ATbar Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites

Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites January 2017

04/06/2017 | by JWMG Desk  

Highlights 

· Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, accuses the Islamic State of waging a false campaign against Al-Qaeda, and accuses the US of the systematic oppression of Muslims and of carrying out war crimes against the population to serve its own interests. In light of this false campaign, al-Zawahiri again clarifies the guidelines of his organization, including reviving the spirit of jihad among the Muslim Nation, renewing the institution of the Caliphate, applying shari’a, liberating Al-Aqsa, etc. In addition, he emphasizes that his organization is careful not to harm the civilian population and innocent people during military operations against enemy army and security forces.

· Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, eulogizes and discusses the personalities of former senior jihad leaders, Abu al-Hasan Rashid al-Bulaydi, Abu Firas al-Suri, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Rifau Tah, a member of the Islamic Jihad in Egypt.

· Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of AQIM, calls on Muslims in Algeria to wake up to the attempts to blur their Muslim identity and to the oppression from which Muslims around the world are suffering at the hands of the Crusaders, the Shi’ites and their allies. According to him, the Algerian regime plays a significant role in the conspiracy against the Muslim Nation as manifested in, among other things, its cooperation with France, which is trying to tighten its grip on Mali. Hence, they must act against the Algerian regime.

· Abu Abd al-Rahmanal-Sanhaji, the qadi (judge) of AQIM in the Sahara, threatens to attack anyone who cooperates with the Malian army, UN forces and French forces posted on Malian soil. This comes against the backdrop of France’s intention to establish new military patrols to operate on behalf of the UN against the mujahideen in Mali. According to him, this intention will meet fierce opposition from his organization since the organization's position opposes the presence of foreign forces on Muslim lands.

· Five rebel factions in Syria – Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, Jaysh al-Sunna, Jabhat Ansar al-Din and Liwa al-Haqq – announce their merger and the establishment of a new umbrella organization called Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, led by Hashim al-Shaykh (aka Abu Jaber), who previously served as leader of Ahrar al-Sham. The new umbrella organization calls on all factions in Syria to join it in order to realize the goals of the Syrian revolution, including the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the application of shari’a on the Syrian people.

· The Islamic State claims responsibility for a terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul that was carried out on New Year’s Eve. In the announcement, Turkey is presented as a “defender of the Cross” and additional attacks are threatened in revenge for attacks on Muslims by Turkish fighter jets.

· A supporter of the Islamic State praises the organization’s use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles and emphasizes that the organization has advanced technological capabilities. Another IS supporter recommends using drones in order to assassinate generals and foreign advisors located on bases belonging to Turkey, Britain, Germany, France and the US around Mosul. The writer refers to an analysis on the subject of combat drones by commentators in the West, and notes that it is a tool that will be developed into a central weapon of the organization.

Highlights 

·         Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, accuses the Islamic State of waging a false campaign against Al-Qaeda, and accuses the US of the systematic oppression of Muslims and of carrying out war crimes against the population to serve its own interests. In light of this false campaign, al-Zawahiri again clarifies the guidelines of his organization, including reviving the spirit of jihad among the Muslim Nation, renewing the institution of the Caliphate, applying shari’a, liberating Al-Aqsa, etc. In addition, he emphasizes that his organization is careful not to harm the civilian population and innocent people during military operations against enemy army and security forces.

·         Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, eulogizes and discusses the personalities of former senior jihad leaders, Abu al-Hasan Rashid al-Bulaydi, Abu Firas al-Suri, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Rifau Tah, a member of the Islamic Jihad in Egypt.

·         Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of AQIM, calls on Muslims in Algeria to wake up to the attempts to blur their Muslim identity and to the oppression from which Muslims around the world are suffering at the hands of the Crusaders, the Shi’ites and their allies. According to him, the Algerian regime plays a significant role in the conspiracy against the Muslim Nation as manifested in, among other things, its cooperation with France, which is trying to tighten its grip on Mali. Hence, they must act against the Algerian regime.

·         Abu Abd al-Rahmanal-Sanhaji, the qadi (judge) of AQIM in the Sahara, threatens to attack anyone who cooperates with the Malian army, UN forces and French forces posted on Malian soil. This comes against the backdrop of France’s intention to establish new military patrols to operate on behalf of the UN against the mujahideen in Mali. According to him, this intention will meet fierce opposition from his organization since the organization's position opposes the presence of foreign forces on Muslim lands.

·         Five rebel factions in Syria – Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, Jaysh al-Sunna, Jabhat Ansar al-Din and Liwa al-Haqq – announce their merger and the establishment of a new umbrella organization called Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, led by Hashim al-Shaykh (aka Abu Jaber), who previously served as leader of Ahrar al-Sham. The new umbrella organization calls on all factions in Syria to join it in order to realize the goals of the Syrian revolution, including the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the application of shari’a on the Syrian people.

·         The Islamic State claims responsibility for a terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul that was carried out on New Year’s Eve. In the announcement, Turkey is presented as a “defender of the Cross” and additional attacks are threatened in revenge for attacks on Muslims by Turkish fighter jets.

·         A supporter of the Islamic State praises the organization’s use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles and emphasizes that the organization has advanced technological capabilities. Another IS supporter recommends using drones in order to assassinate generals and foreign advisors located on bases belonging to Turkey, Britain, Germany, France and the US around Mosul. The writer refers to an analysis on the subject of combat drones by commentators in the West, and notes that it is a tool that will be developed into a central weapon of the organization.

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