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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary
Note: This is not easy to read but being forewarned is the name of the game. Hopefully, the West has time to thwart this insanity but. left unchallenged, the evil forces will continue to spread; that is their goal. Their arrogance in such advertising is, in itself, frightening. The enemy feels that it has nothing to lose and martyrdom is honorable. To us their ideology lacks humanity. This is the 'language' of their radicalism.
Our problem is that we need strong Western leadership to effectively counter the enemies of democracy and that it sorely lacking today. One cannot make agreements with those whose goal it is to destroy the Western civilization and replace it with a caliphate and sharia. They have one thought in mind and are deceptive in order to achieve this. We must not be fooled.CG
The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock – among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)
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On April 17, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) media company Al-Furqan released a new audio message from the organization's spokesman, Abu Muhammad Al-'Adnani, titled "This was not our methodology, and it never will be." In the 17-minute message, Al-'Adnani assailed Al-Qaeda's leadership, accusing it of straying from the proper path of jihad and from the proper religious and ideological doctrine. Due its deviance, he stated, "Al-Qaeda is no longer the base of jihad."
Following are excerpts from a video-clip in which Abu Talha Al-Almani, a German rapper-turned-Jihadist fighting in Syria threatens Obama by drawing his finger over his throat and says: "The Islamic State will remain!" The video-clip was posted on the Internet on April 11, 2014.
On April 13, 2014, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video that featured a multinational ISIS contingent plainly discarding their respective passports. The video seeks to demonstrate that ISIS commands its members' complete allegiance and that its men have renounced their governments (as symbolized by the destruction of their passports).
On April 17, 2014, the Al-Kataib Foundation, the media wing of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate jihadi group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, released part 4 in the group's propaganda video series titled "Mujahideen Moments." The video, similar to previous ones in the series, includes English subtitles, and is directed at recruiting Westerners and Kenyans to join Al-Shabaab ranks, as well as on issuing various threats against Kenya.
The video features a group of masked mujahideen singing a nasheed in Swahili. The nasheed extols last year's attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, while promising "more similar attacks are on the way."
On April 12, Jabhat Al-Nusra’s (JN) media body Al-Basira published a nearly 45 minute interview with the Australian cleric Abu Sulayman Al-Muhajir, a member of JN's shoura council. In the interview, Al-Muhajir accused members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of behavior that contravened Al Qaeda's principles – from both a methodological-religious standpoint as well as from a practical standpoint. Al-Muhajir argued that ISIS members headed by Abu Bakr Al- Baghdadi, had effectively flouted Al Qaeda's hierarchical structure by skirting the authority of AQ's current leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
On April 9, 2014, Al-Qaeda media company Al-Sahab released an audio message by Al-Qaeda member Sheikh Abu Khalil, titled "Advice To All The Groups [That Are] Fighting For The Sake Of Allah." In it, Abu Khalil calls upon the fighting jihadi groups – a reference to those in Syria – to thwart the enemy's plot to weaken and end the jihad in Syria, and instead to unite and end the disputes among them.
On April 9th, a young British woman who calls herself Umm Layth posted a piece on her blog titled "Diary of a Muhajira [Emigrant]". The post provides a detailed description of the reality faced by Western women who traveled to join the jihad in Syria. She vividly describes her daily life in Syria and offers specific advice to Muslim women on preparing themselves "emotionally, mentally, and physically" for their journey to a jihad front. Umm Layth categorically denies the "rumors" that jihad groups use female combat units.
On April 17, 2014, the Ajnad Misr group released a video documenting its attacks over the last six months against the Egyptian security apparatuses. The group was behind several attacks in Egypt, the most recent of which was the deadly attack on April 2 outside Cairo University, which killed a policeman and injured several others.
A leading Pakistani newspaper recently published an eyewitness account of how various groups of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operate in North Waziristan, the main jihadi stronghold in the Pakistani tribal region, and from there control Karachi, the country's commercial capital. North and South Waziristan are two of the seven districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs) situated along Afghan border.