What follows below is a statement from the Ansar al-Mujahideen English-language jihadi-Salafi web forum (arguably the most important English-language jihadi web forum) marking the one-year anniversary of the merger between the Saudi and Yemeni branches of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). My annotations/notes appear in red font inside brackets. AQAP artwork from my research archive has been inserted and does not appear in the original statement.
All praise be to Allah [the One God], and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad ibn Abdullah [the Prophet Muhammad], and upon his family, his Companions, and those who follow his footsteps until the day of Judgment.
Every once in a while an important event takes place, the significance of which is not immediately apparent. It is only after a period of time passes that the enormity of the event is fully recognised. Such an event took place exactly one year ago today: on January 20th 2009.
On that day an announcement was posted to the jihadist forums, informing the Believers [the Muslims] of the merger of two branches of the al-Qaida organisation: the branches in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
This new organisation would be known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and would be lead by Amir Abu Basir – Nasir al-Wahayshi (may Allah protect him), along with his deputy Sheikh Abu Sufyan – Said al-Shihri (may Allah protect him)
This merger was in accordance with the command of Allah, the Exalted, who said:
وَقَاتِلُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ كَافَّة ً كَمَا يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ كَافَّة ً
"...and fight the polytheists collectively, as they fight you collectively" (Al-Tawbah: 36)
And it was in accordance with the authentic hadith [tradition of the Prophet's sayings/actions] of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) who said:
Indeed, one of the main objectives of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is to carry out the last request of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who said:
"Expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula"
There was a certain amount of enthusiasm on the jihadist forums, people recognised the leadership potential of Amir [leader] Abu Basir (may Allah protect him), and looked forward to him slowly rebuilding the capabilities of the Mujahideen [warriors of faith] of the Arabian Peninsula. Outside of jihadist circles however, the announcement barely raised an eyebrow.
Very few people could have predicted that in just twelve short months Amir Abu Basir (may Allah protect him) would have made Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula a household name, an inspiration to Muslims the world over, and a nightmare from which the Zionist-Crusaders and the Arab Apostates cannot seem to awaken from.
In twelve short months Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula have achieved the following:
1.) Targeted the heads of Disbelief even while they hid behind their Palace walls, in the operation which targeted Muhammad bin Nayif [Saudi prince and deputy interior minister who was almost assassinated by AQAP in August 2009 in Jeddah]. Every one of the Idol Kings of the Arabs will now sleep less soundly: knowing that the Lions of Tawhid [absolute monotheism, unity of God] are coming for them soon!
2.) Sent the Western world into a spin, forcing the infidels to spend many billions of dollars upgrading their airport security, following the operation of Umar al-Farouq (may Allah free him)
3.) Revealed the treachery of the Yemeni army, their disregard for the blood and honor of the Muslims, their complicity in the crimes of the Zionist-Crusaders; and therefore the obligation of fighting them.
4.) Clearly identified their long and short-term objectives, and proved the religious legitimacy of their acts with stirring speeches from Sheikh Ibrahim al-Rubaish, Commander Muhammad ibn Abdur-Rahman al-Rashid and Sheikh Abu Zubair Adil al-Abab (may Allah protect them all)
5.) Set a wonderful example for the Ummah to follow, with the martyrdom of Abul Khair - Abdullah Hassan al-Assiri, Abu Tamim al-Azdi - Yusuf al-Shehri, and Abu Omar al-Najdi - Raed al-Harbi (may Allah have Mercy on them all)
In conclusion, we congratulate all Mujahideen, especially those in the Arabian Peninsula, on their many victories during 2009, and look forward to even more from them in 2010, with the permission of Allah.
Truly they have warmed the hearts of the Believers who had begun to despair of the situation in the Arabian Peninsula ever being improved.
Our Lord! Protect the leaders of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula!
Our Lord! Grant their Mujahideen one of the two best things: Victory or Martyrdom!
Our Lord! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula, in Iraq, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in Somalia, in the Caucasus, in the Islamic Maghreb [North Africa], and all around the world!
Our Lord! Humiliate the Zionist-Crusaders and the Apostates, foil their plans, sow discord among them, and shatter the illusion of their might!
"Our Lord! Pour down patience upon us, make our feet firm, and grant us victory over the Disbelieving people!" (Al-Baqarah: 250)
And our final prayer is: All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
Don't Forget Us in Your Prayers
إخوانكم في : شبكة أنصار المجاهدين
Your Brothers at: Ansar al-Mujahideen