Terrorists on the Move

U.S. airstrikes prompt Islamic State, al Qaeda, fighters to move positions, hide among civilians

A U.S. armored vehicle captured by ISILMembers of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are fleeing Syria for safer positions in Iraq, as rival Syrian al Qaeda forces also began moving their forces to avoid U.S. bombing attacks, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

Al Qaeda in Syria Was Close to Launching Attack on U.S., Europe

Leader of group targeted in initial strikes

A U.S. airstrike against the al Qaeda group Khorason in Kafr Daryan in northwestern SyriaThe Obama administration’s war on ISIL included the first direct attack on traditional al Qaeda terrorists in Syria during airstrikes Monday. Officials said the strikes were aimed at heading off an imminent terror attack against the United States or Europe.

ISIL Operating Sleeper Cells in Southern Syria

Offering food, financial assistance to individuals in the area

Smoke caused by fighting in Syria is seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, close to the border with SyriaJERUSALEM—The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has begun operating sleeper cells in southern Syria near the border with the Golan Heights, according to a spokesman for the moderate rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Dissent in the Ranks

Al Qaeda leader urges Syrian rebel splinter group to return to Iraq and official affiliate to halt infighting

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.