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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Ben Venzke
American jihadist Adam Yahiye Gadahn appears in a new al Qaeda video urging Syrian rebels to reject Western help and turn their insurgency into a global jihad, like the one in Iraq against the U.S. occupation.
Extremists are sharing media reports about the National Security Agency's telecommunications surveillance program and are urging each other to increase their security.
The military commander of al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen is threatening new attacks against America, saying its people will never be safe until the U.S. government stops "attacking and oppressing" Muslim countries.
Monday's bomb attack on the Boston Marathon showed a "level of sophistication or training" in the construction and placement of the weapons that could complicate the identification of the culprits, said a former FBI agent who led the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
The deadly bombs that struck the Boston Marathon on Monday were fashioned from large pressure cookers packed with nails and ball bearings and hidden in black bags on the ground, said FBI investigators and a U.S. official briefed on the investigation.
With a flash of fire and a pair of deafening blasts, the Boston Marathon disintegrated Monday into a bloody scene of chaos and terror after two bombs went off near the finish line of the iconic race, killing at least three, severing limbs, injuring more than 130 and setting the country on high alert.
A State Department officer was killed and another injured Tuesday in separate attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by hard-line Islamic protesters angry about an anti-Islamic film.
Anwar al-Awlaki, the extremist Islamic cleric whose American upbringing helped make him al Qaeda's most visible propagandist and recruiter and its most dangerous operational commander, has been killed in Yemen, President Obama said Friday.
Indian federal investigators on Thursday examined two unverified claims by militant groups that they were behind a deadly bomb blast at New Delhi's High Court that left 12 people dead.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is promising more small-scale attacks like its attempts to bomb two U.S.-bound cargo planes, which it likens to bleeding its enemy to death by a thousand cuts, in a special edition of the Yemeni-based group's English online magazine, Inspire.
Gadahn speaks both English and Arabic, and has released messages in Arabic before, said Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter, a private-sector firm that tracks jihadist messaging.
"It used to be Gadahn's messages were mostly delivered in English, but as his role has evolved, they now tend to be in Arabic. It reflects the fact that Gadahn is no longer just speaking to the English audience but rather to the jihadi community as a whole," he said.