Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Life of Baytullah Mehsud: A Hagiographical Biography by Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Spokesman 'Azzam Tariq

Baytullah Mehsud in death.

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet that produces a lot of translations of media releases from groups such as Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), released an English translation a few days ago of an article in the Urdu jihadi-takfiri Internet magazine Hittin about the late founder of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, Baytullah Mehsud (Beitullah, Baitullah). The article was penned by 'Azzam Tariq ('Azam Tariq), TTP spokesman.

The magazine is named after one of Salah al-Din Yusuf bin Ayyub's greatest victories over the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The article may be downloaded via:

http://www.2shared.com/file/8nZTuy7e/Amir_Baitullah_Masood_Shaheed.html

http://www.easy-share.com/1912759908/Amir_Baitullah_Masood_Shaheed.zip

http://depositfiles.com/files/ov4bo1183

Islamic State of Iraq Issues Statement Targeting Egypt's Coptic Church over Reported Kidnapping of Converts to Islam

"Death to You, Slaves of the Cross [Coptic Orthodox Christians]"

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) issued a statement today threatening the Egyptian Coptic Church over allegations that it has effectively kidnapped Coptic women who have converted to Islam. A Coptic bishop also recently caused a stir in the country when he questioned the validity of parts of the Qur'an, leading to public protests by Egyptian Muslims. Gunmen took hostages in a Baghdad church today.

Background on the ISI, an umbrella for several of the most violent jihadi-insurgent groups operating in Iraq including Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), and both leaders can be found in my guest editorial, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell Out the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog.
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بيانُ إنذارٍ وإمهال للكنيسة النّصرانيّة المِصرية

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

يقول تعالى: {وَلا يَزَالُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ حَتَّى يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَنْ دِينِكُمْ إِنِ اسْتَطَاعُوا}[البقرة: من الآية217].

الحمد لله ربّ العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين.. وبعد:

فبتوجيهٍ من وزارة الحرب بدولة العراق الإسلامية، ونُصرةً لأخواتنا المسلمات المستضعفات الأسيرات في أرض مِصر المُسلمة، وبعد تخطيط واختيار دقيق، صالت ثلّةٌ غاضبةٌ من أولياء الله المجاهدين، على وكرٍ نجسٍ من أوكار الشّرك التي طالما اتّخذها نصارى العراق مقرّا لحرب دين الإسلام وإرصادا لمن حاربه، فتمكّنوا بفضل من الله ومنّه من أسرِ المجتمعين فيه والسيطرة على مداخله بالكامل،

وإنّ المجاهدين في دولة العراق الإسلاميّة يُمهلون كنيسة مصر النّصرانيّة المُحاربة ورأس الكفر فيها (ثمانياً وأربعينَ) ساعة، لتبيان حالِ أخواتنا في الدّين، المأسورات في سُجون أديرة الكفر وكنائس الشّرك في مِصر، وإطلاقِ سراحهنّ جميعهنّ، والإعلان عن ذلك عبر وسيلة إعلاميّة تصلُ إلى المجاهدين في فترة الإمهال،

ويُشملُ بهذا الإنذار مَنْ كانت له مِسكةُ عقل من رؤوس النّصارى وكنائسهم ومنظماتهم في بلاد العالم، ممّن له تأثير على تلك الكنيسة المحاربة والضغط عليها، وإلا فلن يتردّد ليوثُ التّوحيد - وقد التحفوا أحزمتهم النّاسفة- في تصفية الأسرى الحربيّين من نصارى العراق، ولتنفتح عليهم بعد ذلك في هذه البلاد وغيرها أبوابٌ تُبيدُ بإذن الله خضرائهم وتكسرُ شوكتهم وتُلزمهم الصّغار الذي كتبه الله عليهم، وتجعلهم عبرةً لكلّ من ركبه الشّيطان فصدّ عن دين الله وتجرّأ على كتابه ونبيّه صلّى الله عليه وسلّم وأعراض المسلمين وشعائرهم.. {يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ}[الصف: 8].

وليعلم المُشركون النّصارى بكلِّ مللِهم ونِحلهم ممّن غرّه بهذا الدّين العزيز تخاذلُ المحسوبين عليه، فتمالأَ على حرب الإسلام، وجعلَ من كتاب الله وشخص رسوله صلى الله عليه وسلّم غرضاً للاستهانة والاستهزاء، أنّ زمن الذّل قد ولّى إلى غير رجعة، وأنّ للإسلام رجالاً ملأ الإيمان قلوبهم، فجعلوا دون دين الله نحورهم، وهانت في سبيل الله دمائهم، وليريَنّ هؤلاء الأنجاس وأمثالُهم منهم ما يكرهون، ولو بعد حين، فراية الإسلام لابدّ مرفوعةٌ، ودين محمدٍ لابدّ ظاهرٌ ولو كره المشركون والمنافقون: {هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ}[الصف: 8-9].

والله أكبر

{وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَكِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ}

وزارة الإعلام / دولة العراق الإسلامية

المصدر: (مركز الفجر للإعلام)

Monday, October 25, 2010

My First Article Published on Foreign Policy Magazine's AFPAK Channel: "Al-Qa'ida Central's Media Operation Falls Behind"

The article was published with this image, a screen grab from an AQC video featuring the group's American spokesman Adam Gadahn, who I discuss at some length in the piece.

I'm excited to write that my first article published on Foreign Policy magazine's "AFPAK Channel" (Afghanistan-Pakistan) came out today. In the piece, I focus on the decline of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media wing, the Al-Sahab (Clouds) Media Foundation, in recent years and raise the argument that other jihadi-takfiri groups' media campaigns are now "the model" to follow, particularly Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida). The article also raises the issue of whether AQC's attempt to root itself in the Pakistani militant milieu and the possibility that AQAP is making an effort to include more online militants in their media campaign with the publication of an English online magazine produced by an American citizen.

The first paragraph reads:

"In the span of a few days earlier this month, al Qaeda Central's (AQC) Al-Sahab (Clouds) Media Foundation released a series of video and audio messages from Osama bin Laden and prominent U.S.-born spokesman Adam Gadahn on the severe flooding and resulting humanitarian crisis in Pakistan. This spate of releases strongly resembles the strategic response of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to severe flooding in 2009 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the year before in the eastern Hadramaut region of Yemen. This response leads the reader to question whether AQC's current media response to the flooding in Pakistan is perhaps even modeled after AQAP's earlier response, which in turn raises the larger question of to what degree, if any, AQC is still the model to follow, particularly in terms of media production, or whether it has instead begun to copy successful media campaigns by its regional affiliates like AQAP."

READ THE REST AT FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE'S AFPAK CHANNEL.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Fourth Guest Piece on Prof. Juan Cole's Blog: "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler"

"There is no escape from the Torrent of Fire" (except maybe this way)

I'm excited to write that today I have a fourth guest piece 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, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler." The piece examines the group's late August and early September attacks on Israeli settlers near the cities of Hebron and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. I analyze them, briefly, through a discussion of the U.S. government policy of sidelining/ignoring HAMAS in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

I suggest that HAMAS (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya; "Islamic Resistance Movement") has little reason to act as anything but what it is at present, a spoiler in the ongoing negotiations. For the piece, I examined HAMAS' own statements about the attacks and its dialogue, usually mutually hostile, with its main rival, the Fatah party that dominates the Palestinian National Authority government.
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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.

My third guest editorial, "From 'Martyrdom' Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia," can be read HERE.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Afghanistan "Quetta Shura" Taliban Interview with Laghman Province Military Commander Najibullah Haqqani

Below is an interview with an Afghan Taliban field commander in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. It was conducted by one of the Afghan "Quetta Shura" Taliban's media outlets, Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad).
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An Interview with Laghman provinces Jihadi Military Commander, Maulawi Najeebullah Haqqani

Zul Qadah 01, 1431 A.H, Sunday, October 10, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.



Laghman province is located in the East of the country. To the north are Panjsheer and Nooristan. To the east in Kunar, to south is Nangarhar and to the west are Kabul and Kapisa provinces. Laghman’s provincial capital is Muhtarlam City and it has 4 other districts namely Qarghaye, Daulat Shah, Alishang and Alingar. Laghman has a name for its beauty and has strategically important location. It has a mountainous landscape which is covered with trees and jungles.

Jihadi Military Commander

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani is the Jihadi Military Commander of Laghman province under The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He was born in Moni Village of Shigal district located in Kunar to a Religious and Jihad loving family on 1348 H.S. He did his early education in his village mosque but then immigrated to Pakistan during the Russian led coup, where he studied until 8th grade. Then he began his religious studies and graduated in 1996 (Goergian Calender) from the prestigious Darul Uloom Haqqaniya Akora Khatak.

He was with the Islamic Emirate from its humble beginnings where he participated in the victorious campaigns of Gerishk, Dalaram and Farah province. His first official duty was in Farah Bank and then worked in the Departments of Intelligence, Finance and Information in Kabul. He was the Jihadi military commander in Kunar after the American led invasion and has also done his Islamic duty of Jihad in Nooristan until his appointment at the current position.

Alemarah: Hounarable Mauli Sahib, Asalamalaikum and the warmest of welcomes. Could you please tell our audience the Jihadic situation in Laghman at the moment?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: Walaikumsalam

All praise is due to Allah and may his peace and blessings be on the leader of Mujahideen, Muhammad SAW and on his companions. For what follows:

Firstly I would also like to extend by Kindest of regards to the Mujahideen working for Alemarah and its readers and am pleased to have this opportunity to speak to the Momin and Mujahid Ummah about situation of Laghman province. Alhamdulillah the Jihadic situation in Laghman province is very good and according to our expectations. Mujahideen have bases and heavy presence in Muhtarlam City, Qarghaye, Daulat Shah and Alishang districts.

Qarghaye district, in which a large part of Jalalabad-Kabul main highway goes through, is mostly under Mujahideen control just like before. The enemy cannot enter Tor Ghar area of this district, Badpeeh area of Muhtarlam is also under our complete control. Similarly the area in and around the province center is always coming under Mujahideen bombings and assaults. The districts of Alishang and Daulat Shah are under Mujahideen’s complete control. The enemy only has its presence is the district centers. As for Alingar, Mujahideen activity is not as strong and therefore is using guerilla tactics so far.

So Mujahideen are always going forward in their Jihadi activities in Laghman. We have appointed governors and commissions for the various districts and so far don’t have any serious problems regarding our Jihadic progress.

Alemarah: Could you give us information about the presence of invaders in Laghman?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: American’s are based in Laghman, just like in other eastern provinces. They have a base in Muhtarlam city and Alishang district center. They also have a PRT in Kala Gosh area between Laghman and Nooristan provinces. They are now busy in building a new base in Kambere area of Qarghaye district.

Alemarah: How many Mujahideen are there in Laghman?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: I will not be able to tell you the exact figures due to them being military secrets but can say that Alhamdulillah we have enough of a presence in all the districts that if the enemy tries to come out of their base on patrol or for an operation, Mujahideen can confront and stop them and similarly we have enough logistics to properly equip our Mujahideen and so far don’t have any serious problems in that area.

Alemarah: A very recent event which requires our attention is the operation which was carried out against ANA in Badpeeh area. This is an event which the enemy tried to hide and hasn’t said anything about it till now but an article published in NY times called this a historic victory for the Mujahideen. Could you please tell us about the operation and how Mujahideen were able to cause such damage to the enemy?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: Just like you mentioned, this event really was a historic win due thanks to Allah’s help. Recently Mujahideen focused their operations on Jalalabad-Kabul main highway which goes through Laghman. Mujahideen targeted the enemy convoys and patrols which caused the enemy great distress. So the enemy decided to carry out an operation in Badpeeh, where Mujahideen have a big presence. Another important point about this event was that, American’s wanted to test their puppets in order to see if they could carry out a successful operation about which the puppet regime boasted.

So the enemy entered the area on Tuesday, 3rd August 2010 after fully equipping themselves with about 41 armored and other military vehicles which had more than 350 ANA puppets. When the enemy entered the area in the morning, Mujahideen contacted me and said that they do not have enough supplies to combat them but did so anyway only trusting in the help of Allah. This fierce battle started in the morning and lasted until dusk when the enemy was defeated. Out of the 41 vehicles, only 18 were left which the Mujahideen took as war booty.

Similarly, 75 puppets were left on the battle field after being killed and 25 others were taken as captives but in all this fighting, only 2 of our brothers were Martyred. The Mujahideen who participated in the battle say that they saw the help of Allah SWT because with all the military might of the enemy and the weak state of Mujahideen, they still won the battle and Allah made that day so cloudy that the enemy airpower was rendered useless. Earlier Mujahideen had complained about not having enough supplies and weapons but by the end, they had so many that they asked me what to do with them. So Allah SWT clearly showed them his help and gave them victory after fear of a defeat.

Alemarah: How are other operations going in the other areas?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: Alhamdulillah operations are going forward very fast in the areas. Jalalabad-Kabul main highway is always targeted and enemy check posts are also coming under constant assaults. Similarly enemy patrols come under IED attacks and their bases under missile strikes in Alishange. Enemy check posts and bases in Laghman provincial capital are also coming under Mujahideen assaults which you might have heard about through media.

Alemarah: How is the locals help with Mujahideen in Laghman?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: The locals of Laghman are a Mujahid people. They have given us places in their homes. The reason why the enemy cannot weaken the Mujahideen resistance is a clear manifestation of their help and we are thankful of Allah for this and are show immense pride in the help of locals.

Alemarah: To end, as a Commander of Laghman province, do you have a message to the Afghan population, similarly to Mujahideen and the enemy as well in which we can help to reach your voice?

Mauli Najeebullah Haqqani: To Mujahideen: Make your focus only to Allah’s and make his happiness your first and foremost goal. Listen and obey your leaders and treat the people with a good manner. Be very patient with the Muslims population and forgive them for we need their help because any Islamic movement which has succeeded or is succeeding, it’s due to the help of the local Muslims.

To the Mujahid Afghan people: Do not be fooled by the so called democracy and nation building lies of the enemy. Just like how you have given a place to the Mujahideen in your breasts, similarly help out physically and financially.

To the puppet ANA: Do not fight for the wrong group who only use you as for their stingy goals. Think. We captured 25 of your ANA puppets and asked the invaders for a swap of prisoners but to our surprise, they did not only want to do a prisoner swap but told us to kill the ones we have. But we released them as a favor. You must know that with all the sacrifices you make, you still don’t have any importance to your masters.

To the invaders: You should look at the realities, read the history of this nation and then revisit your strategy. They should know that with all their might they will not succeed in subduing us through your illegitimate invasion. Today or tomorrow you will be forced to flee just like your predecessors the USSR. And a message to their leaders is, to stop wasting your money on failed operations here and instead use that money on your people and their development. Leave us alone so we can live in peace under Islam Sharia.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

ENGLISH: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's Statement "Regarding the Lies of the Government on the Recent Arrests"

"Yemen is Our Engagement/Appointment"

An English translation of a statement from Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media wing released in early September was issued yesterday by the Ansar al-Mujahideen jihadi-takfiri Internet forums. The statement is below.
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In the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate "Statement regarding the Lies of the Government on the Recent Arrests" Praise be to Allah, Who said: “It is those who believe not in the Signs of Allah, that forge falsehood: it is they who lie!” [An-Nahl: 105]. And prayers and peace upon His noble Messenger and upon his family and his Companions. Every day, the regime in Sanaa hits us with its media outlets and false sources in the Ministry of the Interior, claiming imaginary victories to cover its defects, weakness and fear, which became apparent to everyone near and far thanks to the blessed Mujahideen attacks throughout those parts of the country that complain about this regime’s oppression, corruption and treason in exposing the country to the Crusader Americans from the air, ground and sea. In order to improve their image with their American and crusader masters, to recover some of their respect, and try to save the honour that the lions of monotheism have rubbed in the mud, they claim that they have launched wide-scale raids in Southern Yemen and specifically in Lodar. They also claim that they arrested dozens of Mujahideen; this is what they hope, not what they have done! They are weaker than that, and praise be to Allah Who turned their schemes around upon themselves. The truth of what happened is that they captured one brother – Brother Jaber Al-Fifi, may Allah release him – who was on a Jihadist mission, during which he was forced to abandon his weapon due to some security concerns. Anything more than that comes from their lies that they are addicted to. We give Glad Tidings to our Muslim Ummah that the Mujahideen with the help of Allah are advancing with their Jihad, until Allah makes His religion manifest and makes His Shariah victorious. We proclaim that the wheel of Jihad and change is accelerating thanks to Allah and the sacrifices of the heroes, and the blood of the free.

{“And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs;

But most among mankind know it not”} Pray for your brothers the Mujahideen

Your Brothers in Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

Saturday, 25 Ramadan 1431 H (Corresponding to September 4th 2010)


Source: Al-Fajr Media Center

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

English Translations of Al-Qa'ida Central Leader Usama bin Laden's Two Messages on the Pakistan Floods

English translations produced by cyber jihadi-takfiris are now available for Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC; Qaeda, Qaida) leader Usama bin Laden's two recent audio messages on the floods in Pakistan.

#1: "Stop the Method of Relief Work"

http://www.2shared.com/file/IlzW2vSD/xvid-f-h.html

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M0B9K3ZE

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SL6LDF8O

The password to unpack the file is: ansar1@81u@#%&(_)%#@E!&(U

#2: "Help Your Brothers in Pakistan"

http://www.2shared.com/file/RicHYEOS/2nd-hi.html

http://www.2shared.com/file/_FoG3n4D/2nd-hi.html

http://www.zshare.net/download/813679614d546888/

The password to unpack the file is: !$@^EY#^)*^#&*Y%$&&*%@@G!~%^

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Claims San'a Attack on Yemeni Security Forces Bus in Late September

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) issued a statement yesterday claiming responsibility for an attack in late September on Yemeni security forces' bus in the capital city of San'a. Click the image below to enlarge and then magnify.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

IN PICTURES: Palestinian Muslims at Prayer in Mosque Set Ablaze in Bayt Fajar in Occupied West Bank

Palestinian Muslims pray at a mosque in Bayt (Beit) Fajjar near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. The mosque was set on fire by arsonists, suspected to be radical Israeli Jewish settlers opposed to ongoing talks between the Israeli government and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian National Authority. The arson attack has been condemned by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, and settler rabbis.

A few days ago, rabbis from nearby settlements brought a gift of Qur'ans to replace some damaged in the fire.



Rabbi Menachem Froman (right) hands over a Qur'an at the mosque

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Video in Series, "Lord of the Ka'bah, I Have Succeeded!"



Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics, Epic Encounters) Media Foundation has released a major new video, the second, in its series "(By the) Lord of the Ka'bah, I Have Succeeded! 2," part of a video martyrology series. The new video centers around 'Abdullah Hasan al-'Asiri, also known as "Abu al-Khayr," the attempted assassin of the deputy Saudi minister of interior, Prince Muhammad bin Nayyef, in August 2009. It also includes newly-released footage of al-'Asiri bidding goodbye to friends and colleagues in AQAP including the group's senior military commander, Qasim al-Raymi, also known as "Abu Hurayrah al-San'ani."

Much has been made in the media about "new" threats by AQAP leaders against Saudi government officials. Most of the footage, however, in which the threats are issued is not new (some is newly-released) but rather seems to have been taken from previous shoots. Parts of these previous shoots were previously released as part of other AQAP videos.

The first installment of the series, released on June 26, 2009, was centered on the video martyrdom wills of two young Yemeni kamikaze bombers, 'Abd al-Rahman bin Mahdi ("Abu 'Ubaydah bin al-Jarrah") and Khaled al-San'ani ("Shamel al-San'ani") both teenagers. Ibn Mahdi targeted South Korean tourists in the city of Shibam in the eastern province of Hadramaut (Hadramawt) and al-San'ani targeted South Korean visitors on the airport road in San'a.

The video series' name is taken from a hadith (tradition) attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The video may be downloaded via:

(985 MB) http://www.megaupload.com/?d=76J22UUD

http://depositfiles.com/en/files/mpm78qlfz

(133 MB) http://www.zshare.net/download/810983674793ee39/

http://www.archive.org/download/t-164/ff.rmvb

The password to unpack the video is: mnb98hHNJ8uBvc5xhu8Jhgvc

Friday, October 1, 2010

Is Al-Qa'ida Central Still the Model to Follow? Is the New Usama bin Laden Audio on Pakistan Floods Modeled after AQAP's Strategy?

Screen grab from the audio message.

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (Clouds) Media Foundation, released a new audio message from AQC leader Usama bin Laden (Osama) today entitled, "Halt/Stop the Method of Relief Work" about the flooding in Pakistan. Al-Sahab's recently releases from Bin Laden and American spokesman Adam Gadahn strongly resemble, and may indeed be modeled after, the clever strategic reaction of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to the flooding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2009 and Hadramaut/Hadramawt and al-Mukalla in Yemen in October 2008. Like AQC is doing now with the Pakistani government, AQAP focused on the lackluster Saudi and Yemeni government responses, challenging the legitimacy of the nation-states in question. AQAP accused the Saudi government, for example, of "abandoning" its own citizens in their time of greatest need.



Taking into consideration the current prominence of AQAP and its highly developed and capable media apparatus, it is worth considering which organization is the new "model" to follow. In short, is AQC still the "model" for transnational jihadi-takfiri media? I would argue, no. AQC's media output, over the past year or so, has been clearly eclipsed in terms of production quality and narrative by AQAP, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth) in Somalia, the Islamic State of Iraq/Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers-Iraq (AQI), and the Afghan Taliban. I have written an article on Harakat al-Shabab's media evolution, which can be read HERE.

AQC has long tried to tap into existing often popular causes and conflicts. Gadahn's decision to separate Baluchistan (Balochistan) from Pakistan proper is an example of this, as I wrote about HERE.

Time permitting, I will be working on a longer piece (probably a short article) to flesh out some of my thinking on this topic. If so, I hope to submit it for publication to one of several possible venues. If none pan out, I'll post it here next week.

Bin Laden's message was released in Arabic and Urdu. The Arabic video may be downloaded via:

http://www.zshare.net/download/809766298cef4857/

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MW3AIQ7W

The password to unpack the video file is (for Arabic): KH95hkasdfKhjdsfJhbdFC2D

The Urdu video may be downloaded via:

http://www.archive.org/download/t-154/wqfur1.divx

http://depositfiles.com/en/files/achrq9wzq

The password to unpack the video file is (for Urdu): Hk02HhfRtrjbfces

An Arabic transcript is available via:

http://www.2shared.com/file/hzw1SRn7/waqfat.html