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In Part Eight Of His Message To Egyptians, Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Urges Them To Use Weapons To ‘Eradicate’ Regime, End Agreements With Israel, U.S., And Establish Islamic State
On February 14, 2018, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released Part Eight of the audio series “Message Of Hope And Glad Tidings To Our People In Egypt” in which Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on Egyptians to unite over shari’a and jihad, use weapons to end the current government of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, end relations with Israel and the U.S., and establish an Islamic State.
ISIS Highlights Return Of U.S. Forces To Afghanistan, Vows To Fight It Along With Afghan Government And Taliban
In an article published February 8 in Issue 118 of Al-Naba’, the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly newspaper, ISIS highlighted the return of U.S. forces to Afghanistan and the challenges that its fighters will face there, and vowed to fight “the army of the Crusade” as well as the Afghan government and Taliban.
Senior ISIS Leader Arrested In Turkey
On February 15, 2018, Al-Arabiya reported that senior Iraqi Islamic State (ISIS) leader Isma’il Al-Ithawi, had been arrested in Turkey, in a joint operation by Iraqi and Turkish intelligence forces as well as the international U.S.-led anti-Islamic State (ISIS) coalition.(by memri org).

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