Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Umarov's group condemns and threatens Zakayev in London

Below is an item from the English section of the Sunni terrorist propaganda organ called Kavkaz. The site is hosted in the UK but still controlled (as far as I know) by a career propagandist called Movladi Udugov in Istanbul. Udugov's current employer is the Arab syndicate which funds the terrorist aggression against Russia, known nowadays as the Caucasus Emirate (CE). The latest Emir of that outfit is Dokka Umarov, referred to in this piece as Abu Usman. The signatory of the piece, Shamsuddin Batukayev, is a fugitive from the defeated Wahhabi insurgency in Chechnya, in which he played the part of the "shari'ah judge". I do not know Batukayev's current location. Zakayev is currently a protégé of Boris Berezovsky in London.

Related previous postings:
Chechen Islamist neutralized in Istanbul
Umarov versus Zakayev in Londonistan
Kavkaz versus the 'London Criminal Group'

Audio proves Zakayev's collaboration with Russian infidels: Wekalat

Publication time: 31 December 2008, 20:46

Results of special operational measures have confirmed that Zakayev is closely collaborating with FSB of Russia

Statement by Wekalat of the Caucasus Emirate

Mukhabarat (Intelligence Service) of the Caucasus Emirate has received operational information about ex-CRI's ex-foreign affairs minister Akhmed Zakayev's links with FSB of RF since long ago. The information about those links was received from sources among [Mukhabarat's] agents.

Despite Zakayev openly called for a rebellion against the legitimate ruler of Muslims in Caucasus and established secret contacts with the ringleader of pro-Moscow puppet regime Kadyrov, information from agents about Zakayev's links with FSB of RF needed additional confirmation.

In order to obtain facts proving Zakayev's collaboration with Russian secret services, a special operation using operational resources of Mukhabarat of the Caucasus Emirate and Wekalat (General Mission Abroad) of CE was prepared and carried out.

Carrying out special operational measures, Mukhabarat of CE has managed to offer Russian secret services a fake communication channel between the leadership of Caucasus Emirate and Wekalat of CE abroad.

That fake channel carried an audio tape of an "operational letter" from the head of Wekalat of CE Shamsuddin Batukayev to the Amir of IK Abu ‘Uthman, which was meant to make both Zakayev and FSB interested.

18 December 2008 Ahmed Zakayev published the mentioned audio tape on his personal site.
Thus, Zakayev with his own hand, de facto, confirmed the information from agents about his close ties with FSB and coordination of his traitorous activity against the Caucasus Emirate with Russian secret services.

At the same time in the territory of the Caucasus Emirate, operational and investigative measures revealed the location of an agent, who was actively financed from London through Zakayev during all this time.

Irrefutable documentary evidence of such financing (audio correspondence between the agent and Zakayev was intercepted) and preparation of an attempt upon the life of the Amir of the Caucasus Emirate Dokka Abu Usman were obtained. Witnesses were found who made proper testimonies.

Thus, all these documents, including the audio tape of Shamsuddin Batukayev's "letter", which was received by Zakayev from FSB or RF (which irrefutably proves the presence of Zakayev's operational contacts with the Russian secret services), were enclosed with the common case of participants of the anti-state rebellion.

Wekalat of CE reminds that any decision regarding this or that person who took part or continues to take part in the criminal gang consisting of ex-members of CRI government, including double agent Ahmed Zakayev, will be made by the Sharia court. Its decision will be announced officially.

The Islamic state Caucasus Emirate carries out all its actions openly, based on the Sharia, and does not need to hide its intentions regarding betrayers, their ringleaders and accomplices, insha'Allah.

Shamsuddin Batukayev
Wakil of Wekalat of CE

A death-fatwa from al-Awlaki

Dated 28 December, soon after the start of Cast Lead. Written in English. He specifically targets Egypt, and more generally all the other Arab regimes (including I presume the one in Yemen, where he is himself).

Al-Qa'ida's dogma, to which al-Awlaki always conforms, has been anti-Hamas for the last year or two. Therefore he begins by putting on a show of forgiveness toward Hamas. Al-Qa'ida has no influence whatsoever over Hamas, witness Haniyeh's dismissal of Zawahari after the latter started telling Hamas what to do. Al-Awlaki is trying to incite homicide by anglophones who are nowhere near Gaza. But as an al-Qa'ida cleric, he is skating on thin ice when he endorses a militia that to some extent is in the hire of Iran.

The complete original, with an update that appeared after his anglophone sycophants reacted rather dubiously to his endorsement of the indiscriminate murder of civilian non-combatants:

May Allah forgive the shuhada of Gaza and we ask Allah to grant the mujahideen victory. These are a few thoughts on the meaning of what happened and is happening in Gaza:
First: We have been successfully desensitized by the enemy. The meager response to this atrocity is nowhere close to the support that is expected from the Muslim Ummah for a part of it that is suffering in pain. Rasulullah(saaws) waged war on the Jews for their attack on one Muslim woman. So far the death toll is approaching three hundred and all what we see is condemnations, demonstrations and Arab leaders calling for another useless summit. This necessitates that we raise the awareness of the people around us to what is happening and what our responsibility is.
Secondly, this should be an additional piece of evidence for what is already obvious to many since a long time ago which is that the current leadership of the Muslim world is bankrupt. It is a totally impotent leadership. The governments of the Muslim world cannot be fixed but needs to be uprooted and removed altogether. This conclusion has been reached by many in the Muslim world but sadly enough there are some who would still argue on behalf of the ones who failed us and betrayed us. The fact is that our kings and presidents have reduced themselves to the role of defending their own interests and the interests of the modern crusaders. They train their armies and security forces on how to crack down on Muslims not on their responsibility of defending Muslim interests. They have treated the masses of the Muslim ummah with suspicion and contempt. Lets not be fooled by the “condemning” of the Muslim leaders . In fact Egypt is a participant in the attack on Gaza since it is them who are laying siege on Gaza. If a Muslim thinks about Jihad today the first who would stand in his way are the governments of the Muslim world.
Thirdly, the illegal state of Israel needs to be eradicated. Just like Rasulullah drove them out of the Arabian peninsula the Jews of Palestine need to be driven out to the sea. There are no Israeli civilians unless they are Muslim. When the enemy targets our women and children we should target theirs. Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen says: If the enemy kill our women and children it appears to me that we are allowed to kill their women and children because that weakens their hearts and humiliates them. That is also included in the general meaning of the verse: “So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you.” [al-Baqarah 194]
We ask Allah to alleviate the pain of our families in Gaza, to assist them, and to grant them victory.
CLARIFICATION:
My opinion which I have stated in past recordings and is still my opinion now is that non-combatant women and children cannot be targeted. However if the type of war forced on us to fight is one in which non-combatants would end up being killed in order to reach to the fighting force then it is allowed in this case. Examples of this are the striking of al Taif by the catapult during the time of Rasulullah(saaws). Parallels of this today are the two methods that our brothers in Palestine have adopted: martyrdom operations and the firing of rockets into the occupied territories. Both of these methods inevitably do kill women and children. The current case of Gaza adds another dimension and that is that the Jews are targeting the entire community in Gaza by siege and indiscriminate bombing and this is why I am inclined to the view of Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen in this particular situation.
In the current situation of Palestine I must say that I agree with the methods adopted by the mujahideen and I agree with them when they state that they would not stop targeting civilians until the Israeli’s do the same.
For those who asked that I reconsider my view on this, I promise I will review it again and would be happy if you could send me textual references pertinent to the discussion.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hani al-Siba'i mouthing off re Gaza

The derelict propaganda boss of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Hani al-Siba'i, writing from the safety of London, insults and threatens the Egyptian armed forces for preventing a mob of Palestinians from swarming into the Sinai during Cast Lead:

فتوى في بيان بشأن الضابط المصري القتيل

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


فتوى في بيان بشأن الضابط المصري القتيل

إلى الضابط المصري البائس الذي ذهب في حظِّ سايكس بيكو وطاعة غير الله

لقد آلمنا أن يذهب مثلُكَ في طاعة غير الله بعد أن رفعت سلاحك في وجه شقيقك الفلسطيني الذي آوى إليك فرارا مما يلقى من عدوك وعدوه، على رجاء أن يجد منك ما كان يلقاه من أمثالك الغياري على شرف العروبة وعز الإسلام فإذا بك تشهر السلاح في وجهه فتقتله وأنت له ظالم طاعة لأوامر جائرة، وتعليمات فاجرة، فرخص دمُك، لأنه كما قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا طاعة في المعصية" وضاعت في الضلال حياتك، لأنك لاَعنْ عروبة كنت مدافعا،ولا لدين كنت عاملا، "والمسلم أخو المسلم، لايظلمه ولايخذله، بحسب امرئ من الشر أن يحقر أخاه المسلم كلُّ المسلم على المسلم حرام، دمه، وعرضه، وماله"، قتلت أخاك على حقه فذهب شهيدا، لأنَّ من قُتِل دون ماله فهو شهيد، ومن قتل دون عرضه فهو شهيد" ثم قُتِلْتَ أنت في غايةٍ رخيصة، هي الدفاع عن حدود وضع خطوطها الكافرون، الذين قسَّموا أرضنا بما عرف بالمجرمين سايكس بيكو، لينفردوا بنا واحدا بعد الآخر، وأرضنا في دين الله واحدة، فإذا بك تسقط فيما سقط فيه ساسة الحزب الذين حادوا الله ورسوله، فاستجاروا بأعدائهم من أوليائهم وإخوانهم،فذهبت حياتك في غير شرف، وقُتِلت قَتْلَ الصائل، فقد أخرج النسائي واحمد بسند صحيح عن أبي هريرة قال: جاء رجل إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: يارسول الله ،أرايتَ إنْ عُدِىَ على مالي؟ قال: "َانْشُدِ الله"، قال: فإن أَبواْ عليَّ؟ قال "انشُدِ الله"، قال: فإن أبوْا عليَّ، قال:"فانشُدِ الله"،قال :فإن أبوا عليَّ؟ قال صلى الله عليه وسلم" فقاتل، فإن قُتِلتَ ففي الجنة، وإن قَََتلْتَ ففي النار".

وعليه :

فإننا نُحذِّر كّلَّ جنديٍّ وضابط من جنود مصر أن يخسروا شرفهم الفريد بأن يندفعوا في إطاعة الأوامر الصادرة إليهم بغير أن يعرضوها على دينهم وقلوبهم ،فإنه لاطاعة في المعصية، وليست حياة واحدٍ منكم بأغلى من حياة إخوانكم المستضعفين وغير المستضعفين الفلسطينيين، والمسلمون أمة واحدة، يسعى بذمتهم أدناهم، وهم يد على من سواهم" وحتى لاتخسروا الدنيا والآخرة.

وإلى الموظفين من بعض الشيوخ الذين لايزالون يلزمون جانب الصمت، ويخرصون خرص القبور، فرضوا لعمائمهم أن تكون على أصنام، إنَّ سِمَنَ الكيس ونُبْلَ الذِّكرِ لا يجتمعان.

وإلى دهاقين السياسة في مصر وغيرها :

مانال باذلٌ وجَهَهُ بسؤاله عِوَضاً ،ولو نالَ الغِنى بسؤاله

صدرعن الجبهة في غرة المحرم 1430هـ الموافق 29ديسمبر2008م.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Anwar al-Awlaki by teleconference in Londonistan

Somebody calling himself "Noor Pro Media" is advertising a roundup to be held on 1 January at the East London Mosque. They claim that Anwar al-Awlaki will appear in a lecture that was recorded specifically for this event, and will be available to answer questions by telephone. These Londonistani festivals are largely ignored nowadays even by the local tabloids, but not this one, owing I'm sure to al-Awlaki's involvement in it.
The Telegraph on 2008.12.27.

Lately al-Awlaki has been doing some English-language recruiting work on behalf the Shabaab movement in Somalia. Al-Awlaki himself is probably in Yemen, as he claims, but since he is not being specific, I would guess he is back in the Al-Eman University cult compound in Sana'a, run by the al-Qai'da financier and recruiter Abdul-Majid az-Zindani.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Eric Breininger


The online text from the Islamic Jihad Union is not widely reported, because most of it is in Turkish. But lately IJU has been trying to use their only well-known member, Eric Breininger, to do some recruiting material for them or, it may be, to reassure their sponsors that they are actually doing something.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

An enemy reaction to the arrest of Umm Ubeidah

From a webmaster of the Ribaat room. He claims to be in Peshawar, which in this case is not unlikely.

La Hawla Wa La Quwata ila Billah. Je suis plus en colere que desolez pour elle.

Qu Allah eloigne cette soeur Malika une bonne fois pour toute des freres du manhaj.

Wallahi tout ce qu elle a reussit a faire depuis des annees c est leur nuire.

Approchant facilement tous les "jihadistes" grace a son honorable surnom (veuve du moujahid Abdel Sattar Dahman) elle est allez de bourde en bourde et malgre les conseils et recommandations de ceux qui travaillent elle en a toujours fait a sa tete.

Recemment, rien n a pu l empecher d aller se moquer de la requete des freres l appelant a ne pas divulguer la lettre et les photos de son nouveau mari et l implorant de disparaitre de la scene une bonne fois pour toute (etant trop coller par la presse et les federaux).

Les freres l ont prevenue du mal qu elle causerait aux autres en divulgant ces informations mais elle a fait fi, croyant que son petit discours aurait l effet d une video de Ben Laden sur la masse et ignorant idiotement le mal flagrant qui resulterait d une telle action malgre qu on lui ait traces ce a quoi ca emmenerait.

A part vouloir faire la une des journaux je ne vois pas quel etait la fa'idah dans les dernieres actions de la soeur...

Griller toute une organisation et mettre des freres en cavales et d autre en cabanes pour ca, qu Allah la pardonne et si nous prions pour qu Il l a face sortir de prison nous L imploront pour qu Elle ne remettes plus jamais les pieds sur la scene.


After a query from one of the other forum members, the webmaster continued:

En general lorsqu on publie sa photo et qu on fait connaitre ses actions du grand publique c est soit qu on est une personne isole et qu on agit seul et qu on est donc certains que personne de notre entourage et de nos contacts ne sera toucher, soit qu on est un imbecile qui arrivé a destination se moque des autres en se disant que de toute facon nous on reviendra pas.

Le frere Mo'az Garsalloui considere comme meneur (il n a rien mene du tout si ce n est l enquete des federaux a bout) est le point de depart de la recherche: qui sont ses contactes telephoniques, ses dernieres rencontres en belgique, ou se rendait il, avec qui trainaient il, quel chemin a t il emprunter jusqu a l afghanistan, qui sont ceux qui sont passe recement par les memes pays.... et hop on commence la cueillette du primptemps.

J appel cela une bourde avec premeditation, la soeur ayant ete prevenue des consequences flagrante d un tel acte et de sa porté. Elle repondra devant Allah de ses actions.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chechen Islamist neutralized in Istanbul

Novosti in English, quoting Turkish media.
Islam Janibekov is the name being reported. The weapon is said to have been a Russian two-barreled pistol with silencer.
The Turkish press story has been copied by the other side also: to the website of Dokka Umarov's self-styled Caucasus Emirate, which is operated mainly in Turkey by Movladi Udugov. Since the Wahhabi terrorist charities in Daghestan were shut down, the laundering of money to Umarov and company seems to be done in Turkey.
At present I am not aware of any infiltration from Turkey to Russia via Georgia, but it has happened before. Keyword: Pankisi Gorge.

Update, 13 December 2008: The story has been removed from Udugov's website.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Belgium charges Umm Ubeidah and five others

Umm Ubeidah
أم عبيدة
is the name used by Malika El-Aroud when she writes terrorist incitement and propaganda on various web forums.

CNN 12 December 2008

TF1 in Belgium (in French)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Shakir al-Absi reported killed in Syria

شاكر العبسي
Shakir al-'Absi
was the leader of Fatah al-Islam before the Lebanese blew them out of Nahr al-Bared. He himself fled to Syria. A posting on a terrorist forum, said to be from FaI, says that that group believes al-'Absi was captured or killed in Syria, and they have replaced him with someone going by
ابو محمد عوض
Abu Muhammad 'Awadh.

Associated Press, quoting a terrorist forum posting.

Updates:

BBC heard about it from an American web monitoring group.

Al-Arabia in Arabic, from AFP. Various other papers are quoting SITE about this one.

Personally I don't see much significance to that web posting. Perhaps its purpose is just to introduce the name "Abu Muhammad 'Awadh" -- someone who wants to get sponsored by the same people who sponsored al-'Absi. The quality and quantity of Fatah al-Islam's weapons makes it clear that they were well-funded.

Update: The following, from majahden.com, seems to be the original.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


يقول الله تبارك وتعالى:


(وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ حَتَّى نَعْلَمَ الْمُجَاهِدِينَ مِنكُمْ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَنَبْلُوَ أَخْبَارَكُمْ) (محمد : 31 )


هذا بيان توضيحي حول الأحداث التي مر بها تنظيم فتح الاسلام منذ خروجه من مخيم نهر البارد حتى أيامنا هذه :

لقد تمكن الشيخ المجاهد شاكر العبسي أمير تنظيم فتح الإسلام وبعض الإخوة من الخروج من مخيم نهر البارد وذلك بفضل من الله حيث استطاعوا كسر الحصار الذي كان مفروضاً عليهم ، ولقد لجؤا الى بعض الإخوة الأخيار الذين عملوا على إيوائهم فكانوا نعم الأنصار وكان الشيخ ورفاقه بأشد الحاجة حينها لهذه النصرة فمكثوا قرابة الشهرين بغرفة صغيرة لا يرون فيها شمساً ولا يتنسمون من خلفها الهواء حتى أنهم مكثوا تلك الفترة كلها لا يتحدثون إلا بصوت خافت ينتظرون في كل لحظة أن تداهمهم جنود الصليب وأعوانه ولكن الله كان معهم فكان من بين الإخوة جرحى وحتى الشيخ كان قد كسرت رجله أثناء خروجه من المخيم وبعد قضاء هذه الفترة قرر الشيخ الخروج ورفاقه الى سورية من أجل لملمة الجراح وإعادة القنوات التي قطعت أثناء الحرب وإعادة بناء التنظيم من جديد ويسر الله له ورفاقه الخروج فتمكنوا من الوصول الى سورية عبر تخطي الحدود عن طريق بعض المهربين وفي سورية عانوا ما عانوه من نوم في الطرقات والحدائق العامة حتى تمكنوا من الإتصال ببعض الأصدقاء القدامى من أهل الخير فكانوا ينامون كل يوم في منزل وأيام في الحدائق والطرقات والله أعلم كيف كانت حياتهم ولكنهم صبروا واحتسبوا كل ذلك عند الله.

وبدأ الشيخ يجري إتصالاته مع الإخوة في دولة العراق الإسلامية وكان ذلك عبر أشخاص معروفين لدى الدولة وكذلك كان يحاول الوصول الى الإخوة في أفغانستان ولكن دون جدوى ومع هذا لم يتوقف عن مهمته فقام بترتيب العمل وتنظيم الصف وإعادة بناء التنظيم من جديد مع إنه كان يواجه صعوبةً كبيرةً في البداية إلا إنه لم يستسلم للأمر الواقع ،

فاتصل ببعض الخيريين الذين كان يعرفهم وهم في بلاد متفرقة من العالم استطاع بفضل الله بعدها ان يعيد هيكلية التنظيم ووضع خطة للعمل على ضرب أهداف يستطيع من خلالها النهوض بالتنظيم وكذلك رفع همم الشباب المسلم وايقاظ الأمة من سباتها وخاصة في بلاد الشام فكان هذا الأمر على حساب نفسه حتى أهملها فلم يداوي رجله التي أصيب بها وانكب على العمل لهذا الدين مع إنه لو أراد الدنيا لأتته راغمةً ولنهالت عليه الأموال من كل جانب ولكن من رفض العروض المغرية في مخيم نهر البارد وأبى الا التمسك بدينه وبسلاحه حري به أن يبقى ثابت على هذا المبدأ مع أنه فقد النصير والمعين من الخلق في مخيم نهر البارد وفقدهم بعد خروجه وبقى على هذه الحال حتى غيابه ولكنه دائما كان متصلا بالله فنعم المولى ونعم النصير.

وفي يوم من الايام كان الشيخ على موعد مع أناس قالوا أنهم يستطيعون ايصاله بالإخوة في العراق فقام بالذهاب الى الموعد ولكنه فوجئ بأنه نصب له كمين وكان برفقته أخوين هما أبو الشهيد وأبو أحمد وكانو ممن خرجوا معه من مخيم نهر البارد وقد حصل إشتباك دام حسب شهود عيان لمدة ساعة تقريباً وسمع إطلاق نار كثيف في تلك المنطقة وهي منطقة (جرمانا) وحوصرت المنطقة من قبل مخابرات الدولة ومنع الدخول والخروج من تلك المنطقة وتم التعتيم على هذا الأمر من قبل الدولة فلم نعلم اي أخبار عن الشيخ ورفاقه هل هم أسرى أم هم شهداء ولم يتوقف البحث من جهتنا فعملنا بكل جهد لكي نصل الى الحقيقة لكن دون جدوى ولغاية هذه اللحظة لا نعلم شيئ مع إننا نرجح إستشهادهم ولكن لا دليل لدينا يثبت هذا الأمر وبعد مرور ثلاثة أيام على فقدان الشيخ ورفاقه قام مجلس شورى التنظيم بتعيين الأخ الشيخ أبو محمد عوض أميراً خلفاً للشيخ شاكر العبسي على التنظيم وبعد توصية الشيخ شاكر بالامارة من بعده لأبو محمد عوض لمعرفته به ولجدارته وقدرته على المضي بالتنظيم قدماً نحو الأهداف التي رسمها التنظيم فتمت البيعة للشيخ ابو محمد عوض بموافقة الجميع وبرضى الجميع وبدأت المرحلة الجديدة بغياب الشيخ شاكر العبسي وبدأ التنظيم يعيد قوته وانتشاره في كلٍ من سورية ولبنان وفلسطين ولكنها سنة الإبتلاء والإصطفاء وما ان نخرج من محنه نقع في اخرى وذلك ليس لخلل في الطريقة أو الإسلوب ولكن لسلامة المنهج الذي نتبعه فاعداءنا لن يتركونا ونحن ثابتين على مبادئنا
( لاَ يَزَالُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ حَتَّىَ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَن دِينِكُمْ إِنِ اسْتَطَاعُواْ.........)

فنحن قد بايعنا الله ومن ثم الشيخ على مواصلة الطريق على النهج الذي رسمه لنا وهو طريق ذات الشوكة الذي يوصل الى رضوان الله كما إننا عملنا جاهدين لكي نصل الى الإخوة في أفغانستان أو العراق لكن دون جدوى وإخواننا غفلوا عنا فالطريق مقفلة فحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل .

وجاءت القضية التي أذهلت الجميع غيرنا لاننا كنا نتوقع من هكذا انظمة أشد وأعنف من هذا الأمر، وهو عرض بعض الإخوة في تنظيمنا وكذلك إبنة الشيخ شاكر فك الله أسرهم جميعاً من أيدي الكفار والملحدين فقد تم عرضهم على شاشة التلفزيون السوري بتاريخ 7-11-2008 فهم أرادوا بهذا البث تشويه صورتنا أمام العالم وثانياً ان يضعوا تيار المستقبل اللبناني في موقف حرج أمام أتباعه ومناصريه وحلفاءه من اللبنانيين وكذلك يقدم هذا الأمر هدية لحلفاءهم في لبنان من المعارضة فنقول بعون الله وتوفيقه بأن ما بث من أباطيل وأراجيف وكذب وافتراءات وتدليس بحقنا وذلك على التلفزيون السوري حيث عرضوا إخواننا على الشاشة إنما يأ تي هذا البث وخاصة في هذه الأيام وقبل موعد الإنتخابات النيابية اللبنانية وكذلك قرب المحكمة الدولية لمقتل الحريري إنما يأتي هذا الفيلم المدبلج خدمة لحلفاءهم في لبنان ونعني بذلك (المعارضة اللبنانية المتمثلة ب 8 اذار )والمشروطة بعودة النفوذ السوري الى لبنان عبر اجهزة مخابراتهم التي بدأت تتخذ مراكزا لها في بيروت وضواحيها وهذا الأمر لم يعد خافياً على أحد فهذا الأمر أصبح معروفاً ومشاهداً وكذلك من أجل إضعاف تيار المستقبل اللبناني وإحراجه بين أتباعه وأنصاره وحلفائه وكما معروف أن هذا التيار كانت له اليد الطولى في معركة نهر البارد فهذا التيار قلنا عنه مراراً وتكراراً بأنه حزب كافر مرتد لايجوز الإنتماء إليه أو مناصرته او تأييده أو الدفاع عنه وهذا الأمر من شأنه إخراج المسلم من دائرة الإسلام والنور الى بؤر الكفر والظلام وهذا التيار الامستقبلي شأنه شان كل احزاب 14 اذار وشأن كل احزاب 8 آذار فجميعهم أهل ردة وكفر (فملة الكفر عندنا واحدة )
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وأما حجتهم بأن هذا التيار ينتمي لأهل السنة فأهل السنة قد أبتليوا بأمثال هؤلاء وهم كثر فأهل السنة هم أهل التوحيد الذين يتخذون القران والسنة منهاجاً لهم في كل شؤون حياتهم وأما من إدعى أنه من أهل السنة وهو محارب للكتاب والسنة فدعوته مردودة عليه وعلى كل من يفتي له والى كل من يتملق ويتزلف لهذه الأحزاب والشخصيات فإن ما بث في التلفزيون السوري إنما جاء لهذا الغرض أي لدعم الناخب اللبناني المعارض وكذلك لتعطيل المحكمة الدولية او للمساومة عليها فمن المعروف إن النظام السوري يحرص كل الحرص على التكتم عن أي معلومة لديه وعن أي حدث يحصل في بلده فهناك أمور وأحداث حصلت في سورية أشد وأعنف من العملية التي ذكرت على شاشات التلفاز وفد تم التعتيم عليها فلماذا يتم الكشف أو بالأحرى الأفتراء المدبلج عن هذه العملية التي إستهدفت فرع فلسطين في منطقة كفر سوسة فالأمر واضح وجلي لكل من أراد أن يعرف الحقيقة، إن ما تشهده الساحة السورية اليوم من مداهمات واعتقالات وقتل للمسلمين ممن ينتمون الى التيار السلفي وعيرهم إنما يأتي هذا الأمر خدمة للمشروع الأمريكي حتى القصف الأمريكي الذي وقع على الحدود العراقية السورية والذي استهدف بعض المجاهدين في منطقة البو كمال إنما تم هذا القصف بالتنسيق بين أجهزة النظام السوري وبين الجيش الأمريكي فهذا النظام بني على جماجم العباد وارتوى من دماء أاهلنا في سوريا فإن مدينة حماة ما زالت والى أيامنا هذه شاهدةً على عظم وهول المجزرة البشعة الذي قام بها هذا النظام النصيري الكافر ضد النساء والأطفال والشيوخ العزل والذي قام بتدمير المساجد على رؤوس المصلين وقاموا كذلك بتمزيق وإحراق المصاحف الشريفة بداخلها وهذا سجن صيدنايا كذلك شاهد على مجازرهم التي قاموا بها بحق 400 معتقل أكثرهم من المسلمين فقد تم إعدامهم وقاموا بتدنيس القران في ذلك السجن ولا يزال التنكيل مستمر بحق الأسرى الى أيامنا هذه وهل نسي العالم ما فعله هذا النظام الظالم بحق الشعب الفلسطيني في لبنان وذلك في مخيم تل الزعتر والنبعة وجسر الباشا وغيرها من المناطق من بقر لبطون النساء وقطع للرؤوس وإبادات جماعية بحق هذا الشعب المسكين ومن تدمير لمنازلهم بل وبإزالةٍ لمخيمات بأكملها وكذلك ما عاناه الشعب اللبناني في ظل الإحتلال السوري لبلدهم وما زال بعض اللبنانيين يعانون المرارة لفقد أبنائهم الذين لم يعرف مصيرهم بعد ،هل هم أحياء أم أموات وكم من الأخوات العفيفات الطاهرات اللاتي دنس شرفهن على يد حثالة من زبانية هذا النظام النصيري الحاقد وكم من عالم يقبع في سجونهم ويعاني الويلات في زنازينهم وكم من مسلم حر كبل في الأغلال فقط لأنه أراد الذهاب الى العراق لمناصرة إخوانه وكم وكم وكم ،
فهذا النظام ليس مستغرب منه بأن يقوم بعرض بعض أبناء تنظيمنا الذين تم إعتقالهم ويكرههم بفعل التعذيب والتهديد وهم أسرى في قبضته لا حول لهم ولا قوة ولا حيلةً لهم إلا ان يرددوا ما أملوه عليهم وذلك لأجل تمرير ما خططوا له فكل ما جاء في الشريط السوري هو كذب وزور وبهتان وأن ما جاء على لسان إخواننا على التلفزيون السوري من أن التنظيم كان يتلقى الدعم من تيار المستقبل وبأن له علاقة وارتباط بهذا التنظيم نقول بعون الله وتوفيقه ،
أن هذه الأُكذوبة أصبحت واضحة وجلية ، لماذا ؟ لأن الله الذي يدافع عن أولياءه المؤمنين يأبى إلا أن يظهر كذب هؤلاء، فهل يعقل بأن تنظيم يتلقى الدعم المادي من تيار المستقبل المعروف بإمكانياته المادية فهل يعقل أن يقوم هذا التنظيم بسلب الأموال لتمويل ولتجهيز التنظيم ولتجهيز عملياته فأين دعم التيار المادي الذي أدعوه ، وهل يا ترى بأن من يدعم التنظيم مادياً ويؤمن له الغطاء السياسي يكون هو أول من يطلق النار الإعلامي والمادي عليه في نهر البارد وهو أول من أعطى الأوامر بإنهاء هذا التنظيم في مخيم نهر البارد والله إنها لسخرية وشيءَ يستدعي الضحك لأن هذه التمثيلية لم ينجح السوريون في إخراجها لأن من يتلقى الدعم المادي والسياسي من تيار المستقبل ليس بحاجةِ لسلب الأموال ولا لأن يطارد ويقتل ويلقى في غياهب السجون اللبنانية فبأموال التيار يعيشون حياة الترف والرفاهية والمجون ونحن نشاهد كل الذين يدعمهم التيار فهذه الأُكذوبة لم تعد تنطلي على أحد ،وهنا نغتنم الفرصة لنبين للعالم أجمع بأننا في تنظيم فتح الإسلام نكفر بطواغيت العرب والعجم ونكفر بالبعث السوري و بتيار المستقبل اللبناني ونكفر بالعلمانية والديمقراطية والوطنية والقومية وبكل الأفكار الأرضية المخالفة لشريعة الله ونؤمن بالإسلام منهاج حياة ونظام حكم تسعد البشرية في ظله ،

وأما الأمر الأخر هو تصوير التنظيم على أنه وبعد ذهاب الشيخ شاكر العبسي يوجد بين أفراد التنظيم خلافات على الإمارة وغيرها وهذا الأمر عار على الصحة فتنظيمنا بحمد الله وتوفيقه ورعايته متماسك وقوي فكلمتنا واحدة وجسمنا مترابط وأيدينا تقبض على سيف الحق في وجه أعداء الأمة ،

فلسنا والله ممن يتصارعون من أجل دنيا زائلة ومتاعِ رخيص وسنبقى بإذن الله شوكةً في حلق الطغاة حتى نُحكـم شرع الله أو نُقتل ونحن ثابتين على هذا الدرب ، فنحن من أساس مشروعنا قتال اليهود والأمريكان وحلفائهم وأعوانهم وخدامهم من الحكام وجيوشهم وأتباعهم وذلك من أجل أقامة دولة الإسلام العادلة ،أما الأمر الأخر هو قضية (سلب الأموال) فنقول معتمدين على الله إن سلب أموال الكفار والمرتدين وسلب البنوك الربوية والمصارف والمؤسسات التابعة لأنظمة الدول الكافرة هو أمر مشروع وقد أباحه الله لنا فهذه الأموال تؤخذ من هؤلاء وتنفق على درب الجهاد والمجاهدين من تأمين حاجياتهم ومن شراء العدة والعتاد وغيرها يقول المصطفى صلى الله عليه وسلم في الحديث (...وجعل رزقي تحت ظل رمحي وجعل الذل والصغار على من خالف امري) وليراجع هذا الباب عند علماء الجهاد الصادقين فإن هناك أبحاث قيمة في هذا الموضوع فنحن لا نقدم على أي عمل إلا بعد دراسته دراسةً شرعية فما وافق الحق أخذنا به وما وافق الباطل تركناه ولله الحمد والمنه وأخيراً نقول لأصحاب الأبواق المأجورة من أصحاب العمائم وغيرهم ممن باعوا أنفسهم للكفر المتمثل بالموالاة والمعارضة اللبنانيتين نقول لهؤلاء وأمثالهم اتقوا الله في المجاهدين وأعلموا أن لحوم المجاهدين مسمومة ومميتة وأن الأموال التي يدفعونها لكم لمحاربة المجاهدين فما هي إلا نار تضعونها في بطونكم وبطون أبناءكم وأتباعكم وسوف تكون عليكم حسرة وندامة ووبالاً يوم القيامة وأعلموا بأن باب التوبة مفتوح أمامكم وأعلموا يا من تريدون للأمة الذل والصغار بما تفتونه من إنحراف وتدليس وتزلف بأن الجبن والخوف والخنوع والورع الفاسد لن يؤخر الأجل وأن قول الحق والثبات عليه والإقدام لن يعجل بالأجل فالآجال محدودة ،

قال الله تبارك وتعالى

(وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلاَ يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ) (الأعراف : 34 )

فتبرؤا أيها العلماء من الكفر وأهله المتمثل في هذه الأحزاب الكافرة والزعماء المارقين الخارجين عن ملة الإسلام قبل أن يأتي يوم يتبرأون منكم فيه وبهذا تكونوا قد خسرتم الدنيا والأخرة
قال جل في علاه

(إِذْ تَبَرَّأَ الَّذِينَ اتُّبِعُواْ مِنَ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُواْ وَرَأَوُاْ الْعَذَابَ وَتَقَطَّعَتْ بِهِمُ الأَسْبَابُ) (البقرة : 166 ) (وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُواْ لَوْ أَنَّ لَنَا كَرَّةً فَنَتَبَرَّأَ مِنْهُمْ كَمَا تَبَرَّؤُواْ مِنَّا كَذَلِكَ يُرِيهِمُ اللّهُ أَعْمَالَهُمْ حَسَرَاتٍ عَلَيْهِمْ وَمَا هُم بِخَارِجِينَ مِنَ النَّارِ) (البقرة : 167 )

وقال الله تعالى

(وَيَوْمَ يَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ يَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي اتَّخَذْتُ مَعَ الرَّسُولِ سَبِيلاً) (الفرقان : 27 ) (يَا وَيْلَتَى لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلَاناً خَلِيلاً) (الفرقان : 28 ) (لَقَدْ أَضَلَّنِي عَنِ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ إِذْ جَاءنِي وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِلْإِنسَانِ خَذُولاً) (الفرقان : 29 )


فالصدق الصدق يا علماء الأمة فلا تضلوا وتُضلوا الناس فتحملوا أوزارهم وقد خاب من حمل ظلما، أما لإخواننا وأنصارنا فنقول لهم بقول الله تبارك وتعالى يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اصْبِرُواْ وَصَابِرُواْ وَرَابِطُواْ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ) (آل عمران : 200 )

إن ما يجري في هذه الأيام على الساحتين السورية واللبنانية من ملاحقات واعتقالات وقتلِ وتشريد خاصة أنها تأتي من هذه الأنظمة الكافرة ، فإن دل هذا الأمر إنٌما يدل على سلامة المنهاج الذي تسيرون عليه والحق الذي تتمسكون به وتدافعون عنه والباطل الذي ترفضونه وتحاربونه، فهذه الأمانة العظيمة التي تحملونها تجعلكم تعيشون غربة هذا الدين وهذا ما أخبر عنه معلم البشرية الخير محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم حين قال (بدأ الإسلام غريبا وسيعود غريبا كما بدأ فطوبى للغرباء )
فنحن نخاطبكم ونعلم بأن الهجمة التي نواجهها وخاصة في هذه الأيام شرسة جدا وأن الكفر وأتباعه وأزلامه قد اجتمعوا علينا من كل حدب وصوب ولكن أيها الإخوة هذا هو دين الله الذي ربى أجيالاً حكمت البشرية بالعدل والإحسان حتى أصبحنا أعز أُمة على وجه الأرض فهل نتخلى عنه وهل نتنازل عن شيئ منه ، لا والله ، فإن قضية تحكيم الإسلام هي قضية مصيرية فإما أن نحيا في ظل خلافة راشدة وإما أن نموت دونها شهداء فنحن نعيش من أجل الله ولن نرضى بأن نُحكم بغير شريعة الله عز وجل ، فنداؤنا للشباب المسلم الموحد الغيور أن يكونوا مع الصادقين العاملين لهذا الدين فهذه السنوات سنوات فاصلة بين الحق والباطل وإن الباطل الى زوال وهذا أمر يدركه كل من له متابعة سياسية عالمية ليرى كيف مُرغ أنف الصليبيين الجدد في أفغانستان والعراق ، وكيف ستنطلق شعلة الجهاد في بلاد الشام لأن الراية أصبحت واضحة للناس فالعالم قد انقسم الى فسطاطين كما قال شيخ المجاهدين أُسامة بن لادن حفظه الله فهما فسطاط إيمان وفسطاط كفر فكونوا أيها الشباب مع فسطاط الإيمان كي تنالوا شرف الدنيا وكرامة الأخرة ،

ونسأل الله تبارك وتعالى أن يثبتنا على الحق وأن يجعلنا سيفا مُسلطاً على رقاب أعداءه وأن يجعل أفئدة المؤمنين الصادقين تهوى إلينا

وآخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين

تنظيم فتح الإسلام
المكتب الإعلامي فى بلاد الشام

الاثنين10 من ذو الحجة 1429هـ
8-12-2008م

Monday, December 8, 2008

Anwar al-Awlaki

He has been rather quiet on the internet lately, but his "Tibyan" followers in Londonistan just announced a forthcoming piece from Anwar al-Awlaki: his commentary on a book of threats written more than 100 years ago by one of his fellow Yemenis.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Zawahiri on the dead Bali bombers



22:06 audio. Zawahiri lionizes the three Bali bombers who were executed on 8 November in Indonesia, and crabs about an interfaith dialog held on 12 November in Saudi Arabia.

The audio is pasted over a static graphic of Zawahiri. Grafted into the video component is some old footage of three Londonistanis:

1) Saudi al-Qa'ida member Sa'ad al-Faqih. Since Zawahiri is on about Saudi Arabia this time, it was natural for the video technician to recycle some of al-Faqih's anti-Sa'ud stuff, to make it appear that somebody was chiming agreement with Zawahiri.

2) Abdul Bari Atwan, the manager of the terrorism-friendly Palestinian tabloid al-Quds al-Arabi ("Arab Jerusalem"). That was the paper that first published Usama Bin Ladin's two so-called fatwas, plus al-Qa'ida's claim of responsibility for the African embassy bombings of 1998.

3) Azzam al-Tamimi, who identifies himself with a quasi-academic pressure group called the Institute of Islamic Political Thought.

Update: English translation by NEFA, a 3-page pdf.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ayman az-Zawahiri 28 November 2008



Another 80 minutes of incitement and rhetoric from the futile old maggot. His target this time is the country that he hates above all others: his own country, Egypt. I really think that Ayman az-Zawahiri -- the epitome of Islamist failure -- is still trying to win the Six Day War.

Al-Azhar (pronounced al-az-har) is a training school for imams in Cairo. The Blind Sheikh is from al-Azhar; he is imprisoned for life in the USA.

Zawahiri is probably hiding among children in a madrassa, if he is not a house guest of some rich Pakistani, as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was, until he was betrayed and arrested.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ribaat / Mourabitoune forum was down (updated)

Another enemy forum is having trouble. About this one:

Mostly French text with some Arabic.
Some quite serious bad guys among its members and late members.
Affiliated (I am told) with a Belgian Muslim "cultural centre".
Had an address in Peshawar.
Mourabitoune is or was very orthodox, quickly banning any members who did not toe the Sunni terrorist line. Some of its members would conform to the Salafist superstition of not allowing female faces or even hands to appear in the graphics.

Some background can be found in Rita Katz's testimony to the US Congress.

Update: It's back up, same as before. I don't want to speculate about why it was temporarily down.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hesbah is "officially" dead

CBS Internet Terror Monitor has the story.

A different theory about the forums called Ekhlaas, Faluja, Boraq, and Firdaws, which disappeared around 10 September, is that it was not just those websites that got busted, but their webmaster -- along with his computer and all the goodies that it contained. That would explain how all the URL's were de-registered or cut adrift, and if this arrest happened in, say, China, it would explain why so little information about the bust has come out.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rashid Ra'uf probably killed in N. Waziristan

In an American drone strike on 22 November 2008.
CBS
BBC (subject to revision)
The News of Pakistan
ABC

About how Ra'uf walked out of Pakistani custody in 2007:
The News

The reaction to the demise of Ra'uf (not by columnists but by terrorists) will be worth watching.

Update: Fox says in part:
"There is good reason to believe, as the Pakistanis have stated, that a major terrorist is dead," a U.S. official told FOX News, referring to Rashid Rauf.

Update: MSNBC says in part:
A senior U.S. counterterrorism official told NBC News that Rauf and a Saudi militant called Abu Zubair al-Masri were the targets of the strike in North Waziristan.
"These guys are no longer with us," the official said.


The name Abu Zubair al-Masri does not agree with other reports, and "al-Masri" means Egyptian, not Saudi.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Al-Eman "University" website busted

http://www.jameataleman.org/
redirects to
http://sites.securepaynet.net/HostingRedirect.html
which says

"This site is currently unavailable.

If you are the owner of this site, please contact us at 1-480-624-2515 at your earliest convenience."

That telephone number is in Arizona.

For more on Al-Eman see Zindani.

Update: It's back, but not working properly.
Zindani is under an embargo by the US Treasury Department.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Zawahiri on Obama



As-Sahab production, 11 minutes, appeared on the Faluja and other forums 19 November.

This one is getting much more attention in the American press than is normal for a Zawahiri audio. For this one is about something that is already very much in the news: the recent presidential election. And this time, Zawahiri uncharacteristically resorts to a typecasting attack on the opponent, Barack Obama, whom he accuses of playing the "house Negro" and whom he accuses, vaguely, of apostasy. (In reality of course, Obama has never been a Muslim.) The term "house Negro" comes from a video of Malcolm X of which an excerpt is copied into the as-Sahab production.

I'm surprised that Zawahiri makes no mention of Abu Jihad al-Masri (Muhammad Khalil al-Hukaymah), a fellow Egyptian fugitive who was reported killed during the interval between this audio and the previous one.

Another odd thing: Zawahiri applauding "the towering mountain Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi". There is no such person, unless AQ has now found someone whom to address by the name of the previously nonexistent leader of the nonexistent Islamic State of Iraq.

The following is a transcript of the English subtitles that accompanied Zawahiri's speech, which was in Arabic.

Exit of Bush and Arrival of Obama

In the Name of Allah, and all Praise is due to Allah, and Prayers and Peace on the Messenger of Allah and on his family, Companions and allies.

Muslim brothers everywhere: Peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah and His blessings. As for what comes after:

Barack Obama has won the presidency of the United States of America, and on this occasion, I would like to send several messages.

First, a message of congratulations to the Muslim Ummah on the American people’s admission of defeat in Iraq. Although the evidence of America’s defeat in Iraq appeared years ago, Bush and his administration continued to be stubborn and deny the brilliant midday sun. If Bush has achieved anything, it is in his transfer of America’s disaster and predicament to his successor. But the American people, by electing Obama, declared its anxiety and apprehension about the future towards which the policy of the likes of Bush is leading it, and so it decided to support someone calling for withdrawal from Iraq.

The second of these messages is to the new president of the United States. I tell him: you have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you. A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted, and a failure in Afghanistan to which the commanders of your army have admitted. The other thing to which I want to bring your attention is that what you’ve announced about how you’re going to reach an understanding with Iran and pull your troops out of Iraq to send them to Afghanistan is a policy which was destined for failure before it was born. It appears that you don’t know anything about the Muslim Ummah and its history, and the fate of the traitors who cooperated with the invaders against it, and don’t know anything about the history of Afghanistan and its free and defiant Muslim people. And if you still want to be stubborn about America’s failure in Afghanistan, then remember the fate of Bush and Pervez Musharraf, and the fate of the Soviets and British before them. And be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them.

As for the crimes of America which await you, it appears that you continue to be captive to the same criminal American mentality towards the world and towards the Muslims. The Muslim Ummah received with extreme bitterness your hypocritical statements to and stances towards Israel, which confirmed to the Ummah that you have chosen a stance of hostility to Islam and Muslims.

You represent the direct opposite of honorable black Americans like Malik al-Shabazz, or Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him). You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America. And so you promised to back Israel, and you threatened to strike the tribal regions in Pakistan, and to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in order for the crimes of the American Crusade in it to continue. And last Monday, your aircraft killed 40 Afghan Muslims at a wedding party in Kandahar. As for Malik al-Shabazz (may Allah have mercy on him), he was born to a black pastor killed by white bigots, but Allah favored him with guidance to Islam, and so he prided himself on his fraternity with the Muslims, and he condemned the crimes of the Crusader West against the weak and oppressed, and he declared his support for peoples resisting American occupation, and he spoke about the worldwide revolution against the Western power structure.

That’s why it wasn’t strange that Malik al-Shabazz (may Allah have mercy on him) was killed, while you have climbed the rungs of the presidency to take over the leadership of the greatest criminal force in the history of mankind and the leadership of the most violent Crusade ever against the Muslims.

And in you and in Colin Powell, Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning “House Negroes” are confirmed.
You also must appreciate, as you take over the presidency of America during its Crusade against Islam and Muslims, that you are neither facing individuals nor organizations, but are facing a Jihadi awakening and renaissance which is shaking the pillars of the entire Islamic world; and this is the fact which you and your government and country refuse to recognize and pretend not to see.

As for the third message, it is to the Muslim Ummah. I tell it: America, the criminal, trespassing Crusader, continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it, in order for it to come to its senses, because its criminal, expansionist Crusader project in your lands has only been neutralized by the sacrifices of your sons, the Mujahideen. This, then, is the path, so stick to it.

As for the fourth message, it is to the lions of Islam, the Mujahideen. I tell them: may Allah reward you in the best way for your historic heroics, which have ruined America’s plans and rendered its projects ineffective. So be firm and resolute. Your enemy’s stagger has begun, so don’t stop hitting him.

And I say to my brothers the Mujahideen in Iraq in general and the Islamic State of Iraq in particular, and to its Amir, the towering mountain Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi: your enemy has admitted defeat, and the forthcoming stage is expected to be dominated by conspiracies and betrayals in order to cover the American withdrawal, so you must persevere, for victory is in an hour of perseverance.

And I tell my brothers, the lions of Islam in Somalia: rejoice in victory and conquest. America is gathering its wounds in Iraq, and Ethiopia is looking for a way out, and for this reason, the stage of conspiracies and machinations has begun. So hold tightly to the truth for which you have given your lives, and don’t put down your weapons before the Mujahid state of Islam and Tawheed has been set up in Somalia.

And I tell all Mujahideen everywhere: the Hubal of the age has begun to falter and recede, and Allah has granted you success and honored you by making you the most important cause of that, so be resolute on the path of Jihad until you meet your Lord while He is pleased with you.

And my fifth message is to all the world’s weak and oppressed. I tell them: America has put on a new face, but its heart full of hate, mind drowning in greed, and spirit which spreads evil, murder, repression and despotism continue to be the same as always. And the Mujahideen of Islam, by the grace of Allah, continue to be the spearhead of the resistance against it to restrain it from injustice, aggression and arrogance.

As for my final message, it is to the American people. I tell it: you incurred defeat and losses from the foolish actions of Bush and his gang, and at the same time, Shaykh Usama bin Ladin (may Allah preserve him) sent you a message to withdraw from the lands of the Muslims and refrain from stealing their treasures and interfering in their affairs. So choose for yourself whatever you like, and bear the consequences of your choice, and as you judge, you will be judged.
And our final prayer is that all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and may Allah send prayers and peace on our Master Muhammad and his family and Companions.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hesbah forum appears dead

Seems to have been de-registered on 17 November.
More when I know more.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bev Giesbrecht of Jihad Unspun reported kidnapped in Pakistan

Rumour from the Pakistani press is that she has been kidnapped en route from Peshawar to Miranshah, possibly by the North Waziri Taliban: Taliban claim abducting Canadian woman (for money), from Daily Times, Pakistan.

Bev Giesbrecht alias Khadija Abdul Qahaar is a bizarre individual. In my line of work, she would unknown except for the fact that she runs the pro-terrorism website called Jihad Unspun, abbreviated JUS. She does it for money. She is never mentioned by the real mujahideen except when, occasionally, one of them warns the others that she is not a real Islamist. As far as I know, she never even attends a mosque, nor reads the qur'aan. She is rarely quoted by the serious news media, who have learned to distrust her, owing in part to the document called A Trio of Disinformers from the US Department of State.

As far as I know, Giesbrecht understands no languages other than English. She definitely does not have any Arabic. On her website, she routinely asks the readers to volunteer as translators. The text on Jihad Unspun mostly comes from other terrorism-friendly English-language sources, such as Kavkaz. Nearly all the original writing is by Giesbrecht herself, sometimes under aliases such as Ubaidah al-Saif.

From the press reports, it seems she traveled from her home (on the Pacific coast of Canada) to the UK in April 2008 and from there to Pakistan in August. Two Britons vouched for her business visa to Pakistan. If anyone can tell me about other contacts she had in the UK, please do.

There is a little detail here at the reliable Canadian paper The Globe & Mail. Some al-Jazeera member does not deny the earlier report that Giesbrecht was vetted by al-Jazeera.

I have recently heard that Giesbrecht's fellow Taliban sympathizer Yvonne Ridley is also in NWFP. Giesbrecht's website has in the past identified Ridley as a contributor, but that could be fiction by Giesbrecht.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Abu Qatada re-arrested

Omar Mahmoud Othman
عمر محمود عثمان
better known as Abu Qatada the Palestinian
أبو قتادة الفلسطيني
is one of the top three clerics in al-Qa'ida, along with Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi and Omar Abdur-Rahman. He has had political refugee status in the UK since 1993. Earlier he had lived in Kuwait, who expelled him after Desert Storm. In 1993 he fled from Jordan or Ramullah to the UK on a forged Emirati passport and has been operating in the UK ever since, except for interludes in which the Law Lords allowed the government to keep him off the street.

Abu Qatada was arrested Saturday morning 8 November and will appear at some sort of immigration hearing Wednesday 12 November. The British press says that he was preparing to flee the UK. His intended destination is not yet publicly known, but it is said to be in the Middle East. One rumour, quoted by the Hizbullah mouthpiece Lebanon Daily Star, is that Lebanon was a probable destination. It isn't.
An absurd condition of his release on bail back in June is that he may not be in possession of a passport. Since Abu Qatada's status in the UK is that of a political refugee, why should London prevent him from leaving? Be that as it may, he would need papers of some sort, presumably supplied to him by some al-Qa'ida benefactor. The benefactor I have in mind is in Yemen.

Update 13 November from Associated Press, which is following the court proceedings in London. It mentions Abu Qatada's fundraising activities on behalf of Islamists in the UK, but not on behalf of al-Qa'ida elsewhere, such as Russia.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Eric Breininger dead in Afghanistan, says a Hesbah member

He "has carried out a martyrdom operation in Afghanistan" says "Khabib bin 'Adi". That's all he says. No corroboration yet. More info on Breininger.

Update: The report is false, according to another Hesbah guy, "abuabdullah". If it is true it should be confirmed soon on the Turkish-language IJU website. Not yet.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hani al-Siba'i endorses Maqdisi again

It's not a big deal, but there is little of any real interest on the Arabic forums these days.

Al-Siba'i says he heard from some young brother, who seems to have been seeking advice on which "scholars" to follow, and specifically about Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. It comes as no surprise that al-Siba'i endorses Maqdisi's doctrines unconditionally.

Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi is the clerical-tribal pseudonym of Isam Mohammad Tahir al-Barqawi of Jordan. He has been held incommunicado in Jordan since 2005. Maqdisi is one of the top three clerics in al-Qa'ida, along with Omar Abdur-Rahman (jailed for life in the USA) and Abu Qatada (under some sort of house arrest in England, incommunicado as far as I know).

This is from Hesbah thread number 198236. Hani has not yet copied this one to his own Maqreze website, but he might, along with the responses. Al-Siba'i has problems of his own with London at the moment. Flattering Maqdisi won't help.

Update: Hani has copied it to his Maqreze website, but without the responses.

Update 9 February 2009: In the recent spat between Maqdisi's people and Massari's Medaad group, al-Siba'i has joined in on the side of Maqdisi, sparking an unusually strong exchange of insults between al-Siba'i and his fellow Londonistani fugitive Massari.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Lion of Jihad 2" talking about money and politics

His username on the forums is

أسد الجهاد2

He is a relatively well-known and quite vicious al-Qa'ida forum participant.

He or an assistant of his has uploaded a 19-page document, in PDF and DOCX formats, which talks about the recent bank failures and related financial stuff. To make a long story short, Lion of Jihad 2 undertakes to "explain" that all the bad news is due to the world's resistance to al-Qa'ida and Salafist totalitarian rule. And like all Salafists, he says that there is no difference, but only rivalry, between the two American political parties.

I think the only remarkable thing about this piece, and other recent vague essays like it, is that it illustrates that AQ has been degraded to the point where its public communications are often nothing more than reactions to news of events in the real world, about which the al-Qa'ida members can do nothing.

Monday, November 3, 2008

KSA prevented a terror attack on USA in 2003, they claim

So says the heavily policed Saudi press, in this case al-Watan.

The Arabic original.

AP's account of the claim, in English.

According to al-Watan, the cell leader was

Ali al-Faqasi
علي الفقعسي

who might be the guy previously identified as

علي عبد الرحمن الغامدي
Ali Abdur-Rahman al-Ghamdi

who reportedly surrendered in KSA in June 2003. Al-Watan now says al-Faqasi was extradited to the USA in February 2005 and sentenced to 30 years, which is untrue.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pakistani official tells AFP that Abu Jihad al-Masri is dead


Such press reports -- an unnamed official in Islamabad tells a Western media organ that a specific terrorist has been killed in a specific strike -- are usually false. Just yesterday, such a story said that Abu Akash was killed, and that claim has now been withdrawn. But Abu Jihad al-Masri is a big fish, so here you are:

AFP source, 1 November 2008

It begins:

Al-Qaeda propaganda chief killed in Pakistan strike: officials

ISLAMABAD (AFP) — An Egyptian Al-Qaeda operative described by the United States as the terror network's propaganda chief was killed in a missile strike in Pakistan, security officials said Saturday.
Abu Jihad al-Masri was among several rebels killed when two missiles fired by a suspected US spy drone hit a truck in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Friday night, they said.
The United States has offered a one-million-dollar bounty for the death or capture of al-Masri, who has appeared in an anti-Western video introduced by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's number two.


US State Dept. hotsheet on Abu Jihad al-Masri.

I am nearly certain that his real surname is al-Hukaymah, not al-Hakim.

Update: Ash-Sharq al-Awsat has the story, and they include a little of Abu Jihad's biography. Also, a lament appeared today on the Maqreze website of Hani al-Siba'i, but it does not name any specific "martyr".

Update 2 November: Radio France Internationale tells the same story about Abu Jihad, and says it originates from the Pakistani security services.

Update 4 November: Daily Times of Pakistan reiterates that one of the dead in Mir Ali was Abu Jihad al-Masri. As yet there is no firm statement either way from the enemy, whose communications in Waziristan are in poor shape, especially if Abu Jihad was killed along with about 20 others, as is being reported.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hussein bin Mahmoud

حسين بن محمود
Hussein bin Mahmoud

I don't know his real name, but that is the name he uses on restricted terrorist forums and in terrorism-friendly internet rooms like the one operated by al-Jazeera.
His rank in AQ, at least among those members who appear regularly on the internet, is definitely quite near the top. He could one of al-Qa'ida's financiers, possibly

ياسين عبد الله عز الدين قاضي
Yasin Abdullah Izzuddin Qadi (or al-Qadi)
Jiddah, Saudi Arabia

or, less likely in my opinion,

وائل حمزة عبد الفتح جليدان
Wa'il Hamza Abdul-Fatah Julaidan
Madina, Saudi Arabia and Sana'a, Yemen

He is one of the sixteen "writer"-level members of the senior (but declining) al-Qa'ida forum called Hesbah, where his username is "rooooh50". He even has his own logo:



Today, 2008.10.31, he uploaded a message addressed to Usama Bin Ladin. He says his 7-year-old daughter "wants to see her uncle Usama". The rest of the letter is equally sentimental.

Hussein bin Mahmoud has some sort of education, can read English, and seems to have freedom of movement and information. He has written several commentaries on material that he has read from the American RAND Corporation.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Al Qa'ida wannabes in Gaza

Since they wiped out Fatah in the Gaza Strip last year, the only opposition that Hamas cannot easily eliminate comes from the warlord Mumtaz Dughmush and his array of affiliated criminal gangs and militias in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City. Some of these anti-Hamas subsets have for months now been putting on a show of Salafism, in the hope of getting a supply of money and weapons from the same rich Arabs who bankroll al-Qa'ida. Their techniques include: aggrandizing Usama Bin Ladin, Abu Mus'ab az-Zarqawi, and the like; affecting prestigious tribal-sounding names; purporting to "refute" Hamas's policies by quoting select bits and pieces of the qur'aan -- in general just imitating al-Qa'ida and its clerics. One of the Sabra rabble-rousers who is playing the part of the cleric is a guy who goes by "Abu an-Nur al-Maqdisi" (after Bayt al-Maqdis, a Muslim name for Jerusalem).

On the Sunni terrorist websites, the flow of condemnations, threats, and oaths against Hamas has been pretty heavy and steady. Naturally some of that material is just hot air from nonparticipants, notably some so-called Palestinian refugees who have never even seen the Gaza Strip. But some of it is authentic enough.









Those are samples of the banners that accompany audio releases coming out of Gaza these days. The guy with the gray beard is Abu an-Nur. His people call themselves Salafi Jihad. They are not the same people as the more famous Jaish al-Islam, kidnappers of Alan Johnston, of whom about a dozen members were massacred by Hamas in mid-September.

Eid al-Fitr 2008 pep talk from Abu Yahya al-Libi



As in several of his previous videos, al-Qa'ida's best propagandist aggrandizes and incites "jihad" in a sermon more than half an hour long. The video was made outdoors during daytime, presumably somewhere in Pakistan. At al-Libi's feet is a group of what I presume are "mujahideen".

The religion-heavy speech is aimed in part at recruitment and fundraising, in view of the fact that he speaks in Arabic rather than in an Afghan or Pakistani language, and no interpreter is present.

Update: A transcript, in Arabic only, appeared today, 30 October.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Audio from Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

Yusuf ad-Dardiri is his real name. Fugitive from Egypt, head of what remains of al-Qa'ida in Iraq.

43 minutes 53 seconds. Furqan Media production. It is a scripted "interview".

Dardiri threatens the UK, the USA, and Australia (in that order) at around the 39 minute point, and claims that his network was aware of the Glasgow airport bombing plot, which failed.

CBS Internet Terror Monitor has a bit about it.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Eric Breininger in another Badr at-Tawheed video

There is a copy here and some commentary at CBS News.
Badr at-Tawheed is the media name of the Islamic Jihad Union.
While in Waziristan, Breininger seems to have had the protection of the tribal chief and warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani of Miranshah, North Waziristan.
This new video was probably put together in Turkey or possibly Germany, where there are many speakers of Turkish. Breininger himself seems to have only German.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

AQI statement on the death of Mohamed Moumou (Abu Qaswarah)


Via the Hesbah forum, a statement signed by the nonexistent Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. I have omitted the opening and closing formalities from the original.

نُعزي ونهنئ رجال دولة الإسلام, وخاصةً فرسان الشمال بشهادة عَلَم من أعلام الدولة, وبنَّاء ماهرٍ حريص من عُمَّارها, فقد ترجل الفارسُ العجيب والحبيبُ القريب ( أبو قسورة ) جوادَ العز ليمتطي جوادَ الكرامة.

ولئن كان رحيل أبي قسوة أميرِ الشمال مؤلماً وقاسياً فلقد فرحت له لأنه أدرك ما كان يرجو وإليه يسعى ويحبو أن يموت على هذا الدرب دربِ الجهاد وعقيدةِ التوحيد, غير مبدلٍ ولا مُغير ولا مُفرط. فرحتُ لأن الله أكرمه واختاره للشهادة وبين جنوده قائلاً لهم بأصدق لسان .. لسان الحال: ها أنا ذا أميركم أقاتل ثم أفجر حزامي الناسف دفاعاً عن ديني وتمسكاً بطريقي وعملاً بوصية أميري, فمن كان لنا محباً فليقبض على دينه وليحمل الراية ويتقدم الصف قائلاً ألا لا نامت عيون الجبناء.



يا ولياً يولي الأيادي سراً *** ووزيراً فليس يكسب وزرا

مـا رأيـنا والله في من رأينا *** لك مثـلاً من البرية قراً




مات أبو قسوة شهيداً -نحسبه والله حسيبه- بعد رحلةٍ طويلة على درب الجهاد بدأت من معسكرات أفغانستان, فلقد عرف الجميع طلحةَ المغربي مُحباً لصاحب العقيدة ولو كان بخيلاً جباناً, يكره فاسدها ولو كان كريماً شجاعاً.

رمى أبو قسورة جنسيته السويدية في سلة المهملات, و هي التي يلهث وراء بريق فتاتها الكثيرُ الكثير, ولم يركن إلى زوجة أوروبية وأولاد خمسة كالبدر جمالاً, إنما فارقهم وهو المحب العاشق لهم, فلم يعرفوا خبره ولم يرَ أولاده منذ ثلاث سنين ولكن بعد أن رحَّلهم إلى مكان يحسب أنهم يكونون أقرب إلى مولاهم منهم في ديار الكفر.

وكان دائماً واثقاً من حفظ الله لهم مُردداً قوله تعالى : (وَأَمَّا الْجِدَارُ فَكَانَ لِغُلَامَيْنِ يَتِيمَيْنِ فِي الْمَدِينَةِ وَكَانَ تَحْتَهُ كَنْزٌ لَهُمَا وَكَانَ أَبُوهُمَا صَالِحًا).

فهي إذاً العقيدة التي حمل همَّها, وقاتلَ لأجلها, وماتَ في سبيلها وتحت لوائها لواءِ لا إله الا الله محمد رسول الله.

فاثبتوا يا فرسانَ الشمال ورجالَ دولة الإسلام على ما مات عليه حبيبنا أبو قسورة, فعيبٌ على الفارس أن تفتنه زوجة حسناء أو ولد يبكي عند قدميه, قال الله تعالى : (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلادِكُمْ عَدُوّاً لَكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ). مات أبو قسورة تاركاً وراءه إخوةً رجالاً يعرفون كيف يثأرون لدمه, فقد أحبهم وأحبوه, وأكرمهم وأكرموه, فحاشاهم أن يقعدوا خلفه أو يتركوا ثأره.



نم يا عبيد قريرة أجفانك

ماكنت يوماً كاذباً إخوانك

كنت النصوح لدينهم مشفاقا

فافرح بفوز قد أتتك جنانك




فمن كان للشهيد محباً, ولدربه سالكاً, ولقتله متألماً, فليصدق وليقتل قربة لمولاه وثأراً لأخيه ومن معه كافراً من الكفار سواءً أكان مرتداً أو كافراً محتلاً, وإن كنتُ أعلم أن صاحبكم كان يعشق دماء العملاء والخونة وعلى رأسهم الحزب الشيطاني. 

(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قَاتِلُوا الَّذِينَ يَلُونَكُمْ مِنَ الْكُفَّارِ وَلْيَجِدُوا فِيكُمْ غِلْظَةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الْمُتَّقِينَ).



والله غالبٌ على أمره ولكن أكثر الناس لا يعلمون



أخوكم أبو عمر القرشي البغدادي


Update: There is an audio version of the announcement, by the voice-actor who plays Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, mentioned here at CBS News.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spain rounds up 8 around Barcelona

Update from CNN, this batch has been released but is still required to check in with Spanish authorities.

This video was a press houndout from the Guardia. It has no audio.


update, quoting CNN:
MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Spanish police arrested 12 people Thursday on suspicion of Islamic terrorist activities, authorities said.

Eight of them, all Moroccans, were arrested early Thursday. They are suspected of providing cover for five fugitives from the Madrid train bombings four years ago and also of involvement in financing and recruiting of Islamic terrorists, according to the ministry statement and a judicial source.

Later Thursday, police arrested four more people -- three Moroccans and an Algerian -- in their prison cells for similar charges. Additional details about those four were not immediately released.

Hani al-Siba'i update

Yesterday the British tabloid The Sun reported that al-Siba'i has been allowed to stay in the UK until 2011. He denied it today on the Hesbah forum and on his Maqreze website.
My guess is that the story of imminent deportation is a lie by al-Siba'i. For one thing, the UK almost never kicks a terrorist out of the country. Abu Qatada is wanted in a dozen countries including five EU countries, but the UK dares not deport him. Abu Doha, Mohammed al-Massari, Yasir al-Sirri, and numerous other terrorist fugitives, facilitators, and instigators are harboured in the UK and in most cases continue to operate almost unhindered. For another thing, al-Siba'i has not said that the UK will actually put him out, but just that they have ordered him out; I reckon London won't put him out as long as no country in the world will accept him except Egypt, where he is looking at 15 years.

Al-Siba'i's thread at Hesbah has now had 59 responses.

Update 11 November 2008: On his blog, al-Siba'i reiterates that London has given him six months to get out or be deported.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ahmadullah Jan shows up on Hesbah

Mullah Ahmadullah Jan
الملا احمد الله جان
who is a Taliban mouthpiece (ee.g. November 2005 or June 2007) today uploaded to Hesbah a letter which he says was written on 27 June 2005 by the late unlamented Abu Laith al-Libi. The letter is a rather long one, which seems to aim to reassure the recipient (Jan I assume) that although things have been going badly for the jihad lately, all will be well.

update 16 October 2008:
Today the mullah added a false statement that three Canadian troops were killed in Afghanistan.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hani al-Siba'i says the UK has ordered him out.

He claims that Home Office has decided that he is a threat to the national security of the UK, and they have given him six months to leave. See thread number 195032 at Hesbah. (Hesbah is back online; it is a senior al-Qa'ida forum, and al-Siba'i is one of its most senior members.)

Among other things, al-Siba'i was a member of the Majlis ash-Shura of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, prior to the flight of Ayman al-Zawahiri and others (including himself) after the roundup in Albania. Al-Siba'i is one of the few Egyptian terrorists who still subordinates himself to al-Zawahiri. He has been sentenced to 15 years in Egypt.

After 38 responses, the thread at Hesbah has been closed by "Ibn al-Athir", who asks al-Siba'i to keep the brothers posted on the Maqreze website (run by al-Siba'i).

update:
The thread has been moved within the Hesbah forum, and is now up to 44 responses. The new thread is number 195079.

update 13 October 2008:
Fifty responses now. Most are in the nature of prayers to Allah to protect al-Siba'i from "tyrants" and such things, meaning I presume from the British who have hosted al-Siba'i for ten years. The responders do seem to take seriously the idea that the UK will expel him, although it is almost unprecedented for the UK to deport or extradite a member of al-Qa'ida.

Dar al-Hayat (the Lebanese one) noticed al-Siba'i's statement.

On 14 October CBS noticed it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Eric Breininger, interview from May 2008

From the main website of the Islamic Jihad Union I got these translations
MS Word format
Abode PDF format
of a brief "interview" with Eric Breininger, dated 23 May 2008.

More on Breininger and on Breininger and Hussain al-Malla.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

AQIM: Abu Yusuf al-'Anaabi, audio

AQIM refers to al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, formerly GSPC.



Length 30:45, audio mocked up as a video. Narrator is this "emir":

أبي عبيدة يوسف العنابي
Abu 'Ubeida Yusuf al-'Anaabi
also called
أبو يوسف العنابي
Abu Yusuf al-'Anaabi

who has claimed responsibility in the last two months for at least two attacks against Algerian troops.

Unlike Gadahn's recent effort, this audio is long on religion, basically a Wahhabi fatwa, i.e. a cobbling of quotations from the qur'aan and hadith purporting to argue the legitimacy of al-Qa'ida's actions in Algeria. Secondarily, it tries to incite and promise some sort of aggression against al-Andalus, which is the Islamist name for that part of Spain over which the Arabs lost control more than five hundred years ago.
It appears to me that the main purpose of this audio is to paint an agreeable picture of AQIM in the eyes of AQ's financiers and religious superiors back in Arabia. That has been the pattern from them ever since mid-2004, when GSPC leader Nabil Sahraoui was killed and the Islamist movement in North Africa was at a low ebb. One of the surviving GSPC commanders, Abdel-Malik Droukdel, renamed himself Abu Mus'ab Abdul-Wadoud after Zarqawi, renamed his followers al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, and for months afterward paid profuse obeisances to Usama Bin Ladin and Zarqawi. This policy of acting ultra-Salafist, along with lionization of AQIM by al-Jazeera, has succeeded in gaining new sponsors in Arabia for al-Qa'ida in North Africa. The same is true to a lesser extent for the gang in southern Russia under Doku Umarov, which now calls itself the Caucasus Emirate.

Enemy forums being taken down

The Sunni terrorist forums known as Ekhlaas, Firdaws, and Boraq all went dead around 9 September 2008. This development was definitely not voluntary on the part of whoever runs the forums. The kindred Faluja forum went dead a couple of days ago, and now the most exclusive "public" forum of them all, Hesbah, is in trouble.
http://passat.websitewelcome.com/suspended.page/?t=194723
That's what you get when you try to navigate within the Hesbah forum.

Update:
The main Hesbah page now gets:
http://passat.websitewelcome.com/suspended.page

Under one of their other URL's, Hesbah produces:
http://passat.websitewelcome.com/suspended.page/?t=191614

Also, majahden is dead.

Update:
Ansar al-Jihad AKA Ansar al-Mujahideen, involved with video production and distribution, has been kicked out by its hosting company. That one might return IMO.

Update 18 October:
Hesbah is back.
Commentary and conjecture from Washington Post Foreign Service.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Adam Gadahn reappears on video



Technicalities

32:07 AVI format. As-Sahab opening credit and watermark throughout. Gadahn speaks in English, and two versions of the video were released, one with an Arabic voiceover and one without. Usually, when as-Sahab is working on a video, they announce a few days in advance that it is coming, but this time the video appeared with no preliminary announcement. The filenames (after unpacking) are
Movie_00_(azzam to big india Arabic).avi
Movie_00_(azzam to big india English).avi

Gadahn wears a white shirt and turban with a black vest; the background has been digitally removed. He is seated with his elbows on a desk or table which is just out of view.
A gold-on-black flag is at Gadahn's right. It is the same as the one seen alongside Abu al-Yazid and Abu Yahya in recent as-Sahab pieces, but smaller. No other periphernalia or weapons are visible.

The video contains excerpts of fairly recent but not new audios from UBL and Zawahiri and a video from Mustafa Abu al-Yazid. Arabic in the audios has an English voiceover by someone with an accent. Apart from those excerpts, no one but Gadahn is seen or heard in the video.

The most recent specific events mentioned by Gadahn occurred on 17 September 2008: a meeting between General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani and Admiral Mike Mullen, and a nearly simultaneous NATO airstrike within Pakistan.

Generalities

Nothing in this video suggests to me that Gadahn himself has gone operational, or that he has any command over anyone, or that he is privy to any of al-Qa'ida's plans. When Gadahn first became wanted in 2004, he was part of a network of dangerous people including Haroun Fazul and Adnan Shukri Jumah. But judging from this piece, and the preceding one almost nine months earlier, Gadahn today is just one more talking head on the internet.

From the way he talks about Pakistan, I feel that he is still in Pakistan but not in a danger zone like Bajaur or Waziristan. He seems to spend a lot of time reading news on the internet.

The body of the piece is a grossly pretentious and arrogant speech about recent developments, mostly in Pakistan, less so about Afghanistan, a wee bit on Iraq and India, and a passing insult or two against KSA and the UK. In its aims, it is a familiar type of Sunni terrorist propaganda:
-- it tries to incite or feed resentment of AQ's enemies, on this occasion the government and democratic constitution of Pakistan.
-- it accuses the Muslim target (Islamabad) of deceptive, duplicitous, heretical, mercenary etc. etc. collaboration with Jews, Crusaders, etc. etc.
-- it claims that Kufr is mowing down innocent people deliberately and indiscriminately in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
-- it says that the mujahideen are on the verge of an historic victory.

Specifics, and notable omissions

The only big surprise in this video is its existence, proving that Gadahn was still alive at least until 17 September. The contents themselves are quite predictable, but some omissions are notable.

Gadahn makes no mention of the Palestinians. Not long before this video was made, Hamas massacred about 12 of their Salafist rivals in Gaza City (members of Jaish al-Islam and some uninvolved relatives), which infuriated al-Qa'ida, but Gadahn does not mention it.

The anniversary of the destruction of the Lal Masjid was a big deal to the top al-Qa'ida guys. But to Gadahn it seems to be just one more incident in a list he has compiled, to remind his listeners about, in the hope of inciting them against Islamabad. Indeed, Gadahn seems curiously detached from all the various heavy anti-terrorist and anti-Islamist actions in Pakistan during the months he was away.

It opens with parable from the qur'aan and hadith known as, "The believer is not bitten twice from the same hole", meaning he learns from experience what, or who, should be distrusted. Then come congratulations and condolences to the families of the martyrs in Afghanistan and tribal Pakistan.

Gadahn claims that a variety of recent criticism of American and allied interests is insincere: Islamabad is secretly in cahoots with Washington and is not sincere about defending Pakistan from the US or NATO; Karzai is a puppet and doesn't care about dead Afghan noncombatants; Riyadh is insincere in its criticism of the US in Iraq; Brown is feigning concern about US raids inside Pakistan (which is a Commonwealth country and the UK's main source of immigrants).

Then comes a bunch of anti-Islamabad accusations, about cooperation with the Americans. Gadahn seems to be talking about events in Pakistan from a safe distance, unlike Zawahiri. Twice he lists off the sites of various American drone attacks in Pakistan, but he does not name any of the dead, and indeed he seems to know nothing more about it than does anybody who reads about it in the online media.

Gadahn comes down rather specifically on General Kiyani, who became chief of staff when Musharraf took off his uniform. Kiyani's appointment seems to be a satisfactory choice to everybody except some Islamist-friendly army and ISI officers, and, apparently, al-Qa'ida. Zawahiri also singled out Kiyani, and the Gadahn video contains a copy of Zawahiri's condemnation of him. Gadahn imitates Zawahiri on this point, but wants to claim that Kiyani is Washington's man, whereas Zawahiri paints him more as Musharraf's man. This illustrates a general fact about the terrorist mentality: The country that any terrorist really hates is the country that he knows: his own country.

One more notable omission: Gadahn quotes from the qur'aan and other sacred texts relatively little. Citing the qur'aan for quasi-legal justification is a practice universal among Sunni terrorists and aggressors. But Gadahn's approach to rhetoric is the one he acquired before he converted to Islam, and quite Western. The rhetoric itself is far from expert.

Near the end, Gadahn exhorts a list of various classes of people to jihad, and among the list are "emigrants" (muhajiroon in Arabic) followed by "helper mujahideen" (ansar al-mujahideen). Both names, in their Arabic versions, are names of groups of al-Qa'ida sympathizers in Europe.

The video concludes with a grossly arrogant and condescending finale, enjoining all the Muslims in what he calls the region, or rather, ordering them all, to unite against Islamabad and its allies and its democratic constitution. It's an ugly spectacle -- this fugitive American convert talking down to the teeming Muslim masses in these words:

"Muslim brothers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the region, emigrant and helper mujahideen, olimykuram, brave Muslims of the tribal areas, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Sarhad, Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir and elsewhere, don't betray Islam, and the martyrs of Islam, by falling into the traps set for you by the devious enemy, or letting the flourishing tree of Islam and jihad your martyrs have watered with their innocent blood sag, wither, or die. It's time for you to put aside tribal, ethnic, and territorial differences, and petty worldly disputes, not just for now, but forever, and unite, to restore the glories of your forefathers (etc. etc.)"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

as-Sahab September 2008 re Lal Masjid



This as-Sahab video is elaborate in its production, but routine and typically crude in its methods of incitement and in its style of propaganda. Their target this time is Pakistan, specifically the current president Asif Ali Zardari and the former president Pervez Musharraf. The narration is in Urdu with Arabic subtitles. Length 1:04:39.

The main appetizer this time is the dead bigshot Abdur-Rashid Gazi and the other Wahhabis who died in the siege of a cult compound and arsenal known as the Red Mosque (Lal Masjid) in Islamabad. Abdur-Rashid was a sometime affiliate of Bin Ladin and a proponent of the appalling Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Abdur-Rashid Gazi should not be confused with Abdul-Aziz Gazi, who was captured when he tried to sneak out of the Lal Masjid by wearing a burqa and pretending to be a woman.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Eric Breininger

Member of the Islamic Jihad Union. Wanted in Germany.

CCC backgrounder on IJU, mentioning Breininger.

The following material is from a Turkish-language IJU website hosted in Turkey.

Photo

Photo

Photo, Breininger at left

Photo, Breininger in the middle

Friday, September 26, 2008

Umarov versus Zakayev in Londonistan

I don't intend here to lend credibility to non-credible threats on the internet. This piece is only about how freely such threats can be made by Londonistanis on websites based in the UK, even when the targets of the threats are also in UK.

In recent months Dokka Umarov and Ahmed Zakayev have both appointed themselves leaders of nonexistent states within Russia. On 31 October 2007, Umarov renamed his guerilla group the Causasus Emirate, with himself as emir, and immediately called for the killing of "apostates and collaborators", by which he means anybody in southern Russia who does not obey him. Twenty-six days later, Zakayev called himself Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, claiming that a phone-in election had been held, and he won. Kavkaz quickly started making death threats against Zakayev.

For their main platforms on the web, Ahmed Zakayev has "Chechen Press" in English and Russian, while Umarov's people have Kavkaz in English and Chechen Times in Russian.

I'll look at this scripted Kavkaz "interview" of the guy who runs Chechen Times, namely Zakhar Abukhanov.

From the interview:
[interviewer:]Zakhar Abukhanov claims that Zakayev contacted him with a proposal to kill Boris Berezovsky, who now has a stringent control over all Zakayev's actions and financially supports the former Chechen Foreign Minister, his family and his circle of the members of the London criminal group.

[interviewer:]"Along with it there was a report that Zakayev and Berezovsky contacted you about the 'order' [to assassinate] certain activists. The names of Abramovich and Demian Kudryavtsev were mentioned. Later on among the Chechen diaspora in France there was hearsay that Zakayev tried to organize some terrorist act in PACE [Euro parliament] through some persons: whether it was an assassination, or an explosion, but something went wrong. Which motives, do you think, Zakayev is moved by?"

[Abukhanov:]Berezovsky wanted to physically remove not only Governor of Chukotka Roman Abramovich, but a number of other Russian businessmen as well, -- Berezovsky's rivals who visit Europe often. For these purposes he was looking a responsible perpetrator through Zakayev, so that everything could be blamed on Chechens.

"I was telling Zakayev that you cannot assassinate people in Europe because it would create problems for Chechens. If there is a need to ‘settle the score' with somebody, it would be much easier and cheaper done in Russia. Everybody knows that. But both Zakayev and Berezovsky needed turmoil in Europe, so that the Chechens would be the cause of the turmoil.

"I have a proof to back my words up. I made an audio recording of my conversation with Zakayev, which I'm willing to present in any court.

"Let me repeat once again. Zakayev's goal is to discredit all who are fighting against the Russian troops at home, and make himself the main and the only Chechen democrat, whom the West could count on. This is why he and his boss wanted (and they do want it even stronger today) to mastermind a provocation in Europe and blame it all on the Mujahideen.


I do not know Abukhanov's current location, but he is a mouthpiece of the mindless Islamist Dokka Umarov and he therefore certainly has no intention of disputing anything in any court. He deals in threats, not facts.

"Sure, Berezovsky has materials that would discredit Akhmed when exposed. B.A.B. is famous for his talent to gather not only ‘black dossiers' on his subordinates, but for betraying them as well, as soon as the person is no longer needed or gets out of his control. So Zakayev does have something to be worried about.

"But Berezovsky should be worried too. Zakayev, as a person who has access to Berezovsky, may take an advantage of this situation. Everybody knows that Zakayev is now in the process of negotiating with Kadyrov and Russian FSB. Berezovsky knows about that. I'm sure that Zakayev came up with some kind of story as to why he is conducting these negotiations, and he probably even got permission from him to do these negotiations.

"To me and to any person who knows Zakayev it is clear that he is seeking forgiveness from the FSB and from Kadyrov, because he fears for his life (especially after Litvinenko got killed), and if he helps them remove Berezovsky, then Moscow will forgive him and even promote him in the status of a traitor, which is good for the FSB, they will get a puppet with the image of a democrat. So far for Russians Zakayev is totally worthless. But Berezovsky is Putin's personal enemy. This is why they could use Zakayev, who is now openly offering himself to Kadyrov, as you can see today."


That's enough of Kavkaz's stuff to illustrate the point I wanted to make.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wanted: Eric Breininger & Houssain al-Malla

Wanted in Germany. Thought to be part of the Islamic Jihad Union. Reported to have been to tribal Pakistan this summer.


Eric Breininger German hotsheet on Breininger


Hussain Al-Malla German hotsheet on Al-Malla


Breininger at left.

A Turkish-language IJU website.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kavkaz versus the "London Criminal Group"

The Kavkaz website publicises the dicta and propaganda of the violent Sunni totalitarian faction in southern Russia whose current emir-for-life is

Dokka Umarov
Доку Умаров
دوكو عمروف

alias
Abu Uthman or Abu Usman
Абу Осман
أبو عثمان

Umarov's group is descended from the Mashkadov-Khattab-Baseyev gang that was funded from Arabia. Those three individuals are dead but Mashkadov's "foreign minister"

Ahmed Zakayev
Ахмед Закаев
أحمد زكاييف

is still alive in London. Zakayev withdrew from the heavy fighting in Chechnya to Turkey via the Pankisi Gorge (Georgia) in 2000, due to an injury. He has not been in Russia since. But he retained the endorsement of Mashkadov until the latter was killed in March of 2005. Mashkadov's successor Abdul-Halim Sadulayev went on the martyr pile in June of 2006, and it became Umarov's turn.

To his kufr hosts in the West, Zakayev claimed to disapprove of the Moscow theatre hostage-taking, which ended with about 150 people plus 50 terrorists dead. But Zakayev subsequently promoted Shamil Basayev after the latter claimed credit for the theatre incident.

Zakeyev is now in trouble, not from the West, but from Umarov's group. This excerpt from a spokesman of Umarov says what that group is nowadays about:

The statement of our Amir [Umarov] means that he considers Allah, the Most High, who sent down for us the best law and guidance through His Messenger Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the only source of authority, and not the people. He also renounced terms that contradict Islam, such as: republic, parliament, president etc. His statement is the rejection of the democratic system of governing and pagan beliefs and doctrines associated with it. Mujahideen of the Caucasus have nothing to do any more with all concepts incompatible with our Religion, such as human rights, international law, referendum, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and will of the people.


What matters to Umarov is a supply of money, a supply of weapons, and religious authorizations for aggression. Evidently his religious authorization is coming from Salafists, although he scoffs at being called Wahhabi or al-Qa'ida. And Umarov seems no longer to require money from LCG either. And if the jihad no longer has any use for Zakayev, then neither does Berezovksy and his London Criminal Group.

Lately there has been a substantial whispering campaign against Zakayev. Some say he "has links to European intelligence". Some are more specific and suggest that he gave MI6 something against the Kremlin in return for asylum in the UK. One mujahid told Kavkaz that he had been betrayed in some way by Zakayev, and then added that Zakayev would surely betray his fellow members of the LCG likewise. He even hinted that Zakayev might be plotting to kill Berezovsky. That sounds to me like an attempt to incite the killing of Zakayev by the LCG. It could work. Alexander Litvinenko is dead enough. Litvinenko was a hanger-on, or groupie, of Zakayev (they lived next door to each other) and Berezovsky and other such bigshots. As if to try to measure up, Litvinenko would tell one fantastic tale after another about the doings of the KGB, e.g. saying that an insider had warned him not to go to Italy, because it was full of KGB headed by Romano Prodi. I'll speculate that Berezovsky's LCG killed the pathetic Litvinenko, and then painted that trail of radioactive polonium -- impossible to miss -- all the way from London to Moscow, to incriminate Lugovoi and the Kremlin. Berezovsky wants to take over Russia. Realistic or not, that's what he wants.

On top of the suspicion-mongering, Kavkaz is trying to incite the lynching of Zakayev in all the usual Muslim ways:
-- accusing him of making anti-Islam statements.
-- accusing him of breaking an oath.
-- accusing him of collaborating with Kufr.

To demonstrate those claims, I will excerpt some bits from a Kavkaz "interview" of Umarov's propaganda boss Movladi Udugov in June 2008. Apart from an opening prayer, the script begins with an attack on Ahmed Zakayev:

All that has been said or will be said (or done) by the former CRI foreign minister [Zakayev] and his circle has no importance whatsoever. That man is not independent, he is in a foreign country in a position of a de facto hostage and he is dependent on certain people as well as specific circumstances. He actually is not making it a secret either. So, his words and deeds have no importance whatsoever.

But there is the flipside of the issue. Even if you take into an account that someone really does have a thick dossier with defaming materials on the former CRI foreign minister and he is being blackmailed, or the ex-minister really is a faithful democrat, as he claims to be, it still does not justify the fact of treason and betrayal of the oath, and no one has abolished the responsibility for it.


Later:
And there can never be any kind of ideological unity of the Mujahideen with the anti-Islamic London group, which has been using the same "accusatory arguments" against the fighting Mujahideen that the enemies are using.

Euro-Chechens per se (the London group of Chechen national democrats) and pro-Moscow group of Chechen Murtadin (apostates/pro-Russian collaborators) are ideological relatives. There are no ideological disagreements between them. They have different "benefactors" (this is where the mutual dislike of their leaders comes from), but the ideology is all the same: animosity towards Islam and non-acceptance of the Sharia.


So, Umarov's utterly Islamist "information director" is accusing Zakayev of apostasy and treason and collaboration with kufaar against Muslims. That means Umarov wants Zakayev dead.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Update on Maqdisi's eulogy to Zarqawi

Hesbah thread number 192800
Thread starter:
أبو المهاجر الزرقاوي
Abu al-Muhajir az-Zarqawi (an awkward pseudonym)
Thread title:
إعلان هام من منبر التوحيد والجهاد
Important note from Minbar at-Tawhid wal-Jihad

The poster says that the release of the eulogy was not authorized by Maqdisi and in future the brothers should only quote Minbar at-Tawhid wal-Jihad for material from Maqdisi.


إعلان هام من منبر التوحيد والجهاد
بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

نحيط الإخوة الأفاضل بأن منبر التوحيد والجهاد هو الجهة الوحيدة الناطقة باسم الشيخ أبي محمد المقدسي وأي بيان أو كلمة أو تصريح ينسب إلى الشيخ يعتبر غير موثق وفاقد للمصداقية ما لم يقره المنبر أو ينزل فيه .. والمنبر حاليا معطل وهو قيد الإعداد ونبشركم بأننا سنقوم بإعادة افتتاحه خلال أيام معدودة إن شاء الله .. لزم هذا التنويه لأنه قد نسبت إلى الشيخ بعض التصريحات التي لم تصدر عنه بغض النظر عن رأي الشيخ فيها من تأييد أو عدمه .. وحتى القصيدة التي نزلت في المنتديات في رثاء الشيخ أبي مصعب رحمه الله فقد سجلها أحد الإخوة على هاتفه الجوال في زيارة ودية للشيخ كتسجيل خاص له وهي غير معدة للنشر والشيخ لم يأذن بنشرها .

منبر التوحيد والجهاد

22nd of Ramadan 1429 h. [ 22 September 2008 ]

Minbar at-Tawhid wal-Jihad is a big online al-Qa'ida library founded by Maqdisi. Tawhid wal-Jihad was what Zarqawi called his group before it was renamed al-Qaida in Iraq.