Dissent in the Ranks

Al Qaeda leader urges Syrian rebel splinter group to return to Iraq and official affiliate to halt infighting
ISIS fighters in Iraq / AP

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri issued a public appeal recently urging an ultra-violent splinter faction of the terrorist group to return to Iraq and cease fighting rebels of the al Nusra Front, the official al Qaeda franchise in Syria.

National Guardsman Arrested in Terror Plot Attended Radical Mosque

Teausant’s mosque known as being ‘hotbed’ for al Qaeda, Taliban
The Lodi Mosque in Lodi, Calif. / AP

The National Guard reservist arrested this week for planning to blow up the Los Angeles subway attended a radical California-based mosque that has been home to known terrorists and other extremist Muslims deported from the United States for their ties to terror.

Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows

Ultra-hardline splinter group gains jihadist backing
ISIS fighters in Syria / AP

Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.

Terror Twitter

FBI fails to order removal of terrorist, Jihadist Twitter accounts, lawmakers claim
AP Images

A group of lawmakers has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to order Twitter to remove the accounts of multiple U.S.-designated terrorist groups from the micro-blogging site and warned that Twitter’s failure to do so could be a violation of U.S. law.

The Cairo-Tehran Express

Egyptian-Iranian intelligence meeting prompts fears of a new Middle East terror axis
Mohamed Morsi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad / AP

U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a secret meeting between Egypt’s intelligence chief and a senior Iranian spy that is raising new fears the Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo could begin covertly supporting global terrorism.