Saturday, May 16, 2009

Second Issue of 'Jihad Recollections', English-language Jihadi Journal, Published Today

PART OF THE SERIES OF RESEARCH NOTES FROM MY CURRENT PROJECT, "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid," (All Materials Copyrighted) :

The cover features portraits of U.S. president Barack Obama and the founder of modern Turkey and its first autocratic president, Mustafa Kemal "Ataturk" (Father of the Turks).

The second issue of English-language jihadi journal Jihad Recollections, which is produced in the U.S., was released this morning, first being advertised on the Ansar al-Jihad Network forums. The 73-page issue includes article on a range of issues, including, critiques of President Obama's health care reform and economic plans, an article extolling the model of the "caliphate," Western reactions to the appearance of an American, Abu Mansur al-Ameriki, in a Somali jihadi video (Ambush at Bardal), the second part of an article on the assassinated al-Qa'ida military commander Abu Layth al-Libi, and an article outlining a plan on how to win over new Muslims (converts) to the Salafi jihadi ideology.

Due to a looming deadline on a paper (which I am presently working on), I am not able to outline or analyze the new issue in depth now, but hope to do so in a day or two. I have posted PDFs of three parts of the new magazine:

(1) Introduction

(2) Second part of the article on Abu Layth al-Libi. Much like the first part, the article on al-Libi is composed mostly of quotes from al-Qa'ida leaders, particularly those he worked with in Afghanistan, such as Abu Yahya al-Libi, another Libyan AQ military commander in "AFPAK."

(3) Article on the "global jihad media effort" and recommendations on plans to both increase the presence of jihadi material online and to protect the content from governments and rival hackers. Computer backup tips and surveys of jihadi media in Chechnya/Caucasus and Pakistan are included.

UPDATE TO #3 (May 20; 5:43 p.m.): Jarrett Brachman, formerly of West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, has some analysis of this article on his BLOG.

Advertising banner for the new issue of Jihad Recollections, first announced on the Ansar al-Jihad Network forums.


JR 2 intro
...Introduction, or click HERE.

The copy editing leaves much to be desired. Perhaps the JR staff should invest some $$$ in a better set of copy editors to catch incorrect word usage, errors in punctuation, awkward/incorrect sentence structures, etc.

Days of Abu Layth Pt 2
...The Days of Abu Layth: Part 2, or click HERE.

Global Jihad Media
...Revisiting the Global Jihad Media Effort, or click HERE.

I will upload PDFs of other articles with analysis over the next few days.

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