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: 1294 results found.
AQAP Claims Explosive, Projectile Attacks in Abyan, al-Bayda’, Hadramawt

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed attacks on Security Belt Forces (SBF), Houthis, and Elite forces in Yemen’s al-Bayda’, Abyan, and Hadramawt governorates.

Shabaab Claims Eleven Attacks in Five Somali Regions, Capture of Towns in Bay

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed eleven attacks in five regions of the country, targeting Somali, U.S., Ugandan, Kenyan, and police forces and capturing two towns in Bay.

Hamza bin Laden Continues to Vilify KSA Founder for "Betrayals," Explores Uqair Convention in 4th Episode in Series

Al-Qaeda (AQ) official Hamza bin Laden, a son of Usama, continued to vilify the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exploring the Uqair Convention and his agreements with the British in the 4th episode of a series inciting for regime overthrow.

AQ Reminds Fighters in Syria to Shun Differences to Achieve Victory

Al-Qaeda (AQ) dedicated the 20th issue of its al-Nafeer bulletin to fighters in Syria, repeating its call to them to shun differences as a necessary step towards victory.

AQAP Claims Killing Houthis in al-Bayda’, Releases Photos of Shabwa Car Bomb Aftermath

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) reported targeting Houthis in two bombings in al-Bayda’ within three hours and released photos of the aftermath of a car bombing on Elite forces in Shabwa.

AQAP Claims Car Bomb Killing, Wounding 20 Elite Forces in Shabwa

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed killing and wounding 20 Yemeni Elite Forces in a car bombing in Shabwa.

Al-Qaeda Central Reiterates Call to Fighters in Syria to Unite in Face of Common Enemies

Al-Qaeda Central (AQC) reiterated its call to fighters in Syria to unite in the face of their common enemies, namely the Bashar al-Assad regime, Iran, "Crusaders," and the Islamic State (IS).

AQ’s Mali Branch Claims Destroying Malian Military Vehicle in Mopti, Attacking Gendarmerie Post in Burkina Faso

Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM), the Mali-based branch of al-Qaeda’s (AQ), claimed its second attack on a Malian convoy in Mopti, destroying a military vehicle, and attacking Burkinabe gendarmerie near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, killing two.

Al-Qaeda Promotes Faith-based Brotherhood Among Muslims Despite Personal Differences in Opinion

Dovetailing a prior bulletin urging Muslims to unite despite their ideological differences, al-Qaeda (AQ) promoted faith-based brotherhood regardless of an individual’s opinion and perspective in “discretionary matters”.

AQ Insiders Distribute Letter from Hamza bin Laden Announcing Death of His Son

Al-Qaeda (AQ) insiders distributed a letter attributed to AQ official Hamza bin Laden announcing the death of his eldest son, 12-year-old Usama.

AQAP Claims Five Attacks on Elite Forces in Hadramawt, Houthis in al-Bayda’, SBF Commander in Abyan

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed five attacks on Elite forces, Houthis, and a Security Belt Forces’ (SBF) commander in Hadramawt, al-Bayda’, and Abyan, respectively.

Al-Qaeda Criticizes Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) as "New Crusader Coalition"

Al-Qaeda (AQ) criticized the first meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), a 41-country coalition from the Muslim world led by Saudi Arabia against the Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups and actors, calling it a "new Crusader coalition in a Saudi gown".

Hamza bin Laden Explores Saudi "Betrayal" of Palestinian Cause in 3rd Episode in Series

Hamza bin Laden, a son of former al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Usama bin Laden, explored what he described as the Saudi "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause in the 3rd episode of a series inciting for regime overthrow in the Kingdom.

AQ’s “External Communications” Director Responds to Syrian Official’s Criticism, Clarifies Alleged Leaks

Al-Qaeda (AQ) released a statement from its “External Communications” director responding to criticism from Abdul Rahim Attoun (AKA Abu Abdullah al-Shami), an official in Syria, about the group’s correspondence process and alleged leaks.

Fundraising Campaign Requests Funds Via Prepaid PCS Mastercard

An alleged fundraising campaign to “finance 10 families in Syria,” is requesting donations through prepaid PCS Mastercard tickets, and is being promoted by jihadists, including pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) channels, as well as groups affiliated with Western fighters in Syria.

AQ Leader Zawahiri Gives First Public Rejection of Nusra Front Split

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri directly addressed the split from his group by the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) for the first time since its occurrence in July 2016, rejecting it and calling on fighters still loyal to AQ, and others, to seek unity against the enemy.

Shabaab Claims Attacks on SNA, Ugandan, Kenyan Forces in Mogadishu, Southern Somalia

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed attacks on Somali National Army, Ugandan, and Kenyan forces within Mogadishu as well as multiple areas of the Lower Shabelle and Lower Juba regions.

AQ Leader Zawahiri Demands Revenge Against U.S. for Death of “Blind Sheikh,” Urges Unity of Fighters

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri demanded that Muslims take revenge against the U.S. for the death in prison of the “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman, and reiterated his call to fighters in general and those in Syria in particular to unite against the enemy alliance.

Amazon Gift Cards Endorsed by Jihadists Seeking Funds

Payments through Amazon cards are being encouraged by jihadists from different factions, including Syrian fighters affiliated with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and al-Qaeda (AQ), and supporters of the Islamic State (IS).

Hamza bin Laden Holds Father, Usama, as Example for Muslims, Incites for Revolutions and Revenge Against U.S.

Al-Qaeda's (AQ) as-Sahab Media Foundation released an audio speech from Hamza bin Laden, a son of Usama, holding his father as an example for Muslims to follow in jihad, and inciting for revolutions in the Muslim world, in addition to revenge against the U.S. for the killing of the elder bin Laden.


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