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].