Friday, April 27, 2012

New Article in CTC Sentinel: "Revisiting Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah's Works on Takfir and Mass Violence"

I have a new article in the just-published April issue of West Point's CTC Sentinel, "Revisiting Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah's Works on Takfir and Mass Violence," which examines the writings and lectures of the late senior Al-Qa'ida Central ideologue Jamal Ibrahim Ishtaywi al-Misrati, who is more frequently known in transnational Sunni jihadi circles as Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah.

From the article's introduction (read the rest of the article HERE):

"This article examines Atiyyatullah’s position on takfir and how it fits into the broader intra-jihadist debate on excommunicating and using violence against other Muslims. Atiyyatullah’s efforts to regulate the use of takfir and violence, particularly after the Iraq debacle, were one of the most pragmatic attempts at intervention in this debate. His continued cautioning of jihadists to not misuse or misapply takfir and violence serves as an unintended confirmation that these were continuing problems among them, belying his attempts to deflect the allegations. Even in death, Atiyyatullah continues to serve as a charismatic voice for al-Qa`ida central and its allies, with the posthumous publication of writings and audio messages and citation of his previous work by al-Qa`ida central, its allies such as al-Shabab in Somalia, and “cyber” jihadists."

Friday, April 20, 2012

My New Article at Foreign Policy's AFPAK Channel on Rising but Relatively Unknown Al-Qa'ida Central Preacher Khalid al-Husaynan

I have a new article that was published today at Foreign Policy magazine's AFPAK Channel on the relatively unknown Al-Qa'ida Central missionary preacher Khalid bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Husaynan.

The introduction reads: 

"The last two years have not been kind to al-Qaeda Central (AQC). U.S. drone strikes
over Pakistan's Pashtun tribal regions have decimated its leadership ranks, killing a number of senior operational leaders and ideologues. These killings have eroded the ability of AQC and the transnational Sunni jihadi current to propagate its message.  Despite these losses, however, AQC still has a number of charismatic voices that it is able to, and frequently does, deploy.  One of these is the group's chief juridical voice, Abu Yahya al-Libi. A second is the Kuwaiti preacher Khalid bin ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Husaynan, a much lesser-known ideologue who has played an increasingly prominent role in AQC's media productions since his debut in an often comedic "quiet dialogue." This "dialogue" was actually a rhetorical monologue aimed at U.S. president Barack Obama, released by the group's al-Sahab Media Foundation in August 2009. Since then, al-Husaynan has emerged as both the spiritual guide to AQC's armed cadres in the AfPak region and the group's missionary ambassador tasked with wooing new recruits from abroad."

Read the rest of the article at the AFPAK CHANNEL.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

IN PICTURES: New Photographs of Al-Qa'ida Central Members from Khurasan

Abu al-Layth al-Libi (left) and al-Hazbar al-Shami

The al-Ibda'a Media Foundation released a second set of photographs of jihadi-takfiris in Afghanistan and Pakistan ("Khurasan"). Among those pictures are Al-Qa'ida Central "martyrs" such as former military commander Abu al-Layth al-Libi. He was killed on January 28 or 29, 2008 in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.

'Abd al-Rahman al-Turkistani

Abu al-Layth al-Libi and his son