Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Releases 7th Issue of Inspire Magazine

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics, Epic Battles) Media Foundation, has just released online the seventh issue of its English-language Internet magazine Inspire.

The magazine may be downloaded via these non-militant URLs:



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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Al-Qa'ida Central Releases 10-year Retrospective Video on September 11, 2011, "Dawn of the Imminent Victory"

Al-Qa'ida Central's media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released a ten-year retrospective video on the September 11, 2001 attacks and their aftermath. The video features a lengthy new audio message from AQC's amir, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, footage of its late founder Usama bin Laden (some of it similar if not the same as that released without audio by the U.S. government after its military raid that killed him), and senior ideologue Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Libi, who was reportedly killed in late August in North Waziristan but may still be alive, reading one of his poems.

Al-Sahab says, watch the video on your iPad


The video can be downloaded via these non-militant URLs:









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Friday, September 09, 2011

My New Article at Foreign Policy: "Al-Qaeda Loses its 'Renaissance Man'," Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Libi

I have a new article published today at Foreign Policy's AFPAK Channel, "Al-Qaeda Loses its 'Renaissance Man': What the Death of 'Sheikh Atiyyatullah' Means." It examined the multifaceted role of 'Atiyyatullah Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Libi as one of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) senior leaders and most important ideologues as well as a strategist and operational commander. The introduction reads:

"The reported killing in late August of Atiyyatullah Abu Abd al-Rahman (sometimes given in jihadi sources as Abu Abd al-Rahman Atiyyatullah al-Libi or simply Atiyah Abd al-Rahman) in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, if confirmed, deprives al-Qaeda Central (AQC) of one of its most versatile and important leaders and ideologues. Known more popularly in jihadi circles as "Sheikh Atiyyatullah," he straddled the operational, media, and ideological sides of AQC's global campaign. He was also at the forefront on a number of issues, including the militant organization's attempt to embrace and co-opt the uprisings in the Arab world, and intervened forcefully in debates among jihadis, actively counseling against the use of mass violence against other Muslims.

His loss would be a severe blow to an organization that is already reeling from the loss of its charismatic founder-leader Osama bin Laden, and more recently the arrest of another key operational planner, Younis al-Mauretani. Atiyyatullah's death has been claimed by U.S. government sources but has not been confirmed by AQC itself, casting some doubt on to whether he was actually killed. Reports surfaced in October 2010 that he had been killed but were proven wrong when he surfaced in film and audio releases from al-Qaeda's al-Sahab Media Foundation in mid-March of this year."

Read the rest at FOREIGN POLICY.

Friday, September 02, 2011

IN PICTURES: Somalia's Harakat al-Shabab Mark 'Eid al-Fitr with Congregational Prayers in Mogadishu, Lower Shabelle, & Kismaayo

Two Harakat al-Shabab fighters at 'Eid al-Fitr prayers in Mogadishu

The Somali Islamist-insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of the Warrior-Youth, "Al-Shabab," "Al-Shabaab") marked 'Eid al-Fitr prayers this week with congregational prayers in all of the districts under its control. These include Banaadir, the district where the capital city of Mogadishu is located, Lower Shabelle, and the port city of Kismaayo in Juba district in the south. Congregational 'Eid prayers to mark the end of the month of Ramadan are obligatory for all Muslims. Harakat al-Shabab, by holding these prayers, made a symbolic show of its continued relevance even in the embattled capital city, despite premature fanfare in August after their withdrawal, seemingly tactical, from Mogadishu.

The prayers were led or attended by senior Harakat al-Shabab leaders including Hasan Dahir Aweys, 'Ali Rage ('Ali Dheere), and Mukhtaar "Abu Mansur" Robow.


Harakat al-Shabab spokesman 'Ali Mahamoud Rage


Popular Rahanweyn clansman and Harakat al-Shabab leader Mukhtaar "Abu Mansur" Robow

Harakat al-Shabab leader Hasan Dahir Aweys