals and values on social media, and prohibited their "Islamic pens" from distorting the faith.

IS Argues HTS Losing Positions to SLF is Similar to al-Qaeda’s Expulsion from Territories After Losing Popular Support

The Islamic State (IS) discussed Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) losing its positions to the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) in Naba 121, arguing that it is due to the failure to maintain popular support, which also afflicted al-Qaeda (AQ) and led to its expulsion from its controlled-territories.

Shabaab Claims Killing 20+ in Suicide Operation Near Mogadishu, Attacks in Gedo and Banaadir

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing more than 20 in a suicide operation near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, as well as four further attacks in the country’s Banaadir and Gedo regions on Somali, Kenyan, and Ethiopian forces.

In Less than a Week, Shabaab Claims 15 Attacks in Five Somali Regions

In less than a week, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed fifteen attacks in five Somali regions, including seven in the country’s capital city, Mogadishu.

Pro-AQ Groups in Syria Distribute Group’s Call to Help Those in Besieged Eastern Ghouta

Pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) groups in Syria disseminated a newly emerged group’s call to protect besieged Muslims in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta.

Al-Qaeda Uses Ghouta Massacre as Rallying Cry for Syria-based Fighters

Al-Qaeda (AQ) cited the massacre of Muslims in the eastern Ghouta of the Syrian capital, Damascus, as a rallying cry for Syria-based fighters to unite and settle their conflicts.

Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Reiterates Call for Unity in Syria, Tells Fighters to Prepare for Decades-Long War

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri reiterated his call and that of his group to fighters in Syria to unite and put aside their differences, and asked fighters and Muslims alike to prepare for a decades-long war.

Al-Qaeda Calls Jihadi Scholars to Guide Muslims through Discord, Muslims in Turn to Respect Scholars

Al-Qaeda (AQ) called on jihadi scholars to guide Muslims through the discord they experience, particularly those on the battlefield, and urged Muslims in turn to respect the scholars and their findings.

AQAP Claims Four Attacks with Explosives, Rockets, and “Silenced Weapons” in Ibb, Abyan, and Hadramawt

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed carrying out four operations in nine days utilizing explosives, rockets, and “silenced weapons” in Yemen’s Abyan, Ibb, and Hadramawt governorates.

AQ Leader Zawahiri Incites Muslims of Egypt to “Erase” Mistakes of Past Revolution and Start Anew

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri incited Muslims in Egypt to “erase all the mistakes” of the revolution during the Arab Spring and start anew through violent jihad along with riots and protests.

AQ Urges Fighters Continue Striking U.S. Economic Interests to Achieve its Collapse

Al-Qaeda (AQ) urged fighters to continue striking U.S. economic interests in order to bring about the collapse of America.

AQ Releases Video Lecture by Killed Commander Urging to Follow Warriors of Islamic History

Al-Qaeda (AQ) released a video of slain AQ commander Abu Laith al-Libi giving a lecture on battles in Islamic history and urging Muslims to follow in the footsteps of those who fought in them.


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