Wednesday, March 30, 2011

INSPIRE, Issue #5 Released by Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula: Analysis of New Article by Anwar al-'Awlaqi & Interview with AQAP's Qasim al-Raymi

UPDATE (September 27, 2011): New 7th issue of INSPIRE has just been released.

UPDATE (July 19, 2011):
Images and non-militant download links for the just-released sixth issue of Inspire HERE.

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) Al-Malahem (Epics, Epic Battles) Media Foundation released the fifth issue of its English-language Internet magazine Inspire today. The issue features a new article by the radical American Muslim preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi) and an exclusive interview with AQAP's senior military commander, Qasim al-Raymi (Raimi, Rimi), who is also known by the nom de guerre Abu Hurayrah (Hurairah) al-San'ani (the one from San'a, the capital of Yemen). The interview is published with what is, I believe, a new photograph of al-Raymi. If it is indeed a new photograph, it suggests that the Inspire production team may have more access, perhaps through intermediaries or couriers and not directly, to top AQAP brass than some analysts believe.

Although the approaching close of McGill's semester, and the requisite exams and seminar papers and presentations, prevents me from focusing too much on the new issue, I wanted to write a post with some of my initial thoughts on what I see as two of the key pieces, the new al-'Awlaqi article and the al-Raymi interview. Screenshots of both pieces, which can be enlarged by clicking on them, are included below.

Al-Raymi cites secret U.S. government cabals released by Wikileaks as proof of its nefarious activities, though he notes that the truth of these activities are not a surprise to AQAP. He also notes with satisfaction that U.S. president Barack Obama, who has ordered military strikes across the Muslim world, now has to worry about homegrown militancy and attacks inside the U.S. Al-Raymi encourages Muslims everywhere, including inside the U.S., to launch attacks. He justifies AQAP's military campaign against the Zaydi Shi'i Houthi movement in the northern Yemeni governorate of Sa'adah by implying that the Houthis are really Twelver Shi'is (Rafidah or "Rejectionists" of "true Islam"), accusing them of participating in the campaign against AQAP, and claiming that they are "encroaching" on Sunni lands in Yemen. He also denies Obama's claim that AQAP, AQ Central, and other jihadi-takfiri groups have killed more Muslims than the U.S., implying that a "pharaoh" like Obama cannot be trusted.

Al-'Awlaqi attempts to analyze the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen, though his central focus is on Egypt and Libya. Dating the first "large scale" operation of the "modern jihad movement" to the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat, he notes with glee that al-Sadat's successor, Mubarak, has also been removed from office, though in a different manner. Al-'Awlaqi writes that "the first and probably most important change" that has occurred in the Arab world with the resignation of Mubarak is "a mental one...It brought a change to the collective mind of the ummah [worldwide Muslim community.] The revolution broke the barriers of fear in the hearts and minds [of the people] that the tyrants couldn't be removed." Western leaders, he writes, are now fearful that their longtime lackeys are falling and they, the United States and European countries, do not know what type of governments will replace them.

A successful end result to the uprisings need not be a jihadi-takfiri-style state, al-'Awlaqi writes: "We do not know yet what the outcome would be, and we do not have to. The outcome doesn't have to be an Islamic government for us to consider what is occurring to be a step in the right direction. Regardless of the outcome, whether it is an Islamic government or the likes of al-Baradi [Egyptian politician], Amr Mousa [Egyptian politician and secretary-general of the Arab League] or another military figure; whatever the outcome is, out mujahidin brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation." His argument here highlights the Arab-centric outlook of many Arab jihadi-takfiri scholars and ideologues. Presumably, the so-called "mujahideen" (warriors of faith) in places such as East Turkestan/Xinjiang province in China, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia will remain under pressure. This, however, is not as important to al-'Awlaqi and many Arab jihadi-takfiris as what happens in the Arab world. He spins the severe crackdown of the Mubarak regime on Egyptian militant Islamists, writing that it was not a success and merely achieved the dispersal of Egyptian militants "all over the world."

Al-'Awlaqi's description of events in Yemen show that he wrote this article some time ago, probably right after Mubarak's resignation and certainly before Yemen's president 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh was, it seems now, on the brink of being forced to step down. Al-'Awlaqi writes theoretically: "The fruits of what happened in Egypt are not exclusive to Egypt. In fact we might probably witness the greatest effect of what is happening in Egypt outside of Egypt. One such place might turn out to be Yemen. Yemen already has a fragile government and the events of Egypt are only going to add pressure on it." He notes that the weakening of Saleh's government "would undoubtedly bring with it more strength for the mujahidin in this blessed land. Yemen would also represent another great opportunity for the West to show their hypocrisy of calling for freedoms while supporting a dictator just because they do not want Muslims to be ruled by Islam." His highlighting of U.S., Canadian, and European support for Arab dictators is key and, unfortunately, true. Al-'Awlaqi's discussion of events in Yemen stand in stark contrast to a full-page graphic elsewhere in the issue that shows Yemen as "almost complete."

On a more entertaining note, even he notes how crazy Libyan dictator Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Kadafi) is and writes that anything will be better than him.

Samir Khan, the editor of Inspire, lectures Egyptians about what they "must do" now that Mubarak is gone, channeling the stern condescending tone of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) deputy leader, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri.


The PDF of the magazine may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

The password to unpack the file is: Ryi2HJcdioDFRtendskG4Gh

Previous posts I've written on earlier issues of Inspire:

Issue #1

Issue #2

Issue #3

Issue #4

Monday, March 21, 2011

My New Piece at Al-Wasat: "Harakat al-Shabab Continues to Court Somalia's Clans as Hasan Dahir Aweys Assumes a More Public Role"

Hasan Dahir Aweys (in hat at microphone) speaking at a meeting between Harakat al-Shabab leaders and Mudulood/Hawiye clan elders in northern Mogadishu

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 post is entitled, "Harakat al-Shabab Continues to Court Somalia's Clans as Hasan Dahir Aweys Assumes a More Public Role." It analyzes continuing attempts by the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) to reach out to Somalia's socially and politically important clans. This outreach, while I argue it is not entirely new, comes at a time when the movement is facing increased pressure on the battlefield due to a massive African Union offensive designed to help the weak Somali Transitional Federal Government. Intense fighting is taking place in the capital city of Mogadishu and to the west in the region of Gedo near the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders.

The post also discusses the evolving role of Hasan Dahir Aweys (Xasan Daahir Aweys), a veteran Somali leader who is now, it seems, a member of Harakat al-Shabab's leadership structure. Finally, some attention is paid to the use of primary sources produced by the movement, both their usefulness and potential pitfalls. An example of the types of primary sources available include the photographs that accompany the piece, which were released by Harakat al-Shabab via the Internet.

"The Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab), as I have written previously, maintains a complex relationship with Somalia’s important clans, a relationship about which little is known. In early March the movement announced that clan leaders had rallied in support of its defensive fight against a new offensive, launched in mid February, by the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) military forces along with Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers and militiamen from the Sufi armed faction Ahlul Sunna Wal Jamaacah (Jama’ah) that is aligned with AMISOM and the TFG.

Harakat al-Shabab
announced two days ago that some of its senior leaders in the district of Banaadir, in which the embattled capital city of Mogadishu is located, had met with clan elders from the Mudulood, a large sub-clan of the Hawiye clan confederation in Mogadishu. A brief report about this meeting was issued by the movement as a press release and was reported by some Somali news web sites, some of them sympathetic or aligned with Harakat al-Shabab. The movement also released photographs from the meeting, something that it often does when reporting important events. The meeting was chaired by veteran Somali Islamist leader Hasan Dahir Aweys and Husayn ‘Ali Fidow (Xuseen Cali Fiidow), a senior Harakat al-Shabab leader in Banaadir, and took place in the northern suburbs of Mogadishu."

Read the rest of the piece at AL-WASAT.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lebanon's Hizbullah Condemns Yemeni President 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh & Government's Assault on Protesters

Lebanon's Hizbullah, the country's largest Twelver Shi'i political party and armed group (outside of the Lebanese Army), issued a statement condemning the Yemeni government of autocratic president 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh on Friday.

Hizbullah Condemns Barbaric Assault Committed by Yemeni Regime against Peaceful Protesters

Regarding the terrible crime committed by the Yemeni regime against the peaceful protested in the Taghyir (Change) Square in the capital city of Sanaa, Hizbullah strictly condemns this barbaric assault against the citizens demanding their legitimate rights, and calling for lifting the unjust regime off the Yemeni people.

Hizbullah considers what happened is a new crime piled up to the abominable crimes committed by the Yemeni regime in the past period of time, and where many martyrs were victims.

Hizbullah expresses condolences to the families of the martyrs who fell today or in the previous days. Hizbullah hopes the wounded quick recovery, and confirmed its solidarity with them in their calamity which was caused by the regime through its unjust assaults against them.

Hizbullah reaffirms their right to continue their movement to achieve their rightful demands.

Hizbullah Media Relations

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sadr Movement Questionnaire Results Show Widespread Dissatisfaction with Maliki Government's Performance & Public Services

Al-Sayyid Hazem al-'Araji, a senior leader and preacher in the socio-political movement of Hujjat al-Islam al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr, Tayyar al-Sadr (Sadr Movement) announced the results of a questionnaire that it says it distributed recently. The survey, if the results are genuine and accurate, reflect the widely-known dissatisfaction of Iraqis from all social groups with the failures and shortcomings of the central government. The vast majority of respondents are critical of public services and the government's performance. For example, over three million respondents consider public services "bad" while just over 65,500 rated them "good," according to the Sadrist survey. al-'Araji claims that over 3.8 million Iraqis completed the questionnaire. The full report from the movement of the results are below, without edits:

اعلن السيد حازم الاعرجي نتائج استبيان صوت الشعب الذي دعا اليه سماحة السيد القائد مقتدى الصدر (اعزه الله) في مؤتمر صحفي اقيم في مقر الهيئة الساسية وجاء فيه

بسمه تعالى
نقدم لكم نتائج الاستبيان الشعبي الذي قمنا به لجمع اراء الشعب العراقي فيما يخص خدماته الحياتية اليومية التي يعاني منها في كل لحظة وفي كل ساعة،وعلى الرغم من ان هذا الاستبيان لم يدعم من الحكومة العراقية الحالية بل قد سعت بعض الجهات التي فيها الى افشالة،الا ان عدد المشتركين في هذا الاستبيان وصل الى ((3833465)) وحيث ان في الاستبيان ثلاث اسئلة عرضت على الشعب فكانت النتائج كالتالي:
السؤال الاول:فيما يخص الخدمات في العراق
الجيدة: 65510
اقل من ذلك: 450900
غير ذلك: 41645
السؤال الثاني: فيما يخص مطالبة الحكومة: بتحسين الخدمات
نعم: 3793230
كلا: 38302
غير ذلك: 10537
السؤال الثالث: فيما يخص التظاهرات في حال عدم تحسن الخدمات
نعم: 3723512
كلا: 91378
غير ذلك: 26798
نسخة منه الى:البرلمان العراقي – الحكومة العراقية(الرئاسات الثلاث) – المؤتمر الاسلامي –الجامعة العربية – الاتحاد الاوربي – الامم المتحدة

مقتدى الصدر
10 ربيع الثاني 1432 -16 اذار 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lebanon's Hizbullah Plans Saturday Rally for Bahrayn, Libya, & Yemen

"We heed your call, Nasrallah...We heed your call, Hizbullah!"

Lebanon's Hizbullah, the country's largest Twelver Shi'i political party and armed group (outside of the Lebanese Army), is planning a Saturday rally for Bahrayn (Bahrain), Libya, and Yemen in the Compound of the Leader of the Martyrs in southern Beirut. The "leader of the martyrs" (Sayyid al-Shuhada') refers to Husayn bin 'Ali, the third Imam revered by Shi'i Muslims. Hizbullah leader al-Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah will speak at the event according to an announcement from the party.

احتفال تضامني مع انتفاضة الشعوب في تونس ومصر والبحرين وليبيا واليمن

يدعوكم حزب الله للمشاركة في الاحتفال التضامني مع انتفاضة الشعوب في تونس ومصر والبحرين وليبيا واليمن.
وذلك يوم السبت الساعة السابعة مساءاً
في مجمع سيد الشهداء (ع

يتحدث في الاحتفال الامين العام لحزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصرالله

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Seventh Guest Piece on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment Blog: "Building an Insurgent State in Somalia?"

Harakat al-Shabab spokesman 'Ali Mahamoud Rage (left) and Rahanweyn commander Mukhtar "Abu Mansur" Robow (center) at a July 5, 2010 rally in southern Mogadishu.

I have a seventh guest piece on Informed Comment, the widely-read blog of Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's Department of History, who is a noted expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, with a specialty in Shi'i Islam. The piece is entitled, "Building an Insurgent State in Somalia?" and it analyzes the attempts of the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) to build structures of governance in the country. The movement currently controls more than half the country, excluding the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared "republic of Somaliland" in the north.

The beginning of the piece is below:

"The Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth) has controlled nearly all of southern and central Somalia since 2009 and was in the process of consolidating its authority when the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), aided by Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops and fighters from the Somali Sufi militia Ahlul Sunna Wal Jamaacah, launched a major military offensive against them in mid February. As fierce fighting continues in the capital Mogadishu and the surrounding Banaadir district as well as border areas with Ethiopia and Kenya, it remains to be seen how the movement’s attempts at constructing the basic governing structures will fare. The control and governance of territory presents an insurgent movement like Harakat al-Shabaab with a unique set of challenges. "

Read the rest at INFORMED COMMENT.

My first guest piece, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State," can be read HERE.

My second guest piece, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", can be read HERE.

My third guest piece, "From 'Martyrdom' Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia," can be read HERE.

My fourth guest piece, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler," can be read HERE.

My fifth guest piece, "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest," can be read HERE.

My sixth guest piece, "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood & the Demonstrations: Fact vs. Fiction," can be read HERE.

Grand Ayatullah Nasir Makarem Shirazi's Statement on Libya: Why Is the Islamic World Silent?

The statement below was, if I read the Iranian calendar date correctly, issued on Monday, March 14. It is in Persian.

بیانیه معظم له درباره فجایع اخیر در کشور لیبى

جهان اسلام چرا ساکت است؟!

چرا زعماى اسلام، دانشمندان، سیاستمداران ساکت نشسته‌اند؟ چرا کنفرانس اسلامى ساکت است؟ چرا اتحادیه عرب کارى نمى‌کند؟

چرا خاک مرده بر سر همه آنها پاشیده شده؟

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
جهان اسلام چرا ساکت است؟!

فجایعى در کشور لیبى در حال رخ دادن است که در دنیا بى‌سابقه است. مرد جنایتکار و سبک‌مغز و بیدادگرى که 42 سال حکومت ظالمانه بر کشورى داشته با تمام وسائل نظامى در حال قتل عام ملت خود و تخریب کشورش مى‌باشد و عجیب این‌که دنیاى اسلام تماشاگر است و ساکت در برابر این جنایات هولناک نشسته است.

آیا قرآن مجید دستور نمى‌دهد هرگاه در کشورهاى اسلامى گروهى بر گروه دیگرى ظلم کند با گروه متجاوز پیکار کنید تا در برابر حکم خدا تسلیم شود. (آیه 9 سوره حجرات)
پیکار لازم نیست چرا زعماى اسلام، دانشمندان، سیاستمداران ساکت نشسته‌اند؟ چرا کنفرانس اسلامى ساکت است؟ چرا اتحادیه عرب کارى نمى‌کند؟ چرا خاک مرده بر سر همه آنها پاشیده شده؟ آیا این اتحادیه‌ها جنبه تشریفاتى دارد؟

حداقل کارى که کشورهاى اسلامى مى‌توانند انجام دهند این است که همه آنها مانند بعضى از کشورهاى غربى انقلابیون را به رسمیت بشناسند و حاکم تبهکار لیبى و همدستانش را به عنوان مجرمان جنگى معرفى کرده و از دادگاه‌هاى بین‌المللى مجازات آنها را بخواهند.
این کار پشت انقلابیون را گرم مى‌کند و به حاکم جنایتکار لیبى خبر مى‌دهد که آینده‌اى در این کشور ندارد، و همین امر تأثیر مهمى در جلوگیرى از جنایات خواهد داشت ولى به این هم بسنده نکنند.

بدیهى است حاکمى با این همه جنایت هولناک و بى‌سابقه به فرض که تمام شهرهاى لیبى بازپس ستاند و مردم را قتل عام کند محال است در آینده بتواند در آنجا حکمرانى کند، پس منتظر چه هستند، آیا مى‌خواهند باز هم این حاکم را به رسمیت بشناسند.

مسلمانان پیش از آن که در یمن یا بعضى دیگر از کشورهاى اسلامى این کار تکرار شود بپا خیزند و خروشى برآورند.

اگر غربى‌ها تماشاگرند و مشغول وقت‌گذرانى هستند دلیل آن روشن است آنها از ویران شدن و نابود گشتن کشورهاى اسلامى و برطرف شدن موانع خودکامگى‌هاى آنها ضرر نمى‌کنند بلکه خشنودند، مسلمانان چرا؟

کشورهاى اسلامى بدانند این سکوت مرگبار در برابر این جنایات هولناک روزى دامن خودشان را نیز خواهد گرفت، امیدواریم پیش از آن که آن روز فرا رسد بیدار شوند و به وظیفه انسانى و اسلامى خود اقدام کند والله من وراء القصد.
والسلام علیکم و رحمة الله و برکاته

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grand Ayatullah 'Ali Sistani Visits Colleague Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Ishaq Fayyad

Grand Ayatullahs 'Ali Husayni Sistani (left) and Muhammad Ishaq Fayyad (right)

Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid 'Ali Husayni Sistani, the most widely followed Twelver Shi'i religious scholar "of emulation" (marja' al-taqlid) in the world, has visited his colleague in the Iraqi shrine city of al-Najaf, Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Ishaq Fayyad. Both religious scholars are members of the four-person Marja'iyya, the informal council of top Shi'i maraji' al-taqlid (grand ayatullahs), in the city. The other two grand ayatullahs are al-Sayyid Muhammad Sa'id al-Hakim and Bashir Najafi.

Sistani, an Iranian citizen who has lived in Iraq for decades, was visiting Fayyad after he returned from medical treatment. Sistani personally delivered his well wishes for Fayyad's continued health and prosperity. Fayyad, a Hazara Afghan, and Sistani were both star students of the late Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Abu'l Qasim al-Khu'i (Khoei, Kho'i).

I've written a short biography of Fayyad that is available HERE.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

My New Post at Al-Wasat: "Harakat al-Shabab & Somalia's Clans"

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 post is entitled "Harakat al-Shabab & Somalia's Clans" and its focuses on the fluctuating role of that country's powerful Islamist insurgency with its politically and socially important clan social structures.

"The relationship between Somalia’s powerful Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth) insurgent movement and the country’s socially and politically important clans remains the subject of uncertainty and great debate among scholars and analysts. Movement leaders have consistently downplayed and criticized “clannism,” defined here as loyalty to one’s clan at the expense of religious (Muslim) identity. Criticisms of clannism are particularly poignant following decades of civil war in which clan loyalties and warlordism have often played a destructive role. Harakat al-Shabab‘s ideology, which is a militant version of Islamism, has reportedly brought together individuals who are Somali religious-nationalists (or pan-Somali) and those more invested in borderless transnational militancy akin to Al-Qa’ida Central’s (AQC). Exact details and verification of reports coming out of Somalia are very difficult to verify..."

Read the rest of the post and view more photographs at AL-WASAT.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Lebanon's Hizbullah Publicly Condemns Libya's al-Qadhafi for "Massacres" and Backs Anti-Regime Forces in Memory of Musa al-Sadr

Musa al-Sadr and the logo of the party he founded in 1974, Afwaj al-Muqawamah al-Lubnaniyyah (Lebanese Resistance Detachments), known more commonly by its Arabic acronym AMAL.

UPDATE (March 5, 2011): English translation is now below the Arabic original

The Lebanese Twelver Shi'i political party Hizbullah (God's Party; Hezbollah, Hizballah) has condemned "massacres" committed by Libyan autocrat Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Kadafi) against his own people. The party issued an official statement on February 23 and said that it could no longer remain silent on the issue. It linked "the tyrant" al-Qadhafi to the disappearance of al-Sayyid Musa al-Sadr, a charismatic Iranian Shi'i leader of Lebanese descent and citizenship who disappeared on a trip to Libya in 1978. Hizbullah also condemned the corruption and injustice of the al-Qadhafi regime and prays for the victory of anti-Qadhafi forces.

حزب الله في بيان حول المجازر التي يرتكبها نظام القذافي في ليبيا:

تعليقا على المجازر التي يرتكبها نظام القذافي في ليبيا، أصدر حزب الله البيان التالي :

إنّ أي شريف وصاحب ضمير في هذا العالم لا يمكنه ولا يجوز له السكوت عن المجازر التي بات يرتكبها نظام القذافي يوميا وفي العديد من المدن الليبية وفي مقدمتها بنغازي، غافلا عن أنّ البطش والترهيب لا يحميان نظاماً قام على الفساد والغرور والجريمة أمام إرادة وعزيمة شعب اتخذ قراره الحازم .

إننا في حزب الله نعبّر عن إدانتنا الشديدة لجرائم نظام القذافي بحق أبناء الشعب الليبي المجاهد والمظلوم، كما ننحني إجلالاً أمام أرواح مئات الشهداء الأبرار الذين قتلوا ظلماً وفقط لأنهم طلاب حق، ونشد على أيدي الثائرين في ليبيا داعين لهم بالنصر على هذا الطاغية المتكبر .

ونحن كلبنانيين كنّا من أوائل من أصابهم إجرام هذا الطاغية بالصميم عندما قام باختطاف "إمام المقاومة" سماحة الإمام السيد موسى الصدر مع رفيقيه العزيزين، راجين من الله تعالى أن يوفق ثوار ليبيا الشرفاء لتحرير الإمام الصدر وصحبه كما تحرير ليبيا وشعبها من كل القيود .

Hizbullah Condemns Gaddafi Regime’s Massacres in Libya, Praises Revolutionists for Their Rightful Path

Commenting on the massacres conducted by the Gaddafi regime in Libya, Hizbullah issued the following statement:

Any man of honor and conscience in this world should not remain silent regarding the massacres now conducted by the Gaddafi regime on a daily basis in many Libyan cities including Benghazi.

Gaddafi is unaware that oppression and intimidation do not protect a regime based on corruption and crime, against the will and determination of a nation that adopted its firm decision.

Hizbullah strictly condemns the crimes of the Gaddafi regime practiced against the struggling oppressed Libyan people.

Hizbullah also pays tribute to the souls of hundreds of righteous martyrs, who were killed just for being seekers of right. We praise the revolutionists in Libya, hoping they achieve victory against this arrogant tyrant.

As Lebanese, we were the first to convict this tyrant of crime, when he kidnapped the Resistance Imam, His Eminence Sayyed Moussa As-Sader and his dear friends.

We ask Allah to be with Libya's honorable revolutionists until the liberation of Imam As-Sader and his friends, in addition to the freedom of Libya and its people from all constraints.

Hizbullah Media Relations

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Cyber Jihadi-Takfiri Reported Killed in Iraq "Martyrdom Operation," Last Will & Testament Issued

A member of the jihadi-takfiri Internet forums using the nom de guerre Abu 'Umar al-Shami has carried out a "martyrdom operation" in "the Land of the Two Rivers"/Iraq, according to a report issued today by the Yaqin (Yaqeen; "Certainty," "Conviction") Media Center. Its report included selections from al-Shami's will and testament (wasiyah). The Arabic term "wasiyah" also has the meaning of "counsel" or "advice" and many "martyrdom" wills include exhortations from the recently deceased to their living colleagues.

The specific attack is not mentioned but a kamikaze (suicide) bomber attacked a cultural center last week, targeting a celebration in the city of Ramadi commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. Eleven people were killed.

The statement opens by saying that al-Shami "made his body (body parts) brick for the state of glory, the Islamic State of Iraq." In his wasiyah al-Shami urges Muslims to not embrace the system of "unbelief and apostasy," democracy, and instead says that they should work and sacrifice for the founding of an "Islamic" state. He bemoans the current state of the Arab Muslim world and says that the goals of "the mujahideen (warriors of faith)" is not to harm the Muslims but to defend them against the "Crusaders and apostates."

Al-Shami highlights the role of jihadi-takfiri media operatives in advancing the cause of "the jihad" and urges them to continue being steadfast in their work. He closes by thanking by name major jihadi-takfiri leaders (in order):

(1) Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) leaders Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi (amir), Abu 'Abdullah al-Hasani al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi (deputy amir), and the minister of war (al-Nasir li-Din Allah Abu Sulayman). He also thanks the ISI's rank-and-file "soldiers."

(2) Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) leader Usama bin Laden and "his soldiers"

(3) Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad 'Umar and "his soldiers"

(4) "The Shaykh-Doctor" Ayman al-Zawahiri, AQC's deputy leader and chief ideologue, and Abu Yahya al-Libi, AQC'S "mufti" (chief jurist), as well as "all of our shaykhs [leaders] in Khurasan (Khorasan)." Al-Shami uses the historical name for a large region of eastern Iran and Afghanistan/Central Asia.

(5) "The Amir [leader]" of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Abu Basir Nasir al-Wihayshi and "his soldiers"

(6) Mukhtar Abu'l Zubayr, the leader of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth), the Somali Islamist-insurgent group

(7) "To the Beloved in the Islamic Maghreb and their leader, Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud (Wadud)," the amir of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

(8) Al-Shami closes by saying that he "will never forget our loved ones [of the Muslims] in East Turkestan, Chechnya, the Philippines, Bilad al-Sham (the Levant), and every place."