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1/4/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of January 2014

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of January 2014.


26/3/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of December 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of December 2013.


14/3/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of December 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of December 2013.
 


3/3/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of November 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of November 2013.


26/2/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of November 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of November 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The killing of Hakimullah-Mehsud, leader of the Taliban-Pakistan, provokes calls from jihadist elements to launch reprisals against the United States. At this stage, it is unclear if his replacement will continue talks with the Pakistani government or increase the organization’s terrorist activities.
• The rivalry between jihadist groups in Syria continues, including reciprocal killings by each side. Evidence from the arena of jihad in Syria indicates that violence is also being used against civilians. Each group, including opposition forces and Islamic organizations, emphasizes the corruption of the others, sometimes with regard to the West’s support of some of the groups.
 


17/2/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of October 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of October 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the Sahara threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against French targets on French soil in response to France’s involvement in events taking place in northern Mali.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) promised to bring harm to the Yemeni regime due to prison guards’ brutal oppression of Sunni prisoners in jail.


27/1/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of October 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of October 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Al-Qaeda, criticized the campaign of oppression being carried out by the Egyptian military against Islamists and Islam in Egypt. In light of this reality, al-Zawahiri called on Muslims to fight against the pact between Egypt’s military forces and secular camp, and the Zionist-Crusader forces, which was designed to damage Islam’s power base. In addition, he called on Muslims to avoid a repeat of events in Tunisia and to thwart the anti-Islamic conspiracy being led by secular and Western forces in Tunisia.
• The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Mohammad Omar, praised the mujahideen in honor of Eid Al-Adha (or “Feast of the Sacrifice”), and called on them to continue waging jihad against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He called on Muslim Afghanis to boycott the elections scheduled to take place in Afghanistan in 2014.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a military base in Yemen near the coastal city of Al-Mukalla, Hadramawt Province, on September 30, 2013.
• The Salafi-jihadist movement in the Sinai Peninsula declared an all-out war against the Egyptian army and its collaborators.
 


16/1/2014 Periodical Review: Jihadist Fatwas - July-September 2013

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This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Sheikh Abu al-Mundhir al-Shanqiti between July-September 2013. There was a significant decrease in the number of fatwas published during this period on the Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad Web site, where al-Shanqiti generally publishes his fatwas. Since these were not quiet months in the various arena of jihad, and many incidents indeed took place during this time, it is difficult to explain the decrease in the number of fatwas in the absence of issues on the agenda.


7/1/2014 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of September 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of September 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, leader of the Somali Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. According to him, the attack was carried out in response to Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia and he promised that his organization would strike Kenya again.
 
• The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack that its members carried out against one of Pakistan’s largest military bases in southern Waziristan in revenge for the May 2013 killing of Waliur Rehman Mehsud, who was considered a possible successor for the organization’s leadership.
 
• Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, criticized the smear campaign being waged against the organization by the media, which is reflected in its biased and distorted reporting. Al-‘Adnani called on armed factions in Syria not to be deceived by these false reports as they are designed to sow division and separation among the ranks of the mujahideen.
 
• Salafi-jihadist activists called on the mujahideen to strike the Egyptian army in response to the wave of arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamist activists in the country. According to them, the Egyptian army is operating against Islam and following the example of former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, in serving the interests of the United States and Israel.

15/12/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of September 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of Setpember 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri published two new sermons. In the first one, he set guidelines for the mujahideen’s strategy to employ in the field; namely, avoid friction with minorities and the civilian population, and focus on carrying out terrorist attacks against Americans and Israelis. In the second sermon, al-Zawahiri called on the Muslim Nation to carry out individual terrorist attacks against American targets, especially those on [Muslim] soil, and to concentrate efforts on damaging the U.S. economy as it is constitutes a significant weak spot liable to lead to America’s downfall...


26/11/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of August 2013

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• Sheikh Adam Gadahn, a senior leader of Al-Qaeda, called on jihadists and Muslims to attack American diplomats in the Middle East, especially those at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, and to recreate the success of Benghazi, Libya, where a U.S. ambassador was killed last year in a terrorist attack.
• Sheikh al-Julani, leader of the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria) promised to avenge the chemical attack carried out by Bashar al-Assad’s regime against a Sunni village in Syria. In response, the mujahideen promised to unleash their rage on Alawite villages.

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of August 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:


13/11/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of August 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of August 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri criticizes the military revolution in Egypt and Morsi’s removal. According to him, the revolution was made possible thanks to cooperation between Coptic Christians, secularists, supporters of the military and the anti-Islamic camp, with guidance from the United States. The democratic process by which Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s representative, was elected President of Egypt proves that democracy is of no value and should be considered a failure. Furthermore, democracy is not in line with the principles of Islam.
• Sheikh Nasir al-Wahishi, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, promised to work to free Sunni prisoners from jails.
• The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, published a manifesto detailing all of the military operations that its group carried out in Iraq in 2012.
• The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham successfully overtook the Mannagh Military Airport in Aleppo, in cooperation with other Islamist-jihadist organizations in Syria.
• As a result of the deaths of four members of the jihadist Ansar Beit al-Maqdas by an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or “drone” in the Sinai Peninsula, Salafi-jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip are blaming the Egyptian Army for cooperating with Israel and protecting its borders. In light of this, jihadist organizations in the Sinai are calling on Bedouins in the Sinai Peninsula to help the mujahideen in their war against the Egyptian Army and to avenge their deaths.

 


1/11/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of July 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the second half of July 2013. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls to the Muslims to show initiative and act against the US anti-Muslim policy, manifested – according to him – in the mass killing of Muslims. In his view, one should also strive to liberate Palestine from the Jews so that it can be included in the Islamic caliphate that is to be established in the region.
• Sheikh Ibrahim Rubaish, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s Mufti, gives an official declaration on the death of Sheikh Al-Shari and eulogizes him. Al-Shari served as the deputy leader in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and was killed by an American drone, apparently at the beginning of the year.
• The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the break-in into 2 large prisons near Baghdad – the Abu Gharib Prison and the Al-Taji Prison – on July 21st 2013. This break-in resulted in the release of several hundred prisoners, most of them Al-Qaeda members.


15/10/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of July 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First Half of July 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

•Adam Yahiye Gadahn al-Amriki, a senior member of Al-Qaeda, emphasizes in a video recording that the liberation of Syria and the fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime are important foundation stones on the path towards liberating Palestine from the Jews. He calls on the mujahideen not to lay down their weapons after defeating the Ba’ath regime in Syria, but rather to direct them at the State of Israel.
• Al-Qaeda’s publicist in Pakistan announced the death of Wali-ur-Rehman, the deputy leader of the Taliban in Pakistan.
• The ousting of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s representative, from the presidential throne by the Egyptian army, led by General al-Sisi, is considered a radicalization of the discourse among Salafi-jihadist groups in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in the Arab world, and on jihadist forums in their defamation the Arab army. As a result, the calls for jihad and armed struggle to be waged against the Egyptian army are growing.
• Doku Umarov commands the mujahideen to strike the Olympic games in Russia, which are set to take place in February 2014.


26/9/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of June 2013

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 This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second Half of June 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Afghanistan-Taliban opens an official embassy in Qatar.
• Sheikh Hussam Abd al-Rauf, a prominent leader of Al-Qaeda, calls on Arab Muslims to preserve the achievements of the Arab Spring revolutions and not to deliver power into the hands of members of previous regimes.
• The jihadist strategist Abdullah Ibn Muhammed urges Yemen’s Sunnis to prepare for imminent war with the Shi’ite Houthis, who are gaining in might.
• The Abdullah ‘Azzam Brigades excoriate Hezbollah and exhort it to desist from its gross involvement of in the civil war in Syria. They also urge Lebanon’s Sunnis to support the Sunnis in Syria.


10/9/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of June 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First Half of June 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• In a new audio statement, Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, calls on Muslims, and especially Palestinians, to liberate Palestine from the Zionist-Israeli regime that has controlled it for 65 years.
• The Qatari satellite television station Al-Jazeera publishes a letter allegedly written by Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri in an attempt to mediate between the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq – feuding Al-Qaeda affiliates – following the declaration by the leader of the latter that the two were uniting. Although al-Zawahiri confirms that the two groups are still separate, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq continues to aver that the unification is valid.
• A senior member of Al-Qaeda exhorts the Muslims in India to join global jihad against the US and its allies.
• In a recent audio statement, a Saudi Arabian deputy consul who is a captive of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) accuses the Saudi regime of collaborating with the US against the mujahideen – as evidenced, he claims, by its allowing a US air base on Saudi soil, from which drones are sent to attack Muslims in Yemen.
• The Al-Nusra Front in Syria warns the Druze in As-Suwayda not to collaborate with Hezbollah and the Shi’ites, unless they wish to feel the wrath of the mujahideen.
• The second issue appears of the Pakistan-Taliban’s English-language jihadist magazine, AZAN.
• The Shura Council of the jihadist Web forum Snam Al-Islam mourns the death from a degenerative muscular disease of the administrator of the Global Jihad Web forum.


28/8/2013 Periodical Review: Jihadist Fatwas - May-June 2013

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This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In May and June 2013, Sheikh Shanqiti ruled as follows:


• Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is today considered the head of the Muslim Nation, and Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri is his underling.
• All secular people are automatically considered infidels.
• It is permissible to commit a suicide attack against Hezbollah in an effort to reduce harm to women and children.
• One must not take sides in the internal conflict in Egypt.
• Money obtained from infidels may be used for jihad.

 


20/8/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of May 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second Half of May 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, the mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), calls on Yemen’s religious scholars to promote AQAP and forbid Yemeni soldiers from attacking the group.
• Sheikh Mokhtar Belmokhtar of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and leader of the Signers in Blood Brigades takes responsibility for a double suicide attack in Niger.
• Abu Yahya al-Shanqiti, a member of AQIM’s Shari’a [Islamic Law] Council, calls on Mauritania’s religious scholars to inveigh against France and its allies.
• Abu al-Ila al-Jalili al-Jazaari, the director of AQIM media center Al-Andalus, calls on the Ennahda Party, the interim government and the minister of the interior in Tunisia to immediately cease the oppressing Ansar Al-Sharia.
• Bloody clashes rage between security forces and Ansar Al-Sharia in Tunisia, inciting a wave of denigration by contributors to jihadist Web forums.
• A member of Somalia’s Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen advises Muslims in the US and mujahideen in Somalia to kidnap US citizens and use them to bargain for the release of Muslims from US prisons.
• AQIM’s blog launches a series of biographies of martyrs.
• Issue No. 11 of Inspire, an influential English-language jihadist magazine, is published.


30/7/2013 Periodical Review: Jihadist Fatwas - March-April 2013

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 This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In March and April 2013, Sheikh Shanqiti ruled as follows:

• The Alawites are idol-worshippers. It is therefore permissible to take their money as loot and even to harm their wives and children – albeit under certain conditions.
• Jewish and Christian houses of worship may be open to attack only if their congregations oppose Islam. However, it is preferable to take them over and convert them into mosques.

 


30/7/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of May 2013

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First Half of May 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• At the end of April 2013, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan warns of a coming wave of attacks on coalition forces.
• Jihadist Web forums publish the responses to Web surfers’ questions of Sheikh Ahmad Abu Abd al-Ilah, head of the Policy Committee of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
• Hezbollah’s involvement in fighting alongside the forces of Bashar al-Assad against the Syrian rebels arouses a rancorous debate on jihadist Web forums. At the same time, calls to attack Hezbollah are backed by the establishment of local jihadist groups, like the Ahrar Al-Bekaa Brigades, which mass to fight Hezbollah.
• The Taliban in Al-Sham [The Levant] is established, and declares its aim of fighting Syrian regime forces until they are overthrown.
• Contributors to jihadist Web forums debate the merits of “lone wolf” attacks such as the one perpetrated at the 2013 Boston Marathon by the Tsarnaev brothers in the war of attrition against the West.
• Visitors to the Ansar Al-Mujahideen Web forum urge the mujahideen to infiltrate Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, crossing the border in the guise of migrant workers.
• Jihadist Web forums host a discussion of the persecution of Muslim Rohingya by the government in Myanmar (Burma).


25/7/2013 Periodical Review: Jihadist Fatwas - January-February 2013

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This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in response to readers’ questions by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In January and February 2013, Sheikh Shanqiti ruled as follows:

• Once the Muslims in Libya have established an Islamic state, they must prepare for war. Sheikh Shanqiti suggested that a large number of armed men seize power and key positions, and impose Islamic law [shari’a].
• The new Egyptian constitution is heretical and antithetical to shari’a and Islam; anyone who signs it is an infidel. So, too, is any ruler who makes or passes legislation that contravenes shari’a.
• Muslims in North Africa should give jihad in Mali priority over jihad in Syria, because of their geographic proximity to it.
• It is permissible and justifiable to kill Algerian diplomats.
• It is permissible to hack into, or hire the services of hackers to hack into, American Web sites, for the purpose of stealing money.


23/7/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of April 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

 This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second Half of April 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• At the end of April 2013, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan warns of a coming wave of attacks on coalition forces.
• Jihadist Web forums publish the responses to Web surfers’ questions of Sheikh Ahmad Abu Abd al-Ilah, head of the Policy Committee of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
• Hezbollah’s involvement in fighting alongside the forces of Bashar al-Assad against the Syrian rebels arouses a rancorous debate on jihadist Web forums. At the same time, calls to attack Hezbollah are backed by the establishment of local jihadist groups, like the Ahrar Al-Bekaa Brigades, which mass to fight Hezbollah.
• The Taliban in Al-Sham [The Levant] is established, and declares its aim of fighting Syrian regime forces until they are overthrown.
• Contributors to jihadist Web forums debate the merits of “lone wolf” attacks such as the one perpetrated at the 2013 Boston Marathon by the Tsarnaev brothers in the war of attrition against the West.
• Visitors to the Ansar Al-Mujahideen Web forum urge the mujahideen to infiltrate Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, crossing the border in the guise of migrant workers.
• Jihadist Web forums host a discussion of the persecution of Muslim Rohingya by the government in Myanmar (Burma).


10/7/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of April 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First Half of April 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri encourages mujahideen in all arenas of jihad, and urges Muslims to unite under the banner of monotheism and Islamic law. He warns France of the price it will pay for waging war in northern Mali.
• The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq declares it has joined forces with the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, and that the united group will now be known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham. The leader of the Al-Nusra Front quickly disavows any “unification”, insisting that the Al-Nusra Front is loyal first and foremost to Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri.
• Ahmad Farouq, who is responsible for Al-Qaeda’s da’wa [missionary efforts] in Pakistan, urges the Bengali people to oppose the Bangladeshi regime, because of its secular policies, which are eroding the country’s Islamic identity.
• Abdullah ibn Muhammad, who maintains respected, popular Facebook and Twitter accounts on jihadist strategic affairs, proposes a plan for liberating Palestine.
• Abu Sufya al-Azdi Sa’id al-Shihri, a prominent member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), exhorts the Saudi Arabian people to revolt against the Saudi regime and oppose the presence of bases in Saudi Arabia from which drones are sent to attack Muslims in Yemen.
• Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, the mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), warns that Yemen will suffer if the government persists in refusing to sign a cease-fire agreement with AQAP. He urges Yemeni soldiers to desert the army, because of Yemen’s persistent collaboration with the US.
• The fourth issue of Al-Qaeda Airlines covers the manufacture and use of hydrogen-cyanide poison against Western targets.


4/7/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of March 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second Half of March 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Pakistan-Taliban urges the Pakistani people to wage a violent revolution against the oppressive Pakistani regime, like that in Syria or Libya.
• On March 14, the Islamic State of Iraq perpetrates a massive terrorist attack against the Iraqi Ministry of Justice to avenge the regime’s oppression of Sunni citizens.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb calls on Muslims in North Africa, and especially in Tunisia, to concentrate on jihad and the implementation of Islamic law in North Africa – and not elsewhere.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb exhorts the French, especially the families of French hostages, to pressure Hollande’s government to withdraw its army from northern Mali, lest they all suffer the consequences.
• A new Islamist-jihadist umbrella organization is established in Syria: Jaysh Al-Mujahideen wal-Ansar. The new group amalgamates local and foreign jihadists who had been fighting under the command of Chechen Abu ‘Umar al-Shishani.
• A second issue appears of the jihadist periodical Al-Balagh.


27/6/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of March 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First Half of March 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The tenth issue of Inspire, an English-language jihadist magazine published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), appears, along with a pocket book of advice for the lone wolf attacker on choice targets of attack in the West.
• A senior leader of Al-Qaeda advises mujahideen how to keep themselves safe while traveling to arenas of jihad.
• A prominent contributor to jihadist Web forums suggests exploiting the increasing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the Arab Spring, to incite popular protests against the Saudi regime.
• AQAP clarifies attempts by Islamist scholars in Yemen to negotiate a cease-fire between mujahideen and the regime.
• AQAP’s Military Council asked that requests for guidance and instruction not be made through the Internet, for security reasons.
• Ansar Al-Muslimeen fi Bilad Al-Sudan announced the death of the seven Christian hostages it had abducted on February 17, 2013 – the result of failed joint British and Nigerian rescue mission.


18/6/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of February 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second Half of February 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ibrahim al-Rubaish, the mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), urges Muslims not to relinquish implementing shari’a [Islamic law], and to withstand Western attempts to thwart their efforts. Despite the high cost and many martyrs that this will exact, continued commitment to da’wa and jihad for this sacred purpose will guarantee its success. Al-Rubaish also urges Sunni Arabs, especially those under existential threat from Iranian-backed Shi’ites, to arm themselves and prepare for imminent battle.
• Nigerian jihadist group Boku Haram takes responsibility for kidnapping French citizens from Cameroon – to protest the French-led campaign against jihadists in northern Mali. Ansar Al-Muslimin in the Lands of the Black Africans admits to kidnapping seven foreign citizens in northern Nigeria for the same reason.
• Gazan Salafi-jihadist media center Ibn Taymiyyah urges Muslims to abduct Israeli soldiers and use them as “bargaining chips”, and to storm prisons in Israel and the Palestinian Authority so as to release Muslim prisoners.
• The Islamic State of Iraq launches a new jihadist media center: Al-’Itisaam.
• For a limited time only, jihadist media outlet Fursan Al-Balagh welcomes to its ranks new recruits who wish to promote the mujahideen and Islam.
• The jihadist media center Dawat Al-Haq proposed a plan for increasing and strengthening the presence of jihadists in Syria after the fall of the Syrian regime.
• Salafi-jihadist Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) launches its first English-language magazine: Alrashideen [The Righteous].


9/6/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of February 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First half of February 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan vows to continue armed resistance until it has routed the occupation and the last US soldier has left Afghanistan – in 2014, US President Obama has promised.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denounces France and its allies for fighting the jihadists in northern Mali, and reminds all Muslims that it is their duty to support jihad – physically, financially, verbally and in writing.
• AQAP mufti Sheikh Ibrahim al-Rubaish congratulates extremist Wahhabist Sheikh Sulayman bin Nasir al-‘Alawi on his release from a Saudi prison on December 5, 2012 after nine years of incarceration, and urges him to join the propaganda effort for the mujahideen.
• According to a senior Yemeni security officer, AQAP’s position weakened in 2012: it failed to establish an emirate in Mareb Governorate, it lost its hold on much of Yemen, and many of its leaders have been assassinated.
• The war and the French presence in northern Mali continue to inflame jihadists on and off the Web, who issue threats against French targets.
• A new Salafi-jihadist group is established in Mauritania: Ansar Al-Sharia fi Bilad Sinqit.
• Increasing numbers of Ethiopian and Kenyan militiamen are leaving the Ethiopian and Kenyan Armies to join Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen.
• The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), affiliated with Al-Qaeda, issues a new encoding program: Asrar Al-Dardasha [The Secrets of Chatting].
• A new jihadist Web forum devoted to Iraq is launched: The Islamic Caliphate.
• Members of the jihadist Web forum Hanein denounce a document issued by the International Union for Muslim Scholars, based in Qatar, concerning the establishment of a federal Islamic caliphate.


2/6/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of January 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second half of January 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Taliban-Pakistan and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan announce the formation of a new group dedicated to liberating Islamists incarcerated in Pakistani prisons. They reiterate the obligation to wage jihad against the Pakistani regime, and promise to assassinate Pakistani security personnel tied to the imprisonment of Muslims.
• Following demonstrations by the Sunni minority against the discriminatory policies of the Iraqi regime, the Islamic State of Iraq calls Sunnis to take up arms against the Shiite regime, to eliminate the growing threat to Iraq.
• The French invasion of northern Mali and their war against jihadist forces ignites a wave of protests by Muslims worldwide and increasing threats of attack on French civilian and military targets.
• Abu Yahya al-Humam, the Emir of the Sahara region for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), reveals the intention to establish an Islamic emirate in the Sahara encompassing all local jihadist organizations, which France had forced to retreat.
• The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) publishes a new issue of Sada Al-Jihad. It is the first issue to appear since 2010.
• Ahrar Al-Sham, a Salafi-jihadist group active in Syria, officially announced its establishment.
• On January 21, 2013, a new jihadist web forum was launched: Al-Kitab wal-Saif.


28/5/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of January 2013

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First half of January 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Taliban-Pakistan beings publishing propaganda on jihadist Web forums promoting jihad against the US in Pakistan.
• Jihadist groups and contributors to jihadist Web forums call for terrorist attacks against French targets worldwide in retaliation for France’s incursion into northern Mali.
• Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa launches a new jihadist Web forum, featuring its official manifesto.
• The Al-Nusra Front and other Salafi-jihadist groups take credit for the impressive military takeover of the Taftanaz Syrian Air Force Base in Idlib Province.
• January sees the launching of the Al-Nusra Front Aid Forum, a new jihadist Web forum focusing on the civil war in Syria and the actions of the Al-Nusra Front.
• Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia exults at the failure of the French Army to rescue a hostage from Lower Shibla Governorate. The failed operation results in the deaths of several French Marines, including the commander of the operation, and many casualties.
• Jihadist Web forums announce the broadcasting of a new Internet radio station – Fajr [dawn] – the first jihadist radio station.


2/5/2013 Periodical Review: Fatwas – December 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in December 2012, in response to readers’ questions, by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.

Highlights:

Sheikh Al-Shanqiti allows the people of Egypt to support candidate Morsi, the representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, for the presidential elections in Egypt. This is due to the contention that he is closer in faith to Islam than his secular opponent, Shafiq, and is therefore deemed to be the lesser evil.

Sheikh Al-Shanqiti allows the Mujahideen to collaborate with non-Islamic groups fighting in Syria against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as this is a Christian government. However, this is seen as an intermediate step, until the Mujahideen are able to join the ranks of groups dedicated the uniqueness of God.

Fulfilling the commandment of Jihad against the enemies of Islam comes before other matters, such as those who have not repaid their debts.


15/4/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of December 2012

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second half of December 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) offered a monetary reward to anyone who assassinated the US Ambassador to Yemen as well as any US soldiers on Yemeni soil.
• A new Syrian Islamist umbrella organization called “The Syrian Islamic Front” declared its establishment on December 21, 2012, as well as its intention of turning Syria into an Islamic theocracy.
• Sheikh Abu Harith Al-Maqdisi, a member of the Ansar Al-Sharia Army in Syria, discussed his vision for the day after the fall of Bashar Al-Assad. According to Al-Maqdisi, the Mujahideen will turn toward Jordan, conquer it, and turn it into an Islamic theocracy. Lebanon’s Hezbollah will have to fight for its life and the threat to Israel’s security from the Mujahideen will intensify.
• The Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group in West Africa declared the establishment of a new Jihadist media institution named “Al-Murabitoon”.
• The Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement in Somalia announced that Sheikh Abu Mansur Al-Amriki was no longer a member of the group because of his attempts to divide the ranks of the Mujahideen by spreading fallacious reports; widely covered by the Western media, the reports stated that there are deep rifts within the leadership of Al-Shabab.
• The Ansar Iran movement established a new media outlet named "Al-Farouq".
• The Jihadist web forums, particularly Shumukh Al-Islam, published eulogies in memory of Sheikh Mahub Rawiya Al-Rahman, one of the pioneers of the Jihadist web forums, who was killed in fighting with supporters of Bashar Al-Assad in Tripoli, Lebanon.


10/2/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of December 2012

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First half of December 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• An old video tape in which Al-Zawahiri asks the Egyptian Salafi sheikh, Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, to complete the revolution in Egypt.
• Sheikh Khaled Bin Abdel Rahman al-Hussainan, aka Abu Zayd Al-Kuwaiti, a senior member in Al-Qaeda, was eliminated by an unmanned aircraft shooting in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.
• Al-Rubaish, the Mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, reproaches the Muslims for their submission and passiveness in face of the US aggression towards the Muslims and the occupation of their lands. This conduct contradicts Islam. According to him, the Muslims are duty bound to adopt an activist approach towards their enemies.
• Al-Wadud, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, clarified that anyone taking part in an attack on northern Mali and anyone taking part in planning such as attack will be subject to severe retaliation at the hands of the organization. He addresses the African countries, asking them not to cooperate with France in its plans of invasion of north Mali as it cares only for its own interests and not theirs.
• A new Salafi Jihadi group called Ansar Al-Sharia was founded in north Mali.
• The Salafi Jihadi in Egypt call for the boycotting of a referendum for the establishment of Egypt's new constitution.
• Sheikh Muhammad Al-Tahawi, one of the senior members of the Salafi Jihadi movement in Jordan, calls to direct Jihad activities into Israel's territory and to carry out terrorist attacks within its borders at the fall of the Syrian regime.
• The three leading Jihadi forums, Shumukh Al-Islam, Al-Fada'a and Ansar Al- Mujahideen, stopped operating on the internet as of the beginning of December 2012, resumed operation on December 18th 2012 and a few days later, stopped operation again. According to the members of other Jihadi forums this is another component in the war of the enemies of Islam in the Muslims and Islam.


26/1/2013 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of November 2012

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the Second half of November 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, leader of the Al-Qaeda organization, eulogizes in a video tape Abu Al-Walid Al-Maqdisi, one of the founders of the Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem – a Salafi Jihadi Palestinian group active in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
• Ahmad Ashush, one of the senior members of the Salafi Jihadi movement in Egypt, has officially declared the establishment of the "Combative Salafi Vanguard – Ansar Al-Sharia in Egypt" group.
• Following operation "Pillar of Defense", the Salafi Jihadi groups across the Middle East call to the Muslims to provide aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and to fight Israel's aggression.
• Salafi Jihadists in Gao, in northern Mali, announced they began implementing the Sharia in the city.
• The “Fursan Al-Balagh” Jihadi media institute published a new magazine called “Al-Balagh”.
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine in Turkish, “İslam Dünyası” (the World of Islam).


20/1/2013 Periodical Review: Fatwas – November 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in November 2012, in response to readers’ questions, by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.

Highlights:

Sheikh Al-Shanqiti
1. Calls on the Muslims in Africa to join the mujahideen in Mali, and urges those in Libya to defend their country against secular elements before rushing to fight jihad elsewhere.
2. Does not believe Egyptian President Morsi will implement shari’a [Islamic law].
3. States that women are full partners in all aspects of jihad.


26/12/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of November 2012

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This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the first half of November 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, the Somali people and Muslims everywhere to wage jihad against the Crusader campaign of Kenyan and African Union forces against Somalia.
• Ayman Al-Zawhiri issues “Aiding Islam”, a manifesto instructing all Muslims of their obligation to cleave to monotheism, free occupied Muslim lands, and establish a caliphate.
• Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, the official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq, stresses that the group will continue to fight in Iraq according to the plan of its late leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, to regain control of the areas it had left. Al-Adnani proudly lists the Islamic State’s achievements and promises a new phase in the jihad against the Shiite government of Iraq.
• The Salafi-jihadist organizations that have taken over northern Mali prepare for war against the international force that is planning to push them out and give the north back to the Malian government.
• Prominent Jordanian Salafi-jihadist Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Tahawi asks the Muslim Nation to aid the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s arm in Syria, and hasten the fall of Bashar Al-Assad.
• The fifth and sixth issues of the jihadist Turkish-language magazine İslam Dünyası are published.


7/12/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of October 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the second half of October 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

 Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls for concluding the revolutions in Egypt and Syria with the institution of Islamic law [shari’a]. The liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine, he adds, begins in Egypt and Syria.
 Sheikh Yahya Abu Al-Hamam, the new emir of the Sahara for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), announces that the mujahideen in northern Mali are ready to defend against invasion, and will execute the French citizens they are holding hostage if France invades northern Mali.
 Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen threatens to attack Britain in retaliation for its extradition of Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Masri to the US.
 Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) exhorts the Al-Nahdha Party-led Tunisian government to come to its senses, shake off Western influence, and cease pandering to the US by arresting Islamists.
 For yet a third time, the Saudi Arabian Deputy Consul in Aden, a captive of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), appeals to his government to secure his release by freeing Al-Qaeda prisoners.
 Jihadists report the death of Abu Moez Al-Tunisi, emir of the Salafi-jihadist group Jund Al-Khilafah, which is active in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Abu Moez, who trained the terrorist from Toulouse, was apparently killed during an operation in North Waziristan.
 Palestinian Salafi-jihadists promise to avenge the IDF’s murder of two of their leaders in the Gaza Strip, Abu Al-Bara’a and Abu Al-Walid Al-Maqdisi.
 The Islamic State of Iraq, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, launches a new media outlet named Batar.
 A member of the jihadist Web forum Ansar Al-Mujahideen draws readers' attention to a Web site that follows the flight paths of airborne planes. He recommends using it to spy on or shoot down enemy planes, or the VIPs flying on them..


25/11/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of October 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the first half of October 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri urges Muslims to continue attacking Western interests in protest against the denigration of the Prophet Muhammad by the anti-Muslim American film, “Innocence of Muslims”, and to employ all means possible to assault the Crusader-Zionist alliance, which consecrates war against Islam.
• Palestinian Salafi-jihadist groups threaten revenge against the assassination by the Israeli Air Force of Sheikhs Abu Walid Al-Maqdisi and Abu Al-Bara’a, founders of the Shura Council of the Mujahideen in the Environs of Jerusalem.
• The Islamic State of Iraq, an arm of Al-Qaeda, takes responsibility for storming Tasfirat Prison in Tikrit, freeing scores of prisoners, on September 17, 2012.
• The Movement of Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa urges Muslims in Mali and vicinity to join the battle against the Crusader armies which, led by France, intend to invade Mali and foil attempts to impose Islamic law, and whose media insult the Prophet Muhammad.
• The Al-Nusra Front takes responsibility for a complex terrorist attack against the Syrian Army Chief of Staff’s headquarters in the heart of Damascus on September 26, 2012.
• Sheikh Siraj Al-Din Zurayqat, a Lebanese preacher and fervent supporter of the revolution in Syria, renews his call to Lebanon’s Sunnis to take up arms to balance the scales against Hezbollah, which is striving for dominion over Lebanon.
• Ibn Taymiyyah Media Center founds a Field Monitoring Group to cover events in Jerusalem and environs.


19/11/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – September - October 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in September and October 2012, in response to readers’ questions, by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.

Highlights:

1. 
Sheikh Al-Shanqiti permits the killing of the US ambassadors throughout the Muslim world and also gives his seal of approval to attacks on US embassies.
2. Warns against surrendering weapons to the establishment. 
3. Determines that Jihad must be waged against the Alawi in Syria until they are banished from the country and views their defeat as a step on the way to Jerusalem.


30/10/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of September 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the second half of September 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• In a new video clip, Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri remembers his predecessor Sheikh Osama bin Laden, and also announces the death of Sheikh Muhammad Yasser, a senior member of the Taliban.
• Sheikh Harith bin Ghazi Al-Nadhari, a member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), stresses that impugning the honor of the Prophet Muhammad incurs a death sentence. He urges imitating the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as a response to such desecration.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) announces the death of Sheikh Nabil Abu Alqama Al-Awrasi, deputy emir for the Sahara.
• Kenyan Army and AMISOM forces take control of the port of Kismayo, a stronghold of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen. In response, Muslim Youth Center, a Kenyan Islamist group with strong ties to Al-Shabab, threatens to join the fight in Kismayo if Muslim blood is shed.
• Ansar Bet Al-Maqdes, a Salafi-jihadist group active in the Sinai Peninsula, takes responsibility for a September 20th terrorist attack on the Egypt-Israel border in which an Israeli soldier was killed.
• A new Islamic group, Jihadist Islamic Da’wa, is established in Egypt. It is headed by prominent Salafi-jihadist Sheikh Muhammad Al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
• Egyptian Salafi-jihadist Sheikh Muhammad Al-Zawahiri outlines the terms of a ”contract” between the Islamist movement and the West, which will lead to a ceasefire.
• Members of the jihadist Web forum Shumukh Al-Islam urge attacks on British embassies and consulates in the Islamic world and elsewhere, in response to Britian’s intention to extradite Sheikh Hamza Al-Masri to the US.
• Shabaka Islaamiga Gurmad [Islamic Gurmad Network], a new jihadist Web forum in Swahili, is launched.


15/10/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of September 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the first half of September 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on mujahideen and Muslims to focus their efforts on liberating Palestine through da’wa [proselytizing] and jihad. Once Syria has become an Islamic state, he believes, it will serve as a base from which mujahideen can infiltrate Israel.
• In a video clip, Ayman Al-Zawahiri confirms the death of senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya Al-Libi, adding that his death will fuel jihad against the US and the West.
• Al-Qaeda issues a videotaped appeal by Jewish American Warren Weinstein, whom it abducted in Pakistan in August 2011, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mitigate for his release, as the US has failed in this.
• Al-Qaeda issues a video clip on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
• Following the release of the anti-Islamic movie, “Innocence of Muslims”, global jihad groups threaten Western, especially US, targets.
• The Islamic State of Iraq takes responsibility for a series of murderous attacks to avenge the execution of Sunni prisoners, in which more than 90 Iraqi soldiers met their deaths. The group promised that this was only the beginning.
• The Salafi-jihadist Coordinating Councils of Ansar Al-Sharia in Morocco is officially established on September 7, 2012. This is one more in a series of Islamist groups that, since the advent of the Arab Spring, have sprouted up in places where they had never before existed.

 


9/10/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of August 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the second half of August 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

 Mullah Omar, emir of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, praises the activity of the mujahideen there and expresses immense satisfaction with their successes against the enemy.
• The Islamic State of Iraq threatens to harm Shiites in Iraq and members of the Iraqi government if the latter fulfills its intention to execute Sunni prisoners.
• Abu Musab Abd Al-Wudud, emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), urges Muslims to aid the rebels fighting Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
• In light of the struggle in Syria against the Lebanese group Hezbollah, the Abdallah Azzam Brigades and other Salafi-jihadist groups step up propaganda against Hezbollah.
• Somalia’s Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen and its affiliate, the Kenyan Muslim Youth Center, accused Kenya of assassinating Kenyan cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed in Mombasa on August 25, 2012.
• A new issue of the jihadist magazine Talai Khurasan [Pioneers of Khurasan] was issued by Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.


26/9/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – July - August 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in July and August 2012, in response to readers’ questions, by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.

Highlights:

1. One should forsake the Muslim Brotherhood utterly, and determine whether conflict or escalation serves [Salafist] interests. At the present time, one should avoid conflict with the new [Arab] governments, as this would not serve da’wa [missionary work], on which we must focus our efforts.
2. The method used to elect the Salafi-jihadist Shura Council in Jordan is valid, as long as the circumstances are satisfactory and lead to consensus, and the Shura Council aims to engage in da’wa and charity.
3. One may not kill a Muslim who has stolen money from the mujahideen, as his deed is not punishable by death, unless it caused significant harm and deterrence is impossible save through execution.
4. Muslims must not purchase American goods, whether or not they are imported. Products that the Muslims cannot do without 
are excepted. 


14/9/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of August 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the second half of July 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

 Ustad Ahmad Farouq, the spokesman for Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, called on the mujahideen there to attack US and NATO supply convoys bound for Afghanistan.
 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called on mujahideen and supporters of jihad to commit acts of individual jihad (i.e. “lone wolf” attacks) everywhere, especially in the West.
 Abu Obeidah Abdallah Al-Adam, a senior Al-Qaeda strategist, authorized and encouraged the murder of Alawites in Syria.
 Sheikh Siraj Al-Din Zuriqat, a preacher in Beirut’s mosques and supporter of the revolution in Syria, harshly criticized Hezbollah and warned Lebanon’s Sunnis to “sober up” and put an end to the discrimination against them.
 Many jihadist groups lauded the release from prison of Sheikh Abu Al-Walid Al-Maqdisi, emir of Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Salafi-jihadist group active in the Gaza Strip.
 An August 5 terrorist attack on the Israel-Egypt-Gaza Strip border that resulted in the death of some 16 Egyptian soldiers was criticized on jihadist Web forums and by some Salafi-jihadist groups.
 Al-Dharaghem [The Lions], a new jihadist media institution slated to focus on events in the Maghreb [North Africa], has been established.
 The third issue of the jihadist magazine Al-Qaeda Airlines was published; it focuses on preparation of the poisons Ricin and Nicotine.


3/9/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of July 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the second half of July 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

 The emir of the Islamic State of Iraq announces that jihad in Iraq has entered a new phase, of more intense assaults on the installments of Shiites and their allies. He also promises a wave of attacks in the US, more violent than those of September 11, 2001.
 Mevlevi Sengin, a senior leader of the Haqqani Network, urges Turkey’s Muslims to fight the enemies of Allah in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
 The Pakistan Taliban threaten to attack Burmese interests in Pakistan, to avenge the alleged persecution and slaughter of Muslims by the Burmese regime.
 Sheikh Harith bin Ghazi Al-Nadhari, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), encourages Muslims living in the West to perform individual acts of jihad.
 Ansar Bet Al-Maqdes [Supporters of Jerusalem], a new Salafi-jihadist group, takes responsibility for blowing up the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula.
 The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, a Salafi-jihadist group active in the Sinai Peninsula, publishes a video clip calling for jihad against Israel and the Jews, and video clips showing two of its operatives.
 Hussam Abd Al-Raouf, a member of Al-Qaeda’s strategic council, proposes a detailed program for turning Egypt into an Islamic theocracy.
 Shumukh Al-Islam, a leading jihadist Web forum, renews its activity after a hiatus.


6/8/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of July 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the first half of July 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

 The deputy consul in Aden, who is being held captive by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), appeals for a second time to the Saudi authorities to release Muslim women prisoners, in exchange for his release.
• The Al-Nusrah Front takes responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks against the Syrian regime’s security forces.
• Ansar Al-Din publishes a new propaganda video of its battles against its enemies in the Azawad region of Mali.
• A new Nigerian Salafi-jihadist group, Jamat Ansar Al-Muslimin fi Bilad Sudan [Supporters of the Muslims in the Land of Sudan], officially declares its establishment.
• Boku Haram takes responsibility for a July 8, 2012 terrorist attack against Christians and Nigerian security forces in Plateau State, Nigeria, in which 22 Christians, two of them Nigerian MPs, are killed.
• Jihadist Web forums highlight the plight of Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma), who are being persecuted and exiled by the Myanmar authorities. They call for jihad in Myanmar.
• Reports abound that Abu Hafs Al-Mauritani, the former mufti of Al-Qaeda, has been released from the prison in Mauritania to which he was extradited after ten years in an Iranian prison.
• Jihadmin, a new Turkish-language jihadist Web forum, is launched.


28/7/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – May - June 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] issued in May and June 2012, in response to readers’ questions, by Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the Web site of Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.
Highlights:

1. In Syria and in Libya, jihadist scholars categorically rule that one may join any militia that is fighting to overthrow the regime – even if the militia is not Islamist, and even if one must pretend to agree with the militia’s ideology.
2. Participation in any democratic election is prohibited – even if the mujahideen might win.
3. Given the window of opportunity opened by the
Arab Spring, one should focus on da’wa [missionary work], and not oppose the regime.
4. Anyone who joins a jihadist group must swear an oath of loyalty [bay’ah] to its leader.
5. The most important arenas of jihad are Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and every able-bodied Muslim must hasten to them.
6. The fighting in Syria is defensive jihad, an obligation for all able-bodied Muslims, for which no authorization is needed. People.

 


23/7/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of June 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the first half of June 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:  

• Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri maintains that jihad against Israel – to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all of Palestine and to halt the “judaization” of Jerusalem – is a religious obligation incumbent on each and every Muslim. The peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, he claims, is neither valid nor relevant, and should be annulled immediately.
 In a new audio statement, Senior Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Abu Yahya Al-Libi rails against the moral turpitude of US soldiers evidenced by their desecration of the Qur’an and abuse of Muslim corpses, and urges the Afghan people to wage jihad against the US. Jihadist sources claim that the statement, issued subsequent to reports in the Pakistani and American media that Al-Libi was killed in a drone strike in early June, refutes those reports.
 Sheikh Awadh Banjar, a Yemeni religious scholar closely affiliated with Ansar Al-Sharia, ruled that jihad against US forces stationed in Yemen is a personal religious obligation.
 Ansar Al-Din and The Tawhid and Jihad Movement in West Africa, two Salafi-jihadist groups now holding the Azwad region of northern Mali, threaten to attack all challengers.
 The Shura Council of the Mujahideen in the Environs of Jerusalem, a new Salafi-jihadist group in the Sinai Peninsula, announced its inception and took responsibility for a June 18, 2012 attack in which terrorists crossed into Egypt from the Sinai Peninsula, killing one Israeli citizen and wounding another.
 Muhammad Mursi’s victory in Egyptian presidential elections aroused the hope of Salafi-jihadists, who anticipate an Islamic awakening in Egypt and the freedom of activity to swell their ranks and influence society.
 The second and third issues are published of the Turkish-language jihadist magazine, Islam Dünyasi [The World of Islam].

 


12/7/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of June 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes notable events discussed on Jihadi Web forums during the first half of June 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:  

Ayman Al-Zawahiri urges the Tunisian people to thwart the new Tunisian government’s intention to impose secular, rather than Islamic, law.
Ayman Al-Zawahiri reminisces about his time with Osama bin Laden.
In a video clip published only days after American reports of Abu Yahya Al-Libi’s demise in a drone strike, Al-Libi is seen calling on Muslims and mujahideen in Jordan, Iraq and Syria to help the Syrian people fight the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.
The wife of Ayman Al-Zawahiri exhorts Muslim women to continue supporting the Arab revolutions, and to educate their children to love jihad and die a martyr’s death.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issues a call to Muslims wishing to make a “lone wolf attack” against a Western target, offering guidelines and assistance.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) appeals to the Yemeni Army to cease fighting the mujahideen and collaborating with the US.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) blames the German government for the death of a German hostage in Nigeria in a failed rescue attempt.
A new jihadist Web forum, Hisad Al-Jihad, is up and running.


28/6/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of May 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of May 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on the residents of Saudi Arabia to organize mass protests to overthrow the Saudi regime.
The Pakistani Taliban publish a video of the storming of Bannu Prison, during which nearly 400 Muslim prisoners were freed, among them Taliban involved in an attempted assassination of the former president of Pakistan.
The Islamic State of Iraq exhorts Sunnis to realize that it is protecting their interests, while the Shiites are the real enemy, and must be fought.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) takes responsibility for an attack against Yemen’s minister of defense and US military officers at a military base near Sana’a.
Ansar Al-Din and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad jointly agree to establishment an Islamic state in Azawad, northern Mali.
A new Libyan Salafi-jihadist group, “The Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abd Al- Rahman Brigades”, publishes its first announcement.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan publishes the second issue of the Urdulanguage magazine Shariat. 


14/6/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of May 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of May 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on the Muslims of Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen to fight Western forces in the lands of Islam and revolt against “collaborator” regimes.
Al-Qaeda again threatens to execute American-Jewish hostage Warren Weinstein.
The Shura Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan declares “open season” against occupation forces in Afghanistan.
Sheikh Fahd Al-Quso Al-Awlaki, a senior military leader of Ansar Al-Sharia, has been assassinated.
The English-language jihadist magazine Inspire resumes publication after a hiatus with two issues on individual jihad.
A new jihadist magazine about efforts to free Muslim women prisoners has hit the cyber newsstand: Majalat Al-Asirah [The Woman Prisoner].
The second issue of the jihadist magazine Al-Qaeda Airlines appears.


26/5/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of April 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of April 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) calls on the Algerian people to boycott the coming elections in Algeria.

AQIM threatens to attack Britain following its decision to extradite Abu Qatada Al-Filastini to Jordan.
The Front for the Defense of the Syrian People steps up terrorist activity against Syrian government forces.
Abd Al-Ghnai Jawhar, an explosives expert for Fath Al-Islam, is killed in Syria.
Senior Salafi-jihadists in Egypt increase their propagandizing in Tahrir Square.
A new series on preparing poisonous substances is published.
Fursan Al-Balagh, a new jihadist media outlet, appears. 


16/5/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – March - April 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This review reports the main fatwas [religious-legal rulings] appearing in March and April 2012 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafist ideologue Abu Muhammad Al- Maqdisi. The fatwas are issued by the prominent Salafists who comprise the site’s Sharia Committee, in response to Web surfers' questions. Among those we have chosen to highlight in this review are fatwas covering the following: the religious-legal obligation of every Muslim to join jihad in Syria; affiliation with a Salafist political party; enlisting in an infidel army for the purpose of espionage; involvement in Libya’s National Transitional Council; and the status of the Free Syrian Army vis a vis the Salafist-jihadist Front for the Defense of the Syrian People.


10/5/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of April 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of April 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

The leadership of Al-Qaeda and of its Somali affiliate Al-Shabab Al- Mujahideen threaten Britain with retribution for its intention to extradite al- Qaeda spiritual leader Abu Qatadah Al-Filastini to Jordan.
Waliur Rehman, deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban, threatens the UK with attack if it refuses to release Islamist prisoners – or at least improve their conditions.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan takes responsibility for a series of synchronized terrorist attacks against embassies and other targets throughout Afghanistan.
Sheikh Abu Ubayda Yusuf Al-Annabi expresses solidarity with the Syrian people in their struggle against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.
A new jihadist series on military affairs, Al-Qaeda Airlines, is released.
A new jihadist magazine is issued in Swahili.
Evidence increases of the involvement of contributors to jihadist Web forums, such as Shumukh Al-Islam, in actual jihad and in terrorist activities.
Leading jihadist Web forums Shumukh Al-Islam and Al-Fida resume operation after a temporary takedown last month.


21/4/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of March 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of March 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

In two separate audio files, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri exhorts the Pakistani people to oppose their army and government, and the Afghani people to join jihad and beware of Muslims who collaborate with the US.
Muhammad Al-Zawahiri, brother of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is released from prison in Egypt.
The Pakistani Taliban will wreak vengeance on the Pakistani regime and gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, according to top Taliban commander in Mohmand tribal region Sheikh Omar Khaled Al-Khurasani.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) will strike at the heart of Germany, it says, unless the German government frees a Muslim woman prisoner in exchange for the release of a German hostage being held by AQIM.
Contributors to jihadist Web forums praise Mohammed Merah, the terrorist from Toulouse, and urge Muslim youth in the West to emulate him.
Leading jihadist Web forums Al-Fida, Shumukh Al-Islam, and Ansar Al- Mujahideen cease functioning during the latter half of March 2012. Ansar Al- Mujahideen and Shumukh Al-Islam resume activity in early April.


11/4/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of March 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of March 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

Given what he calls the Iranian-Shiite conspiracy to attack and take over Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abu Sufyan Al-Azdi Al-Shari, the deputy head of Al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), urges Sunnis to wage jihad against the Shiite population of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) takes responsibility for assassinating an American military intelligence officer in Aden, Yemen.
Ansar Al-Sharia declares Shabwa Province the Islamic Emirate of Yemen.
Ahmad Faruq, Al-Qaeda’s head of the propaganda department of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, calls for jihad against the Pakistani Army. He confirms the death of Ilyas Kashmiri, the operations officer of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
Al-Balagh, a new jihadist magazine that focuses on events in Syria, is published.
Majlat Al-Salafiyya, a new electronic Tunisian Salafi-jihadist weekly, is published.
Leading jihadist forums embark on a massive campaign advocating Ansar Al- Sharia in Yemen.

 


30/3/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of February 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of February 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

A new video clip was issued, in which Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls for the revolution in Egypt to continue until the representatives of the previous regime have been eliminated, ties to the US have been severed, and the peace treaty with Israel has been nullified.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan encouraged Afghans serving proximate to Western security forces to attack them, and cited the Afghani chef who poisoned American soldiers as an example.
Propaganda has increased against the Syrian regime, as have appeals to assist the Syrian people in their struggle against the regime.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took responsibility for an attack on the presidential palace in Yemen on the eve of the transfer of power from Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to its former vice president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Two new jihadist media institutions have been established: Al-Tahadi, and Inform Foundation for Media Production.
A new jihadist Web forum called Al-Qital has been established.


19/3/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – January - February 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report details the main fatwas published in January and February 2012 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal- Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafi ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. Web surfers' questions are answered by the site's Sharia Committee, which comprises a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

This publication presents some of the religious-legal rulings [fatwas] handed down in January and February 2012. Among them, we highlight fatwas concerning the Islamic laws regulating participation in Libya's National Transitional Council; the status of property looted from the estate of the deposed tyrant Muammar Qadhafi and, similarly, the status of property looted from members of the Syrian regime; the stance one should take toward Sunni soldiers fighting in the Syrian Army; and whether or not it is permissible under Islamic law for a Muslim to work for one of the security forces (police, military, FBI) in the West. 


6/3/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of February 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of February 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, announced that the Somali movement Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen had officially joined Al-Qaeda.
Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen organized a large celebration in honor of its having joined the ranks of Al-Qaeda.
Ansar Al-Sharia in Yemen executed three Yemeni citizens suspected of collaborating with US forces.
The Islamic State of Iraq took responsibility for assassinating Mullah Nadim Al-Juburi, a former leader who had left the organization.
Abu Muhammad Al-Tahawi, an influential Salafi-jihadist in Jordan, called for jihad against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.
A new volume was published of Al-Shamikha, a jihadist magazine for women.
New volumes appeared of three publications that cover the jihad in Afghanistan.
The Salafi-jihadist media outlet Al-Faroq, which focuses on Egypt, launched a new Facebook page.


28/2/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of January 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of January 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:  

The Nigerian group Boku Haram has taken responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks perpetrated on January 20, 2012, against several police institutions in Kanu, the second-largest city in Nigeria.
Using a car laden with explosives, the Somali group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen carried out a suicide terrorist attack against the regional headquarters of the Ethiopian Army in the city of Beledweyne.
Ansar Al-Sharia has succeeded in taking over the city of Rada’a in Yemen.
The Shari’a Council of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has ruled that the faithful may kill the Houthis in Yemen, and stating that, in fact, it is the duty of every Muslim to wage war against the Houthis.
The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq has emphasized that the jihad in Iraq will continue even though the US has withdrawn its troops, and that now the majority of effort will be directed against Iran’s agents in Iraq and their Shi’ite allies.
A new jihadist group called “The Aid Front for the Syrian People” has been established, with the central goal of overthrowing Bashar Al-Assad.
A new Salafi group has been established in Egypt named “Followers of the Sunna for the Salvation of Egypt” and headed by Hani Al-Sibai and Tariq Abd Al-Halim.
A new jihadist Turkish periodical, İslam Dünyası, has been published.


12/2/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of January 2012

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of January 2012. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

The Chairman of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's Political Committee addresses the Algerian people, telling them to bring down the Algerian regime.
The Emir of the “Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” Group in western Africa threatens France with war and claims responsibility for the abduction of three Europeans from south Algeria.
The Emir of the Nigerian “Boko Haram” Group promises to continue with the operations against the Christians.
The leader of the Kenya branch of the “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement stresses that Kenya is a legitimate Jihad arena.
The “Al-Qayrawan” Tunisian Salafi-Jihadi media institute expands its propaganda activity and is embraced by the “Shumukh Al-Islam” Jihadi forum.
Three new issues of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
A new newsletter called “Shahada”, focusing on the Somali jihadi arena.


22/1/2012 Periodical Review: Fatwas – November - December 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report details the main fatwas published in November and December, 2011 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafi ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. Web surfers' questions are answered by the site's Sharia Committee, which comprises a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs. 

This publication presents some of the religious-legal rulings [fatwas] handed down in November and December 2011. Among them, we highlight fatwas concerning joining the Free Syrian Army and the revolutionaries in Libya; participation in protests against the continued rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt; participation in demonstrations against the regime in Morocco, alongside elements whose principles contravene those of Islamic religious law [shari'a]; the appropriate response to a French newspaper's having derided the prophet Muhammad; and the essence of the relationship with the Al-Nahdha Party in Tunisia.


16/1/2012 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of December 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of December 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

Abu Yahya Al-Libi summarizes the key events of 2011.
A new video clip in memory of Anwar Al-Awlaki is produced by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and a message is sent to Muslims living in the US to join the battlefields of jihad or to fight the US on its own soil.
In an audio file, Ibrahim Al-Rubaysh discusses the achievements of the Arab revolutions, especially as reflected in the weakening of the US in the Middle East.
A new jihadist organization, calling itself Ansar Al-Din, is established in northern Mali.
Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in West Africa takes responsibility for abducting three European citizens in Algeria.
A new jihadist organization calling itself Ansar Al-Mujahideen is established in the Sinai Peninsula.
Three new jihadist media outlets are established: Al-Ibda, Ibn Taymiyyah (identified with the Palestinian Salafi-jihadist Army of Islam), and Al-Faroq (based in Egypt).


29/12/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of December 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of December 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

A new audio file by Ayman Al-Zawahiri is issued, in which he addresses the isolationist trends of the Egyptian Coptic Patriarch Pope Shenouda III, officially announces the death of Attiya Allah for the first time, and sets conditions for the release of an American hostage.
Abu Yahya Al-Libi entreats Libyan revolutionaries not to lay down their arms, and to impose Shari’a [religious law] as national law.
An audio file of Anwar Al-Awlaki’s father is issued.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb announces the kidnapping of five Western citizens.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb tries to enlist the support of the Berber population in Algeria.
The Taliban in Afghanistan publish new volumes of three magazines (Al- Somood, In Fight, and Nawai Afghan Jihad), which cover the jihadi arena in Afghanistan.
Ibrahim Al-Rubaysh calls on Muslims to help the Sunni population of Dammaj, Yemen, who are besieged by Houthis.
Increasingly, the discourse on jihadist Web forums is devoted to the release of Salafi Jihadist prisoners.


26/12/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – September - October 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report sets out the main fatwas published between September and October of 2011 on the “Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, belonging to the Salafi ideologist, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “Website's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

The fatwas published over these months, dealt mostly with the situation in Libya following the fall of Gaddafi's regime. Other fatwas of interest discussed the upcoming elections for the Egyptian Parliament, the elections in Bosnia, the religious permit given to women to go to the Jihad theaters, the permit to abduct foreigners in the Gaza Strip and more.


19/12/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of November 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of November 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

In an Eid Al-Adha sermon, Sheikh Abu Hayyan Asim lists the achievements of the mujahideen and the success of the Arab revolutions, which he sees as the beginning of the end of an age of secular tyranny.
Abd Allah Khalid Al-Adam Abu Ubaydah argues that the Arab revolutions have destabilized the Middle East, as well as Western economies. He adds that democracy is not possible in Arab countries, because of the tribal nature of their societies.
Sheikh Abu Al-Zuhara Al-Zubaydi, a senior member of the Lebanese Jihadist organization Fatah Al-Islam, advises the Syrian people how to conduct their uprising against Bashar Al-Assad.
The Jihadi Web forum Al-Tahadi publishes a guidebook to the kibbutzim and villages on the periphery of the Gaza Strip, to facilitate attacking them.
As part of a general trend of listing the names of, and then glorifying, martyrs, a link is posted to a CD of the teachings of Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) secures new armaments.
The supervisor of the Ansar Al-Mujahideen Web forum held a workshop titled, “A Campaign to Support the Somali People Against Kenyan-Israeli Aggression in Muslim Somali Territory”.
Prominent contributor to Shumukh Al-Islam Ashik Al-Qaeda (lit. “Loves Al-Qaeda”) details the faults of the military council in Egypt, and makes his case for sending it the way of Mubarak.


13/12/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of November 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of November 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

• A new video clip of Ayman Al-Zawahiri is issued; since being appointed to head Al-Qaeda in place of Bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri has made certain to issue a recording of his voice at least once a month.
A Web surfer asks in vain for there to be serious discussion of the “Seven Stages Plan” [for the re-establishment of the caliphate], in light of the uprisings in the Arab world.
Jihadist magazines in Arabic, English and Urdu, dealing in part with Jihad in Afghanistan, issue new volumes.
There are indications of increased Jihadi activity in Kazakhstan.
One Web surfer calls for recognizing Syria as an arena of Jihad; another exhorts Jihadi groups in Iraq to join the uprising against Assad’s regime.
There are indications of Salafi-Jihadi activity in Tahrir Square in Egypt.
The Salafi-Jihadi group Ansar Al-Sharia, active in Tunisia, increases its presence on Facebook.
A old-new trend is noted: Global Jihad activists attempt to gain ground on yet another Internet organ: YouTube. pages.


8/12/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of October 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of October 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:   

• A new cassette recording is released by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in which he calls on the Algerian people to rise up against the government.
• Abu Yahya Al-Libi exhorts the residents of Algeria to revolt against the government; increasingly, Web surfers and officials call for revolution in Algeria.
• A senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb congratulates the Libyan people on the assassination of Qaddafi and calls on them to make national law Islamic law [Shari’a].
• A member of the forum Shumukh Al-Islam calls on Muslims in Jordan, the Sinai Peninsula, Syria and Lebanon to open a front line of attack against the Jews.
• The group Ansar Al-Shari’a, active in the south of Yemen, distributes humanitarian aid to residents of the area and prepares for a guerilla war against the Yemeni army.
• Various forums attempt to show the increasing presence of Jihadi activists in Libya.
• Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, active in Somalia, prepares for conflict with Kenyan military forces.
• New Jihadi groups continue to open Facebook pages.


7/12/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of October 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of October 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report: 

• A new cassette recording is released by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in which he calls on the Algerian people to rise up against the government.
• A prominent writer on Jihadi forums calls for the destruction of the US Embassy in Sanaa’.
• A senior Al-Qaeda ideologue warns revolutionary Arabs not to fall into “the democracy trap”.
• Discussion continues of how to improve the efficiency of Jihadi propaganda.
• Various forums call for biological warfare against the US.
• A new volume of the Jihadi magazine Al-Somood is published.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes an official announcement following the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, promising swift revenge.
• In an unusual step, Al-Qaeda’s general leadership sends humanitarian aid to Somalia.


29/11/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of July 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the Arabic media in the second half of July 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The US exposes collaboration between Al-Qaeda and the Iranian government through the activity of a group smuggling operatives and funds from the Middle East via Iran to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
• Fighting between the Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the local tribes, and Al-Qaeda operatives entrenched in the city of Zinjibar in the Abyan Province in the south of Yemen.
• For the first time in many months - Al-Qaeda is returning to the pattern of suicide bombings. Extensive military operations by the Algerian security forces prevent additional suicide attacks.


27/11/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of July 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the Arabic media in the first half of July 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• 25 casualties in a triple terrorist attack in India.
• Many terrorist attacks all over Iraq claim the lives of many civilians. The Arab press reports on an escalation in the state of security in Iraq and the increase in terrorist attacks around the country. The report is backed by quantitative data.
• The Yemeni army suffers defeat against Al-Qaeda armed operatives who expelled its forces from a stadium serving as a large supply warehouse. The remnants of the defeated army fled to Aden, 50 soldiers are missing.
• An Al-Qaeda terrorist attack against the Mauritanian army in retaliation to the military operation deep in Mali territory at the end of the previous month. The Al-Jazeera network's website analyzes Mauritania's motives in its war against the organization.


24/11/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of September 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of September 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The prominent religious cleric on Jihadi forums, Abe Saed Al-Amili, writes about the uprising in Syria and on the state of Jihad in Iraq.
• Another prominent writer on the Jihadi forums analyzes the Jihadi propaganda strategy.
• Surfers on the forums call for attacks on oil tankers; others ask for information on the manufacturing of biological weapons and on poisoning sources of water.
• The seventh issue of the “Inspire” Jihadi magazine in English is published.
• The emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb congratulates the Libyan people following the ousting of Gaddafi from government.
• The emir of the Caucasus declares the end of the split between the Emirate's Mujahideen.


16/11/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of June 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the Arabic media in the second half of June 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri is officially declared as Al-Qaeda's leader to replace Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda promises that Jihad will continue until the Day of Resurrection. Commentators from the Arab world explain that Al-Zawahiri taught Bin Laden the ways of combative Jihad, and that he was the one who actually ran the organization. They predict that the organization will carry out an operation to establish the position of its new leader.
• Continued waves of terrorism in Iraq and Pakistan.
• The armed confrontations between armed operatives from Al-Qaeda and the Yemeni army continue in the Abyan Province, which Al-Qaeda has declared to be an Islamic emirate. The confrontations spread to the Lahij Province as well. Opposition elements continue to claim that this is a deliberate action taken by the authorities.
• Mauritania carries out a military operation deep inside Malian territory against an Al-Qaeda base in the Wagadu Forest.
• The Somali Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement gives its support to Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and acts to reinforce its position amongst the elders of the local tribes in the various provinces of Somalia.


2/11/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of September 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of September 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A new tape by Ayman Al-Zawahiri was released to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks; in general there was relatively little discourse on the Jihadi forums about the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
• A senior writer on the Jihadi forums predicts that the confrontation between Al-Qaeda and the U.S., alongside the uprisings in the Arab world, will lead to a real opportunity to re-establish the Islamic caliphate.
• Uncorroborated reports claiming that the Al-Qaeda's Chief of Operations in Pakistan, Abu Hafs Al-Shihri, was killed. There were also uncorroborated reports that the commander of terrorist attacks overseas, Yunis Al-Mauritani, has been arrested.
• The publication of new issues of the magazines published on behalf of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
• A rise in the Jihadi publications discussing Libya's future in view of the collapse of the regime, at the expense of discussions on Syria, Egypt and other centers of uprisings around the Arab world.
• Extensive charity work by the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement in Somalia.
• The Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus calls for financial aid.
• New Jihadi groups are establishing Facebook pages.


11/10/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of June 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the Arabic media in the first half of June 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

•  A speech given by Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he eulogized Bin Laden, promised revenge, swore allegiance to Mullah Omar, and encouraged the protests in the Arab world.
•  The waves of terrorism besieging Iraq and Pakistan continue.
• The armed confrontations between armed Al-Qaeda operatives and the Yemeni army continue in the Abyan Province, declared by Al-Qaeda to be an Islamic emirate.
•  Efforts in North Africa to eradicate Al-Qaeda's activity in the Sahel region, following reports of weapons leaking out of the chaos in Libya.


9/10/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of May 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the Arabic media in the second half of May 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A wave of terrorist attacks in Pakistan – reports on a rise in the Taliban's capabilities in the country.
• A decline in the security situation in Iraq and a rise in the number of terrorist attacks perpetrated all over the country.
• Islamic militants identified with Al-Qaeda gained control of a number of cities in the Abyan Province in Yemen, including the capital Zinjibar. This occurred against a backdrop of increased protests against President Saleh, and following the opposition's accusations that Saleh is using Al-Qaeda and enabling the organization to operate freely.
• New appointments in Al-Qaeda following the death of Bin Laden.


6/10/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of August 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of August 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The ideologist of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacks the Saudi regime.
• Attiya Allah encourages the Mujahideen to continue to fulfill the commandment for Jihad.
• Asad Al-Jihad2 claims that the revolutions in the Arab world will only be realized in a violent struggle.
• Mullah Muhammad Omar published an announcement in honor of Eid Al-Fitr, outlining the future of Afghanistan.
• The Jihadi forums concentrate their efforts on the events in Libya.
• Calls on the forums to increase the presence of global Jihad activists in the Sinai Peninsula.
• The Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement carried out extensive Da'awa activity in Somalia.
• A Jihadi forum manager is arrested in Spain.


5/10/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – July -August 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report sets out the main fatwas published between July and August of 2011 on the “Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, which belongs to the the Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “Website's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

The fatwas published over these months dealt mostly with events in Egypt, Libya and Europe. The religious clerics were asked about the possibility of taking part in the political process being formulated in Egypt, in the Jihad activity in Libya and in participation in the riots that took place in England.


4/10/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of August 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of August 2011. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on the Egyptian people to implement Sharia in the country, and emphasizes that the Jihad against the U.S. will not stop.
• Following the imprisonment of a Muslim woman, surfers threaten terrorist attacks against Germany; threats are also made against other European countries due to their attitudes towards the Muslims.
• New editions of the “Al-Somood” and the “Turkistan Al-Islamiyya” (Islamic Turkistan) magazines.
• A surfer suggests the Mujahideen in the Maghreb adopt the action patterns of the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement in Somalia.
• Surfers call for an exploitation of the wave of riots in Britain in favor of the Mujahideen.


3/10/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of May 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language in the first half of May 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Protests in the Muslim world over the killing of Bin Laden. Retaliation is promised in an opinion paper from the organization's affiliates in Somalia, Iraq, the Maghreb and the Arabian Peninsula.
• The Taliban in Afghanistan executes a wave of terrorist attacks as part of the “spring offensive”, and promises escalation. According to the organization, the attack was planned even before Bin Laden's death.
• Three suspects arrested for planning a terrorist attack in Germany.
• The New York security forces arrested two suspects who planned to carry out a terrorist attack against synagogues in the city and against the Empire State Building.


15/9/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of July 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of July 2011. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri publishes his first tape since being appointed as Al- Qaeda's leader.
• The Emir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula swears allegiance to Al- Zawahiri.
• The Military Commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula threatens to move the campaign to Saudi Arabia.
• Al-Qaeda's future strategy was published in sections by “Asad Al-Jihad2”.
• Will a new Al-Qaeda branch be founded in the near future in the Al-Sham region?
• The Jihadi forums enlist support for the uprisings in Syria.


13/9/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of July 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of July 2011. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb swore allegiance to Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
• Indian intelligence sources claim that Ilyas Kashmiri is still alive.
• New editions of the “Inspire” and the “Al-Somood” magazines.
• Calls on Jihadi forums to join the Jihad in Syria.


6/9/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of June 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of June 2011. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• Al-Qaeda's general leadership declares Al-Zawahiri to be Bin Laden's successor; the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement is the first to express its loyalty to the new leader.
• The Jihadi forums discuss at length the connection between the Arab Spring and the future of global Jihad.
• The Taliban-Pakistan organization is threatens to carry out terrorist attacks in the U.S., France and Britain.
• The “Boko Haram” Jihadi group carried out a suicide attack in the Nigerian capital.


5/9/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – April-June 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report sets out the main fatwas published on the “Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website between April and June 2011. The website belongs to the Salafi ideologist, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “Website's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

The fatwas published over these three months dealt mainly with new developments in the Arab campaign following the popular uprisings. Global Jihad was caught unprepared for such developments, and therefore there is no organized religious framework clarifying how to conduct oneself in face of the new campaign, how to get involved in the current struggle developing in several arenas, and so forth.

A review and analysis of the fatwas and the issues they discuss reveals several paths of action that global Jihad may operate in, even though at this point there is no information on the formulation and modeling of Al-Qaeda's policy in general, and in particular of the Jihadi branches in the various theaters.

The most prominent element arising from several answers given by the Salafi-Jihadi sheikhs is that their followers must not use the tools of democracy to obtain the objective of implementing Islamic Sharia, as these tools constitute an infringement of the Oneness of God.

The religious clerics also dealt with other issues in this respect, including the issue of harming innocent Muslims found amongst heretics; harming members of the “tyrannical” regimes' security forces; questions of religious permission to take part in the Egyptian political campaign following Mubarak's fall; recommendations with regards to the events in Syria; reference to the protests held in several Arab countries; and encouraging financial support of Jihad and raising donations for it.


29/8/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of June 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of June 2011. Following are the main points covered in this report:

• The Jihadi forums advance the strategy of individual Jihad, and threaten to carry out attacks against Americans and targets in the U.S.
• Ayman Al-Zawahiri eulogizes Bin Laden and threatens to carry out a revenge attack which will be larger in scope than the 9/11 attacks.
• The “Abdullah Azzam Brigades” organization denies any connection to the attack on a UNIFIL convoy at the end of May 2011, and supports the popular uprising in Syria.
• The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan movement threatens to attack American targets in response to Bin Laden's assassination.
• The Jihadi forums publish the 61st edition of the Jihadi “Al-Somood” magazine.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement carried out an attack on the Somali Minister of Interior.
• Reports on additional Jihadi groups on the Facebook social network.


17/8/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of April 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language in the second half of April 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A wave of attacks in Iraq against security forces, combined with the continuation of showcase attacks. An attack using two car bombs in a secure road at the entrance to the Green Zone in Baghdad.
• The Jordanian Salafist movement confronts the regime in Zarka'a, in order to drag the Palestinian refugees there into a confrontation. Experts attempt to ease fears by stating that the movement's strength in Jordan is limited.
• Activists from various Salafist organizations in the Gaza Strip killed an Italian hostage within hours after his kidnapping. Confrontations ensued between the Hamas government and Salafist organizations.
• Fears in the Maghreb from Libyan weapons finding their way into Al-Qaeda's hands.
• The Al-Qaeda organization established a new base in Mali to perpetrate high profile attacks in neighboring Mauritania.
• A new video by Al-Zawahiri was published, in which he called upon the Arab Armies to join the rebels in Libya in order to prevent NATO's intervention.


7/8/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of May 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadist online forums in the second half of May 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Additional responses following Osama Bin Laden's elimination. The main theme is that his legacy of Jihad will live on.
• The Taliban perpetrated a series of reprisal attacks following Bin Laden's elimination.
• Debates on Jihadist forums continue with regard to the revival of Jihad in Egypt.
• More Jihadist groups are being formed on Facebook.


4/8/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of May 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadist online forums in the first half of May 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Global Jihad organizations, media institutes and Jihadist forums eulogize Bin Laden and vow revenge following his death in the hands of American Special Forces.
• Anwar Al-Awlaki escaped an American assassination attempt in Southern Yemen.
• The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU): A special review.


2/8/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of April 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language in the first half of April 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Statements made by Al-Qaeda leaders Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Anwar Al- Awlaki, in which they support the uprisings and protests throughout the Arab world and stress the Islamic aspect of these protests.
• Seven foreign United Nations employees were killed by demonstrators in Afghanistan, in a protest following the burning of a copy of the Quran by the Floridian pastor, Terry Jones.
• 57 people were killed in Tikrit, Iraq in a terrorist attack which included the armed take over of the local government building, hostage taking and killing people inside the building. According to commentators, the modus operandi was similar to that of the Mumbai attacks of 2008, which has been gaining popularity among Global Jihad organizations.
• Concerns in North Africa over the possibility that Libya's security situation will be exploited by Al-Qaeda to transfer large quantities of weapons to Al-Qaeda strongholds in Northern Mali.
• 41 people were killed in Pakistan in a suicide bomb attack.
• The Somali Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement is threatening to perpetrate attacks in Kenya.


30/6/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – March 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report sets out the main Fatwas published on March 2011 in the “Minbar Al- Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, which belongs to the Salafist ideologue, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “Website's Sharia Committee” which includes a number of prominent Salafist sheikhs. The Fatwas published over the past month dealt with a broad range of topics and areas including the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt and rulings regarding the demonstrations in Libya, Morocco and the Gulf countries. Furthermore, the committee members were asked about the legitimacy of the terrorist attacks against the Christian church in Alexandria on early January 2011, as well as about harming innocent people in terrorist attacks in Iraq.


19/6/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of March 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language on the second half of March 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The deadly attacks and assassinations in Iraq continue, following the arrest of Al-Qaeda senior members by security forces.
• Yemenite authorities are tackling difficulties controlling the south of the country, especially the Abyan Province, while reports claim Al-Qaeda has succeeded in taking over extensive areas.
• Reports on the arrest in Pakistan of Umar Patek, a “Jamaa Islamiya” operative in Indonesia, suspected of being involved in terrorist attacks in Bali, Indonesia on 2002, killing 202 people.


13/6/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of April 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the second half of April 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Surfers on various forums call upon Al-Qaeda to re-examine its strategy following the protests erupting throughout the Arab World.
• 500 Mujahideen escaped from a Kandahar prison during a Taliban operation.
• The Salafist-Jihadist movement in Morocco denied involvement in the terrorist attack in Marrakesh.
• The Jihadist forums support the uprising in Syria.


10/6/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of April 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the first half of April 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The fifth part of Ayman Al-Zawahiri's speech to the people of Egypt is published, warning of the conquest of Libya by NATO forces.
• The Jihadi forums publish a new issue of the “Al-Somood” Jihadi magazine.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Mufti justifies attacking the forces of the Yemenite Army.
• A writer in a Jihadi forum posts photographs of Al-Qaeda Mujahideen who arrived at the theater of combat in Libya.
• Indications that Al-Qaeda operatives are participating in the fighting in Libya.
• The “Abdullah Azzam Brigades” organization praises the uprising in Syria.


7/6/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of March 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the second half of March 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Senior Al-Qaeda members and writers on Jihadist forums address the events in Libya and express their support for the rebels. 
• The 5th issue of the Jihadist "Inspire" magazine is published.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declares the Abyan Province in South Yemen as an "Islamic Emirate". 
• A report claiming the leader of the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus, Dokka Umarov, has been eliminated.
• New social groups supporting Global Jihad are opening their own pages on Facebook. 


2/6/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of March 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language on the first half of March 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Dozens of casualties in severe terrorist attacks in Pakistan carried out despite ongoing American drone attacks.
• Reports on an increase in the scope of smuggling weapons and other contraband in the Maghreb region, following the deterioration in the security situation there.
• Two casualties in a shooting attack on bus transporting American troops at the Frankfurt airport.
• A new Al-Qaeda publication for women, offering a variety of advice on grooming and fashion alongside Jihadist indoctrination.

 


17/4/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of March 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the first half of March 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The fourth part of Ayman Al-Zawahiri's speech to the citizens of Egypt was published.
• Abu Yahya Al-Libi issued publications following the events that transpired in Libya.
• Sheikh Atiyyah Allah, an Al-Qaeda leader, stressed that spilling the blood of innocent Muslims is prohibited.
• The “Turkistan Islamic Party” printed the 8th edition of its publication.
• A new Jihadi magazine dedicated to Muslim women was published.
• Unconfirmed reports circulated on the death of the Al-Qaeda mufti in the Arabian Peninsula and the serious injury of the organization's no. 2 man.
• Jihadi forums reported that the “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” have become more powerful.
• Details of the terrorist attack at the international airport in Frankfurt were revealed.
• The review is made of Jihadi propaganda on Facebook.  


15/4/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of February 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events that have been mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the second half of February 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri gave a three-part speech in which he addressed the people of Egypt.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Mufti called on all Muslims to rise against their tyrannical rulers.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatened the Libyan ruler.
• The Abdullah Azzam Brigades went on an attack against the Saudi regime.
• The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan welcomed the overthrowing of President Mubarak.
• Efforts continued to recruit for Jihad in Germany.
• A new Jihadi forum – the “Global Jihad Network” – came online.


14/4/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of February 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the first half of February 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Anwar Al-Awlaki addressed the media in an audiotape, calling for the real face of the United States and its agents to be exposed.
• The 16th issue of the “Sada Al-Malahem” magazine was published.
• A member on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's Sharia Committee stated that every Muslim is duty-bound to join the Jihad in the Maghreb.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of the Mauritania President.
• The “Islamic State of Iraq” organization called to Egypt to found an Islamic religious state.
• One of Ayman Al-Zawahiri's deputies in the Egyptian “Islamic Jihad Group” expressed his support for the demonstrators in Egypt.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement in Somalia started a television channel. 


10/4/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – February 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report summarizes the main Fatwas published during February 2011 on the “Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, which belongs to the Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “Website's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.
The Fatwas published over the past month dealt with a broad range of topics and areas including: the demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and the entire Arab world; the law regarding holding Christian women captive; the law regarding Jihad in Palestine; the law pertaining to women leaving for Jihad; the law regarding fighting the Yemen government forces, and more.


10/4/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of February 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media over the course of the second half of February 2011 on the subject of global Jihad. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• In a new message, Ayman Al-Zawahiri called for more creative terrorist attacks against Western financial targets.
• An article in the “Al-Hayat” newspaper analyzed the growing participation of women in global Jihad organizations.
• Fighting resumed between the “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement and the Somali authorities and African Union Forces following threats made by the “Al-Shabab” movement against Kenya.
 


3/4/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of February 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media on the subject of global Jihad over the course of the first half of February 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on the Mauritanian President.
• A wave of terror attacks took place in Peshawar, in the tribal region of Pakistan; the Taliban-Pakistan threatened to carry out more attacks.
• Suicide attacks in Iraq continue to claim victims.
• There is concern in the U.S. that Al-Qaeda will attempt to carry out a terrorist attack against prominent figures in the financial sector on Wall Street.
• “Wikileaks” documents revealed Al-Qaeda's attempts to obtain “dirty” bombs. 


2/4/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of January 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media on the subject of global Jihad over the course of the second half of January 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A wave of attacks in Iraq resulted in the death of over one hundred people. Al-Qaeda has been targeting Shi'ites who practice their religious rites.
• The Egyptian security authorities have found new evidence regarding who was behind the attack on the Al-Qiddissin Church in Alexandria.
• Al-Qaeda in Yemen spoke out against the Yemeni army and the Houthi movement and threatened to harm them.
• Bin Laden published a new tape in which he threatens France.
• 35 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the arrivals hall at the Domodedovo airport in Russia.


16/3/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of January 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media on the subject of global Jihad over the course of the first half of January 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The Arab media reported on conflicts taking place with the Al-Qaeda leadership over the organization's strategy regarding terror attacks.
• There are increasing indications that Al-Qaeda prefers to carry out continuous small-scale attacks with the goal of wearing down the enemy forces to perpetrating sporadic large-scale attacks.
• The “Islamic State of Iraq” organization has been waging a campaign against the Iraqi Christians.
• The attack on the Coptic Church in Alexandria was widely covered by the Arab media.
• The Al-Qaeda organization is focusing its efforts on attacking Yemen security forces.
• Saudi Arabia published a new list of wanted men, which includes 47 wanted Al-Qaeda members.


9/3/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The Second Half of January 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums over the course of the second half of January 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• An audio tape by Osama bin Laden addressing the French people was released.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's no. 2 man published an audio tape in which he defends the Sunnis against the Shiites.
• The Iraqi “Al-Furqan” institute dedicated a video on the subject of explosive devices to the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula published the fourth issue of the English Jihadi magazine “Inspire”.
• An announcement was made by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb following the revolution in Tunisia.
• The Jihadi forums welcomed the riots in Egypt and surfers called to reinforce the Jihad there.
• A report was issued regarding the death of Dagestan's Deputy Amir, Adam Husseynov Amir Hassan.


7/3/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of December 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media on the subject of global Jihad over the course of the second half of December 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• Detailed reports were published in the Arabic media on terror activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.
• Reports were published regarding attempts to form Jihadi cells in the United Arab Emirates.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement and the Islamic Party in Somalia merged; the newly joined party threatened to perpetrate attacks in Somalia's neighboring African states.


22/2/2011 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of December 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles published in the Arabic media on the subject of global Jihad during the first half of December 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which has ties to Al-Qaeda, increased its activity in central Asia.
• Dozens of senior Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq were arrested.
• Information was published on Al-Qaeda in Yemen’s modus operandi and the role foreigners play in the organization.
• Ongoing reports were issued regarding the internal struggle in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


21/2/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – January 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report summarizes the main Fatwas that were published during January 2011 on the “Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, which belongs to the Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “website's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi Sheikhs.
The Fatwas published over the past month dealt with a broad range of topics, including: the law regarding the demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of the Arab world; the law regarding holding Christian women captive; the law pertaining to Jihad in Palestine; the law pertaining to women who leave for Jihad; the law regarding fighting the Yemen government forces, and more.


16/2/2011 Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums - The First Half of January 2011

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of January 2011. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• The Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan published the 56th issue of the “Al-Somood” Jihadi magazine.
• The Amir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb published two audio tapes following the wave of demonstrations in Tunisia and Algeria.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Frenchmen in Niger.
• There was extensive coverage of the responses to the terrorist attack at the church in Alexandria on the Jihadi forums. Moreover, threats against Christians in Egypt and around the world continued.
• An announcement was made on the founding of a new Jihadi media institute – “Al-Qadisiyya”.


9/2/2011 Periodical Review January 2011 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of December 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes two new editions of its journal. The publications focus on how the Sharia permits fighting against the Yemenite defense forces.
• The GIMF publishes a new edition of the “Sada Al-Jihad” magazine after over a year of not publishing anything.
• “The Islamic State of Iraq” continues to threaten Christians.
• The “Mujahideen Shura Council” is formed in the Gaza Strip, with the aim of uniting the various Salafi groups active in the Strip.
• The Egyptian defense forces arrest activists on Jihadi websites.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement and the Islamic Party in Somalia officially announce their merger.
• The “Boko Haram” movement in Nigeria claims responsibility for attacks against Christians in the country.
• A supervisor of a Jihadi forum calls upon Al-Qaeda to act forcefully to prevent the division of Sudan.


25/1/2011 Periodical Review: Fatwas – November-December 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report is an overview of the main Fatwas published during November and December 2010 on the Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad site, which belongs to the Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers' questions are answered by the “site's Sharia Committee”, which includes a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.
The Fatwas published over the past two months have dealt with a broad range of subjects and areas, including: religious laws to be upheld in prison; laws pertaining to those who work in government offices; laws pertaining to those who work in non-Muslim institutions; religious judgments regarding Sharia-permitted ways of fundraising for Jihad; laws regarding the harming Christians; etc.


16/1/2011 Periodical Review December 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the online Jihadi forums during the first half of December 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• The GIMF calls on all Muslims to donate funds for Jihadi propaganda.
• Strategic discussions took place on the importance of the waterways in the Indian Ocean and their essential role in achieving victories in the Jihad theaters of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Indonesia.
• Jihadi forums publish the 55th issue of the Jihadi “Al-Somood” magazine.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) continues to operate against the Shiite population in Yemen.
• The Jihadi forums publish another call to forcefully return the lands of Ceuta and Melilla, currently under Spanish rule, to Islamic control.
• A senior surfer on Jihadi forums issues a call to Muslims in the West Bank to create Jihadi brigades and join the global Jihad.


10/1/2011 Periodical Review December 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the online Jihadi forums during the second half of November 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• The Jihadi forums published the first part of the second edition of Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s well-known book: “Knights under the Prophet's Banner”. The preface to the second edition was written by Al-Zawahiri in July 2010.
• Approximately two months after reports of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith's release from house arrest in Iran, the Jihadi forums published a new book apparently written by him, titled “The 20 commandments on the road to Jihad”.
• The Amir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb decided that all negotiations regarding the French hostages must be conducted by Osama bin Laden.
• The fundraising campaign on the Jihadi forums continues.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula published a special edition of the “Inspire” magazine following their claim of responsibility for the explosive packages. The organization declared a new strategy – a war of economic attrition.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against the Houthis.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for sending the envelope found on a German aircraft scheduled to depart from a Namibian airport to Munich, and was said to contain explosives.
• A call was issued on the Jihadi forums to revive the Jihad in Egypt.
• A request was made by the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to publish a periodical in French.


29/12/2010 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of November 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles related to the subject of global Jihad that have been published in the media in Arabic during the second half of November 2010. Following are the main issues touched upon in this report:

• The Arab media analyzes Al-Qaeda’s new strategy – an economic war of attrition – following the affair of the explosive packages and the publication of a new issue of “Inspire”, the English Jihadi magazine.
• Following the exposure of 19 terrorist cells in Saudi Arabia, the Arab media discusses the modus operandi of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and the role that women play in Al-Qaeda.
• Contradicting assessments regarding Al-Qaeda's involvement follow terrorist attacks against the Houthis in northern Yemen.
• The Arab media discusses the connection between crime and the financing of Al-Qaeda’s terrorist activities in the Islamic Maghreb.


26/12/2010 Periodical Review November 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events mentioned in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of November 2010. Following is a list of the main issues raised in this report:

• A new audio tape by Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
• Anwar Al-Awlaki in a new video clip: “there is no need for a Fatwa in order to fight the Americans”.
• An increase in the range of materials pertaining to the manufacturing of explosive charges and to their concealment.
• A new issue of the “Turkistan Islamic Party” (TIP) Jihadi magazine.
• The search for operational solutions for the activity of unmanned drones continues.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claims responsibility for sending the explosives packages and declares a new strategy – an economic attrition war.
• A threat to attack American targets over Christmas.


22/12/2010 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of November 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language in the first half of November 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A wave of terrorism in Iraq against Christians and Shiites results in the death of over 100 people.
• A new tape from Anwar Al-Awlaki in which he calls for the Americans to be fought, and says that this does not require a religious permit.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” organization threatens to attack targets in Uganda and Burundi.
• Saif Al-Adel, who was recently released from house arrest in Iran, was appointed to lead Al-Qaeda’s international terrorist attacks.
• Five terrorists suspected of attempting to assassinate an Islamic leader who is considered to be moderate, were arrested in France.


15/12/2010 Periodical Review November 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of October 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A new tape by Bin Laden, threatening France.
• Discussions on Jihadi forums continue surrounding Al-Qaeda’s strategy.
• The “Islamic State of Iraq” organization threatens the Christian church in Egypt.
• Explanations on the forums on how to manufacture explosive charges that can go undetected through airport scanners.
• A new issue of the Jihadi “Al-Somood” magazine.
• Global Jihad organizations focus their attention on the Palestinian theater.
• An announcement declaring the opening of a new forum called “Al-Mushtaqun Ila Al-Jannah”.


22/11/2010 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The Second Half of October 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published by the Arabic language media over the course of the second half of October 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Saif Al-Adel, who was released from Iran and arrived in Afghanistan, will lead Al-Qaeda’s military branch.
• Atiyah Allah, one of Al-Qaeda’s most important ideologists, was killed as the result of an aerial attack in the Waziristan region.
• Coverage of the story of the explosive parcels sent from Yemen.
• Significant changes in the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.
• The no. 2 man in the “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” movement in Somalia denies the existence of disagreements within the organization’s leadership.
• Bin Laden threatens France in a new audio tape.
• Adam Gadahn calls on the Muslims in the West to carry out terrorist attacks against the “Zionist-Crusader Alliance”.
 


21/11/2010 Periodical Review October 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of October 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• A discussion surrounding “Al-Qaeda’s 7 point strategy” arose on the “Shumukh Al-Islam” Jihadi forum. The discussion took place following the American withdrawal from Iraq.
• The Taliban threatens to carry out terrorist attacks in the Netherlands.
• Surfers call for the abduction of Americans in Islamic countries in response to the American aerial attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
• The Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula military commander declares the founding of the “Aden-Abyan Army”.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” leadership in Somalia denies that there are disagreements within the organization’s leadership. This denial follows increasing numbers of reports on troubled relationships between the organization’s leaders.


14/11/2010 Periodical Review: Fatwas – October 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

The following report contains the main Fatwas published in October 2010 on the “Minabr Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad” website, belonging to the Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The surfers’ questions are answered by the “Website’s Sharia Committee” comprised of several prominent Salafi Sheikhs.
It should be noted that since Al-Maqdisi’s arrest on September 17th 2010, there has been a significant decline in the number of questions on the subject of Jihad on the website.
The Fatwas published over the past month dealt with a wide variety of issues and regions, including: the ruling regarding working on oil installations in Iraq; the scope of Jihadi publications in the Maghreb, the ruling regarding harming Christians, women and children, the principle of “Bayaa” (pledging allegiance), commemorating the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the ruling regarding leaving for Jihad, the ruling regarding charity funds etc.


14/11/2010 Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources - The First Half of October 2010

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published by the Arabic language media over the first half of October 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• The Coalition Forces continue to assassinate senior Al-Qaeda and Taliban members in Afghanistan and Pakistan from the air.
• The Yemen Foreign Minister declares that his country will not extradite Anwar Al-Awlaki to the United States.
• The standing of the Amir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) continues to deteriorate.
• Reports on a schism in the leadership of “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” in Somalia.
• Phenomenon: more and more women in the West take an active part in Jihad activity.


2/11/2010 Periodical Review October 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of September 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Audio publications by Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Adam Yahiye Gadahn – all dealing with the major floods in Pakistan.
• Calls to donate money to the Mujahideen continue.
• Following the numerous aerial attacks by unmanned airplanes, surfers offer solutions to the problem.
• Issue no. 52 of the Jihadi “Al-Somood” magazine.
• Al-Qaeda’s Operations Commander in Afghanistan–Pakistan, the replacement for Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, has been killed.
• Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid’s son, who like his father was linked to the organization’s financial mechanism, was killed in the attacks.
• Reports stating Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Saif Al-Adel and other Al-Qaeda leaders, were released from Iran and have reached Afghanistan.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb publishes photographs of the French hostages.
• The Jordanians have again arrested Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi.
• A surfer on a Jihadi forum calls on the Muslims to take the initiative and carry out individual terrorist attacks in the West.


13/10/2010 Periodical Review September 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of September 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• An audio tape by Ayman Al-Zawahiri commemorating the 9 year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
• The Jihad theaters of Afghanistan-Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen continue to be a focus of large-scale terrorist attacks for Jihad organizations.
• An increase in the scope of activity of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
• Threats to carry out terrorist attacks in Spain.
• Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi’s website publishes Fatwas on the subject of Jihad on a daily basis.
• The “Ansar Al-Mujahideen” forum manager is arrested in Spain.
• A declaration announcing the establishment of a new Jihadi media institute – “Al-Aqsa”.


21/9/2010 Periodical Review September 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events raised in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of August 2010. Following are the main issues dealt with in this report:

• The Jihadi forums are continuing to publish instructional audio tapes within the framework of the security and intelligence course.
• The publication of the 51st edition of the “Al-Somood” Jihadi magazine.
• The Taliban carry out a series of suicide attacks against the Shiites in Pakistan.
• The terror attacks in Iraq continue, following the withdrawal of American troops.
• Fighting between Yemeni security forces and Al-Qaeda activists in the south of the country.
• The surrender to the authorities of former leaders of the “Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat” in Algeria.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” in Somalia declare a Jihadi campaign to end the presence of foreigners in the country.
• A new Amir for the Islamic movement in Uzbekistan – Usmon Odil.


2/9/2010 Periodical Review August 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events raised in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of August 2010. The report contains the following main issues:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri releases a third audio tape over the past month
• The no. 2 man in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes a strategic action plan for bringing down the Saudi royal family
• Global Jihad organizations turn to the Muslim public for donations
• A publication by the “Al-Fajr” media institute about how to recruit activists to Al-Qaeda
• Three months after the killing of Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, notice of his replacement has not yet been published
• An increase in terrorist attacks in Iraq
• The leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatens France
• The “Abdullah Azzam Brigades” claim responsibility for the terrorist attack against a Japanese tanker at the Strait of Hormuz
• The Lebanese “Fatah Al-Islam” organization announces the death of its leader
• Explanations of how to attack western vessels, and calls to carry out terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe
• Why has the “Al-Faloja” forum been closed down?


23/8/2010 Periodical Review August 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most important issues raised in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of July 2010, including:

• Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Abu Yahya Al-Libi eulogize Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid.
• The Jihadi forums publish multiple instruction manuals on the production of weapons, methods of defense, and the protection of security mechanisms.
• The Jihadi forums praise the Shahids in the various theaters of Jihad.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula increases its activity against the Yemeni government forces.
• A veiled threat made against France by the Amir of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.
• The Amir of “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” threatens that the terrorist attacks will continue.

 


9/8/2010 Periodical Review July 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events raised in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of July 2010. Following are the main subjects covered in this report:

• An interview with the Al-Qaeda Preaching Supervisor in Pakistan.
• The Jihadi forums publish a program called “The Terrorism Industry”, intended to supply the Mujahideen with security and intelligence information.
• Publication of the sixth edition of the “Sawt Al-Islam” magazine, published by the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP).
• Calls by internet surfers on the forums to carry out Jihad in the various fighting arenas.
• A surfer from the Palestinian territories encourages Muslims to embrace the ideology of Global Jihad in Gaza, and calls on the Salafi movements in the Strip to unite.
• The Salafi ideologist Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi was arrested and then released after a few days.
• The “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” organization claimed responsibility for the double attack which occurred on July 11th 2010 during the World Cup finals.
• An announcement made by Abu Muhammad Abubaker bin Muhammad Shekau, the Imam of the “Sunna Group for Preaching and Jihad in one of the African countries called Nigeria”.
• Unemployed youth in Algeria join Al-Qaeda in order to earn a living.
• The United States froze the assets of Anwar Al-Alwaki; The United Nations added his name to the list of terrorists.


20/7/2010 Periodical Review July 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of June 2010. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Abu Yahya Al-Libi calls for the continuation of Jihad in Iraq
• Adam Gadahn (“Azzam the American”) threatens with terrorist attacks against American targets
• The religious supervisor of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula calls to the Muslims to go on Jihad
• The “As-Sahab” Institute publishes a video of Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, killed in May 2010, calling to send funds to the Mujahideen
• The Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula organization launches a new Jihadi magazine in English called “Inspire”
• Al-Qaeda activists attack the Yemenite Intelligence installation in Aden
• The main Jihadi forums are trying to rehabilitate after having stopped their operations for many days


7/7/2010 Periodical Review June 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the first half of June 2010. Following are the main issues brought in this report:

• The no. 2 man in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) calls upon supporters of the organization to raise funds to form operational cells to kidnap Saudi princes and foreigners
• The mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula explains that the Jihad commandment is a personal duty of every Muslim
• The Jihadi forums publish a tape made by Osama bin Laden, which was previously broadcast about three months ago on the Al-Jazeera channel
• A call made by surfers to increase the Jihadi activities in the Islamic Maghreb region
• The son of the Salafi ideologist, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, was killed by the American forces in Iraq


21/6/2010 Periodical Review June 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events brought up in the Jihadi online forums in the second half of May 2010. Following are the main subjects brought up in this report:

• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s media institute publishes an interview with Anwar Al-Awlaki, calling to the Muslims in the U.S. Army to kill their friends.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes a video calling the Yemenite tribes to join the Jihad campaign against the U.S. and the Yemenite government.
• Ayman Al-Zawahiri publishes an obituary for the death of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
• Al-Qaeda’s general leadership announces the death of the organization’s leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid.
• Calls to support Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.
• A call to attack American and Jewish targets following the Flotilla to Gaza events.


27/5/2010 Periodical Report May 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of May 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• AQAP leader embraces Anwar Al-Awlaki
• A video clip presents the young German Jihadi fighter, Eric Breininger
• AQAP military commander threatens the U.S. after the death of two senior members
• A new message from the leader of Taliban Pakistan
• A new issue of the "Sada Al-Malahim" magazine; Said Al-Shihri's wife calls the Muslim women to come to Yemen and join the Jihad 
• Appointing an heir to the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader
• Surfers suggest "new" ways of operation against the U.S.
• References to the foiled attack at "Times Square"
• The Jihadi forums publish a guide book titled "How to hide anything"


13/5/2010 Periodical report May 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of April 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• A tape by Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Rubaish, AQAP's Mufti.
• The "Studio Jund Allah" publishes a video which focuses on the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine "Al-Somood"
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine published by the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP)
• The "Al-Fajr" media institute publishes an article by Sheikh Abu Yahya Al-Libi
• The Taliban movement threatens to increase attacks against the German forces in Afghanistan
• The Jihadi forums deals extensively with the death of Al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq
• Following the death of Al-Baghdadi and Al-Muhajir, surfers and the Jihadi organizations call for avenge and support
• A surfer suggests a way to close the Bab-el-Mandeb Straits
• A correspondence titled "blow up and aircraft by yourself"


25/4/2010 Periodical Review April 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of April 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• The Taliban publishes a video depicting an American soldier kidnapped in Afghanistan 
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine "Al-Mushtaqun Ila Al-Jannah", mainly dedicated to AQIM 
• A Jihadi media institute publishes a booklet titled "A realistic and live model for the country Al-Qaeda wishes to establish"
• "Al-Fajr" media institute publishes an interview with a regional commander of the "Abdullah Azzam Brigades"
• Discussions in the Jihadi forums regarding the recent terrorist attacks in Iraq
• Reports regarding the movement of senior members of AQAP from Yemen to Somalia
• Abu Obeida Yusuf is the next AQIM leader? 
• Reports on the arrest of Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi
• Reports on the presence of Al-Qaeda activists in Sudan
• Calls for the Mujahideen in Somalia to target ships
• The Jihadi forums publish a list of tasks for the Muslim women


8/4/2010 Periodical Review April 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of March 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• A new audio recording by Osama bin Laden
• Anwar Al-Awlaki published an audio tape calling to carry out Jihad against the United States
• Step-by-step instructions on how to build a car bomb
• A new issue of "Al-Somood" magazine
• A security threat to shipping in or near the "Bab-el-Mandeb" strait
• Calls to carry out Jihad against Israel
• The Jihadi forums report extensively on the double suicide attack on the Russian subway system
• "Al-Qaeda shall participate in the Olympic Games in London 2012"
• A surfer raises the possibility of attacking the United States with biological and nuclear weapons


24/3/2010 Periodical Review March 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of March 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• "As-Sahab" publishes a video clip by Adam Yahiye Gadahn
• "As-Sahab" publishes an interview with Abu Dujaanah Al-Khorasani
• The Turkish Jihadi "Elif Medya" publishes a video in German by the German Taliban Mujahideen
• A video portraying "Tandzim Al-Qoidah Indonesia" was uploaded by Markaz Media Al-Ufuq
• A periodical Jihadi magazine called "Al-Ikhlaas" came out for the first time on the internet
• AQIM publishes an announcement on the release of the kidnapped Spanish citizen
• AQIM's activity expands to west and central Africa
• Advices how to solidify Al-Qaeda's position in Gaza Strip
• The Nigerian "Boko Haram" group announced it is joining Al-Qaeda
• Threats against the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden
• Reports on the killing of Dulmatin, one of the leaders of JI in Indonesia


10/3/2010 Periodical Review March 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of Fabruary 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• The Jihadi forums report of a new video by Ayman Al-Zawahiri
• New issues of the "Sada Al-Malahim" and "Al-Somood" magazines
• Abu Yahya Al-Libi calls to attack U.S. on its own soil
• The military commander of AQAP threatens to attack the U.S.
• Surfers explain the importance of the Bab el-Mandeb straights to the Mujahideen, following the words of Said Al-Shihri in this regard
• Correspondents calling for unity amongst the Salafi groups in Gaza
• Following the recent events in Nigeria, calls to help the Muslims there by terrorist attacks
• A new phenomenon: More and more articles written by women or regarding the role of Muslim women find their way onto Jihadi forums


22/2/2010 Periodical Review February 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of Fabruary 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• An audio tape by Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi, Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine "Al-Mushtaqun Ila Al-Jannah"
• A manifesto by Abu Yahya Al-Libi entitled "We are not Houthis..."
• The Jihadi forums publish links for virtual courses on explosives
• Al-Qaeda in Iraq threatens to carry out attacks before the upcoming elections
• AQAP publishes an audio tape by Sa'id Ali Al-Shihri
• Reactions to the London conference regarding Yemen
• An official announcement by AQIM leader concerning Nigeria 
• Calls for the Jihadi organizations in Gaza to unite
• "Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen" movement announces that it is joining Al-Qaeda
• Estimations when Al-Qaeda will attack the United States


7/2/2010 Periodical Review February 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of January 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• Two audio tapes by Osama bin Laden
• A new issue of the Jihadi magazine "Al-Somood"
• Official Pakistani sources claim that The leader of the Taliban movement in Pakistan, HakimAllah Mahsud, has been killed
• AQAP denies that six of its commanders were killed
• "A statement marking the one year anniversary of the founding of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" 
• The Mauritanian government began a dialogue with salafi detainees at the central prison in Nouakchott 
• Surfers suggest that the Mujahideen infiltrate into groups of pirates to learn from their experience 
• "Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen" movement exchanges fighters with armed groups from Yemen
• A message from AQIM pleading with Muslims to help the Muslim population in Nigeria
• The Jihadi forums publish instructions to prepare homemade explosives


20/1/2010 Periodical Review January 2010 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of January 2010. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• The suicide bombing of Abu Dajana Al-Khorasani (Hummam Khalil Al-Balawi) at the CIA base in Afghanistan
• A third issue of the Jihadi magazine "Al-Mushtaqun Ila Al-Jannah" (Those yearning for Heaven) 
• The leader of the Taliban movement in Pakistan, HakimAllah Mahsud, survived an aerial assault
• AQAP's military leader, Qasem Al-Rimi, was killed in an aerial attack
• Yemen has reinforced security alongside its coast, around Aden Bay, the Arab Sea and the Red Sea
• Jihad activists declaring the North Africa region, Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Morocco as the "Islamic Emirate of the Sahara"
• "Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen" movement threatens to send fighters to Yemen via the sea to help in the battle against "the enemies of Allah"


7/1/2010 Periodical Review January 2010 – No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of December 2009. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's media institute published a video tape of the American Soldier held captive by the Taliban
• Ayman Al-Zawahiri's wife, Umayma Hasan, published "A Missive to the Muslim Sisters"
• The "As-Sahab" media institute published a missive by Ayman Al-Zawahiri entitled "The Morning and the Candle"
• Jihadi forums report extensively on the attacks carried out against Al-Qaeda in Yemen
• The "Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen" movement has announced its complete takeover of the districts in southern Somaila
• Interesting reactions in the Jihadi forums to the attempted attack on the American plane
• The English room at the "Shumukh" forum posted correspondence explaining how to prepare for Jihad
• Rooms in the Jihadi forums dealing with the psychological, physical and technological preparation for the Mujahideen


20/12/2009 Periodical Review December 2009 – No. 2

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of December 2009. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• A new audio tape by Ayman Al-Zawahiri 
• A new video by Adam Yahiye Gadahn, known as “the American Azzam”, entitled “The Mujahideen don't Target Muslims“
• A 42 page manual on the use of the GPS service
• An article by Bakhasrov Adankalo, who writes on Yemen on Jihadi forums, entitled “The CIA digs a grave for America in Yemen”
• Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for the abduction of a French citizen in Mali and of three Spanish citizens in Mauritania
• A new media institute called “Al-Raya” (“the Flag“)
• “Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen” organization denies it was behind the terrorist attack in Mogadishu
• Reactions to The U.S. President’s declaration that he would send another 30 thousand soldiers to Afghanistan
• Calls against Spain and South Korea in response to their decision to send forces to Afghanistan
• Responses against the decision of the Swiss people not to allow the construction of mosque turrets
• Conflicting reports surrounding the possibility that Al-Qaeda’s Mufti, Abu Yahya Al-Libi, was killed


6/12/2009 Periodical Review December 2009 - No. 1

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the second half of November 2009. Among the central topics appearing in this issue are:

• New issues of the Jihadi magazines "Al-Mushtaqun Ila Al-Jannah" and "Al- Somood"
• A 36 page manual on wireless devices and their use
• Links to a virtual course on the operation of light weapons
• A discussion on the subject of the sources of financing the Taliban
• Photographs of American military bases in the Arabian Peninsula
• Reports of the kidnapping of four Spanish tourists in Mauritania
• "Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen" in Somalia calls upon all the Muslims worldwide to stand alongside the movement and come to Somalia
• Jihadi forums published an announcement supporting the terrorist attack carried out by Nidal Malik Hassan at the military base in Texas
• Calls against Belgium


22/11/2009 Periodical Review No. 2 – November 2009

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums in the first half of November 2009.


8/11/2009 Periodical Review No.1 – November 2009

ICT's Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group

This report summarizes the most prominent events posted on the Jihadi online forums, in the second half of October 2009.


 
 
 
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