Sunday, January 31, 2010

Iraqi Insurgent Group Ansar al-Islam Releases New Video in Kurdish, "A Brilliant Letter & Continuous March"

Embedded below is a new video release in Kurdish and with Kurdish subtitles when Arabic is used, "A Brilliant Letter and Continuous March," produced by the Iraqi Islamist-nationalist insurgent group Ansar al-Islam (AI). AI has always had a large contingent of Iraqi Kurds and it has historically been based primarily in northern Iraq. AI was founded in Iraqi Kurdistan by Mullah Krekar (Faraj Ahmad Najmuddin), an Iraqi Kurd, in late 2001, reportedly with financial and logistical support from al-Qa'ida Central. The group drew on members of the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, a party opposed to the secular socialism of Iraqi Kurdistan's dominant political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

Shortly after the American and British-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, AI was targeted by the U.S. air force and militiamen (Peshmerga) of the KDP and PUK, and its members were uprooted from their bases in northern Iraq. In late 2003, Krekar was replaced as AI leader by Abu 'Abdullah al-Shafi'i. Krekar was in exile in Norway and then under house arrest. AI maintained a strong presence near the border of Iraqi Kurdistan with the rest of Iraq, near the cities of Kirkuk and Mosul. In 2003, a large segment of its members formed a "new" group, Ansar al-Sunnah (AS, "Partisans of Tradition"). AS and several other small insurgent groups reformed as AI in the autumn of 2007. Although its origins were in the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist movement, AI currently is believed to have both Iraqi Kurdish and Arab members. It was and remains one of the largest and most potent of the insurgent groups operating in Iraq.

The release of this video comes one month after the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) released its own Kurd-themed video, "Vanquisher of the Peshmerga," in early January. The ISI is an umbrella for several of the most militantly radical transnational jihadi-Salafi groups operating in Iraq, chief among them al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI).

AI declined to join the ISI in October 2006 when it was founded and the "advice" of Al-Qa'ida Central's Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri fell on deaf ears.

Ayman al-Zawahiri Calls for Ansar al-Sunnah (as Ansar al-Islam was then known) to Join the Islamic State of Iraq.

The Martyrdom Seekers of Kabul: Afghan Taliban Video Released with Arabic Subtitles

In a fairly rapid turn-around (assuming that they were not produced simultaneously), Al-Hijrat [The Emigration], a media outlet affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, has released an Arabic-subtitled version of its video "The Martyrdom Seekers of Kabul" about four Taliban members who were killed while carrying out attacks in the Afghan capital. The first video, in Pashtu, was released last week. The video is a good example of the "martyrdom" video testaments/wills released by jihadi and Muslim insurgent groups such as the Taliban. "Hijrah/t" refers to the Prophet Muhammad's emigration from his native Mecca to Medina in order to escape his enemies.

The "martyrs" were identified in the video as:

(1) Hajji Mullah [one who has made Hajj & preacher/scholar] Mas'ud "Ghaznawi" [one from Ghazni, an Afghan province]

(2) Mullah MuhammadRayhan

(3) Hafiz [one who has memorized the Qur'an] 'Ali "Batar"

(4) Mullah Nijat "'Ammar"

*Taliban members, particularly now, often use the title "mullah," which translates roughly to a preacher or religious scholar, whether or not they have actually received formal religious education.

Friday, January 29, 2010

HAMAS Statement Accuses Israel's Mossad for Killing in Dubai of a Founder of its Military Wing, the 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades

"The Martyr-Leader: Mahmoud 'Abd al-Ra'uf (Raouf) al-Mabhouh"

The largest, most powerful Palestinian Islamist (Muslim political) party, HAMAS [Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah; "Islamic Resistance Movement") has accused the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, of assassinating one of its senior leaders, Mahmoud 'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Mabhouh, on January 20 while he was on a trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The group issued a statement which made this claim and it was reiterated by Musa Abu Marzuq, a senior HAMAS political leader in Syria. The cause of death has not officially been established but the deceased's brother says that al-Mabhouh was killed by an electric shock from an electrical appliance on which his head was held. The Israeli government has not yet responded to HAMAS' accusations.

Al-Mabhouh, born in February 1960, was "one of the founders" of HAMAS' military wing, the Brigades of the Martyr 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam, an Arab resistance fighter killed fighting the British in 1935, according to the official HAMAS statement about al-Mabhouh's death. Known as "Abu 'Abed," his family came from the village of Bayt Tima, which was occupied by Israeli military and paramilitary forces in 1948. He was born and grew up in the Jabalya (Jabalia) Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip, where they fled after being forced to flee Bayt Tima. According to his official HAMAS biography (in Arabic, which is the source I have used), in 1982 he moved to Tal al-Za'tar. He married in 1983 and has four children, a son 'Abd al-Ra'uf (21, who is said to be studying in a Yemeni university), Mona (20), Majida (11), and Ranim (8).

"Victorious Resistance," Qassam Brigades cyber mural with its logo in the right-hand side background

Arrested "several times" by Israeli security forces in the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Mabhouh decided to pursue a path of "struggle" and resistance against the "Zionists," the Israelis. He earned a diploma in mechanics and opened up his own car repair shop in Salah al-Din in Gaza. After moving to Syria in 1990, al-Mabhouh studied computers and "many foreign languages." Beginning in 1983, he became involved with Palestinian religious-nationalist politics at the Islamic University in Gaza.

He was imprisoned in 1986 for weapons possession, where he first met HAMAS founders Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, the spiritual guide of the movement, and Salah Shehadah , the founder of the 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (hereafter referred to as the "Qassam Brigades"). He continued his work with them after his release from prison a year later, which coincided with the founding of HAMAS. Al-Mabhouh, together with Muhammad al-Sharathah, formed "the first military group," presumably within the Qassam Brigades.

Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, HAMAS co-founder and spiritual leader assassinated by Israel in March 2004. The poster in the lower left-hand corner says that he is the "Nation's Martyr" and the "Shaykh-Founder."

In 1989, he was involved in the planning of the abduction and subsequent killing of two Israeli soldiers, Avi Sasportas and Ilan Sa'adon, during the First Intifada ["shaking off", uprising] against continued Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In 1990, he fled to Libya and from there to Syria in order to escape an Israeli government warrant for his arrest for the killings of the two Israeli soldiers. Al-Mabhouh remained in Syria from that year on, where he was allegedly involved in the procurement of weapons for the Qassam Brigades.

Salah Shehadah, founder of the Qassam Brigades, assassinated by Israel in July 2002 in an attack that also killed his wife and nine children.

In its official statement on his death ("martyrdom"), HAMAS refers to al-Mabhouh as "the great Mujahid [one who struggles]." It also notes his involvement in the planned capture and killing of the two Israeli soldiers. The statement ends, saying (my approximate translation): "We ask [the One] God to accept him in martyrdom and that his soul is in eternal peace, and grant his family patience and solace, and, by His will, keep all of the martyrs on the (correct) path until God grants us one of two (desired) goals: And in struggle (against occupation), victory or martyrdom." In another statement, the Qassam Brigades said, "[We have] confirmed that the Zionist enemy will not go unpunished."

The full martyrdom statement is reproduced below.

{مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَى نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلاً }

بيان عسكري صادر عن

..::: كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسـام :::..

كتائب القسام تزف إلى العلا المجاهد الكبير المبعد محمود المبحوح أحد مؤسسي القسام والمخطط لعمليات كبرى

بكل آيات الإيمان بقضاء الله وقدره، وبعزة المؤمنين الواثقين بنصر الله، وبشموخ المجاهدين القابضين على جمرتي الدين والوطن المرابطين على ثغور الوطن الحبيب محتسبين عملهم وجهادهم وحياتهم ومماتهم لله رب العالمين ...

تزف كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام إلى أبناء شعبنا الفلسطيني وأمتنا العربية والإسلامية فارساً من فرسانها الميامين:

المجاهد الكبير/ محمود عبد الرؤوف المبحوح

(50 عاماً) من مخيم جباليا شمال قطاع غزة

والذي ارتقى إلى العلا شهيداً – بإذن الله تعالى- خارج أرض فلسطين، على إثر عارض صحي مفاجئ نجري تحقيقاً في أسبابه، حيث أبعد مجاهدنا عن أرضه عام 1989م بعد مشوار جهادي مشرّف وعظيم، فقد كان من مؤسسي كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام، وهو المسئول عن أسر الجنديين "آفي سبورتس و إيلان سعدون" في بداية الانتفاضة الأولى، وقد خطط للعديد من العمليات البطولية الموجهة للاحتلال، وهو أوّل من أقدم العدو الصهيوني على هدم بيته إبان الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الأولى، وظلّت فلسطين حاضرة في كل أفعاله رغم إبعاده عنها، نحسبه شهيداً ولا نزكي على الله أحداً ..

نسأل الله تعالى أن يتقبله في الشهداء وأن يسكنه فسيح جناته وأن يلهم ذويه الصبر والسلوان، ونعاهده وكل الشهداء أن نبقى على طريق ذات الشوكة حتى يأذن الله لنا بإحدى الحسنيين .

وإنه لجهاد نصر أو استشهاد،،،

كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام- فلسطين

الأربعاء 05 صفر 1431هـ

الموافق 20/01/2010م

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani, Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi: Nasheed Video (& Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi)

Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, "Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani" (lower two photographs), the "Emigrant-Martyr/Self-sacrificer," shown with Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (top), arguably the most influential living jihadi-Salafi religious scholar and ideologue. Al-Maqdisi lives in the industrial city of al-Zarqa near the Jordanian capital, 'Amman. Al-Balawi is described in this cyber mural as, "your harvest, O' Shaykh of Absolute Monotheism," the result of al-Maqdisi's radical activism.

Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, a Jordanian doctor from a Palestinian refugee family from the northern Jordanian city of Irbid, killed seven operatives from the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer, who was a member of the Jordanian ruling family, the Hashemites, on December 30 in a kamikaze bombing in Khost, Afghanistan. The operation was claimed by Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), but al-Balawi's subsequently released (to Al-Jazeera) martyrdom video was produced by 'Umar Studio, the media outlet of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Indeed, al-Balawi was shown next to TTP's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud. Known by his nom de guerre Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani (al-Khorasani), al-Balawi was a well-known jihadi-takfiri editorialist, though no one knew his actual identity. After his death, he has been the subject of numerous jihadi media creations, including cyber posters and videos, and has been called the "hero of the sword and the pen."

The event was particularly embarrassing to the CIA and Jordan's government because al-Balawi had been thought to have been a double-agent informing on AQC. The fact that he was able to sneak away to film a martyrdom video will, sitting next to the leader of TTP, also reflected poorly on both institutions.

Below is a "martyrdom" nasheed video dedicated to al-Balawi produced by "al-Muraqib Media." A nasheed (plural: anasheed) is a religious, and here a political, themed song. Clips from his martyrdom video are included.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AQAP, "Battle of Marib" English Translation of Video about August 2009 Clash with Yemeni Army

From left: AQAP's Amir, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, 'Abdullah Hassan 'Asiri, the attempted assassin of Prince Muhammad bin Nayyif, and AQAP leader Abu Sufyan al-'Azdi Sa'id al-Shihri.

An English translation of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) September 8 video "Battle of Marib" was released recently. It was translated by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy jihadi-takfiri media outlet that produces many translations of releases from a variety of jihadi-takfiri groups, including AQAP and Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC). The AQAP video documents an August battle between its forces and the Yemeni army in which the latter fared fairly poorly.

Captured Yemeni soldiers and military equipment are shown toward the end of the video. AQAP's senior military commander, Qasim al-Raymi ("Abu Hurayrah al-San'ani," the "one from Sana'a," the Yemeni capital) also speaks about the August attempt by AQAP to assassinate the deputy Saudi interior minister, Prince Muhammad bin Nayyif.

Qasim al-Raymi, from Battle of Marib

The 'Martyrdom' Seekers of Kabul: Afghan Taliban Video about Attackers Involved in Jan. 18th Strikes in Capital

Still from the Afghan Taliban, The Martyrdom Seekers of Kabul, showing four of the Jan. 18 attacks: Hajji Mullah [one who has made the Hajj, "Preacher/scholar"] Mas'ud "Ghaznawi" ["one from Ghazni," an Afghan province], Mullah Muhammad Rayhan, Hafiz [one who has memorized the Qur'an] 'Ali "Batar", and Mullah Nijat "'Ammar". Taliban members now often take the title "mullah," whether or not they are actually educated as religious scholars.

A media outlet affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, Al-Hijrat [The Emigration], has released a video about four of its members who carried out a series of attacks in the Afghan capital city of Kabul on January 18 and who were killed by security forces. The video is a good example of the "martyrdom" video testaments/wills released by jihadi and Muslim insurgent groups such as the Taliban. "Hijrah/t" refers to the Prophet Muhammad's emigration from his native Mecca to Medina in order to escape his enemies.

If embed not working, see HERE.

The video was posted with the following summary, provided by a cyber jihadi:

Martyrdom seeking Brothers involved in operations on Monday, 18.1.2010 carried out operations in the heart of the capital Kabul.

The Martyrdom seeking Brothers appear on this tape armed with their weapons and bombs, conducting training operations, and calling Muslims to jihad against the infidel occupiers and the Crusaders wishing that Hamas will repent and restart jihad against the occupation as long as Afghanistan and their noble Mujahideen are doing.

In the final section of the tape, the Moudjahideen threatens the directors of security, defense and the Karzai administration, saying that all their intelligence and security, will not prevail other attacks and that noble mujahideen are seeking martyrdom in the heart of his fortified palace, Allah's willing.

For your information, on Monday, 18th of Jan. a group consisting of twenty-mujahidin infiltrated the capital of Kabul and attacked the main government headquarters: the presidential palace, the ministries of justice, minerals and Finance, Department of Presidency, The Afghanistan Bank, the Hotel Serena using heavy weapons, car bombs, and remote-controlled bombs.. The blessed Operation began at around 9:45 am and lasted until the afternoon, at least 31 elements of the security services were terminated, and a large number severely injured.

7 Mujahideen were martyred and 13 returned safely according to the plan and returned to their bases.

Written by Censored31

Source: Al-Hijrat & the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

The above English summary is based on this Arabic statement released with the video:

نشر فيديو الإستشهادين المشاركين في عمليات كابل الأخيرة

التاريخ: 25/1/2010

نشر موقع الإمارة اليوم فيديو وصايا الإستشهادين المشاركين في عمليات يوم الاثنين18/1/2010م التي نفذت في قلب العاصمة كابل.

مدة هذا الفيديو عشرة دقائق تقريباً، يظهر الفدائيون في هذا الشريط مدججين بأسلحتهم وصدرياتهم المفخخة، يجرون التدريب على خطة العمليات، وهؤلاء المجاهدون الفدائيون ينادون المسلمين للجهاد ضد الكفار، ويعلنون للمحتلين الصليبيين بألا يتمنوا قط أن حماس الأفغانيين يفتر يوماً، وسيستمر الجهاد ضد الاحتلال مادام هؤلاء المحتلين متواجدون في أفغانستان ، وأن أولئك المجاهدين على قيد الحياة. فیدیو

في القسم الأخير من الشريط ينذر
الحافظ صلاح الدين البتار مسؤول المجموعة الإستشهادية المنتظرة مسؤولي إدارات الأمن والدفاع والداخلية لإدارة كرزي قائلاً: نفذوا جميع خطتكم الأستخباراتية والأمنية، لكن سيهاجم المجاهدون الإستشهاديون على مراكزكم الآمنة بفضل الله ونصرته.

يُنشر هذا الشريط في الوقت الذي تدعي إستخبارات الإدارة العميلة بأنها ألقت القبض على الطراح الأصلي لتلك العمليات. الحقيقة ، بعد أن فشلت الإدارات الأمنية والدفاعية لكرزي في تأمين الأمن تلجأ إلى مثل هذه دعاوى الباطلة ولا أصل لها من أجل إخفاء ضعفها في الفعاليات الأمنية.

وللمعلومية نذكر بأن في يوم الاثنين 18 /يناير الجاري دخلت مجموعة متكونة من عشرين مجاهداً استشهادياً إلى العاصمة كابل وهاجموا على أهم مقار حكومية في قلبها وهي: القصر الرئاسي، وزارات العدل، والمعادن والمالية، ورئاسة إدارة الشؤون، وأفغانستان بنك، وفندق سرينا. مستخدمين الأسلحة الثقيلة والخفيفة، وصدريات، وسيارات مفخخة، وقنابل تم التحكم فيها عن بعد.. بدأت العمليات في تمام الساعة 9:45 صباحاً واستمرت حتى عصر ذلك اليوم ، لقي في هذه العمليات (31) عنصراً من عناصر الدوائر الأمنية للإدارة العميلة، وأصيب عدد كبير بجراحات شديدة.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"From Osama to Obama," Al-Jazeera English Documentary on Al-Qa'ida Central's Propaganda Hijacking of Palestinian Suffering & Human Rights Aspirations

"We're Coming, O' Jews...from Iraq, Khurasan, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb [North Africa], Yemen...." Pictured from left: Usama bin Laden, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mukhtar Robow, 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal a.k.a. Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud.

Embedded below (via its YouTube channel) is a new Al-Jazeera English documentary on al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) propaganda hijacking of the suffering of the Palestinian people who are living under occupation in an attempt to further the violent, transnational ideology of AQC leaders Usama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. Among one of those interviewed is 'Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-'Arabi [Arab Jerusalem] and one of the foremost experts on AQC and Sunni Arab jihadi movements (see his excellent BOOK).

AQC has long attempted to gain a foothold in the occupied Palestinian Territories, but has largely been thwarted by the largest indigenous Palestinian Islamist movement, HAMAS. HAMAS and its chief political rival, the Fatah party led by Mahmoud "Abu Mazen" 'Abbas have traded accusations that the other is supporting pro-AQC groups in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Several small jihadi-takfiri groups have emerged in the Palestinian Territories, including Jaysh al-Ummah [Army of the Nation], Jaysh al-Islam [Army of Islam], and Jund Ansar Allah [Soldiers of God's Partisans; JAA]. HAMAS dealt a severe military blow to JAA in August when the two sides clashed in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Following their clash, HAMAS was roundly condemned by AQC and like-minded organizations including al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq (of which al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq, AQI, is the largest member), and al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Watch the Al-Jazeera English documentary

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani, "Hero of the Pen & Sword": Web Forums' Post about "CIA Destroyer" Hamam al-Balawi

Below is the text from an English translation, released today, of a post from one of the Arabic-language jihadi-Salafi web forums in praise of Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, the Jordanian doctor and double-agent who carried out a kamikaze attack in Khost, Afghanistan that killed seven United States Central Intelligence Agency operatives and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer and member of the ruling family, 'Ali bin Zayd. Balawi, 36, came from a Palestinian refugee family and was known by the kunya [in this case a kind of nom de guerre] Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani (or "al-Khorasani"), under which he wrote essays endorsing al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) version of armed jihad [struggle].

I have made no edits to the text, but have added some images of Balawi from my research archive. I have also made some changes to font colors so that they will appear more clearly on the blog.

The translation was prepared by Dar al-Murabiteen, a shadowy group that translates jihadi-Salafi materials.

A Dedication to
Abu Dujanah Al Khorasani- May Allah accept him

This article was written and posted on Falujah forums a few days prior to the martyrdom of the brother. It was still under translation when the news of the blessed raid and martyrdom of the brother was announced. We hope this article will serve at least as a part dedication for the great effort of the brother in his Jihad. May Allah accept him in the highest of the Paradise. Ameen

By Allah this path is not to be cried upon

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh

إِنَّ اللَّهَ اشْتَرَىٰ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنفُسَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُم بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ الْجَنَّةَ ۚ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَيَقْتُلُونَ وَيُقْتَلُونَ ۖ وَعْدًا عَلَيْهِ حَقًّا فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَالْإِنجِيلِ وَالْقُرْآنِ ۚ وَمَنْ أَوْفَىٰ بِعَهْدِهِ مِنَ اللَّهِ ۚ فَاسْتَبْشِرُوا بِبَيْعِكُمُ الَّذِي بَايَعْتُم بِهِ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment. (Sura Tawbah 111)

"Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani: Hero of the Pen and the Sword"

Camera Man- "Abu Huzaifa, A last will for the family"

Abu Huzaifa- "By Allah, I tell them don't be sad for verily the meeting place is Jannah by the will of Allah"

Camera Man- "Personal will to the mother if she is fine by the will of Allah"

Abu Huzaifa- "I tell my mother that I did not find any one in this world kinder to me than my mother, I tell her be patient and preserving for verily the meeting place is Jannah by the will of Allah almighty"

Camera Man- "(crying)"

Abu Huzaifa- “By Allah this path is not to be cried upon”

Camera Man- “By Allah we are happy for you , By Allah, these Leading men , may Allah Bless you"

He told it with firmness and belief and by Allah he is from the truthful for this path is not to be cried upon..... he told it before the ending moments of the phase of limited time and starting of the phase of luxury and immortality ... he said it and he was well aware where he was heading, for his path is with dangers and hardships surrounded...but he also knew that the height of happiness is in the achievement of martyrdom and that in the way of making the word of Allah high we should present our souls and blood and money so that there is no Fitnah and the Deen belongs completely to Allah ...for this path my brothers- the one entering it is newly born and to Jannah by the will of Allah is he delivered, for the religion will not gain victory by the words that we write with ink on paper but by the blood which is spilled on the ground of battle by all who are truthful with Allah.

And as I am looking to that great scene my thoughts flooded my mind and I remembered numerous martyrs whom I saw and I am "sitting back" in front of my computer and those extreme and strong waves did not calm untill they reached the shores of Dajlah and Furat and I wished that I was amongst the lions fighting the crowds of the unbelievers and the apostates and was upholding with my self, the holds of the religion, grabing my weapon to attack with the beloveds a checkpoint of the enemies at one time and planting a road side bomb for the Americans another time and ending it all with a bomb-loaded truck like the truck of the Martyr Abi Omar alKuwaiti to blast in the face of the enemy so that I send them to Hell as a final abode.

And I wished that I cross over lands and traverse the seas and would reach the valleys of Kandahar and would have sat in a circle of knowledge in which we would take knowledge from the scholars of jihad Abi Yahya al Libi or Shiekh al Husainain before we started on a raid in which we would climb one of the mountains and I am happy because my legs are getting dusted, carrying on our backs some missiles to shoot them on one of the bases of the Crusades and shatter it and return to our bases to start planing and…


I woke then from the condition of intellectual diffusion at the voice of my small daughter Raghad calling her younger sister to play with her. I murmured in a low voice “May Allah guide you O Raghad, you cut on your father beautiful dreams” suddenly the voice of the word echoed in my mind…. Dreams!!! Has the conditions of those sitting back like me reached this situation that we started lowering ourselves to our wishes and dreams..!!

Do you know why..??

Because our imagination does not ever return us disappointed and never refuses us a wish that is why we turn to it because it makes you as you wish… what do you want to be?? A leading defiant lion feared and unrivalled? A brave knight , a champion? Even if you want to be the one who frees AlAqsa from the Jews!! Even then there is no objection what you have to do is just choose and leave the rest to your fertile imagination because it will deal with the issue!!

And I fear that dreams have become to us like opium, it opiates you and makes you relax and you become the master of your era and keep taking it, to run from the reality that you live in and in the end you are dead without doubt whether it be from over dosage or when all your nerves die! So I fear that an overdose of wishes or dreams will kill us!!

Strange is the human self, it wants to achieve everything without putting any effort… it wants Paradise and it has not worked to achieve it…it wants the Hoor and it has not paid its dowry…its wants Jihad and it did not dust its feet… it wants the path but it did not take by the means and did not work by it…it wants rest and it did not tire for it… and this is the condition of many of the knights and champions and lions of the spiders WEB that made us fall between its strong threads and made us prisoners of it, we do not exceed our seats from in front of the computer screen, we have become from the best of the writers and the best of designers and people of programs and releases and we have great achievements in the skies of the internet while others in the lands of Jihad have become great military professionals and from the best of planners and executors of Jihadi operations. So see the difference between us and them, they are fighting on the land and we are fighting in the space!!

Yeah it is right that supporting the Mujahideen through media is an obligation on us with all that we can from experience and abilities, Allah almighty says

فَقَاتِلْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ لَا تُكَلَّفُ إِلَّا نَفْسَكَ ۚ وَحَرِّضِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

So fight, [O Muhammad], in the cause of Allah; you are not held responsible except for yourself. And encourage the believers [to join you] (Sura Nisaa 84)

And the Messenger of Allah has said “Do Jihad against the polytheists with your money and your selves and your tongues” and there is no doubt that inciting the Muslims by the tongue and speech is from Jihad and we have a great reward for that… but come with me, let us measure it as you want, the breadth and length? With how and with how much? Let us start from where we ended for example with how much! The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said “The standing for an hour in line for fighting in the way of Allah is better than standing in prayer for 60 years” . O Allah have mercy on us and convey us. See to the Great difference! Do you know now how much is the difference between the Jihad of those sitting back and the Jihad of the Truthful. If you spent 60 years of your life worshiping Allah in it you would not have equaled except an hour of stationing in the way of Allah. We see the good and we listen about it by our ears and we did not aim for it, There is no might nor power except with Allah the most High.

But why is that through the Media Jihad, we do not go forward and go to the front and draw a path and urge the pace and follow the word with work, such that the wishes or hopes should not lure us and this is our problem we say ‘if ’ and wish ‘that’ though we know that if the word “if” was useful we would have built a castle in the sky! And we also know that the reaching of goals is not by hopes or wishes instead the world is taken by dominance, yes dominance

This is the Writer Abu Kandahar has become now the Mujahid Abu Kandahar, see the amazing development. He was promoted in the ladder of Jihad from the Jihad of money and tongue to the Jihad with self, to return the trust to its master and creator. He transformed himself from a mere sitter in the spaces of the forums to a Mujahid in the grounds of glory and dignity. See the difference between today and yesterday. Subhanallah! The precious Abu Kandahar used to say “My soul is there where Kandahar is located” and all of us want to go to Kandahar and to the Emirate, but the difference between us and him is truthfulness. So when Allah knew truthfulness from him He granted him his aim…

Abu Kandahar suffered from a very dangerous disease called “Idleness and Sitting back” which is very vastly spread among the Muslim Youth and we are from them and he was searching for the cure for his disease and the antibiotics for it. And I will leave here a talk from his letter to me before Hijrah “By Allah I am longing, longing, longing for you a lot lot lot. All praise is to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. Allah willing I am fine but lack the vitamins of Jihad by the hand in the way of Allah Almighty, but how are you and how is Raghad and everything? And most important of all your Imaan and Deen?”

See what was his concern and his will about Imaan and deen. So if you strongly held to your Deen and your Imaan on Allah then Allah will not return you disappointed. So O Lord strengthen our Imaan and make us from the ones who hold strong to their religion..

And this writer Abu Dujanah al Khurasani, has become now the Mujahid Abu Dujanah. One of the days he used to regret from the disgrace and staying back and say “when will my words drink form my blood??” Did he sit in front of his computer waiting, and let his words dry till the path would come to him?? Instead he marched forth and worked and realized that inspiration was important till he reached. And who knows might be his words drank from his pure blood and were satiated and livened. For verily he is the happy one who Allah chose to be from those who raise the flag of honor and Tawheed. And I am really amazed and wonder!! Weren't they amongst us?? Aren't they humans like us?? What is the difference?? Don’t they have a wife and children…?? Don they have loving parents…??? Don’t they have brothers and friends??? Don’t they have many of loved ones…?? Don’t they have money and a car?? Don’t they have a house and a building…???

In simple words they left their houses and wife and children for a Paradise vastness of which is the skies and land. They answered the caller of Jihad when he called “O Horses of Allah move forth and O the bearers of the flags stand up”… so they gave allegiance on death and they sold to Allah their souls and they took upon their shoulders the victory of their religion and that they will not leave their weapons till their heads fall from above their shoulders. One of them goes out on a Jihadi mission.. and he makes his self long for the eternal paradise and asks with insistance for martyrdom operation so that he can present his soul as a gift or return victorious carrying in his hand the flag of Tawheed and in the other hand a gun!!

Might be Abu Dujanah and Abu Qandahar have met in the Land of Khurasaan, do they remember the days which they spent between us?? I think the one on whom Allah opened and he reached will not look back to remember the days of disgrace and sittng back, in stead he will urge his footsteps in hurry and he will always look to the front, impatient and excited when paradise will appear for him in the close horizon so that he can see his station in it, when will he smell its beautiful scent and when will he apply its perfume and enjoy its Hoor and gain the neighbourhood of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

And the hours and days pass on him slowly as if the time in his eyes has stopped because he is impatient for the meeting. And if he has to remember the previous days, the days of disgrace and staying back, it will be out of guilt and regret on the days of his life that passed in which he did not feel the sweetness and the psychological peace which he tasted and felt in the Jihad in the way of Allah. For there is no life like Life and no death like Death. For if you fasted and did not break your fast and you stand in prayer and did not stop and “you will not be able to”, you will not equal the works of Jihad in the way of Allah.

Brothers let us revise ourselves and sit a sitting of accounting and contemplation with our selves, do you really yearn for Jihad…?? Do you really long for martyrdom…?? Do you want immortality…?? Do you want luxury and to be spared from Hell…?? Of course I want and you want but Allah also does what He wants. Allah wants from us truthfulness and intentions. And if He knows from us truthfulness He will not return us back disappointed. Tendencies and bad deeds are the one that have delayed us. And the love of the world and hatred of death and many reasons, some are still searching and did not find a way! And others have fallen in the deep valley of Debts! And another has drowned in the deep sea of sins! And another is surrounded by cunning from all sides!

And the list gets longer. And I don’t think that all these reasons gather in anyone of us to stop him and delay him, it might be two reasons or three, so why don’t we bring resoluteness in our intention and fasten our inspirations and raise the reality that we live and take by the resources and from Allah is aid and guidance. And remember that Allah almighty has said

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ

Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. (Sura Raad 11)

My brothers Abu Dujanah and Abu Qandahar were two Administrators and writers one of them from Ekhlaas and the other from Hesbah, and Allah guided them and they transformed from Helpers to Mujahideen. They used to roam about in the sections and move from site to site on the internet and write articles… and now they roam on mountains and in the valleys and move between battlefields and dust their feet… not for tourism !! but in the way of Allah. See the difference between the past and the present! And that is not by anything except by resoluteness and determination and seriousness and diligence for leaving the world and seeking the Hereafter, and verily the Hereafter is better and ever lasting. They were like us! That means we can be like them! It is an easy equation, so let us urge ourselves on hatred of the world and love of the Hereafter, and seek the aid of Allah for that, The Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful and The Powerful, The Substantial, the Capable over everything and the Doer of what He wishes, the Owner of the Mighty Throne, and He will not return us disappointed

They read the words of Sayyid Qutb Shaheed, and heard Sheikh Abd Allah Azzam call by them so they decided that their words will not be dead.

“إن كلماتنا ستبقى ميتةً أعراساً من الشموع ..لا حراك فيها جامدةً ، فإذا متنا من أجلها انتفضت حية وعاشت بين الأحياء ، كل كلمة قد عاشت كانت قد اقتاتت قلب إنسان حي فعاشت بين الأحياء ، و الأحياء لا يتبنون الأموات ...”

“Our words will remain dead, unstirring and frozen… until when we die for them, they spring forth to life and live amongst those alive. Every word that thus lived had harvested the heart of a living human, so it lived amongst those alive, and those alive do not adopt the dead”

And sorry brothers for prolonging the talk, for a long period of time I did not take up my pen for writing and for a long time my papers did not drink from my ink, while my master and the crown of my head the Mujahid Abu Qandahar and my master and the light of my eyes the Mujahid Abu Dujanah al Khurasani their words will drink from their blood, and of course the difference between me and them is great, like the difference between the sky and the earth. We were before equal as Administrators, as writers, as members. But now the condition has changed with the change in the circumstance, for they have become Mujahideen and I am still that sitter!

O Allah make me better than what they think
And forgive me what they don’t know
And don’t make me of the ones who say but don’t do

And Allah is the greatest

And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know. (Sura Munafiqoon 8)

Written by the servant of Jihad and Mujahideen,

Your brother,

Wameed Qalam
Abu Raghad

Translated by
Dar Al Murabiteen Publications

Post on Abu Dujanah
Post about Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Martyrdom Art & a Video-Nasheed for American 'Emigrants' to Somalia Jihadi Group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen

"Winds of Victory from the land of Somalia," with pathways leading out from Somalia to all corners of the globe. "Winds of Victory" is the name used by the group to describe its ongoing insurgency against the interim government and its African Union backers.

An unknown number of foreigners, many of them Somali immigrants or the children of immigrants from the United States and Europe, have traveled to Somalia and joined the Somalia jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen [Movement of Warrior-Youth]. Estimates of the number of Americans who have gone are around 20 or 30. A handful of Americans have been killed fighting for it, the latest being 28-year-old Troy Kastigar from Minnesota, a convert to Islam. Unlike the majority of other Americans believed to have joined the group, he is not Somali.

"The day we [go out] and raid/attack them is the day they will not raid/attack us," calling for a strategy of "pre-emptive attack." Pathways out of Somalia are shown going around the globe, noting Harakat al-Shabab's endorsement, at least in principle, of transnational jihadi-Salafi activism.

Somalia's interim president, Shaykh Sharif Ahmed (right), is shown engulfed in the fires of Hell as Harakat al-Shabab members (left) led by Shaykh Mukhtar Robow celebrate.

Several American fighters were shown at the end of the response to U.S. president Barack Obama's June speech in Cairo by Harakat al-Shabab commander, and another American (now believed to be Omar Hammami). Hammami, an American Muslim, stopped contact with his parents several years ago. He is a citizen of Alabama and former computer science major at the University of South Alabama (note that Abu Mansur, like the majority of jihadi leaders, is not a specialist in religious studies, but one of the hard sciences, as is AQC's chief ideologue, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is a surgeon by training) Abu Mansur al-Amriki ("Abu Mansoor al-Amriki" or "al-Ameriki").

"At your service, O' Usama"...A play-off of a September 2009 video from Harakat al-Shabab

I have written several times previously (see HERE) about the use of anasheed [religio-political themed songs with or without instruments], singular: nasheed, and video compilations that combine both visuals and anasheed. Below is an embedded video-anasheed compilation (in two parts) dedicated to American "martyrs", mostly of Somali descent, who traveled to Somalia in order to join Harakat al-Shabab and were killed in battle against the interim government of President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed and his African Union allies. The Americans are described as "emigrants" [Muhajiroun, in Arabic], in a nod to Islamic history and the status of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions when moving from persecution in Mecca to relative safety in Medina.

Abu Mansur al-Amriki

A number of popular Arabic jihadi anasheed are used in the video. Some information about each featured martyr is also included. The video is an excellent example of the use of such compilations as ideological tools in the praise of "martyrdom" and the use of violence under the banner of a religio-political cause.

American members of Harakat al-Shabab who were killed in battle (the text reads approximately, "Martyr, by God's will)

Part 1

Part 2

NOTE [2:03 A.M., Jan. 22]: I just noticed that around the 23-second mark in the first part of the video, whoever made it used a cyber poster from my research archive which I used on the blog (it has a watermark). I found this kind of cool, I must say.
For some of my previous posts on Harakat al-Shabab, see HERE and HERE.

Between Religious Belief, Wishful Thinking, & Mental Instability

A thought-provoking scene from the 1999 film The Messenger about the French Roman Catholic saint, Joan of Arc. She was, for a time, a successful peasant-born military commander for the French king in a war against the then also Roman Catholic English and Burgundians.

In this scene, Dustin Hoffman's character, who only Joan can see and hear, questions her conviction that she was instructed by God to undertake a holy mission while she is in prison on trial for witch-craft by the English and Burgundians.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One-Year Anniversary of the Founding of a Unified Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula

The original leadership of the merged al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as of January 2009: (from left to top, then bottom center): Deputy leader and former Guantanamo Bay inmate Abu Sufyan Sa'id al-'Azdi al-Shihri, senior military commander Abu Hurayrah Qasim al-Raymi, leader Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, and Muhammad al-'Awfi, who surrendered to Saudi authorities later in 2009 (and thus gets a watermark over his face). AQAP is referred to here by a slightly different name, which translates literally to "Jihad Base in the Arab Peninsula."

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.


A Statement Marking the One Year Anniversary of the Founding of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

In the name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful.

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.

To proceed:

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.

"The Martyr-General, 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Muqrin": Cyber poster of a late leader of the Saudi branch of AQAP who was killed by Saudi security forces in 2004.

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:

"A Believer to another Believer is like a building whose different parts strengthen each other"

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:

أخرجوا المشركين من جزيرة العرب

"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.

Cyber poster of Salah al-'Awfi (al-Oufi), al-Muqrin's successor as head of the Saudi branch of AQAP who was killed in August 2005 in the shrine city of Medina.

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)

Current AQAP deputy amir [leader] Abu Sufyan Sa'id al-Shihri

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.

Current AQAP senior military commander Qasim al-Raymi

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!

Current AQAP amir Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi

"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.

ولا تنسونا من صالح الدُعاء

Don't Forget Us in Your Prayers

إخوانكم في : شبكة أنصار المجاهدين

Your Brothers at: Ansar al-Mujahideen

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jihadi Nasheed Video of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Leader Hakimullah Mehsud

Hakimullah Mehsud (center), with the commander of the "Mehsud tribal forces" Waliur Rahman (Wali al-Rahman) Mehsud (left).

I have written previously about the importance of anasheed (singular: nasheed), themed songs, as a form of jihadi media HERE and HERE, with more examples HERE. Embedded below is a new example of a nasheed video montage, dedicated to the amir [leader] of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, who you can read more about HERE.

It is interesting that the nasheed used in the video below is in Arabic. In the not-so-distant past, Leah, writer of the excellent All Things Counter Terrorism blog, had a brief exchange about the use of anasheed in Pakistani and Afghan jihadi media. There are certainly Urdu and Pashtu anasheed, but (it seems to me) Arabic anasheed seem to be almost as prevalent in Pakistani, Afghan, and non-Arab jihadi media. Videos produced by the Iranian Baluchi insurgent- group Jundullah have also included some of the more popular transnational jihadi-type anasheed. This perhaps says something about the intended audience.