Monday, November 30, 2009

Martyrology: Abu Usama al-Tunisi: From the Biographies of Eminent Martyrs

"From the Biographies of Eminent Martyrs: Abu Usama al-Tunisi", Islamic State of Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) has released the thirty-eighth issue in its series of martyr biographies, "From the Biographies of Eminent Martyrs." The short profile outlines the life and accomplishments of Abu Usama al-Tunisi ["The Tunisian"], who traveled to the fields of warfare in Iraq. These accounts have been termed "martyrologies" by scholars, and are among the oldest and most important type of literature produced by jihadi movements, dating back to the the 1980s war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Stories of the Martyrs...من سير أعلام الشهداء #38 (Nov. 30)
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Afghan Taliban Photography Magazine, "In Fight #11," November 2009 Issue

November 2009 issue the Afghan Taliban photography magazine In Fight, which reproduces photographs of the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan between the United States, NATO, and an ever-expanding Pashtun resistance, led by the Taliban and several other groups, particularly those headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani. These type of photographs are not frequently published in most mainstream U.S. media.

InFight_11
"In Fight #11"

See the October 2009 issue HERE.

See the September 2009 issue HERE.

Anwar al-Awlaki (al-'Awlaqi): Constants on the Path of Jihad, a Commentary


*Part I in a series of posts on the political, religious, and social thought of the American Salafi preacher Anwar al-'Awlaqi. See PART II.

The American-raised Anwar al-'Awlaqi (generally transliterated as "Anwar al-Awlaki") is a jihadi ideologue who has become popular with English-speaking jihadi-Salafis during the last several years. Recently, he has been in the news media in the United States because of his connection to Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army officer and psychiatrist who is charged with going on a November 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, murdering 13 people and wounding another 30. Al-'Awlaqi described himself as Hasan's "mentor."

Al-'Awlaqi served as the prayer leader (imam) at several U.S. mosques, including Dar al-Hijrah in Falls Church, Virginia (15 minutes from the town where I grew up in northern Virginia), which is one of the largest mosques and Muslim community centers in the U.S. Several of the September 11, 2001 terrorist-hijackers went to Dar al-Hijrah for a period of time, as did Hasan. The center has been caricatured in some recent news stories as a "radical center." Though some radicals have attended Dar al-Hijrah, this blanket description is, at best, gross overreach. Literally thousands of people attend the center's services (mostly Muslim immigrants and Muslim-Americans who live in the nearby area, which is in a heavily-populated part of the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Virginia side.

Born in 1971, al-'Awlaqi was raised primarily in the U.S. He moved permanently from the U.S. to the London in 2002. Two years later, he moved to the Yemeni capital city of San'a, where he is associated with 'Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, Yemen's most famous and influential Salafi religious scholar, and al-Iman University, which was founded by al-Zindani.

One of al-'Awlaqi's most influential lectures, which exists in audio and written (transcribed) forms, is a commentary on a book by Yusuf al-'Uyayri (also transliterated as "al-'Uyayree" and "al-'Ayiri"), Constants on the Path of Jihad. Al-'Uyayri was the first amir ["leader" or "commander"] of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).


The monograph can be downloaded HERE.

The audio files, in mp3 format, can be downloaded at the following:
*Part I
*Part II
*Part III
*Part IV
*Part V
*Part VI

For those wary of going to jihadi web sites, I have uploaded both the transcript and audio files to "safe" file-sharing web sites.
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See also Charles Cameron's analysis. He is a former associate scholar at the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.

Knights under the Prophet's Banner: Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's Ideological Treatise par excellence

"O' Jerusalem, We're Coming," al-Aqsa Mosque

Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri is al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) chief ideologue, a former surgeon, and the former leader of the Egyptian al-Jihad group. In December 2001, one of his monographs, entitled Knights under the Prophet's Banner, was published and then serialized partially in al-Sharq al-Awsat, the London-based newspaper connected to the Saudi prince Salman bin 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Sa'ud. The monograph doubles as a memoir of al-Zawahiri's younger days as a radical Islamist activist in his native Egypt and an ideological treatise in which he lays out his political and religious world view, and the role he thinks the "global jihadi movement" that he and Usama bin Laden sought to create with AQC should play in the future.

The Arabic original and an abridged English summary are embedded below:

Knights Under the Prophet's Banner (Arabic)
Arabic Original
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Knight's Under the Prophet's Banner (English)
English Summary

Thursday, November 26, 2009

English Trascript of Ayman al-Zawahiri's Eulogy for Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Founder Baytullah Mehsud Released


An English translation of al-Qa'ida Central leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's audio eulogy for the late founder and leader of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan [Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan, "Taliban Movement of Pakistan"] Baytullah Mehsud (Baitullah Mehsud) has been released by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a major jihadi-Salafi media outlet. The original Arabic eulogy was released on September 27.

Ayman Al-Zawahiri Eulogy for Baytullah Mehsud...GIMF English (Nov. 26)
Eulogy

Islamic State of Iraq Denies Allegations by al-Maliki Government of Ba'th Involvement in Recent Massive Attacks in Baghdad

"The State of Islam remains because it is built upon the skulls of the Crusaders and Apostates"

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an umbrella for several of the most radical jihadi-Salafi groups operating in that country (including al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers), has issued a sharply-worded denial in response to continued allegations from the government of Iraq's prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, and his political allies, as well as conservative and Neoconservative pundits in the United States, that Iraqi Ba'thists are behind the recent massive bombings in Baghdad on August 19 and October 25. The ISI calls the al-Maliki government's allegations "cheap lies" born out of desperation from the demonstrable failure of its "so-called security plan," as demonstrated by the ISI's successes in its "Expedition (Raid) of the Prisoner."

بسـم الله الرحمـن الرحيـم

~~ (دولة العراق الإسلامية / بيــان تكذيــب ) ~~

{سَيَعْلَمُونَ غَداً مَّنِ الْكَذَّابُ الأَشِرُ} [القمر : 26]

الحمد لله ربّ العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على نبيّنا محمّد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين... وبعد:

فقد أخرجت حكومة قصور "البعث" في المنطقة الخضراء تسجيلاً مصوّرا لأناسٍ، زعمت أنهم ممّن خطط وشارك ونفّذ الموجة الثانية من غزوة الأسير المباركة في يوم الأحد.
ونحن إذ نترفّع في أحيانٍ كثيرة عن أن نردَّ على كلّ ما يصدر عن هؤلاء وأبواقهم الإعلامية، فالذي وراء ما يقولونه عادةً أوضح من أن يُكشف، وأوهنُ من أن يُردّ عليه؛ وفي الوقت الذي نتفهّم فيه دوافع هؤلاء في إصرارهم على مثل هذه الأكاذيب الرّخيصة، بصورة تدعو للغثيان، بعد أن أفقدت تلك الضربات توازنهم، وأظهرت حقيقتهم، وتهالُك خططهم الأمنية المزعومة..

فإننا نطمئن أهل التّوحيد بأنّ ما عرضه السّفهاء على فضائياتهم محضُ أقاصيص مختلقة لا أساس لها من الصحّة، وكفى بالشّبه التي حاولوا بثّها للطّعن في المجاهدين وربطهم بمناهج علمانية لا يُشكُّ في كفرها، دليلاً لإثبات إفلاسهم وضحالتهم وسفاهة عقولهم.
والله أكبر

{وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَكِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ}

وزارة الإعلام / دولة العراق الإسلامية

المصدر: (مركز الفجر للإعلام)

Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'l Jihad in Palestine Issues 'Eid al-Adha Message


Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'l Jihad ["Group of Monotheism & Struggle"], a fairly new jihadi-Salafi group that has emerged in the occupied Palestinian Territories, has released a message congratulating its followers on the occasion of 'Eid al-Adha, the day that marks the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The day traces its origins to the almost-sacrifice of one of his sons by the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham).


The Arabic statement is below:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


تَهنِئة بعيدِ الأَضحَى المُبارك

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه.
الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله، الله أكبر الله أكبر ولله الحمد. وبعد...

يتقدم إخوانكم في جماعة التوحيد والجهاد إلى الأمة الإسلامية جمعاء بأحر التهاني والتبريكات بمناسبة حلول عيد الأضحى المبارك، سائلين المولى عز وجلّ أن يتقبل منا ومن جميع المسلمين سائر الطاعات والقربات، وأن يغفر لنا سائر الذنوب والسيئات، كما نسأله تعالى أن يتقبل من كل حاج حجه، ومن كل مُضحي أضحيته.
ونتقدم بهذه المناسبة الجليلة إلى إخواننا المجاهدين في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها قيادةً وجنوداً بالتهنئة العطرة على انتصاراتهم وإنجازاتهم، ونقول لهم: تقبل الله جهادكم ودماءكم، وجزاكم الله عنا وعن الإسلام والمسلمين خير الجزاء، فهنيئا لكم العيد يا أسود التوحيد.

ولا ننسى في يوم الفرح لمن أطاع الله أن نذكِّر بأمور نأخذ منها العبرة والعظة:

أولا: إن الفرح الأكبر والعيد الحقيقي يوم أن يغفر الله لنا الذنوب، ويدخلنا جنة عرضها السماوات والأرض أعدت للمتقين، قال تعالى: {قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ} [يونس: 58].

ثانيا: نتعلم من هذا اليوم الذي يكبّرُ فيه المسلمون من فجر عرفة إلى عصر ثالث أيام التشريق أنَّ الله أكبرُ من كل شيء، فيجب علينا كمسلمين أن نكبر الله عز وجل في كل حياتنا، ونعظمه في جميع شؤوننا. ومنها: الحكم والتحاكم؛ فنحكم بشرع ربنا، ولا نقدم عليه حكم البشر، ونتحاكم إلى شرع ربنا لا نتحاكم إلى غيره، فالعدل والفوز في شرع الله وليس في غيره.

ثالثا: نتعلم من هذا اليوم التضحية للدين بالغالي والنفيس، وامتثال أوامر رب العالمين، ولنا أسوة حسنة في أبينا إبراهيم عليه السلام حينما شرع في ذبح ولده امتثالًا لأمر ربه، وهنا نهمس في آذان من يعتقدون أنَّ دين الله سيُقام بدون التضحيات، بأن يراجعوا أمرهم، وينظروا في سيرة نبيهم صلى الله عليه وسلم وصحابته الكرام، ومن تبعهم بإحسان، ويسألوا أنفسهم هل أقام النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الدين بدون التضحيات؟! وهل أقام صحابته الدين ونشروه بدون التضحيات؟! تالله لو كان الصحابة فينا لصرخوا في هؤلاء وقالوا لهم: وهل وصلكم الدين إلا بدمائنا وتضحياتنا بأنفسنا وأبنائنا وأموالنا.

رابعا: نتعلم من أداء الحجاج لمناسك الحج في وقت واحد لا يتخلف واحد منهم عن الآخر على اختلاف ألسنتهم وألوانهم؛ أنَّ الوحدة بين المسلمين يجب أن تكون على أمر الله، وعلى كتاب الله، قال تعالى: {وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا} [آل عمران: 103]، هذا الذي يجمعهم، أما الدعاوى بتوحيد المسلمين على القومية أو العرقية أو الوطنية أو الديمقراطية أو العلمانية وغيرها فهي دعاوى جاهلية، ونقول للمسلمين: ما بال دعاوى الجاهلية وكتاب الله وسنة نبيه صلى الله عليه وسلم بين أظهركم؟! دعوها فإنها مُنتنة، فحذارِ حذارِ من الجاهلية المعاصرة.

اللهم منزل الكتاب، ومجري السحاب، وهازم الأحزاب؛ اهزم أعداء الدين ومن والاهم، وانصر عبادك الموحدين عليهم.

اللهم أعد علينا العيد باليُمْن والبركات في ظل دولة الإسلام.

وصل اللهم على محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم.

Islamic State of Iraq: Congratulations on the Occasion of 'Eid al-Adha

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an umbrella for several of the most radical jihadi-Salafi groups operating in that country (including al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers), has released a statement "congratulating the people of Tawhid (belief in the absolute unity of God, without any partners, i.e. absolute monotheism)" on the coming of this holiday, which marks the apogee of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The ISI promises to remain "a thorn in the side of the tyrants" and "a sword in the side of the criminals," referring to the autocratic rulers in the Muslim world, many of whom allied with the United States and European states.



The full Arabic statement is below:

دولةُ العراقِ الإسلاميّة : تهنئة بمناسبة عيد الأضحى

الحمد لله ربّ العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على خاتم النبيين محمّد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين... وبعد:

فقد أهلّ علينا يوم الأضحى المبارك، يومٌ شرعه الله عيداً لمن عظّم شعائره من حجّاج بيته والعابدين له في عشْره، وفي هذه المناسبة نهنّئ المسلمين في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها، ونخصّ منهم المجاهدين من أهل التوحيد، النّافرين في سوح النّزال مع أعداء الله وملل الكفر، نُصرةً لدينهم وإعلاءً لكلمة ربّهم، وكذلك من نصرهم ودافع عنهم وذبّ عن أعراضهم ممّن حبسهم العذر، وتاقت أنفسهم للبذل في سبيل الله وبلوغ ذروة سنام الدّين، فحقّ فيهم قول النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلّم: ((لقد تركتم بالمدينة أقواما ما سرتم مسيرا ولا أنفقتم من نفقة ولا قطعتم من واد إلا وهم معكم فيه، حبسهم العذر)).
ونحمد الله أن بلّغنا هذا اليوم لنبشّر أهل التّوحيد بأنّ دولتهم باقيةٌ على هذه الأرض بحمد الله، تزفّ لأمّة الإسلام كما تعوّدوا منها أطايب البشرى، بعظيم النّكاية وشدّة الإثخان في أعداء الله. فلا زلنا نغزوهم كما يغزوننا، ونصول عليهم كما يصولون علينا، وننال منهم كما ينالون منا، ولسنا سواءً؛ فقتلانا في الجنة وقتلاهم في النار، { إِنْ تَكُونُوا تَأْلَمُونَ فَإِنَّهُمْ يَأْلَمُونَ كَمَا تَأْلَمُونَ وَتَرْجُونَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لا يَرْجُونَ } [النساء: من الآية104].
وفي مثل هذه المناسبة المباركة يعاهد أبناء الدّولة أمّتهم الجريحة المرحومة: بأن يظلّوا شوكةً في حلوق الطواغيت، وسيفاً مسلطاً على رقاب المجرمين، وجنداً للإسلام يذودون عن حياضه، ويستسهلون في سبيله الصعاب، ويسترخصون لأجله النفوس حتى يظهره الله أو يهلكوا دونه.
اللهم مكّن للمجاهدين في الأرض، أللهمّ احفظ دولتهم التي يُحكم فيها بشرعك وتكون كلمتك فيها هي العليا، دولةً يُعزّ فيها المسلم، ويُذلّ فيها الكافر والمنافق، اللهم جيّش جيوش المجاهدين، وابعث سراياهم، وخلّص نواياهم، وخذ العيون عنهم، اللهمّ يسر لهم كل خير، اللهمّ قوِّ شوكتهم وآنس وحشتهم، وكن لهم العون والنّصير، فهم أقوياء بك يا ربّ العالمين.
اللهمّ أنزل بأمريكا وحلفائها بأسك الذي لا يُردّ عن القوم الظالمين، اللهمّ عذبهم بعذاب من عندك أو بأيدينا، اللهم كل من تآمر على الجهاد والمجاهدين فرُدّ كيده في نحره واكشف خبيئته وافضح سريرته واجعله عبرة لمن يعتبر، اللهمّ سلّط عليهم الأسقام والبلايا، اللهمّ عليك بأرباب الدعوات الجاهلية وعُبّاد "الوطنية" ومن تواطأ معهم، اللهمّ شتّت شملهم وفرق جمعهم وخالف بين قلوبهم، اللهم مزّقهم كل ممزق واجعلهم في الأرض أحاديث.

{ رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ } [آل عمران: من الآية147].

والله أكبر

{وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَكِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ}

وزارةُ الإعلام/ دولةُ العراقِ الإسلاميّة
Al-Fajr Media Center

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

English Translation of 'Azzam Tariq Video Produced by al-Qa'ida Central's Al-Sahab Media Released Today



An English translation of the recent video release "A Statement Regarding the Bombings of Peshawar and the Islamic University" was released earlier today. Produced by al-Qa'ida Central's al-Sahab Foundation for Media Production, the video features an on-camera statement by 'Azzam Tariq, the chief spokesman for Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan ["Taliban Movement of Pakistan"], in which he blames recent deadly bombings in Peshawar, including at the city's Islamic University, on the Pakistani government and the U.S. mercenary and military contractor company Blackwater. The original Urdu-language video was released on November 15.
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'Azzam Tariq, Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Video Transcript (Al-Sahab Media)
English Transcript

History of Imam Mahdi's Occultation, by الشهيد Grand Ayatullah Sadiq al-Sadr (Part II)

"O' Commander of the Believers, O' Imam of the Righteous...Surely you are the guiding light from [the] God of the worlds"

Part two of a tw0-part series (see Part One HERE): The first two volumes of Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid al-Shahid Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr's monumental four-volume study of the history and traditions revolving around the twelfth Imam are presented in this post. Ithna 'Ashari (Twelver) Shi'is believe that the twelfth Imam, Muhammad bin 'Hasan "al-Mahdi," will return at an appointed time to usher in a period of absolute justice preceding the Day of Judgment. During this period, the "true" followers of the Twelver Imams will be rewarded for their loyalty to the 'Alid-Husaynid line of the Prophet's family (Ahl al-Bayt). Twelver Shi'i ahadith collections however note that a segment of those who claim to be followers of the Ahl al-Bayt are really not.

Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr (second from left with the black turban) and his youngest son, Muqtada (upper center with the black turban with white cap)

Sadiq al-Sadr (1943-1999) and two of his sons were assassinated by the Iraqi Ba'th in February 1999 on the outskirts of the southern Iraqi Shi'i shrine city of al-Najaf. His was the cousin of Grand Ayatullah al-Shahid al-Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, who was executed in April 1980 with his sister Amina bint Haydar al-Sadr. Sadiq al-Sadr's youngest son, al-Sayyid Muqtada, inherited the grassroots socio-political network that he established covertly in the 1990s.

During Sadiq al-Sadr's lifetime, his rivals spread rumors that he was an "Iraqi Ba'thi agent," pointing to the fact that for a time the Iraqi dictator Saddam Husayn cultivated relations with him in order to try and weaken the influence of non-Iraqi and non-Arab grand ayatullahs in the country, chief among them al-Sayyid 'Ali Husayni Sistani. This rumor is believed to have been started by his rivals in the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (since renamed the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, SIIC), a movement of Iraqi Shi'i exiles led by Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim founded in November 1982 in Tehran, Iran with the support of Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khumayni. Baqir al-Hakim and other SIIC officials were reportedly booed and pelted with shoes at a mourning ceremony for Sadiq al-Sadr hastily arranged by the Iranian regime after his assassination.

Sadiq al-Sadr preached the importance of an activist "speaking Hawza (seminary)," which he represented, as opposed to an apolitical "silent Hawza," which Sistani and the other grand ayatullahs of al-Najaf represented.

VOLUME I: Al-Yaum al-Maw'ud
("The Promised Day," of the Imam's return)

VOLUME II: Tarikh ma B'ad al-Dhahur
("History of [the period] after the Reappearance," of the Imam)

*Both volumes are in Arabic and are from his 4-volume work on the twelfth Imam of the Twelver Shi'is, Muhammad bin Hasan "al-Mahdi," which is entitled Mawsu'at al-Mahdi [Encyclopedia of the Mahdi]. It is available in a beautifully-bound print edition HERE. I have a copy and can attest personally to the quality of the printing and binding.

Mullah 'Umar's 'Eid al-Adha Message


Message of Felicitation of the Esteemed Amir al-Mu'mineen on the Eve of Eid al-Adha

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

Praise be to Allah Who honored His pledge and granted victory to His servant and exalted His army and lonely defeated all armed confederates. Peace be on the leader of Mujahideen and chief of the Messengers, owner of lofty behavior, our master and prophet, Mohammad and on his descendants and all his companions.

The Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran:

(Such (is his state): and whoever holds in honor the Rites of Allah, (in the sacrifice of animals)

Such (honor) should come truly from Piety of heart.

In them, ye have benefits for a term appointed:

In the end, their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient House.” S. 22:32-33

I extend my heartfelt felicitation:

-To all Mujahid people of Afghanistan,

- To the esteemed families of martyrs and prisoners who have been imprisoned by the enemy,

- To the gallant Mujhideen,

-And to all believing masses of the Islamic Ummah on the occasion of this Eidul Odha.

I pray to Allah (SwT) to always bestow on this Ummah, the blessing of celebration of Eid ul Odha while they are dignified and having independence and grant them happiness, prosperity and success in these blessed days. Likely, I pray to Allah (SwT) to accept the pilgrimage of the pilgrims and accept in His Sight their worship and prayers. I also pray to Him to make this congregation (of Muslims), a factor for the unity of the whole Ummah.

While extending to you my felicitation on the eve of Eid ul Odha, I want to touch on some essential issues as regards the current situation:

1. To The Mujahid Nation:

I thank my Muslim people for their positive response to the Call of the Islamic Emirate ( of Afghanistan) and for their foiling the American melodrama by avoiding participation in the American process under the name of elections. I firmly believe, if the Mujahid people remain constant in their multi-sided and honest help (with Mujahideen), the Almighty Allah will expose and thwart all conspiracies of the enemy one after another. It is due to your selfless sacrifices that the arrogant enemy is facing both defeat, jittery and disgrace. I hope you will continue your legitimate Jihad and struggle in the way of realizing your Islamic aspirations; help the sacrificing Mujahideen of the path of freedom and strengthen their ranks with your persons and wealth, particularly, show your protection and empathy with the blessed families of the martyrs and prisoners on the basis of your Islamic responsibility and break off all relations with the stooge Kabul Administration.

Those who have occupied our country and taken our people as hostage, want to use the stratagem of negotiation like they used the drama of elections for some time in order to achieve their colonialist objectives. The invaders do not want negotiation aimed at granting independence to Afghanistan and ending their invasion but they want negotiation which will prolong their evil process of colonization and occupation. However, the people of Afghanistan will not agree to negotiation which prolongs and legitimatizes the invaders military presence in our beloved country. Afghanistan is our home. No one will ever be ready to negotiate with any one else about ownership of one’s home --still more to give share in administration and control of the home and himself ends up becoming homeless, powerless and servant in his own home.

The foreigners have occupied the land of the Afghans by dent of (military) might and savagery. If they want solution of the issue, they should put an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. The invading Americans want Mujahideen to surrender under the pretext of the negotiation. This is some thing impossible. Otherwise, we have noble principles and vast experiences for solution of our internal differences and commencement of good conduct with the people of the world. Therefore, the stand of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as regards the negotiation emanates from our Islamic and national interests and is based on strong grounds.

2.To the Gallant and Honor-loving Mujahideen of the Front lines!

Your victory over the invading disbelievers is the result of the Divine help. If you seek His pleasure, as a gratitude to the blessing of Allah (SwT), and make the service of common people your objective, Allah ( Swt) will bestow on you His ever growing blessing. The enemy will lose their hearts and you will have the honor to defeat the greatest colonialist power of this century. The signs ( of this victory) have been appearing, if God willing.

Implement the injunctions of Allah practically and fully; constantly strive for unity among your ranks and keep away from discord and friction. Obey your chiefs in all affairs of Jihad; pay heed to the protection of public and national properties during the conduct of military operations, particularly during martyrdom-seeking operations, focus on the invaders and their lackeys and other important targets. It is the Islamic responsibility of every believing man to avoid causing casualty to common people. There is no justification in Sharia for murder and injury of common people, nor is there any room for such deed in our sacred religion.

The cunning enemy wants to attack people’s congestion places like religious centers, mosques and other similar places in order to malign Mujahideen. They also launch sanguinary attacks under the name of martyrdom-seeking operations to mar the good name of Mujahiden. The Mujahideen should be on guard against these activities of the enemy and fully avoid from carrying out any analogous activity. Well-being and prosperity of people should make your priority. Pay respect to elders and influential among the people and have compassion over the youngsters. Observe true justice when you are authorized to dispense to a deserving person his due right. Implement the Regulation of the Code of Conduct of the Islamic Emirate and observe other principles in order to ensure achievement of ever-increasing advancement in the affairs of Jihad. Make the most of experience, consultation and proven tactics in the military operations and other affairs of Jihad so that you will block the door of differences, complaints and losses. Similarly, take every precaution for the protection of your persons and make efforts in this way. Take care of the rights of those who surrender to you from the enemy side. This process ( of surrendering to Mujhideen) is now continuing.

The ( former) communists formed tribal and unscrupulous groups under the name of tribal militia at a time when they were on the verge of defeat. The aim was to provoke internal conflicts, biases, racial differences and resultantly revenge themselves on (our) Mujahid people. The Americans and their allies too want to repeat the same failed experience. I am of the opinion that the recent efforts launched by the enemy will further malign it and will meet its defeat but you should make every effort to foil this last conspiracy of the enemy with the help of your Mujahid people. Mete out an exemplary punishment to those who are leading these mischief-making activities so that the dark and notorious history of the barbaric militias does not recur anew.

3. To the Ruler’s and Employees of the Puppet Administration of Kabul:

Stop oppressing and torturing your miserable Muslim people as a sign of your service and slavery to the non-believing invaders. The foreign invaders are not benefactors of the Afghan people. They are bent on wiping out the belief and holy places of this people and want to bring under their belly all our material wealth. They use the empty slogans of development and reconstruction of Afghanistan for realization of their illegitimate objectives. They have stashed away thousands of millions of dollars in their pockets which they had collected in the name of reconstruction of Afghanistan.

They want to keep our country entangled in a net of usury and interest according to a calculated conspiracy and are determined to subjugate our distinguished people.

I call on you all as I did last time and as per my responsibility, to put an end to your life of humiliation; shun hostility with your people and join the Mujahideen in the strongholds of pride, honor and belief instead of continuing with your present life of debasement. The enemy want to lay his gun over your shoulder and kill your countrymen but you should try, and by utilizing a proper opportunity, should rescue yourself from the fate of the pro-Britain Shah Shuja, pro-Russian Taraki, Amin , Karmal, Najib and their followers. If you honestly part ways with the evil, you will have success in this world and in the world to come.

You should understand that the epoch of dread of the Western colonialism has reached its end. Ground realities in our beloved country indicate that the invaders are about to escape. The caravan of truth is steadily approaching its rationale destination of victory. Mujahideen gain strength with the passage of time as they obtain good experience in political, media, and social fields. The invaders and their stooges’ moribund efforts are tantamount to erecting a mound of sand in front of the turbulent river of the Jihadic movement. These waves of resistance which have been originated from the midst of the honor-loving nation will wash away the torsos of the arrogant invaders, if God willing.

4.To Islamic Conference and the So-called Human Rights Organizations:

I call on the Islamic Conference and all organizations that have been established under the name of human rights protection to take steps for the prevention of civilian casualties caused by the invading forces of America and the coalition and should raise voice for the punishment of the perpetrators of this crime. Similarly, the invading forces under the leadership of America and the surrogate regime of Kabul have erected prisons under different names in all parts of the country in contravention to international principles. A great number of our miserable and innocent countrymen are brutally tortured there. All human rights organizations who claim being advocates of human rights should promptly and as per their responsibility, take steps to prevent occurrence of such brutal acts. Many of our prisoners have been martyred and maimed as a result of harsh conduct and torture in these prisons. If the human rights organizations are not willing to fulfill their responsibility in order to please America and the West, then they should renounce their title of human rights advocacy as a matter of moral obligation.

5. To Scholars, Writers and Men of Letters.

I urge independent scholars, teachers and statesmen to raise the legitimate cause of their miserable people in every hearing and forum and support it. Inform the countrymen and public of the world about the ground realities in Afghanistan through your write-ups and speeches. By waging a Jihad of words and pen, render thanks for the gift of talents bestowed on you by God. I call on all distinguished writers and journalists to play their due role in this critical juncture of our history when our land is under the blatant aggression. They should struggle in the field of media for the obtainment of independence of our Islamic country and a true Islamic system and, as per their responsibility, portray the impeachable facts so that they reach the ears of the public. With the power of belief and an unflinching ardor, make struggle to tell and unveil the truth.

I also urge the committed and sensible poets to preserve the Jihadic epics and acts of heroism of Mujahideen in their poems and literary pieces and generate emotions for independence, honor , national unity and Islamic resurgence. Not only that but further bolster them.

6. To Regional and Neighboring Countries:

Colonialist plans of expansionism of the West are in full swing in the region. The economic assistance, the mercenaries, the overt and covert ploys of the wicked companies have paved the way for( execution of these plans) and have set off hatred, discrimination and rivalries in the region.

In fact, this is an act against the humane values, justice, peace, rules of interstate relations and independence. If the regional countries still remain neutral versus the colonialist interventions of America and the vast military presence, the whole regional will be gripped by instability; the process of development will hamper and ultimately( the region) will become powerless.

We emphatically say that the strong determination and unwavering resistance ( of Mujahideen ) has eroded the capability of the enemy; has wiped out ( their) shock and awe era and frustrated their wicked plans. Therefore, as a sign of gratitude for the sacrifices offered by our oppressed people, you should assist us in the cause of freedom of our country. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to take constructive measure together with all countries for mutual cooperation, economic development and good future on the basis of mutual respect.

We consider the whole region as a common home against colonialism and, as a responsible force, want to play our role in stability and peace of the region in future.

7. To the Rulers of the White House and the Belligerent Americans:

The ground realities in Afghanistan indicate, the Americans and other allied invaders will certainly face a route --this is a defeat which can’t be averted by reinforcement and formulation of successive irrational strategies. You should understand that coercion and militarism has lost its splendor. You will not be able to subjugate the brave Afghan people with the power of your military might or the mantra of your devilish ploys.

The people, whom you have chosen for confrontation, have the honor of dismantling the arrogant empires. They have good capability and historical experience. Our believing people will not allow the Western colonialism to make our country a hotbed against our independence and vital values and aggressive designs against regional countries. These are the people who before you, have wiped out two empires – the British and Russians empires-- from the map of the world. They are holding the stronghold of honor and Jihad with strong determination and high morale against the demoralized and moribund troops. And on the basis of their belief, they are sure that they will gain victory and you will face defeat.

It is better for you to choose the path of rationale instead of militarism and put an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. You should understand your belligerent and aggressive policy will create for you so many enemies in the world which would make for you this world a bed of thorns. It will make your life harsh because the policy of coercion and tyranny is intolerable to all.

8. To the Public of Europe Particularly To the Freedom-loving People of the West:

Your colonialist rulers have invaded our country under the pretext of terrorism to augment the wealth of a few capitalists and spread the net of neo-colonialism over our country.

Every day, our youths, old men, women and children are martyred by your bombs and rounds of mortars. The invaders raid houses of our people at night. They destroy our green gardens, public properties, educational and commercial centers.

Countering this atrocity and aggression and the defense against it, is our legitimate and national right. We will use this right of ours with all our resources and sacrifices.

You should not fall prey to the misleading assertions of your colonialist rulers as they call this war, a war of necessity. This is a farce weapon in the hands of your rulers under the colonialist pretext of fight against terrorism. Thus they want to throw dust into the eyes of people. It is the demand of your conscience and moral duty to raise your voice for the prevention of this savagery.

We only want establishment of an Islamic system in our country which will protect rights of all individuals of this nation both men and women—a system depending on its own feet, fully independent, its internal and external policy being based on this Islamic principle: not harming others and not allowing others to harm us.

Fight against terrorism is an unjustified colonialist term fabricated by Pentagon and Washington. They want to colonize independent countries by using this proposition and bring under their belly natural riches and economic resources of these countries and trample on belief and religious traditions of these countries.

9. To the Islamic Ummah:

I remind Muslim brothers in every part of the world, of the words of Hazarat Omar Farouq (May Allah be pleased with him), the Great Caliph of Islam who said: “We are people whom Allah exalted by Islam. If we still seek exaltation in things other than Islam, Allah will humiliate us.”

I advise you to fully abide by the sacred rules of Islam in order to achieve the magnanimity and grandeur of Islam. Help (your) oppressed Muslim brothers and use your wisdom, sagacity and sobriety in the cause of Jihad and confrontation with the tyrant aggressors, particularly, the chiefs of the Jihadic movements should ponder over all aspects during performance of affairs of Jihad; avoid disunity and splintering among your ranks and be heedful to the conspiracies being engineered to malign Mujahideen.

Avoid from deeds that cause great losses to Islam and Muslims instead of bringing in benefits to the Muslims. Focus your efforts on beating the invading, usurping enemy; do not engage in purposeless activities, rather turn your attention to the main objective.

All Muslims should remember in their prayers, the Muahideen-- the protectors of Islam and Islamic Ummah-- and extend them moral and Islamic support and should defend their cause as a legitimate Islamic cause. The Americans and its allies have been hammering out plans overtly and covertly to destabilize the Islamic world and provoke differences in the Islamic countries. Every Muslim should realize his/her arch enemy and be on guard against the conspiracies of the enemies.

To end, I remind all my Muslim brothers of this Divine verse (bearing) good news ( of victory):

“Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of Bliss)

Without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you?

They encountered suffering and adversity,

And were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger

And those of faith who were with him Cried:

“When (will come) the help of Allah”

Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!”

Al-baqara: V.124.

Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid

The Servant of Islam
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*Urdu, Pashtu, Persian (Dari dialect), and Arabic versions of Mullah 'Umar's 'Eid al-Adha message can be read HERE.

Mullah 'Umar 'Eid Al-Adha Message (Nov. 25)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forums' Statement on Fort Hood Attack


A statement about the Fort Hood shootings on November 5 perpetrated by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, has been released by the Ansar al-Mujahideen (Ansarnet) English-language web forums. It is unsurprisingly formulaic and gives the expected justifications for Hasan's crime, such as pointing out human rights abuses and war crimes committed by U.S. military forces in the Muslim world. The statement's writers also assume that Hasan's motive matched their own justifications.

"We issue this statement in support of the actions of brother Nidal Malik Hassan; as a congratulations for his brave and heroic deed, as well as the jealousness he displayed for the pains suffered by the Muslim Ummah as a result of the modern Zionist-Christian Crusades against it. May Allah reward you brother Nidal. We ask Allah to accept this great feat of yours and make you an example for others to follow."

As in all statements from jihadi-Salafis, the Ansarnet statement refutes those Muslims and particularly Muslim scholars who have condemned the shootings:

"We also issue this statement due to the unfortunate yet expected wave of apologetic statements being given around the world which smack of apostasy, especially in the land of the Lead Crusaders, the United States of America, the likes of which are only given either to safeguard their worldly gains from living there, due to their misguidance and ignorance of firm principles which they easily throw away based on their false concepts of “general interest”, or due to the verdicts of misguided or evil scholars.

"The actions of Nidal Malik Hasan were not contrary to the religion of Islam, rather they are encouraged by it, for no covenant exists between Muslims in the U.S. and the U.S. government and army. If there was initially some covenant, that covenant is now void due to the various crimes the United States has committed to break it, from them engaging in war with the Muslims, imprisoning Muslims, and by the rape and abuse of Muslim men and women to name a few.



"If one does hold the opinion that the covenant stands, they in no way are to condemn Nidal Malik Hasan or his actions, as there are legitimate scholars and opinions which state otherwise. Rather, all Muslims are to regard him as a brother and Mujahid who risked his life in avenging the weak and oppressed Muslims around the world, who based his actions on valid and legitimate texts and opinions of scholars."

A Statement Regarding the Events at Ft. Hood, TX Ansarnet Nov. 24
Statement

The writers' "congratulate" their allies on the attack and "hope" for more such attacks:

"In conclusion, we again congratulate all Muslims, especially those in the United States, and especially our heroic brother Nidal Malik Hasan, for indeed he has raised our heads and made us proud. He realized the truth about the “war on terror”, and waged his own war on terror. When he realized the sin of being in the army, and when he came to know he may be sent overseas to fight Muslims, he instead chose to fight those who truly deserved to be fought. He risked his life to show that the Muslim Ummah [community, nation] is one Ummah indeed, and that Muslims must target their enemies wherever they may be, even in their own lands. We hope other “Muslims” in the US army repent from their apostasy and take him as a role model, instilling fear in the enemies of Allah [the One God] and taking them by surprise wherever they may be."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Swat Taliban's Maulana Fazlullah Escapes Pakistani Military & Reaches Afghanistan

Maulana Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Fazlullah, in a statement issued November 17 to have escaped the clutches of the Pakistani military and reached safety in insurgency-torn Afghanistan. He is the leader of Tehrik-i Nafaz-i Shariat-i Muhammadi ["Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law"], a Pashtun radical movement usually referred to as the "Swat Taliban," after its base in the Swat Valley in Pakistan's Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Fazlullah commanded several thousand Pashtun militiamen and supported the implementation of his own radical interpretation of religious law and social codes. The Pakistani military launched a massive offensive campaign in the Swat Valley against Fazlullah's group in May, killing (it claimed) hundreds of his paramilitaries and creating a huge refugee population as civilians fled areas of intense fighting. Fazlullah's apparent flight from Swat suggests that the military has been at least partially successful in eradicating his bases of support there.

Although Afghanistan and Pakistan are not my own research focus, I have decided to post related materials here on Views from the Occident's subsidiary blog in case they are of use to others. The statement, in Urdu (I believe, but please correct me if I'm wrong), is below:



صوبہ سرحد کے ضلع سوات کے روپوش طالبان سربراہ مولانا فضل اللہ افغانستان فرار ہونے میں کامیاب ہوگئے ہیں جہاں پر ان کے بقول وہ محفوظ ہیں۔ موبائل فون پر بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے مولانا فضل اللہ نے کہا کہ وہ ’بحفاظت افغانستان پہنچ چکے ہیں‘۔
مولانا فضل اللہ نے جس موبائل نمبر سے فون کیا تھا اس کا کوڈ افغانستان کا تھا جبکہ نمبر وہاں کے کسی موبائل نیٹ ورک کا تھا۔
افغانستان کے ایک نامعلوم مقام سے انہوں نے تحریری بیان پڑھ کر سناتے ہوئے کہا کہ سوات میں سکیورٹی فورسز کے خلاف جلد چھاپہ مار کارروائیاں شروع کردی جائیں گی۔
انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ سوات میں کامیاب فوجی کارروائی کی دعویدار فوج کو پاکستانی سرزمین پر ہونے والے امریکی ڈرون حملے اور بلیک واٹر کی سرگرمیاں روکنی چاہیئیں۔ انہوں نے دھمکی دی کہ صوبہ سرحد کے وزیراطلاعات میاں افتخار حسین کی حالت سابق افغان صدر ڈاکٹر نجیب اللہ کی طرح ہوگی۔
کسی پہاڑی سلسلے میں ہونے کی وجہ سے موبائل فون سگنلز درست طریقے سے نہیں آرہے تھے اس لیے ان سے بات کرنے کی خاطر دو درجن سے زیادہ مرتبہ ان کے نمبر کو ملانے کی کوشش کی گئی۔ ان سے مزید سوالات نیٹ ورک کی خرابی کی وجہ سے نہیں ہوسکے۔

یاد رہے کہ انیس سو چھیانوے میں کابل پر قبضے کے بعد طالبان نے ڈاکٹر نجیب اللہ کو اقوام متحدہ کے دفتر میں قتل کرکے ان کے اور ان کے بھائی کی لاشیں چوک میں لٹکا دی تھیں۔
مولانا فضل اللہ نے امریکی صدر اوباما کو مخاطب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ انہیں افغانستان کے لیے مزید امریکی فوجی بھیجنے کی ضرورت نہیں کیونکہ بقول ان کے لاکھوں پاکستانی فوجی اپنے ہی ملک کے اندر ان کے مقاصد پورے کرنے میں پہلے سے ہی مصروف عمل ہیں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ آئندہ ان کی تنظیم کا ترجمان عمر حسن احرابی ہوں گے۔
کسی پہاڑی سلسلے میں ہونے کی وجہ سے موبائل فون سگنلز درست طریقے سے نہیں آرہے تھے اس لیے ان سے بات کرنے کی خاطر دو درجن سے زیادہ مرتبہ ان کے نمبر کو ملانے کی کوشش کی گئی۔ ان سے مزید سوالات نیٹ ورک کی خرابی کی وجہ سے نہیں ہوسکے۔
یاد رہے کہ مولانا فضل اللہ کے بارے میں سوات کے معاملے کو قریب سے رپورٹ کرنے والے صحافیوں کو یہ شک تھا کہ وہ زخمی حالت میں سکیورٹی فورسز کی تحویل میں ہیں تاہم سرکاری طور پر اس بات کی تردید ہوتی رہی۔ان کے تازہ رابطے سے ان شکوک و شبہات نے بظاہر دم توڑ دیا ہے۔

اقتباس:بی بی سی اُردو نیوز




Friday, November 20, 2009

Iranian Sunni Jihadi & Radical Sunni Nasheeds (Anasheed) in Persian (Farsi)


Persian-language (Farsi dialect) anasheed that the Iranian radical Salafis at Sons of Sunnah-Iran endorse are available for download HERE (non-jihadi site), for those who are interested. Anasheed (singular: nasheed/nashid) are religion-themed songs, though in this case they are religio-political-themed songs. Anasheed are an important part of jihadi media. Traditional anasheed are an integral part of Muslim cultures and frequently take the form of songs praising the Prophet Muhammad and other holy figures as well as God.

I have written previously about the Britain-based Sons of Sunnah chaps HERE and HERE. They were none too happy at my report on their anti-Shi'i bigotry and responded with venom. Read about it HERE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Our 'Aqidah," Charter Released by Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'l Jihad, Small Jihadi-Salafi Group in Palestine & Jerusalem

Jama'at al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (JTJ) of Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem/Palestine) has released its charter of sorts entitled, "Our 'Aqidah ('Aqeedah)," or approximately, "Our Creed" or "Our Doctrine," (عقـــيــدتـــنــا) It joins the several other small, jihadi-Salafi outfits currently operating in the occupied Palestinian Territories, primarily in the Gaza Strip.



The group released a short video on November 2 entitled "Border Guards" that included footage of an IED attack on what appears to be an Israeli military or police vehicle near the "security barrier" (part high-tech fence, part massive wall) that runs through the West Bank. This suggests that JTJ has a presence in the West Bank, whereas most of the other Palestinian jihadi-Salafi groups, such as Jund Ansar Allah ["Soldiers of God's Partisans"] and Jaysh al-Ummah ["Army of the Nation"], are based primarily if not solely in the Gaza Strip.


The JTJ video also includes criticism of HAMAS, the largest Palestinian Islamist (political Muslim) group, which has been excoriated by transnational jihadi-Salafis for its August 14 battle with Jund Ansar Allah at the Mosque of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. I have written about this HERE. In the video, HAMAS is compared unflatteringly to the secular Palestinian Fatah party led by Mahmoud 'Abbas.


Watch Border Guards

I have written previously about these groups and particularly Jund Ansar Allah HERE and HERE.

Jama'at Al-Tawhid Wa'l Jihad (Palestine)...Our Doctrine (Nov. 17)
Document

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blaming Blackwater: Al-Qa'ida Central & Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Accuse U.S. Military Contractor of Responsibility for Attacks on Civilians


Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) and Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan [TTP, "Taliban Movement of Pakistan"] are blaming the U.S. military contractor and mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater (now Xe) of being behind a string of bombings in civilian areas of Pakistan's Pashtun tribal regions, including the city of Peshawar. An "urgent" audio message from AQC's general commander in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu'l Yazid, "Blackwater and the Bombings in Peshawar," was released on November 11.




Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid...BlackWater...and Bombings in Peshawar (Nov. 11) ARABIC
Transcript of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid message
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Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid...BlackWater...and Bombings in Peshawar (Nov. 11) ENGLISH
English Translation of Transcript

A video featuring a statement from TTP's chief spokesman 'Azzam Tariq ('Azam Tariq), "Statement Regarding the Bombings and the Islamic University in Peshawar," was released four days later on November 15. Both were produced by AQC's media outlet, Al-Sahab (The Clouds).




A lengthy monograph in Urdu was released on November 14 entitled, "Army of the Dajjal...Blackwater." The Dajjal is an anti-Christ-like figure who appears in some Muslim religious sources and figures prominently in popular Muslim religious literature, both modern and pre-modern.

Army of the Dajjal...Blackwater (جامعہ حفصہ اردو فورم) Nov. 14
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UPDATE (10:03 p.m.): The Afghan Taliban released a statement today in which it also blamed Blackwater/Xe for being behind bombings of civilian targets in Pakistan. The relevant section reads (with my annotations & comments in brackets and bold, red font):

"Recently, they are resorting to some other devilish tactics, like detonating bombs and mines in congested places where common people are shopping. This is a heinous effort by CIA-related agencies like Black Water in order to create hatred among the common people against Mujahideen [warriors of faith]. Black Water was renamed Xe after its flagrant human rights violations in Iraq. Now it is killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and neighboring countries through mysterious bomb explosions. In Iraq, these foreign agencies destroyed Mosques and Shiite shrines in order to flare up sectarian violence. Some times, they succeeded in their wicked aims. [The attempt to shift blame for the atrocities influenced by the violent takfir advocated by the late founder of al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, is remarkable and shameless. I have written about al-Zarqawi's virulent anti-Shi'i ideology HERE and the hostility of jihadi-Salafis, and Salafis generally, to Shi'i Muslims HERE]. In addition to this, they destroy bridges, schools and then accuse Mujahideen of doing that.

The occupying troops as partners of the intelligence agencies turn schools into military outposts to provoke Mujahideen to attack them. Then they show on TV that the Mujahaideen have destroyed the schools and that they are against knowledge and education. However, it is a crime in the first place to use educational facilities like school buildings for military purposes. When the enemy turns clinics and schools into security outposts and open fire on Mujahiden from these places, they no more remain school buildings but automatically become military targets.

The Mujahideen Regulation about the code of conduct strictly requires them to avoid damaging public properties like schools and other common facilities. According to this Regulation, the first aim of Jihad is to ensure sovereignty and safety of honor, property and life of common people."
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A big thank you to the MILNEWS.ca blog for the heads up on this statement.