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.