Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Issue, Third, of Jihad Recollections, English-language Jihadi Journal, Released


The third issue (#3) of the English-language jihadi cyber journal Jihad Recollections was published yesterday on the online jihadi discussion forums. The new issue includes several articles of note, including part 3 of a series of articles commemorating the assassinated al-Qa'ida "Central" (AQC) AFPAK commander Abu'l Layth al-Libi (parts 1 and 2 were published in the first two issues of the journal respectively). Also included are the second part of an article criticizing U.S. president Barack Obama's health care plan, an article on "liberation without Islam," highlights from an al-Jazeera interview with AQC senior AFPAK commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an article on the transnational Muslim group Tablighi Jama'at, an article on Carlos Bledsoe, a U.S. Army soldier and convert who murdered a military recruiter in June, and an article on the ongoing guerilla war and jihad in Afghanistan.

Articles analyzing the evolution of AQC's media wing, al-Sahab (The Clouds), and a transcript of Abu Mansur al-Amriki's (Ameriki) "response" to Obama's Cairo speech are also included. The new issue's cover story purports to tell the story of a U.S. soldier who converted to Islam after serving in Iraq.

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In-depth analysis of several articles will be published in posts here on Occident beginning tomorrow. Please check back!

4 comments:

Charles Cameron (hipbone) said...

I'm saddened that you don't include a reference to the short article on 2012 and "end times" thinking - which from my POV is significant as it contains one of the few references to the Mahdi in AQ literature...

We in the business-like West have a tendency to ignore eschatology as a driver, when in fact it is one of the most powerful...

إبن الصقلي said...

Thanks for reading and for your comment.

I'm not sure why you are "saddened." It wasn't an intentional omission.

I agree with you on the importance of eschatology, particularly given its influence over the beliefs of certain "Western" Christians.

Christina said...

What was said about the Mahdi?
Hoping you will be translating the one about Afghanistan among them!
It would fascinating to hear from their perspective.
I feel the Western churns out nothing but heavily distorted perspectives.
I prefer the rare article such as this:
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090814/FOREIGN/708139841/1103/NEWS
which rings exactly true to my ears.
[I myself was at a battle at Urgun, Paktika, during the Afghan war against the Soviets, so it's a little nostalgic as well.]
It's really important to evaluate all perspectives in such a case as this.
American officials paint everything as black and white But there are many shades of colors, as is revealed even in this UAE article.
* * * * * * * * *
Very impressed about Professor Nazif Shahrani!!!
Apologies that I haven't had time to go back to that earlier comment section.
But I read his book on the Kirghiz and Wakhi many years ago and loved it.
It inspired me to make a trip to Eastern Turkey to visit Rahman Gul and the Kirghiz - and other Afghan emigres as well. Rahman Gul was away but I spoke with his wife and son [I think it was]. Very memorable.
That's tremendous that he's your professor!
We'll be expecting great things from you - !!!

إبن الصقلي said...

Insha'Allah I'll post something tomorrow. Unfortunately I've been busier than expected today. No need to translate, the journal's in English. Thanks again for reading!