Sunday, July 18, 2010

Recycling Anwar al-'Awlaqi: Global Islamic Media Front Re-releases March Message from Radical American Muslim Preacher

Anwar al-'Awlaqi (far right) and two individuals he claims to have "mentored" before they carried out terrorist attacks: 'Umar Farouq 'Abdulmutallab (far left), who failed to ignite his explosives on an airplane above Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of murdering 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood Texas in November 2009.

The American-raised Anwar al-'Awlaqi (generally transliterated as "al-Awlaki" or "al-Aulaqi") is a jihadi ideologue who has become popular with English-speaking jihadi-Salafis over the last several years. Al-'Awlaqi has described himself as the "mentor" of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army officer and psychiatrist who is charged with going on a November 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, and 'Umar Farouq 'Abdulmutallab. He is believed to be connected to Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is based in Yemen, though his exact role is debated.

The Global Islamic Media Front, a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet, has re-released an old message "to the American people" from him. The audio message, released in Arabic and with Russian subtitles, was released with transcripts in three languages: English, Arabic, and Russian.

The "message" was previously released under the title, "A Call to Jihad," which I can be read in full via a previous POST. The GIMF, which produces translations of many transnational jihadi-takfiri media releases, has translated al-'Awlaqi's message, which was originally given in English, to Arabic and Russian.

The fact that the GIMF felt that it was worthwhile translating his message into Arabic and Russian, for broader consumption by Arabic and Russian-reading jihadi-takfiris, is significant.

The Arabic subtitled version of the GIMF's translated Arabic video release can be downloaded via:

Transcripts in Russian, Arabic, and English can also be downloaded.

The above links are up to date as of this writing.

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