An Al Qaeda suicide bomber killed six ISIS leaders, including the leader of the Golan Heights faction. It turns out, the two terrorist organizations have a bitter rivalry and have been battling each other in Syria. Al Qaeda has been eclipsed by ISIS in the public perception of the West, but reportedly wants to re-establish its pre-eminent role in the jihadist movement. [Read more…]
As the world focuses on ISIS, we are reminded that we also have to contend with our old terrorist foe al-Qaeda. In the African nation of Mali, an al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked a luxury hotel, taking 170 people, many of them foreign tourists, hostage. Commandos stormed the hotel, but some 20 hostages were killed, including one American.
Meanwhile, in Belgium, the capital city of Brussels was put into a state of lockdown–with all public events cancelled and people being urged to stay in their homes–in face of what authorities called evidence of an “imminent,” Paris-style attack. Belgian police arrested 16 jihadists.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatened to execute an American journalist they held captive, so American commandos launched an attempt to rescue him. The operation failed. The captive and a South African hostage were killed. [Read more…]
The Islamic State and al-Qaeda have been bitter rivals and have fought each other on the battlefield. But now the two terrorist groups are joining forces. [Read more…]
We felt good that we killed Osama bin Laden and seemed to have defeated al-Qaeda. But they were nothing compared to the resurgent jihadist army of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS, most recently calling themselves ISIL, for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”). They are armed to the teeth with American weapons and other equipment that had been abandoned in Iraq. And they have vast wealth from looting banks and taking over oil fields. And their ambitions are to strike the United States and other Western countries. That’s not much of a progress report in our War on Terrorism. [Read more…]