Navy, and former senior U.S Special Operations Command advisor, has written a book about Al Qa'ida
that is highly readable.
The Congressman argued that he does not believe that US can successfully root out al Qa'ida
from Pakistan and destroy the organization if it does not succeed in Afghanistan and prevent that country from ever again being used as a safe haven to launch attacks against the US.
Up until that moment, I had had no idea it was al-Qa'ida." This was around March 2008, and soon afterward, Vinas began his own training with al Qa'ida
(19) Ed Husain, "Syria; Why al Qa'ida
Is Winning," National Review, August 23, 2012.
See also Vahid Brown, "Cracks in the Foundation: Leadership Schisms in al Qa'ida
1989-2006," Combating Terrorism Center, September 2007.
His track record as a loyalist to al Qa'ida
's top command and his emphasis in his writings on obeying the emir suggests he is likely to abide by these orders.
April 29, 2014 (UNITED STATES): A Nigerian citizen pleaded guilty to providing material support to al Qa'ida
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
August 18, 2013 (GLOBAL): American al Qa'ida
militant Adam Gadahn released a new video message, calling for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world.
March 24, 2013 (NORTH AFRICA): Al Qa'ida
in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) named Djamel Okacha as the successor to Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, who was killed in late February.
February 12, 2013 (YEMEN): Al Qa'ida
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) reportedly said that a drone strike last month killed the group's top religious cleric, Shaykh Adel al-Abab, in Shabwa Province.
November 6, 2012 (GLOBAL): Al Qa'ida
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new video telling Somalia's al-Shabab insurgents to fight back against the "crusader invaders." Kenyan troops recently pushed al-Shabab out of its last major stronghold in Kismayo.
September 12, 2012 (PAKISTAN): Al Qa'ida
released a new video of American hostage Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped from his home in Lahore in August 2011.