I'm excited to write that today I have a third guest editorial 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 essay is entitled, "From ‘Martyrdom’ Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia: The Rapid Evolution of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen’s Multimedia."
Harakat al-Shabab "reporter" closes the video "Mogadishu: Crusaders' Graveyard," which I discuss in my guest piece. He says, "Al-Kata'ib News Channel, from the frontlines of Mogadishu."
It focuses on the surprisingly fast-paced evolution of the media wing of Somalia's largest anti-government insurgent-jihadi group, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) during the past two years. The essay also discusses Harakat al-Shabab's attempt to install the institutions usually associated with nation-states in their effort to establish an Islamic state based on their radical interpretation of Islamic law (Shari'ah).
My first guest editorial, "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 editorial, "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.