Tuesday, June 29, 2010

VIDEO POST: The African Crusaders: Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen Label African Union Soldiers Agents of the United States & Western Crusaders

Harakat al-Shabab fighter holding a black flag emblazoned with the shahadah, the Muslim testament of faith: "There is no god but [the One] God and Muhammad is His Messenger," in front of burning African Union military vehicle.

The largest anti-government insurgent group in Somalia, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab; "Movement of Warrior-Youth"), is current engaged in a fierce campaign against the weak interim Somali federal government led by President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed and his chief military allies, the African Union (AU) forces currently in the country. The weak military forces of the interim government and the AU are besieged even in the capital city of Mogadishu, where Harakat al-Shabab has shelled the parliament building and the presidential palace.

Harakat al-Shabab's media outlet, the Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media Foundation, released a video entitled "The African Crusaders" yesterday in which the AU's forces are labeled agents of the United States, which seeks to persecute Muslims in Somalia and across the globe. Battle footage shows fierce fighting between Harakat al-Shabab militiamen and AU forces, particularly Uganda Army soldiers. Ugandan "crusaders" were discussed in Harakat al-Shabab's groundbreaking September 2009 video "Labbayk Ya Usama" (We Heed Your Call, O' Usama), which I wrote about at some length HERE.

Citizens of the African nations contributing soldiers to the AU mission in Somalia, namely Uganda and Burundi, are asked to consider whether they wish to sacrifice their sons to a failed mission in Somalia to support a weak, failing government, that led by President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed. The video's narrator asks Ugandans to consider whether their soldiers would have been better employed defending them from the insurgents of the Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda.

In one part, audio of the late Harakat al-Shabab leader Aden (Adan, Adam) Hashi Ayro (he was killed in a U.S. missile strike in March 2008) is used and a current commander, Husayn Fidow, is shown speaking. The group also recently released photographs of its fighters burning captured AU vehicles.

The jihadi-insurgent group controls much of southern Somalia and has benefited from an influx of an unknown number of foreign fighters, many of them from Somali immigrant families, from the United States and Europe, including Britain and Scandinavia. Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) is also believed to have dispatched operatives to support the group. One of AQC's senior leaders in East Africa, Salah 'Ali Salah al-Nabhani (often transliterated incorrectly as "al-Nabhan"), was killed in a U.S. military raid on September 14, 2009.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

ENGLISH: Interview with Radical American Muslim Preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi with Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's Al-Malahim Media

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet, released yesterday an English translation of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) interview with the radical American Muslim preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi). The interview was conducted and produced by AQAP's media outlet, the Al-Malahim (Malahem; Epics) Media Foundation.

Clips of the interview were released to various media outlets in April and the original Arabic-language video was released by Al-Malahim in late May. The subjects discussed center on "today's war" on Muslims by a "Crusader-Zionist" coalition led by the United States. Al-'Awlaqi is a former
imam (prayer leader) at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia near my hometown. The mosque has been frequently covered and is just as frequently caricatured in news stories and analysis by some "terrorism experts."

Al-'Awlaqi praises Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who murdered thirteen people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood in Texas on November 5, 2009: "...Nidal Hasan was a student of mine, and I am honored by this. I am honored of the fact that the likes of Nidal Hasan are from my students. What he did was a heroic act, a wonderful operation. I ask God Almighty to keep him steadfast, to protect him, and to free him. I support what he did, and I call upon anyone who claims to be a Muslim serving in the U.S. army to follow in the footsteps of Nidal Hasan. Good deeds erase bad ones. In addition, I call upon all Muslims to follow in his footsteps and wage Jihad by speech or by action. Nidal Hasan set a wonderful example, and I ask God Almighty to make it a beginning act which many other Muslims will follow."

The preacher says that the United States government seeks to construct its own Islam, an Islam that does not threaten its global hegemony: "America today does not want an Islam which defends the causes of the Ummah. It does not want an Islam which calls to Jihad, which calls to the governance of Islamic Law, or which calls to Wala and Baraa (Alliance and Disavowal). It does not want these aspects of Islam to be mentioned or propagated. Rather, it wants an American Islam; a liberal, democratic, peaceful, and civil Islam, as they stated and propagated in some reports, such as the one published by RAND. Today we have a fiqh of pride and a demand for justice, and we also have a fiqh of humiliation and a culture of subjugation.....This battle of hearts and minds in the Islamic world is one of the fiercest. America today is trying to propagate a fake Islam, just as their predecessors did before. They altered Christianity and Judaism, and today they seek to alter Islam, but the religion of God, the Almighty, will remain protected."

Al-'Awlaqi legitimates the targeting of all Americans, since he argues that they are all essentially participants in the U.S. government's "war against Islam and the Muslims:" With regard to the issue of “civilians”, this term has become prevalent these days, but we prefer to use the terminology used by our scholars of Fiqh. They use the terms combatants or non-combatants. A combatant is someone who bears arms – even if it be a woman. Non-combatants are people who have no participation in the war. The American people as a whole are participants in the war because they elected this administration, and they finance this war. In the recent elections as well as previous ones, the American people had other options and could have elected people who did not want war. Nevertheless, these candidates got nothing but a handful of votes. Also before anything else, we must examine this issue from the perspective of Islamic law, as this is what will settle the issue regarding its permissibility. We can also look to the hadith in the books of Sirah Al-Thaqif fortified themselves in Taif. The Prophet (r) used a catapult against them. This catapult did not distinguish between men, women, or children. This was the reality of the battle. It is America today who have weapons which can distinguish between targets. Their weapons are precise, if they wished to distinguish between targets, they would have done so. But despite this fact, they target weddings, funerals, and families, killing many women and children."

The amir (top leader) of AQAP, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi (sometimes transliterated as "al-Wahayshi, al-Wahishi"), pledged his group's support for him and threatened severe retaliation against the U.S. if he was assassinated, as the presidential administration of Barack Obama has authorized, in a May audio message released by Al-Malahim. An English translation of this message was released earlier this month.

The translated video is embedded below and an English transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE. The highest-quality and medium-quality versions use the wrong information screen with the name of the video, using instead the one for the GIMF translation of al-Wuhayshi's audio message, "In Defense of Shaykh Anwar al-'Awlaqi."


Sunday, June 20, 2010

American Al-Qa'ida Central Member Adam Gadahn Featured in New Video: "Legitimate Demands 2: Barack's Dilemma"

Adam Gadahn ('Azzam al-Amriki, "The American"), Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) most public American face, is featured in a new video message produced by the group's media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation and just released today. The video message is entitled, "Legitimate Demands 2: Barack's Dilemma" and it is, as the title suggests, in the form of a lecture or "advice" to the president of the United States, Barack Obama.

The video also features, as does the advertising GIF, a clip of the Jordanian doctor Humam (sometimes transliterated as "Hamam") al-Balawi, the double-agent who carried out a kamikaze bombing on December 30, 2009 inside a U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan which killed seven U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives and a Jordanian intelligence officer who was also a member of that country's royal family, the Hashemites. The clip is taken from a lengthy video produced by 'Umar Studio, the media outlet of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP; Taliban Movement of Pakistan). Al-Balawi, who is usually called by his jihadi-takfiri magazine pen-name, Abu Dujana al-Khurasani (Khorasani), sits alongside TTP leader Hakimullah (Hakeemullah) Mehsud (on the left). The part of the video used in the Gadahn video is al-Balawi's statement, made in English, that the "mujahideen" (warriors of faith) will "never forget" their prisoners, such as the convicted Pakistani-American Aafia Siddiqui.

Gadahn's list of demands follows familiar patterns in his past videos: withdrawal of U.S. military forces from the Muslim world, halting political and financial support of the autocracies in the Arab and Muslim worlds, halting the U.S.' biased position in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the halting of providing "development aid" and assistance programs such as USAID and the Peace Corps in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and the release of "mujahideen" prisoners.

He, correctly, points out to "Barack," as he refers to the U.S. president throughout the video, that the U.S. is not facing simply a single organization or even a set of organizations. Rather, it is facing a movement, an idea that has been adopted by individuals who do not belong to AQC or "any other Islamic group," according to Gadahn. He points to Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter. He calls for Obama to make "real changes," saying that his "pretty words" will never "belie his ugly actions."

Gadahn mocks Obama's speech in Cairo last year. He smugly asks the U.S. president how he will "keep out" the "mujahideen" from "an entire continent" when he cannot even keep out intruders from the White House, referring to Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The American AQC member also discusses Obama's fall from grace, which he says is exemplified by the Democratic Party's loss of the former U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. The health care debate is also referenced, though the recent New York City Times Square attempted bombing is not, suggesting that the video was made before the latter occurred. He unintentionally hinders the U.S. president's most partisan ideological critics by confirming that Obama has kept one promise, that of engaging AQC and its allies and affiliates.

Gadahn, who is infamous for his wooden delivery and horrible skills (lack thereof) as an orator, is still as inspiring as a frozen Codfish. In reality, the Codfish is more inspiring.

Gadahn, a convert to Islam from a Christian family (his father converted from Judaism), adopted a radical and militant interpretation of the religion. He first appeared, with his face covered, in an AQC video in 2004 and was added to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Most Wanted Terrorists list the same year.

A good but dated journalistic profile of Gadahn was published in 2007 in The New Yorker magazine.

A mobile-quality version of the video is embedded below. Medium-quality versions were all Real Media files, which (for some reason) cannot be uploaded to BlipTv, where I have an account for blogging use. A transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Abu Yahya al-Libi, Al-Qa'ida Central's "Mufti," Eulogizes Islamic State of Iraq Leaders Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi & Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

A video eulogy by Abu Yahya al-Libi was released on June 15 by Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation. He is widely considered by transnational jihadi-takfiris as AQC's mufti or chief religious jurist, since he reportedly received some traditional education in the Islamic religious sciences. Abu Yahya eulogizes the Islamic State of Iraq's former senior leaders, Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, who were killed in a United States military air strike on April 19 in the video, which is entitled, "Our Leader's Blood Fuels Our Battle."

Background on the ISI, an umbrella for several of the most violent jihadi-insurgent groups operating in Iraq including Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), and both leaders can be found in my guest editorial, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell Out the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog.

The absence in Abu Yahya's eulogy of a mention of the recently killed (in late May) AQC general commander in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, suggests that the video was produced before the latter was killed in a U.S. drone missile strike in North Waziristan. Al-Yazid, an Egyptian, was AQC's main liaison to the Afghan "Quetta Shura" Taliban, chief financial manager, and a longtime member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad contingent that joined AQC with its now deputy leader and chief ideologue, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Abu Yahya also addresses Jama'at Ansar al-Islam (JAI; Group of Islam's Partisans), the most important and lethal jihadi-insurgent group operating in Iraq besides the Islamic State of Iraq/AQI. The leader of JAI, Abu 'Abdullah al-Shafi'i, was reportedly captured several months ago.

The video is embedded below. A transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ENGLISH: Leader of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Vows to Protect Radical American Muslim Preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi

An English translation of an audio message from the leader of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (Qaeda, Qaida; AQAP), Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi (also transliterated as "Wahayshi" & "Wihishi"), pledging support to the wanted American Muslim radical preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi) was released yesterday by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet that produces many translations of releases and publications from groups such as AQAP. The audio message, which is presented with a static background with a photograph of al-Wuhayshi from another AQAP media release, is embedded below. The original Arabic audio message was released in mid-May. Al-Wuhayshi vows to protect al-'Awlaqi from the United States government, which wants to capture or assassinate him, and praises the preacher for his stand for "truth."

The original audio message was released by AQAP's media outlet, the Al-Malahim (Malahem; Epics/Epic Encounters) Media Foundation. The outlet also released a video interview with al-'Awlaqi in late May. AQAP is based in Yemen.

A transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE.

March Audio Message "To the American People" from Al-Qa'ida Central Leader Usama bin Laden

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released a very short audio message from AQC leader Usama bin Laden (Osama bin Ladin), originally broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV, yesterday. Like many of his previous messages, it is generically titled, "Message to the American People." The audio-video (audio and a static background with Bin Laden's photograph and the name of the message) is embedded below. A transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE. He threatens to execute any American captured by AQC if the United States executes imprisoned former AQC senior leader Khalid Shaykh Muhammad.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud, Leader of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, Eulogizes Al-Qa'ida Central Afghanistan Leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid

Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud (left) and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid.

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (Qaeda, AQIM) released yesterday an audio eulogy from its leader, Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud (Wadoud), whose real name is 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal (Droukdel, Drukdal) for Al-Qa'ida Central's general commander in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, via its Al-Andalus media outlet. It is embedded below.

AQIM operates primarily in Algeria, where it grew out of an earlier insurgent group, the Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat. It also has some presence in Mali, Mauritania, and parts of the Sahara.

A PDF transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

French Security Adviser Held by Somalia's Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen Pleads for French Government to Secure His Release

Somalia's Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen insurgent group released a video of a French security adviser it is holding prisoner on June 9 via its Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media Foundation. The Frenchman, Denis Allex, was captured on July 14, 2009 in the embattled Somali capital, Mogadishu. Allex asks the French people and government to work for his release and he reads off a list of demands from his captors, clearly under pressure from them. These demands include an end to French support for the weak Somali transitional federal government of President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed, removal of foreign advisers and privately-owned mercenary and military contractor businesses, and the release of imprisoned "mujahideen" (warriors of faith) in unidentified countries.

The video is largely a repeat of Harakat al-Shabab's demands for Allex's release that were issued in September. France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, has refused the demands and says that his country will continue to support President Ahmed.

An English-subtitled version of the video is embedded below.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Al-Qa'ida Central's Media Outlet Releases New Video on "Martyrdom Operations" by Khost "CIA Destroyer" Dr. Humam al-Balawi (Abu Dujana al-Khurasani)

Al-Qa'ida Central's (Qaeda; AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released a new video yesterday featuring the late Dr. Humam al-Balawi, who tricked the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Jordanian intelligence into thinking he had turned on transnational jihadi-takfiris before detonating a kamikaze explosives belt inside the U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan on December 30 and killing 7 CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence officer (who was also a member of the ruling Hashemite family). Al-Balawi is more commonly referred to by his nom de guerre, Abu Dujana (Dujanah) al-Khurasani (Khorasani), "the one from Khurasan," a region that encompasses parts of modern day Afghanistan and eastern Iran.

The video is entitled "The Martyrdom/Self-sacrificing Operations" العمليــــــات الاستشهاديـــــــة and is composed of a lecture by al-Balawi on this subject. The geography of the place where he is speaking to two masked men at either side of him is similar to that featured in the "martyrdom will" video released by Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a video interview released by Al-Sahab in late February. The video is from "the Martyr-Lion," according to the advertising GIF banner.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

HAMAS' Military Wing, the Brigades of the Martyr 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Run Article on American Journalist Helen Thomas' Comments

HAMAS' logo (center), with the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, a green crescent that if often used to symbolize Islam, and a flag emblazoned with the shahada, the Muslim testament of faith ("There is no god but the (One) God and Muhammad is His Messenger.") Green is the color associated with the Prophet Muhammad's family.

The military wing of HAMAS (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya; "Islamic Resistance Movement"), the largest Palestinian religious-nationalist socio-political movement, has published an editorial on the ill-considered comments made recently by the now-retiring veteran Hearst Newspapers reporter and longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas (b. 1920) about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Her answer to a question about the ongoing Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian Territories and blockade of Gaza was that the Israelis should leave Palestine and go back to their homes in Europe and North America. The article references a currently circulating rumor that the Israeli military killed more members of the recent humanitarian aid flotilla to Israel, specifically on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, than has been reported. The bodies, this rumor claims, were then dumped overboard by the Israeli elite commandos. I have seen one claim that the article run on the Qassam Brigades' English-language web site was a "special bulletin." It is not labeled as such. Rather, it is simply an editorial/article run on their English-language web site. It does not seem to be on their main Arabic web site.

As a journalist of Thomas' caliber should be aware, there are now a couple of generations of Israelis who have been born in the region, i.e who are not from Europe or North America. Not every Israeli is a new immigrant from the former Soviet bloc or a messianic religious settler from the United States, though there are certainly a large number of those. Israelis, like Palestinians and every other people on Earth, are not a monolithic bloc and to suggest that they are lacks simply the merit of being true. It is unfortunate that such an illustrious career ends on such a sour note brought on by, frankly, stupid comments. Many of Thomas' critics have accused her of being "anti-Semitic," the usual allegation brought out predictably by right-wing Israel activists against non-Jewish critics of Israeli policies. Jewish critics are called "self-loathing" or "self-hating," even if they are self-professed Zionists and supporters of the existence of the state itself. Journalist Adam Serwer sums up the hypocrisy of some of Thomas' critics well, as they have no problem with bigotry and idiotic statements made about "the" Palestinians (as if they, too, were a monolithic bloc).

The editorial is run without edits.

Thomas: "Jews do not belong in Israel"

Thomas: 06-06-2010,14:25

Al Qassam website-June 6, 2010-White house correspondent Helen Thomas told Jews to get out of Palestine. In an interview with her, Jewish man named as David, asked Helen for her comment on Israel, she responded by saying: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine."

Turning her attention to the Palestinians, she said, "Remember, these people are occupied. And it's their land," adding the Jews should "go home" to Poland and Germany.

No doubt that Thomas Helen has told the truth that everybody in the world knows, but as American in a very important position , she was attacked by Zionists who went mad from the reality she mentioned in front of all people.

A document released yesterday on You tube, shows Thomas Helen while addressing Jews as " get out of Palestine because it does not belong toyou".

Thomas Helen directly accused by Jews and pro-Israel masses as anti-Semite Nazi.

Israelis ignore the reality, that they never belong in Palestine but belong in some other countries they know better.

Thomas when she asked by David , where Jews should go ? she replied him: "They should go home, German , Poland, America and anywhere else".

She also mentioned that "remember these people are occupied and it is their land , not German and not Poland".

This statement by Thomas Helen reflects the opinion of American majority in USA and all masses who support justice and peace in Palestine an whole world.

Moreover, her statement serves peace process in -Middle East- as they like to call it, to a very great extent.

Peace process will be successful, only when Israel get out of Arab Areas ,Golan and occupied Palestine, then we can say that peace is happily achieved, other wise, and as long Israel occupies Palestine and some Arab lands, peace will never be achieved and more headache will be brought to the world by state of terror-Israel .

Statement by Thomas Helen came as a result for the bloody massacre committed by Israeli navy in the Mediterranean sea in 31/5/2010, caused of murdering 20 civilian activists who are still having unknown fate.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula: "America & the Final Trap" features Military Chief, a USS Cole Bombing Suspect, & Former Saudi GITMO Detainee

Qasim al-Raymi, who is also known by his kunya Abu Hurayrah al-San'ani

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, released a major video production, America and the Final Trap, via its media wing, the Al-Malahim (Epics) Media Foundation on May 26. This video comes closely on the hells of Al-Malahim's "exclusive" interview with the wanted radical American Muslim ideologue and preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki), which was released on May 22.

America and the Final Trap
features a number of important leaders and members of AQAP including its military commander, Qasim al-Raymi, and another of the group's leaders, 'Uthman al-Ghamdi, who is a Saudi and a former detainee at the United States' prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The video also features Fahd al-Qas'a (usually mistransliterated as "al-Quso"), who is wanted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged involvement in the October 2000 kamikaze boat attack on the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer in the port of Aden.

Fahd al-Qas'a

Part of the video recounts the "martyrdom" of several of the group's members including Afghan 1980s jihad veteran Abu Salah al-Kazemi and leader Shaykh Muhammad 'Amir. The very end of the video includes a clip from the martyrdom will of 'Umar Faruq 'Abdulmuttalab, the failed Nigerian Detroit aircraft bomber.

'Uthman al-Ghamdi. The al-Ghamdi is a large and prominent tribe in Saudi Arabia. A number of other jihadi-takfiris have come from it, including one of the September 11 hijackers, Sa'id al-Ghamdi, and a late commander of the Arab mujahideen in Chechnya, Abu al-Walid al-Ghamdi.

A transcript of the video is available via my Scribd account HERE.

Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen Video Shows Attack on Somali Transitional Government's Parliament Building in War-torn Mogadishu

Jaysh al-'Usrah ("Army of Hardship," or "difficulty), the name that Harakat al-Shabab calls its military wing.

The Somalia jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab; "Movement of Warrior-Youth"), via its Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) media wing, released a video documenting an attack by its fighters on the parliament building of the weak Somali transitional government in Somalia's war-torn capital city of Mogadishu. The video, entitled إن الحكم إلا الله or roughly "authority/provision is God's [alone]," was released on May 31.