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#alQaida issues new audio recording of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri - episode 5 in his so-called 'Deal of the Century' lecture series

Per @siteintelgroup the audio runs 44 minutes - accompanied only by a still photo, no video Image
In the lecture, #alQaida's Zawahiri urges followers to adopt prominent jihadi figures as role models while urging alQaida loyalists not to follow groups like #ISIS, per @siteintelgroup
Intelligence from @UN member states published last month indicated the #alQaida leader is likely in #Afghanistan in "the eastern region from #Zabul Province north towards #Kunar & along the border w/#Pakistan"
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Current state of the #Taliban

Taliban has consolidated control over #Afghanistan, per @UN report released on Friday

41 UN sanctioned individuals are in the cabinet & sr level positions
#Taliban "have favored loyalty & seniority over competence, & their decision-making has been opaque & inconsistent" per @UN report

"Various Taliban factions are maneuvering for advantage, with the #Haqqani Network the most successful & influential among them"
Some fissures may be emerging within the #Taliban

"The pro-Pashtun bias evident in the composition of the de facto authorities & poor treatment of #Tajik & #Uzbek Taliban runs the risk of provoking defections from those quarters" per @UN member state intel
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ICYMI: Intelligence shows "The relationship between the #Taliban & #alQaida remains close, w/the latter [alQaida] celebrating the former’s success & renewing its pledge of allegiance" per report from @UN Sanctions Monitoring Team released Friday
Intelligence from @UN members "suggest that #alQaida has a safe haven under the #Taliban & increased freedom of action" per report "[AQ leader] Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued more frequent recorded messages since August, & there is now proof of life for him as recently as Feb 2022"
#alQaida-#Taliban relationship "underscored by the presence, both in #Afghanistan & the region, of alQaida core leadership & affiliated groups, such as alQaida in the Indian Subcontinent (#AQIS)" per @UN report
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NEW: @DoD_IG report on US-#Afghanistan raises questions about Washington's "over-the-horizon" #counterterrorism strategy

Need for US planes/drones to fly long distances, loss of human intelligence "has significantly reduced the DoD’s
capacity to track terrorist targets"
"As of the end of the quarter [March 31], the DoD had not conducted any strikes on terrorist targets in #Afghanistan since its withdrawal last year" per @DoD_IG acting IG Sean O'Donnell

re: #ISIS #alQaida
#ISIS-#Khorasan estimated to have 2,000 members operating in #Afghanistan, per @DoD_IG citing @DefenseIntel

That's about half of estimates shared by the @UN in February
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NEW: @POTUS approves request to "reestablish a small, persistent US military presence in #Somalia" a senior administration official confirms to reporters
NEW: Senior administration official decries decision by ex President Trump to withdraw US troops from #Somalia

"Since then #AlShabaab...has unfortunately only grown stronger. It has increased the tempo of its attacks, including against US personnel"
#alShabaab remains #alQaida's "largest, wealthiest & deadly affiliate" per a senior administration official
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Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee Worldwide Threats hearing...

Testimony from @ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines & @DefenseIntel Dir Lt Gen Scott Berrier
SASC Chairman @SenJackReed on US intelligence sharing in #Russia-#Ukraine war:

"Intelligence officials are understandably cautious about revealing hard-won insights on adversaries, but this strategy has proven highly effective..."
"...This is a great example of competing effectively in the information domain, and I hope we will continue to make use of this kind of creative tradecraft" per @SenJackReed
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NEW: US @DeptofDefense confirms an estimated $7.12 billion worth of military equipment provided to the Afghan security forces prior to their collapse "remains in Afghanistan in varying states of repair"

Total of $18.6 billion had been provided to Afghan forces from 2005-2021
"It is important to remember that the $7.12 billion figure cited in the Department’s recent report to Congress corresponds to ANDSF equipment & not US military equipment used by our forces" per @DeptofDefense spox Army Major Rob Lodewick in statement
"Nearly all equipment used by US military forces in #Afghanistan was either retrograded or destroyed prior to our withdrawal" per @DeptofDefense's Maj. Lodewick in statement
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HAPPENING NOW: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Cmdr Gen Stephen Townsend testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Chairman @SenJackReed opens up talking abt #Iran missile strike in #Irbil #Iraq...
Intro remarks from ranking member @JimInhofe

"#Iran is the foremost threat" in the @CENTCOM region, he says

"Our partners increasingly doubt America's resolve" he adds, blaming what he calls "Pres. Biden's misguided policies"
"The threat posed by #Iran is graver than ever" @CENTCOM's Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie warns in his opening remarks

"#Russia's invasion of #Ukraine moreover has violently demonstrated its willful disregard for int'l norms just have we have seen thru Russia's actions in #Syria
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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Just in: #alQaida releases 3rd video from leader Ayman al-Zawahiri this month - this one billed as episode 4 in his "Deal of the Century" lecture series

via @JihadoScope
The other videos with #alQaida's Zawahiri were issued February 3 and February 8
Per @siteintelgroup, in this latest video, which runs about 16 minutes, #alQaida's Zawahiri calls for Muslims to unite, and takes aim at rival #ISIS
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NEW: #alQaida "maintained a low profile in #Afghanistan...likely at the behest of #Taliban leaders attempting to establish legitimacy with the int'l community" per acting @DoD_IG Sean O'Donnell in new report
Per @CENTCOM, @DefenseIntel "#Taliban has not permitted al-Qaeda members to play a significant role in its so-called “interim government” & will likely
aim to prevent #alQaida attacks on the United States as it attempts to gain international legitimacy" says @DoD_IG report
.@CENTCOM "said that the #Taliban very likely will allow #alQaida elements in #Afghanistan to maintain a low profile within the country to preserve legacy relationships & avoid upsetting the most militant Islamic elements within the Taliban" per @DoD_IG report
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Threat landscape in the US - "A lot has changed" since December, @DHSgov's John Cohen, the senior official performing the duties of the Undersecretary of Intelligence & Analysis tells @gwupoe
Foreign intel services, foreign terrorist orgs also "promoting socio-political content...for the purposes of sowing discord" in the #UnitedStates per @DHSgov's Cohen

"These narratives have in fact led to attacks in this country"
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"Serious concern remains that #Afghanistan may become a safehaven for #alQaida" & others, per @UN_CTED Chair T.S. Tirumurti

He adds that there are also concerns that terror groups in #Africa may try to replicate the #Taliban model Image
Indications use of women as suicide bombers "might become a growing trend" per @UN_CTED's Elizabeth Joyce during briefing on South & South-East Asia
SE Asia remains a hub & transit point for #ISIS, per @UN_CTED's Elizabeth Joyce
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JUST IN: After promoting it last night, #alQaida's as-Sahab media is out with another speech from AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Per @siteintelgroup, the 32+ minutes video is the 3rd in a series of anti-atheism lectures Image
In the video, #alQaida's Zawahiri seems to allude to the US withdrawal from #Afghanistan

"We hope that today, with the blessings of Allah, the defeat of the Americans in Afghanistan shall be the beginning of their end too" he says, per transcript from @siteintelgroup
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Happening now: @POTUS talks about operation that led to the death of #ISIS leader Amir Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, aka Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi and as Hajji ‘Abdallah

Says al-Malwa "responsible for the recent brutal attack on a prison in northeast #Syria"
.@POTUS says #ISIS leader al-Malwa "chose to blow himself a final act of cowardice...just like his predecessor did"
.@POTUS says operation was aided by #SDF and US intel
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BREAKING: Pentagon confirms major US counter-terror op

“US Special Operations forces under the control of US Central Command conducted a counterterrorism mission this evening in northwest #Syria. The mission was successful" per @PentagonPresSec
MORE: "There were no US casualties" per @PentagonPresSec "More information will be provided as it becomes available”
Worth noting: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth McKenzie had been scheduled to speak Thursday morning US ET at @MiddleEastInst BUT the event was canceled late Thursday
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Waring from @SenatorDurbin to open Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Domestic Terrorism Threat One Year After January 6"

"Whether boosters of of the 'Big Lie' know it or not, they are playing with fire..."
"...By supporting the false narrative that the 2020 election was somehow stolen or rigged, they have rationalized the worst assault on our Capitol since the War of 1812" per @SenatorDurbin "And, in turn, they are normalizing the use of violence to achieve political goals..."
"Congress, this is how democracies die"per @SenatorDurbin
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"Terrorist groups remained a persistent & pervasive threat worldwide" per new @StateDept report

"Although #ISIS lost all the territory it had seized in #Iraq & #Syria, the organization & its branches continued to mount a worldwide terrorism campaign..."
"#ISIS affiliates outside #Iraq & #Syria caused more fatalities during 2020 than in any previous year" per new @StateDept CT report

"Deaths attributable to ISIS-affiliated attacks in West #Africa alone almost doubled from around 2,700 in 2017 to nearly 5,000 in 2020"
#alQaida's "networks continued to exploit undergoverned spaces, conflict zones, and security gaps in the #MiddleEast to acquire terrorist resources & conduct terrorist attacks" per new @StateDept CT report
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NEW: "While we have significantly degraded the terrorist threat w/the last 20 years of sustained pressure, we still face a potent challenge" @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec for Special Operations &Combating Terrorism Milancy Harris tells House lawmakers
"The terrorist threat to the US homeland from externally directed attacks is at its lowest since 9/11" per @DeptofDefense's Harris

"But we still face a number of terrorists groups committed to targeting US interests & personnel abroad"
Today's terror groups are agile, creative & "remain ideologically influential enough to motivate generations of new ppl to join them or to conduct attacks on their behalf" per @DeptofDefense's Harris
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HAPPENING NOW: From Sept 1 - Oct 25, "The US gvt has directly facilitated the departure of 240 US citizens & 157 lawful permanent residents, as well as others who have come out on out charters" @DOD_Policy Undersecretary Colin Kahl tells Senate Armed Services Committee
"We are examining & learning from the past..." per @DOD_Policy "...reckoning w/the uncomfortable truth that despite decades & billions of dollars of US investment, the #Afghan military evaporated in the face of the #Taliban assault"
US-#Afghanistan-counterterrorism: "We are actively setting the conditions to ensure we remain situationally aware & are postured to mitigate & neutralize developing terrorist threats & streams" @thejointstaff's LtGen James Mingus tells SASC
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Just Another day in the west. Just another horrible day in occupied Afghanistan.

Events of the last 24 hours:
- 2 bombings in Kabul and Jalalabad

-Fire set to warehouse in west Afghanistan

-3 Panjshir districts cleared from Taliban

-2 districts in Badakhshar freed by resistance

-spontaneous uprising in Takhar. One district free fron Taliban

-Supply route to Tajikistan established

-Wakhan Corridor is cut of from Taliban reinforcements

-Mullah Baradar is confirmed alive in Kabul. But he was missing for a week. There is a rift growing within the Taliban Leadership

-#AlQaida is rumored to send 7.500 terrorists into Panjshir to clear it. They will get Panjshir as a base for their terrorist camps in return.
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[THREAD] Un leader taliban de retour au pouvoir en #Afghanistan a été libéré de Guantanamo par Obama et... #Biden

Khairullah Khairkhwa était des 5 commandants talibans relâchés en échange du soldat américain déserteur Bowe Bergdahl en 2014

Récit d'un scandale et d'une trahison.
Profitant de gains sécuritaires modestes à Kaboul et dans les provinces du sud, Obama réunit en février 2011 son équipe à la sécurité nationale pour évoquer des négociations avec les talibans. Ils veulent les initier en secret le plus tôt possible en Turquie ou en Arabie Saoudite
#Biden, qui soutient ce plan depuis un an, exulte. "Rompez les liens avec Al-Qaida, rendez les armes et respectez la constitution afghane et vous pourrez rejoindre la société afghane", lance Hillary aux talibans, en dévoilant les grandes lignes de la politique de "réconciliation"
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NEW: @DeptofDefense says US military flights back in the air, headed to #Kabul #Afghanistan

Another 1,000 US troops are expected to be there by the end of the day, bringing total to 3,500
"It's not a perfect process" per @PentagonPresSec on planning for evacuations at #Kabul airport

"You have to adjust in real time"
@PentagonPresSec says much of the planning & recent tabletop exercises for #Kabul airport did pay off

@DeptofDefense saw it as "a distinct possibility" #Taliban could overrrun the country & Kabul, he says, but that capitulation of so many #Afghan forces was surprising
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Happening now: @POTUS addressing the #UnitedStates about developments in #Afghanistan Image
"My national security team & I have been closely monitoring the situation on the ground in #Afghanistan & moving quickly to execute the plans we had put in place to respond to every contingency, including the rapid collapse we're seeing now" per @POTUS
"We severely degraded #alQaida in #Afghanistan" per @POTUS of US reason for going in 20 years ago "We never gave up the hunt for Osama bin Laden & we got him"

"That was a decade ago"
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