Algeria

“Jund al-Khilfah”…ISIS begins to spread into the Maghreb, El Badil (Egypt), 4 October 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The Middle East region has recently witnessed a number of drastic changes related to extremist terrorist groups. Last week, an organisation called “Jund al-Khilafah” (Soldiers of the Caliphate) emerged in Algeria and carried out the execution of a French hostage after announcing their allegiance to “Daesh” (the Arabic…

Yemen

‘Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen claims responsibility for killing of 14 soldiers in Hadramawt,’ AkhbarAnsar (Yemen),8 August 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Breaking: 14 soldiers killed in Ansar al-Sharia ambush in Wadi Hadramawt 8 August 2014 Hadramawt – Special Report: Fourteen Yemeni soldiers lost their lives in an ambush carried out by Ansar al-Sharia this Friday evening in the city of al-Houta in Wadi Hadramawt, eastern Yemen. An Ansar al-Sharia…

Syria

‘Explanatory statement about rumours of Jabhat al-Nusra’s announcement of an Islamic Emirate,’ 12 July 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra (JaN), al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, reportedly declared an Islamic Emirate, two weeks after the rival Islamic State (IS) announced the establishment of a Caliphate. In the following statement, JaN explains the current situation surround rumours of its declaration. بيان توضيحي حول ما…

Yemen

‘Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen show flexibility despite successive army operations,’ Al-Masdar Online (Yemen), 12 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Despite a campaign being launched by Yemen’s armed forces, Al-Qaeda has remained successful in perpetrating acts of violence throughout the country. Yemen’s military lacks manpower and the modern equipment necessary to properly counter AQAP, and also has no long-term strategy to ensure that once regions are cleared of…

Algeria

‘AQIM claims death of 11 Algerian soldiers,’ Al-Yaum (Saudi Arabia), 1 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility for an attack leading to the death of 11 Algerian soldiers in April.– – – قاعدة المغرب تتبنى قتل ١١ جندياً جزائرياً ١ مايو ٢٠١٤ تبنى تنظيم القاعدة في بلاد المغرب الاسلامي، هجوماً في منطقة القبائل، أسفر في 19…

Libya

‘Libyan embassy in Tunis denies presence of al-Qaeda member on board crashed plane,’ al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia), 21 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
A Libyan military aircraft being used as a civilian and military ambulance crashed in eastern Tunisia this morning, killing 11 people on board. Following the crash, Tunisian media reported that an al-Qaeda operative was on board, but the Libyan ambassador in Tunis has denied these reports. – –…