Al-Qaeda questioned Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi about former Ba'ath intelligence officers in his ranks, asking about their role and actions, while the IS accuses the Taliban of working with Pakistani intelligence.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri gave an audio eulogy for former al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQA) chief Abu Baseer al-Wuhayshi, which quickly became a platform to criticize the Islamic State (IS) and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Three branches of al-Qaeda – al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and al-Qaeda in Syria (Nusra Front) - issued a joint eulogy for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour.
IMU leader Uthman Ghazi
A jihadist gave an account of the fighting between the Afghan Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) that has allegedly resulted in the capture of the IMU leader and the near-elimination of the group, and demanded that the Islamic State (IS) address what has happened.
Al-Qaeda’s as-Sahab Media Foundation released an audio speech from Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al-Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, with an introduction by current chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, gave a eulogy for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, and like fellow al-Qaeda-affiliates, did not mention the group’s new chief, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, or pledge allegiance to him.
In an audio recording attributed to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader pledged allegiance to new Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour and eulogized its previous leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar.
Three al-Qaeda-affiliates al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in the Levant) released a joint eulogy for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar.
After acknowledging the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar over two years since his passing from illness, the Afghan Taliban announced the appointment of former deputy, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, as the new leader, and a Haqqani Network official as a deputy.
Confirmation of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death has caused controversy across jihadist communities on Twitter.
The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its leader, Mullah Omar, had died in an official statement released on July 30, 2015.
Media reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead prompted conflicting responses among jihadist communities on Twitter.
Khorasan Province leader Hafiz Saeed Khan
Khorasan Province of the Islamic State (IS) released an audio speech from its leader, Hafiz Saeed Khan, suggesting that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar is dead and that the remnants of Taliban leadership work for the Pakistani ISI.
Accounts of Islamic State (IS) fighters and supporters have expressed increasingly negative sentiments toward Taliban leadership amid IS’s expansion into the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, with some claiming mounting defections to IS.
The Afghan Taliban published a biography of its leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, and assured that he continues to lead the group and “keenly follows and inspects the Jihadi activities against the brutal infidel foreign invaders”.
A statement attributed to Uthman Ghazi, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), questioned the whereabouts of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar and recognized Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “Caliph”.
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar instructed fighters to prioritize insider attacks in the enemy ranks and the “allurement of their high-ranking security personnel” in a message for the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar congratulated the Afghan people and fighters for the exchange of five leaders who were held in Guantanamo for its American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, and considered it a harbinger of the “liberation and independence” of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Taliban released a message attributed to its leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, for the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), calling upon Afghans to join together and end the occupation of the country and also to boycott the upcoming Afghan presidential election.
The Afghan Taliban released a message attributed to its leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, congratulating Muslims for the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and commenting on current events in the country.