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Ayman Al Zawahiri

Is al-Qaeda Poised to Declare Its First Emirate in the Middle East?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.

Al Qaeda Chief Praises Paris Attacks, Declares War Has Just Begun

Vocativ | Posted 12.02.2015 | World

By Gilad Shiloach Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri released a 40-minute audio statement late on Tuesday in which he praised the coordinated string o...

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri: ISIS Is Illegitimate But Let's Cooperate

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a newly released audio message that while he doesn't consider the Islamic State's declaration of a caliphate...

Why Hamid Gul Was Pakistan's Bin Laden

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammad Taqi

General Hamid Gul was the military equivalent of Osama bin Laden. He died with his boots on and blood of the innocents on his hands. One must never speak ill of the dead; it is the jihadist life and legacy of General Hamid Gul, however, which is impossible to ignore if further bloodshed and mayhem in Pakistan and the region is to be averted.

Yemen = (Somalia + Libya) / Syria x Saudi Arabia + Iran

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

American counter-terrorism officials had higher hopes for Yemen's stability -- until now. Yemen's descent into a gory failed state poses a clear and present danger to Europe, the U.S. and the West.

Everything You Need To Know About Al Qaeda In Yemen

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni branch of the extremist network, released a video on Wednesday claiming responsibility for last week’s...

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

New Al Qaeda Branch Attacks Wrong Ship

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

The first ever attack by the newly-announced Indian Subcontinent branch of Al Qaeda went really, really poorly. The attack launched last Saturday in P...

When Addressing ISIL, Don't Forget Al Qaeda

Philip Seib | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

A case can be made that Al Qaeda is more potent now than it was when led by Osama bin Laden.

When Did Al Qaeda Become Burger King?

Sandip Roy | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Sandip Roy

Terrorist organizations, if they say anything at all, tend to make apocalyptic threats or take credit for events that have already happened. They don't usually announce setting up branch offices and wholly-owned subsidiaries and introduce the country head with great fanfare.

Al Qaeda Chief Urges Militants To Leave 'Political Disaster' In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

RIYADH, May 3 (Reuters) - Iraqi al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's g...

Al Qaeda Chief Calls For More Kidnappings

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be e...

U.S. Officials: Qaeda Using Syria As Launchpad Against West

The New York Times | Posted 03.26.2014 | World

Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelli...

Support for Egypt's New Pharaoh Sacrifices Security and Human Rights: U.S. Should Stay Out of Egyptian Disaster

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

After some time out of the news, Egypt has reemerged as perhaps the administration's greatest foreign policy failure. Washington has proved impotent in the face of political revolution, Islamist activism, and military repression.

Egypt's Darkness and Weapons Into Plowshares

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

How extraordinary it would be were we to figuratively "beat our swords into plowshares," that is, to convert our weaponry deliveries to a like value in wheat deliveries, showing a brotherly concern for the travails of all Egyptians in this, their dark hour.

Al Qaeda Leader Calls For More Anti-Islam Film Protests

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2012 | World

CAIRO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said a film made in the United States mocking the Prophet Mohammad showed Washington was...

Iran and the Shape of Things to Come

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Michael S. Lofgren

Why has Iran's operational competence suddenly deteriorated so badly, given that our government spokesmen represent it as such a fearsome threat?

U.S. Officials: Al Qaeda Behind Syria Bombings

McClatchy | Posted 02.10.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Iraqi branch of al Qaida, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings in...

Who Is Ayman Al-Zawahiri?

Posted 08.19.2011 | World

The selection of longtime al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri as the successor to Osama bin Laden following last month's U.S. commando raid has prompted...

Al Qaeda Chooses Bin Laden Successor

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.15.2011 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaeda has selected its longtime No. 2 to succeed Osama bin Laden following last month's U.S. commando raid that killed the terror le...

Al Qaeda's New Boss and His Challenges Ahead

David de Sola | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
David de Sola

The choice of al-Adel, and the unclear status of Ayman al-Zawahiri, offer some insights into the current state of the organization and the challenges it faces in a post-bin Laden world. Here are the key takeaways.

How Will Bin Laden's Heir Apparent Re-Shape Al Qaeda? | Dan Murphy | Posted 07.06.2011 | World

Ayman al-Zawahiri is the likeliest choice to replace Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, though his predicament today probably gives new vigor to...

Bin Laden's Real Legacy

Eric Margolis | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

As Stalin used to say, "no man, no problem." So will the killing of Osama bin Laden by US Special Force Seals in Abbotabad, Pakistan last Sunday night end America's long ordeal with extremist groups from the Muslim world?

Al Qaeda's New Leader?

Posted 07.03.2011 | World

Ayman al-Zawahiri, a 59-year-old Egyptian-born doctor, is expected to become the leader of al Qaeda now that Osama bin Laden has died. The Wall Str...