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Al-Zawahiri: At It Again!

This 17 March post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes analysis of a new video from Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, allowing for near-perfect voice matching. In 2006, NSA was considering a hand-held voice recognizer for use in “detention centers and guard posts in conflict regions”: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Al-Zawahiri Speaks Yet Again!

This 3 February 2006 article from NSA newsletter SIDToday describes how the agency’s analysis of a video statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri broadcast by Al-Jazeera confirmed that the voice matched the Al Qaeda leader’s previous recordings. The analyst states that the video shows that al-Zawahiri had undergone a medical procedure for a “possible aneurysm in his forehead”: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Catch of the Day: Abu Mu’sab al-Zarqawi and Friends

In this SIDToday article dated 16 June 2006, an NSA analyst deployed with Special Operations Task Force Iraq describes the intelligence and “detainee reporting” that led to the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 7, 2006. Zarqawi was smoked out by uncovering his network and a key advisor who led the military to his hiding place, and also was killed: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Instant-Gratification SIGINT

In this 14 February 2006 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday an Intelligence Analysis intern recounts their 90 day deployment with the Special Collection Service in Mosul, Iraq, during a time of intense activity against al-Zarqawi’s network in the city: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.
https://theintercept.com/2018/08/15/nsa-edward-snowden-whistleblower-document-leaks/

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