Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My New Piece at Al-Wasat: "Jihad on Twitter"

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, "Jihad on Twitter: Transnational Jihadi-Takfiri Media Outlet Sets-up Twitter Account." It analyzes the recent setting up of a Twitter account by Nukhba al-'Ilam al-Jihadi (Jihadi Media Elite), a prominent yet shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet that primarily publishes transcripts of Arabic-language militant material online.
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"Jihadi Media Elite (Nukhba al-’Ilam al-Jihadi; JME), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet, has started a web site and a Twitter account, which they have recently begun to advertise in threads of its materials posted to militant Internet discussion forums. The JME specializes in producing Arabic transcripts of media releases from Al-Qa’ida Central (AQC), Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), and other affiliated and allied organizations. It also occasionally publishes its own material. The JME joins the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban) in setting up a Twitter account as well as a number of other independent “fans” and supporters of the jihadi-takfiri trend.

The JME’s Twitter account, “Al_nukhba,” was initiated on March 31 with the following message:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم … وبه نستعين … وعلى بركة الله نبدأ المسير

(Approximately: “In the name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful: May He guide us to the correct path and with God’s blessing we begin…”)"

Read the rest HERE.