April 8, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: Al-Qaeda’s Legacy Leaders Under Fire

• Reports are circulating that a U.S. airstrike in Syria killed Rifai Ahmed Taha Musa, a longtime extremist linked to al-Qaeda’s earliest founders

• On April 6, al-Qaeda media outlets eulogized the April 3 deaths of Abu Firas al-Suri and Abu Hamam al-Suri, two additional senior leaders with decades of history with the group

• That at least three very senior al-Qaeda-affiliated figures were killed within days of each other indicates that the U.S. has high-confidence intelligence on targets who have managed to stay alive despite decades of terrorism ties

• Syria is drawing in numerous legacy al-Qaeda fighters who represent a bridge between the Afghan Jihad and the current global jihadist movement.