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 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. The Abdullah Azzam Brigade, a Salafi-jihadist organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Lebanon-Syria area, took responsibility for launching rockets at Israel. “Brigade of the Veiled Ones” and “The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa” (MOJAO) Group, which operate in the Maghreb [North Africa], announced the merger of the two groups under a new name: Al-Mourabitoun. The leaders of the two groups relinquished their role and transferred it to a new leader, whose identity has not been revealed. The establishment of Ajnad, the new jihadist media institution of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, was announced.