The family of deceased Taliban head Mullah Omar and some of the group's commanders released a statement saying that they have not endorsed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor to head the Taliban.
David Drugeon, a French jihadist and explosives expert, was reportedly hit by a drone attack targeting the Khorasan group, a faction of senior al Qaeda members.
American aircraft bombed the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade, according to activists — a move which could turn members of the Western-backed opposition against the US and even boost support for IS.
A tweet posted by an alleged al Qaeda member suggests Mohsin al-Fadhli was killed by an airstrike in Syria, but the US is worried the Khorasan chief could be trying to fake his death.
The recent media catch-up on Khorasan, a group that presents as much of a threat as the Islamic State, shows how haphazard public perceptions of al Qaeda remain.