inSITE on Al-Qaeda

Designed for government, academic, and policy makers in the counterterrorism field, as well as and corporate and non-governmental clients whose operations are impacted by al-Qaeda and its affiliates, the monthly inSITE on al-Qaeda report provides macro-analysis based on official communiques, online chatter, media reports, and existing SITE research. This multimedia report covers each of al-Qaeda’s affiliates’ attack claims and suicide operations, and features special analyses on military and propaganda campaigns.
AQAP claims first military activity in five months, amid what has been a surge of media activity in recent weeks.
AQAP commemorates 9/11 in lengthy, ‘Inspire’-labelled report calling for further attacks on U.S. interests.
AQC, AQAP, and AQ-aligned media groups all issue threats against the staff of Charlie Hebdo, following the republishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed.
AQAP official derides the normalization of Israel-UAE relations, while group faces significant offensive in Yemen.
Shabaab claims wounding U.S. soldier in incident likely connected to media reports of a group commander killed in Somalia.  
Shabaab claims high-profile suicide raid on hotel frequented by diplomats, government officials, and Westerners in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Shabaab claims second suicide operation in less than a week in Mogadishu, and takeover of SNA base in Mudug.
Shabaab claims suicide operation near Lul Yamani resteraunt in Hamar Jajab, Mogadishu. Eid al-Ahda led to media from Shabaab, AQAP, AQIM, and the Kashmir-based AQ-affiliated Ansar Ghazwhat ul-Hind. AQ ideologues responded to the devasting Aug. 4 blast in Beirut, Lebanon. A preview of the table of contents follows: Click below to download the report. pdf al-Qaeda inSITE July 30-August 5 (5.81 MB)
JNIM claimed its first operation since the death of AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel nearly two months ago.
AQ global branches and linked contingents decline in activity for third consecutive period.
Aside from Shabaab uptick, and video from AQIM, AQ branches and contingents decline in activity for second consecutive period.
Activity from global AQ branches and contingents decreased, with attacks from only the Mali-based JNIM and Shabaab. 
In timely message, AQC capitalizes on social unrest in U.S., calling the “oppressed” to Islam in a bid for recruitment.
Tensions in Syria between AQ-linked coalition and HTS spark quick reaction from AQC, calling for peace and a stop to interfaction fighting.
AQIM confirms the death of its longstanding leader Abdelmalek Droukdel nearly two weeks after reports of his death emerged.
Longstanding AQIM leader killed by French special forces in northern Mali, in an event unconfirmed by the group thus far.
Military and media activity decreases across AQ branches as a whole in wake of Ramadan 2020.
AQC releases fourth issue of “One Ummah” magazine as “gift” for Eid al-Fitr, focusing on Pensacola shooter Muhammad al-Shamrani.
The AQAP official reported dead last week in a U.S. drone strike was identified as the contact point for Pensacola naval base attacker Muhammad al-Shamrani.
The Mali-based JNIM reported a spike in operations across Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger under its “Invasion of the Holy Month” military campaign.
AQC issued past footage of slain AQ leader Usama bin Laden on the anniversary of his death, and a video lecture from current leader Zawahiri on atheism.
Media from AQ branches, linked groups, and supporting entities spikes as Ramadan 2020 commences, with heightened consequences amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While continuing to issue updates on the spread of COVID-19 across East Africa, Shabaab began implementing the pandemic into its attack claims.
JNIM claims heavy casualties to Malian forces, and spanning into Burkina Faso, in communiques that directly capitalized on the COVID-19 pandemic.
AQIM releases posthumous lecture on the importance of jihad from Abu Bara’ Ahmed, the head of religious council of AQIM predecessor Salafist Group for Call and Combat.
AQC released three statements in a 24-hour period, one being the group’s official stance on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
JNIM continues to urge the Malian government to negotiate with its leadership, and to follow the will of the Malian people in ousting the French occupation.
Following AQC’s praise of Afghan Taliban’s peace deal with the U.S., AQIM leader expands on JNIM’s call for negotiations with state actors, urging talks with all G5 Sahel countries.
AQC issues statement praising the recent agreement between the U.S. and Afghan Taliban.
Shabaab claims wounding two foreign nationals, specifically “Westerners,” in projectile strike near Somali capital Mogadishu.
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