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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Al Qaeda Fractures Update and Google Hangout

Here's an updated version of the al Qaeda fractures chart, in advance of a panel discussion via War on the Rocks Monday at noon, which can be accessed from here.

Click the image for a larger version, or click here for a high-resolution PDF.

A quick changelong since the last version:

  • Mokhtar Belmokhtar pledged allegiance to Zawahiri.
  • Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, and to some extent Ansar al Sharia Libya, have begun adopting ISIS messaging and showing signs of integration with ISIS networks as described by Aaron Zelin here and here
  • Al Shamukh forum was purged of its pro-ISIS administrators and restored to the AQC fold. Refugees are currently hanging out on al Platform. 
As usual, this is a work in progress, and I am only human, so if you see necessary corrections you can discuss them with me @intelwire on Twitter. 

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