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US Drone Strike In Somalia Kills Arab Al Qaida Members

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaida member “Abu Usama” from Morocco was killed in Somalia drone strike

On Saturday a US drone fired missiles at a convoy carrying Islamist militants about 60km south of Mogadishu. Several foreign Jihadis were said to have died in the airstrike. Local residents reported four Al-Shabaab fighters became victims of the drone strike, among them a white Kenyan Jihadi named “Akram.

A member of a Jihadi Internet forum now confirms the identity of those who were killed by the US drone. According to the Internet posting two foreign Islamist and a Somalia militant became “martyrs” in the missile strike. A Moroccan national named “Abu Usama” is among the dead.

“Abu Usama” who was featured in a video released by Somalia militant group “Al-Shabaab” in 2011, allegedly grew up in a neighborhood of Cassablanca and first got involved with Al-Qaida during a stay on the Arabian Peninsula. Later he joined Al-Qaida in Iraq under the command of Abu Musab az-Zarqawi before returning to Morocco.

The two other foreign militants are named as “Abu Ahmad” and “Abu Bakr al-Ansari”.

If true the latest US drone strike in Somalia indicates the CIA´s ongoing will to strike high value Al-Qaida targets in the country if necessary. Several Al-Qaida commanders have been taken out by either drone attacks or US commando raids in Somalia in previous years.

One Face Of Al-Qaida In Afghanistan

by Florian Flade

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Terrorist analysts and intelligence officials worldwide are throwing around guesses of many Al-Qaida fighters are actually present or rather said left in Afghanistan right now. The CIA estimate in recent years was that the number is approximately a few dozen to a hundred individuals. NATO thinks Al-Qaida´s presence in Afghanistan is deteriorating but the terrorist group is actively operating in some parts of the country, especially in the valleys of the eastern provinces Kunar, Paktika, Paktia and Nuristan.

Martyr eulogies that are appearing on the Jihadi Internet forums are a slight hint of how Al-Qaida´s face actually looks in Afghanistan today. Almost every month pictures and short biographies of recently killed Al-Qaida fighters are released by family members, friends or online comrades of the Jihadis.

Most recent is a 20 year-old Omani national named Ahmed Ali Yusuf aka “Abu Ubaidah al-Omani”. Yusuf, born in 1992 in the Barka Province of Oman studied at the Technical College before he left for Afghanistan in 2011 and became an Al-Qaida fighters.

“When he arrived in the land of Khorasan (Afghanistan/Pakistan) he was eager to fight on Allah´s path and joined the training camps where he received training”, a Lebanese Online Jihadi writes about the Omani militant.

According to the reports from region Abu Ubaidah al-Omani participated in fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan and was killed in the morning hours of January 8 probably by a NATO airstrike. He had fought in Afghanistan for six months. Pictures of the Omani Al-Qaida fighter including images showing the young in training camps and his dead body were released on the Jihadi forums.

Al-Qaida Confirms Anwar al-Awlaki Killed By US Airstrike

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaida the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement on the Internet confirming the death of US-Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki in an American airstrike in Yemen on September 30 in the region between Al-Jawf and Maarib.

The statement is titled “Blood of the Martyr is the Light and Fire – A Statement on the Martyrdom of Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki and his comrades” and was signed by the “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula”.

Al-Qaida writes “the Mujahid Sheikh Abu Abdelrahman Bin Nassir Anwar al-Awlaki” as well as US citizen Samir Khan, Abu Muhsin al-Maaribi and Salim Marwani were killed in a bombing by a US aircraft.

The U.S. government never proved their allegations against Awlaki, Al-Qaida claims, instead they killed him according to their unfair laws. “Sheikh Anwar went to the Gardens of Eternity (…) and left the Ummah on the path of Jihad”, the statement further reads. America killed Awlaki “but it cannot kill an idea”. Awlaki´s blood, Al Qaida warns, will not be shed in vain.

In the last part of the martyrdom statement, the terror organizations highlights the latest events in Syria and Yemen, accusing the West of not helping the people who rose against injustice.

There is no reason to believe the martyrdom statement is not authentic. It bears all the hallmarks of an official AQAP release.