Monday, May 30, 2011

My New Piece at Al-Wasat: "The Global Jihad Internet Forum Launches New Sub-forum Dedicated to Anwar al-’Awlaqi: A Sign of His Growing Influence?"

I have a new post today at the academic and policy collaborative blog Al-Wasat, founded by two colleagues, Andrew Lebovich, a program associate at The New America Foundation, and Aaron Y. Zelin, a research assistant in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University.

The short piece discusses the recent launch of a new sub-forum on a militant jihadi-takfiri Internet discussion forum dedicated to the militant American preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi, who is believed to currently be in Yemen and either a member of or affiliated with Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula. It is entitled: "The Global Jihad Internet Forum Launches New Sub-forum Dedicated to Anwar al-’Awlaqi’s Lectures: A Sign of His Growing Influence?" The post looks at whether the inauguration of this new sub-forum is further evidence of al-'Awlaqi's growing influence over a broader spectrum of militants, away from his original English-language base.
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"The Global Jihad (al-Jihad al-’Alami) jihadi-takfiri Internet forum has launched a new sub-forum/section (qism) dedicated to the lectures of Anwar al-’Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi), the militant American Muslim preacher currently in Yemen and believed to be a member of or affiliated with Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Arabic announcement reads: “Glad tidings, the inauguration/opening of a sub-forum/section for the lectures of Shaykh Anwar al-’Awlaqi, may God protect him.” The inauguration (or “opening [for the first time],” to use a more direct translation of the Arabic announcement) of a new sub-forum on one of the most prominent Arabic-language jihadi-takfiri Internet forums is significant in that it provides further evidence of al-’Awlaqi’s growing appeal outside of his original English-language audience base."

Read the rest at AL-WASAT.

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