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: 1274 results found.
Former NF Official Sami al-‘Aridi Continues to Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Dispute Over NF-AQ Split

Dr. Sami al-‘Aridi, a former Shariah official in the Syria-based Nusra Front (NF), continued to reveal the behind-the-scenes dispute over the group’s split from al-Qaeda (AQ) in the second and third installments of his series on the issue.

Pro-AQ Jihadi Ideologue Calls to Expand Jihad to Turkey if it Enters Idlib

A pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) jihadi ideologue called on fighters in northern Syria to expand the jihad to Turkey if its forces enter the Syrian city of Idlib.

Former NF Official Sami al-‘Aridi Reveals Zawahiri’s Disapproval of AQ Split

Dr. Sami al-‘Aridi, a former Shariah official in the Syria-based Nusra Front (NF), revealed in a series called “Testimonies Regarding the Dissociation between Jabhat al-Nusra (Fateh al-Sham) and al-Qaeda Organization,” that AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri disapproved of the split.

Fatwa Urges Muslims in West to Steal Wealth, Finance Jihad & Weapons

An Islamic fatwa authorizing Muslims to steal wealth in order to fund jihad was republished by a pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) media group, and emphasized current “need for modern weaponry.”

GIMF Announces Release of Awlaki Inspire Article on Stealing Wealth, Financing Jihad

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) announced a forthcoming media release, Anwar al-Awlaki’s commentary on stealing wealth to fund jihad.

Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Urges Muslims Consolidate Ranks, Mobilize Efforts Against U.S. and "Client Regimes"

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to consolidate their ranks and mobilize efforts together against the United States and its "client" regime in a speech for the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Shabaab Reports Capturing Barire Following Suicide Raid, Surrender of SNA Soldiers in Middle Juba

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported capturing the town of Barire in Lower Shabelle following two suicide operations and “broad offensive” on government bases in the area, as well as operations in Mogadishu, Lower Shabelle, and Gedo, and the surrender of Somali soldiers in Middle Juba.

Al-Qaeda Mourns Former Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Uses Opportunity to Call Muslims to Unite Despite Differences

Al-Qaeda (AQ) mourned former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who died in prison on September 22, 2017, in its “al-Nafeer” bulletin, and used the opportunity to call on Muslims to unite despite their ideological differences.

Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Rallies Fighters in AQ Branches, Urges North African Branch “Teach the French a Lesson”

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri rallied fighters in the group’s branches in the Indian Subcontinent, North Africa, Somalia, and Yemen, and to those in the Mali area, called to “teach the French a lesson”.

Hamza bin Laden Urges Muslims in Audio to Participate in Syrian Jihad

Hamza bin Laden, a son of former al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Usama bin Laden, urged Muslims to participate in jihad in Syria through physical or financial means, and help stop what he described as “international Crusader-Rafidhi aggression”.

Al-Qaeda Central Urges Muslims to Financially, Militarily, and Physically Support Their Brethren in Myanmar

Al-Qaeda Central (AQC) urged Muslims around the world and especially those in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to support their Rohingya brethren in Myanmar financially, militarily, and physically.

Al-Qaeda’s as-Sahab Media Publishes 2015 Letter from 9/11 Planner to Barack Obama

As the second of four advertised releases for the 16th anniversary of 9/11, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) as-Sahab Media Foundation published a letter written in September 2015 from Khalid Sheikh Muhammad to then-U.S. President Barack Obama.

Al-Qaeda Releases Will of 9/11 Hijacker Muhannad al-Shehri for 16th Anniversary of Attacks

Al-Qaeda’s (AQ) as-Sahab Media Foundation released the video will of 9/11 hijacker Muhannad al-Shehri (AKA Abu Umar al-Azdi) on the 16th anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington DC.

Pro-AQ Media Group Rebukes IS’ “False” Claim of Tiaret Attack, Asserts AQIM’s Responsibility

The pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) Al-Hijrah Media rebuked the Islamic State’s (IS) “false” claim of responsibility for the August 31, 2017 suicide bombing at a police station in the Algerian city of Tiaret, asserting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM) responsibility. 

Shabaab Claims Targeting Ethiopian Special Police in Border Town, Attacks in Lower Juba, Puntland, Lower Shabelle, and Kenya

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an attack on Ethiopian Liyuu (Special) Police near the town of Farlibah, in Hiran, in addition to attacks in Lamu County, Kenya and Somalia’s Lower Juba, Puntland, and Lower Shabelle regions.

Pro-AQ English Media Group Issues Bulletins 6 and 7, Quotes from Leaders on Pledge to Zawahiri and Sanctity of Muslim Blood

The pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) English media group “Al-Hijrah” published issues six and seven of its bulletin, quoting from AQ leaders on the sanctity of Muslim blood and pledging to Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Days Before Kenyan Election, Shabaab Calls on Kenyan Muslims to Migrate, Forgo Voting

Four days ahead of the Kenyan general election, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video addressing Kenyan Muslims, calling on them to forgo voting, avoid polling stations entirely, and migrate to Somalia to join the group.

AQAP Claims 24 Attacks Over Three Week Period in al-Bayda’, Abyan, Hadramawt, and Shabwa

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) reported carrying out 24 military operations within three weeks in Yemen’s al-Bayda’, Abyan, Hadramawt, and Shabwa governorates.

AQ Leader Zawahiri Mourns Slain Official Umar Khalil and Abu Dujana al-Pasha in Audio Speech

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri mourned slain officials Abu Umar Khalil (AKA Khalil al-Madani) and Abu Dujana al-Pasha (AKA Muhammad Mahmood al-Bahteeti), in an audio speech, and also revealed that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad founded the group’s media wing, as-Sahab.

Pro-AQ English Media Group Launches Newspaper Consolidating Recent Islamic News

The pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) English media group “Al-Hijrah” introduced its new English-language newspaper consolidating recent Islamic news from around the world.


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