Sunday, February 27, 2011

ENGLISH: Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Statement Supporting Libyan Intifada against al-Qadhafi

"Victory of the Lion's of the Islamic Maghreb;" al-Qadhafi is shown shaking hands with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and AQIM amir 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal (Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud/Wadud) is shown at the bottom right.

An English translation of the February 23 statement from Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is below. I wrote about the original Arabic statement HERE.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al-Qaedah of the Islamic Maghreb
In Defense and Support of the Revolution of Our Fellow Free Muslims, the Progeny of Umar Al Mukhtar
All praise be to Allah, who said in His Book:
‪)‬أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ‪(‬
“Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged; and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory.” (Al-Hajj:39) And may peace and blessings be upon our leader, Muhammad, who said: “Indeed Allah grants respite to the unjust, until when the time comes to take him, He does so severely.” To proceed:
To our beloved and fellow Muslims in Libya:
To the heroes of Benghazi, the courageous of Darna, Baida, Tripoli, Tobruk, Ghat, and others…
To the free tribes of Al Warfalah, Al Zintan, Al Maqaraha, Misrata, the Tuareg and others…
We are following, both with great joy and great pain, your honorable revolt against the Taghut of Libya, the modern Musailimah, who has made the progeny of Umar Mukhtar taste forty years of suppression, crime and humiliation. He transgressed in the land and spread much corruption, subjecting its people to all types of torture and slavery. As much as we are delighted with your blessed revolt and rise which is a clear indication of dawn and the end of this tyrant, we are deeply pained by the cowardly massacre and butchery carried out by the killer of the innocents, Gaddafi, against our fellow Muslim brethren who only demonstrated to end his tyranny, oppression and brutality, to demand their usurped rights and resources which he and his children and posse rampaged and pillaged. The continual massacres which the modern Musailimah is committing through the use of African mercenaries and fighter jets against the Libyan people clearly exposes that these ruling tawagheet are more than ready to kill Muslims and eradicate them to preserve their thrones. For how long have these murderers and criminals falsely accused the Mujahideen of killing innocents! Here in front of you, the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has exposed their lies and proven to the entire world that they are the ones who kill innocents, and it is them who are violent, immoral and merciless in their murdering of children, women, and the youth with shilkas, missiles and mercenary bullets. We see these rapid and historical events taking place in Libya, and we wish to make note of the following points: 1. We send our condolences to the families of the martyrs who left their homes to act against evil and to overthrow this tyrannical Taghut. We ask our Lord and Protector to accept their sons, to grant them Firdaws, to reward them for this calamity and grant them something better in exchange, and to grant them patience and solace. 2. We announce our agreement with and support of the revolt in Libya in its rightful demands. We stress and remind our fellow Muslims in Libya that we are with you and will not desert you by Allah’s leave. We will spend whatever we have to help you. Your battle is the battle of every Muslim who loves Allah and His Messenger. We ourselves did not leave our homes except to defend you from these tyrants who have swallowed up your rights, usurped your resources, and have deprived you from the most basic requirements of an honorable living and the simplest form of freedom and humanity. 3. We call upon the Libyan Muslims to remain firm and patient, and we encourage them to continue their Jihad and revolt, and to do it more in order to overthrow this criminal. Whoever dies is a martyr, by Allah’s leave, and whoever remains alive will live honorably, all praise be to Allah. Let your motto be that of the Sheikh of the Mujahideen, Umar Al Mukhtar: “We will never surrender! We will either gain victory or die!” Remain patient, firm and motivated! Indeed victory is only be patient for a while.
(وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ | بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ يَنصُرُ مَن يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ)
“And on that Day, the believers (i.e. Muslims) will rejoice (at the victory given by Allah to the Romans against the Persians). With the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.” (Rum: 4-5) 4. We call upon all the Muslim people to support their brothers in Libya in whatever way they can, especially the people of Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, just as we call the scholars, preachers, the educated and the media to aid their Muslim brothers in Libya by supporting them in their time of hardship, to highlight their rightful cause, and to expose the continual crimes of Gaddafi and his violent gang. As for you O Musailimah of this Age! O’ you who wages war with Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and the Believers! O’ you whose hands drip with the blood of the best of youth from Bousaleem! Here is the pure blood in front of you today cursing you, besieging you and calling for revenge! Laa illaha ill-Allah! Gaddafi is the enemy of Allah! O’ sinful liar! O’ Cruel and base-born (of illegitimate birth)! Today the Sun has risen and exposed your true self and monstrosity. It has exposed in all clarity your shameless savagery, and that your time is up, by Allahs Leave.

O Beast of Libya! Libya Hates You!
Even the Lofty Minarets Curse you!
Whomsoever you buy off and Iblis’ soldiers by your side!
Go away!
The weapons of the cursed Jews won’t benefit you!
No matter how many of the youth you kill!
No matter how many of the elderly you kill!
No matter how many widows you kill!
No matter how many of the hungry you kill!
The Masses have sworn to the witness that they will topple you!

Al-Qaidah of the Islamic Maghreb
Al-Andalus Media Foundation Wednesday, Rabi Al Awwal 20. 1432 H (23/3/11 CE)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban: Spreading the Lie of Negotiations, A Fifth Column

Translated article from the Afghanistan Taliban's monthly Arabic Internet magazine Al-Somood.

The Fifth Column Embraced In Sinful America’s Lap, Spreading The Lying Buzz Of Negotiations

Rabi-ul-Awwal 21
, 1432 A.H, Friday, February 25, 2011

By Abu Muthanna Badir

For months we have been hearing the startling and stunning buzz of negotiations, reports of which have been seen increasingly spread in an urgent and polished style by the ignorant Western news agencies, glossed with a hue of truth and veracity. This buzz has been repeated and spread until it was said: a high-ranking delegation from the Islamic Emirate met with officials of the lackey, mercenary government at the Sarina Hotel here in the Afghan capital Kabul. This was corroborated from the mouth of the snake-charmer president of this government in one of his interviews with the CNN satellite network.

Unfortunately, I have heard this false claim on the tongues of some naïve and stupid countrymen of ours, as well as those who wear the garb of the praiseworthy and innocent lamb who corroborate their words and bear witness for them because of the existence of common interests which they share with them, but at heart they have a faith that is weaker than the spider’s web.

We must not wonder at these biased (reports) and fabricated deceptions on the part of the enemy. Such contrivances are nothing but the practice of Americans and Westerners and the habit of the hypocrites and mercenaries. Whenever they fail in a conspiracy, they immediately resort to the next one – like a drowning man who extends his hand to even (pond) scum, hoping it will save him even though it is impossible for it to help him. The Afghans generally and the Mujahideen especially are fully aware of the tricks of the occupying enemy and his wicked plots. They have been hardened by wars and military plots throughout the past three decades which they have spent fighting foreign invaders and occupiers, and they have mastered all kinds of war. They will be not be duped by these farcical lies issued by the enemy even though these lies are deceptively coated as truth. The enemy has today retreated to the military invasion due to the heroism of the Mujahideen and the resistance of the Afghans. They resort to this toxic discharge among naïve circles of Muslims, with the intention of shaking their bright ideas, driving away their strong zeal, diminishing their religious awareness, causing their determination to slumber, and intoxicate their clear minds.

It is logically impossible for negotiations to be conducted with the lackey government and the fifth column so long as it is embraced in the lap of wicked America and while American flags are flapping above the peaks of this Muslim land.

How is it possible? The Mujahideen have embarked on Jihad and given themselves and their souls to Allah Almighty. They have refused to have anything to do with this artificial life, and have chosen death over life. They have made countless sacrifices in these past three decades. They have turned to face and banded together against the pharaoh of this age (criminal America) with overflowing might and rushing zeal, bearing on their backs the responsibility for defending the frontlines of Islam and defending the territory of Islam in this blessed land against those criminals who have swept through many Afghan territories and committed repulsive crimes that send a shiver down the spine, especially in the south which they have occupied and where they have shed the blood of its innocent people until this day.

No matter how they spread the spirit of defeat and (try) to shake trust in the spirits of Mujahideen via their lying rumors and trying to shatter their solid wills; break their backs; destroy the optimism of Muslims in supporting the Religion and its people; spread their exaggerations and dull their senses. No matter what…no one will believe them (Allah willing) nor accept their false rumors.

This is because the policy of the Islamic Emirate is as clear as the afternoon sun. The Emirate summit has more than once declared in its media statements that negotiations with the lackey government are not possible so long as Western armies are present here and while it remains the candidate of the first rank of collaboration, treachery and perfidy towards this country and its people. This is and remains the Emirate’s policy, and there will be no concession or compromise on this.

What type of negotiations are these? The government has thus far been unable to make any statement in the name of any actual Emirate officials. They are just random words thrown about here and there.

Unfortunately, some naïve individuals believe their words and vouch for them on their positions without knowing whether the basis for the reality for these positions are true or false. This just (reflects) the old understanding between them and the dissolute hypocrites and the presence of personal interests between them. Those stupid ones who are drawn by sentiment or an old understanding – as it seems to me – come appearing as servants of Allah SWT, but at heart their faith is weaker than the web of the spider. If they had truly read the glorious Qur’an then they would have denied the false rumors. Recall the words of Allah SWT:

“O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done”
. (Al-Hujarat: 6).

Finally, I wish to gladden the hearts of dear brothers and lovers of Islam and Muslims; falsehood no matter how it grows and multiplies, and no matter how its roots and branches lengthen, there will (be) a hand of the people of truth to pluck it out. So, do not fear or be troubled. The glad tidings of victory appear on the horizon.

“Already has Our Word been passed before (this) to our Servants sent (by Us), that they would certainly be assisted, and that Our forces, - they surely must conquer.”
(Al-Saffat: 171-173).

So rejoice followers of Allah. Rejoice, soldiers of Allah:

“So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith”
(Al-i-Imran: 139).

Discouraging words should not deter your determination to do good deeds. False news should not stop you so that you remain in the same place, not moving forward or producing any effect. Cling fast to the rope of Allah and trust in the victory of Righteous Allah.

“Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight”
(Al-i-Imran: 101).

Place these false rumors behind your backs, for they are from the soldiers of Shaytan:

“It is only the Evil One that suggests you to fear of his votaries: Be ye not afraid of them, but fear Me, if ye have faith,”
(Al-i-Imran: 175), because he frightens us with his men at times and with his words at others and by making us despair at others. Allah only suffices for us; He is our

Supporter and He is “the best to protect and the best to help”.

Translated From The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: Al-Somood Monthly Magazine Issue #57

The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Taliban Statement: "America, No More a Super Power"

Statement from the Afghanistan Taliban's spokesman, run without edits.

America, No More a Super Power

February 25, 2011

After the early Islamic era and the evanescent reign of Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi (who dealt a crushing defeat at European crusaders), the Ottoman caliphate was marvelous and unparalleled. They safeguarded Islam and the Muslims for four hundred years.

The present boundaries of the Muslim countries have been made possible as of this day, thanks to their Jihad and unstinted sacrifices.

Other Muslims were neglectful of this responsibility. Only the Othoman were vigilant and fulfilled it. But fraud and conspiracies of the enemies of Islam contributed to disintegration of this glorious caliphate, causing irreparable loss and tragedy. On one hand, the Muslims were deprived from their political stronghold and on the other hand, they lost their first Kiblah (i.e. Jerusalem) and it fell into the hands of Zionist occupiers. It is still under their control and the oppressed Muslims of Palestine are forced to live under squalid conditions.

For more than a century, the Muslims of the world have been victims of attacks and invasions of infidel colonial powers of the world. They do not leave Muslims to forge ahead towards peace and prosperity in the light of the rules and regulations of the holy religion of Islam; to follow Islamic values and morals in their countries and to implement the Islamic Sharia laws and tenets. This is the reason that for the last century the whole Islamic Umma has been passing through a collective social unrest and distress.

The present Islamic world, comprising of 50 smaller or larger states, is mostly under the control of the colonial powers. They are sucking the blood of the Muslims and have trained tens of Karzais among the Muslims to safeguard their malicious interests. Everywhere in the world, whosoever abide by pure Islam and is faithful to the high interests of the people, has been removed from power with prizes of millions of dollars on their heads. If we ignore the remaining world and just look at to the past one and half decade of our own country, we find how the control and supremacy of the Islamic ruling was thorn in the flesh of America. The renaissance of Islam in our homeland was intolerable for her. The American colonialism could not bear to see the candle of Islam remain burning here; that lingual, ethnic and national differences should come to an end and that the suppressed and miserable Afghan nation fuse into a central and unified force.

They feared if the Islamic Sharia brings peace and justice in Afghanistan, people in other parts of the world would ask for this kind of system and it would turn their vagrant and treacherous way of life meaningless. So they decided to put out rays of this light.

Full of this malicious thought, America and European allied decided to attack Afghanistan from far-flung area. They united the forces of the whole non-Muslim world and invaded Afghanistan. This invasion which took place both from air and on the ground was the greatest march of its kind. It was not only confined to military invasion but was accompanied by propaganda war, economic and political invasion as well.

Then observers said that it was the war between the weakest and the strongest with a great imbalance of power between them. The observers predicted that American would suffocate the life of the poor Afghan people and the ever free Afghanistan would lose the blessing of freedom forever. The Afghan nation will be deprived of the spirit of Islam and independence. But it was against the will of Allah the Almighty. Instead, His will was that the history of Afghanistan should remain fraught with love of faith, courage, bravery and heroism. It was the will of Allah that America and its puppets are to be debased and disgraced to the extent that not only the future history of Afghanistan will become splendid with glory but also bring an inspiration of freedom and independence to all the oppressed peoples and communities of the 21st century. Yes, by the will and support of Allah, America is no more a super power; instead it is a state on descent. Overall, we can say that she is no more the America as she was before 2001.

Fortunately, today not only in Afghanistan but in all oppressed lands of the world, the dawn of freedom has arisen. Gone are the days when from east to west a great uproar and tumult of American invasion was ringing. Now the day has come that America has fell down from her pride and is desperately trying to flee.

So in these aspiring moments the Afghans are giving the good news to all the oppressed nations that;

America is no more as she was. She is on the edge of decline and breakdown. It is quite near that her pride will fall and the statue of its tyranny will collapse. And it is never a hard task for Allah to do.

Interview with Afghanistan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

Interview with the Afghanistan Taliban's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, run without edits.

Interview with the spokesperson of Islamic Emirate Zabihullah Mujahid regarding Afghanistan’s current political and military situation.

February 23, 2011

Question: Mr. Mujahid, after months of disputes, Hamid Karzai finally announced the so called ‘peoples congregation’ (Jargah), could you please share with us your view regarding it?

Zabihullah Mujahid: Yes, in Afghanistan the foreign invaders and their puppets, like before, are trying to put into practice various processes in order to cover up the invasion of Afghanistan, and enforce their ‘prescription’ of so called democracy. Once again they repeated their misleading efforts and conducted parliamentary election. From the beginning Islamic Emirate considered this particular election as ‘a demand and process set by foreigners’. The invaders covered the expenses of the election so that they can benefit from it.

Through this ‘show’ of election, the invaders wanted to deceive the Afghan Nation and the world that they have achieved their objectives, and now there is a popular, elected government and parliament, hence no one has the right to continue their struggle against the elected government.

The foreigners believed that through such staged and corrupt elections they can easily put in place their purchased puppet individuals and appoint them in the fake parliament, through which they thought that they can continue their occupation and from such a parliament they will be able to easily get their hands on a long term strategic alliance contract.

In addition to this the invaders also had the intentions of appointing in the parliament those individuals who do not believe in united Afghanistan. Through these puppets the foreign invaders will try on a high level to divide Afghanistan and cultivated mistrust amongst different ethnic groups.

From the beginning Islamic Emirate had considered this process a struggle by foreign invaders and detrimental to the Afghan Nation and Muslims, and the results of this process reveal’s the same truth about the invaders deceptive upcoming plans and efforts.

Question: United States of America, her allies and also United Nations had a warm welcoming response towards the parliamentary elections, how do you view their particular response?

Zabihullah Mujahid: I made it clear that the parliament in Kabul and the elections that were held are not conducted in order to serve the legislative needs of the country; instead it was part of invaders military strategy. As we know NATO is a military alliance, and it must be noticed that Rasmussen was compelling Hamid Karzai to bring about a new parliament, thus instead of government diplomats the ceremony of the new parliament was conducted by the military commanders of different countries which shows that the new parliament was a strategic military need of the American invading forces that ought to be completed. In reality the Americans want to use this parliament in order to fulfill their military strategy in the region. As far as The United Nation’s warm welcoming of the new parliament is concerned, then it is apparent that the UN cannot take any step against America and that is a known fact.

Question: Do you think that new parliament will have any effect on the current situation in Afghanistan?

Zabihullah Mujahid: No not at all, because this parliament like the earlier ones is neither an Afghani parliament nor legitimate, most of its members are elected on the basis of ethnicity by the invaders and their puppets, so like the earlier parliaments, it will only be limited to pocketing salaries and will not have any evident effect on the current circumstances.

Question: Can you describe briefly the view of Islamic Emirate regarding this parliament?

Zabihullah Mujahid: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan does not give any importance to the existence or absence of such parliaments; most of its members are accountable for crimes and corruption which is part of this puppet regime. We see the so called newly ‘elected’ parliament as a part of the continuous stage show, which the Americans want to benefit from by using it as propaganda in order to deceive the populace.

Question: Coming to other issues Mr.Mujahid, recently the American General Petraeus claimed that they have some evident progress in Afghanistan, how do you view these claims?

Zabihullah Mujahid: Yes we hear this propaganda circulating in the media which is very astonishing. Our nation witnesses that the invaders are under more pressure than ever before. From one side, despite of the increase in number of invading forces they are under continuous attacks of Mujahideen all over the country which results in high casualty on daily basis. From the other side, the invading forces particularly their leaders and army generals are under great political pressure of their country’s general public, that despite of great expenses; enormous cost of life and public wealth, why have they not been able to fulfill their promises, which was to bring stability and a countable progress in Afghanistan. It is a known fact that the invaders have been defeated in Afghanistan, but they continue their propaganda through which they want to compel the world to believe in their so called progress in Afghanistan. As far as general Petraeus’s claim is concerned, we have been following his claims from past couple of months which in reality are politically motivated. For instance, when Obama was preparing scenario of his yearly speech for the Nation, according to a report general Petraeus was obliged to make new claims of progress in Afghanistan which had no authenticity. These claims were only made so that Barack Obama can refer to it and mention them as a proof in his speech. Therefore, in order to know the current situation in Afghanistan and the fantasy of progress in Afghanistan, we can refer to the many surveys that were recently conducted by some media sources, for instance the survey that was conducted by Reuters News Agency at the expense of European Union exposes to some extent the fantasy of progress in Afghanistan.

According to a report by Reuters news agency, an European security firm which is responsible for the security of NGOs in Afghanistan has mentioned in their investigated report; that the claims made by the American military Generals about the military progress in Afghanistan is contradictory to the reality on the ground, according to report there is no doubt that in 2010 there was 2/3 increase in armed resistance compare to 2009, and in some northern provinces there is a threefold increase in armed resistance. Furthermore it is mentioned that the American president Barack Obama pointed towards the war in Afghanistan very differently, by saying that there was military progress on the ground and activities of Taliban have been limited in many parts of the country, whereas the progress that has been made is not secure enough and might fall back into the hands of Taliban. According to the report, the American general Mike Mullen’s visit to Afghanistan one day after the publicizing of white House review of Afghan war strategy where the General claimed about the progress in Afghanistan, however these claims had clear motives behind it, which was to influence the views and thoughts of the American and European public, and to prepare the situation in Afghanistan prior to the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan. It is also mentioned in the report that in 2010 there was 64 percent increase in the attacks of Taliban.

The above mentioned reports are according to a western media firm and I believe that if we make an even independent survey it will be more damaging to the invading forces.

Question: General Petraeus has been claiming for couple of months that they have detained or martyred majority of Mujahideen leaders in different parts of the country. Can you please give our readers some information about the reality of these incidents?

Zabihullah Mujahid: I can only say that our virtuous Jihad will indeed require sacrifice from us, and whether it be a leader or an ordinary Talib, sacrifice in this sacred path is our pride, and we believe that martyrdom for the sake of God Almighty is not death, but it is a life with dignity for us. However, as far as the enemy’s claim of martyring or capturing alive of majority of our leaders, it is very far from reality, because we can see that day by day there is increase in our Jihadi activities, and our armed forces are more disciplined than ever before. We are countering the enemy and opening new Jihadi fronts, we occupy more and more territory day by day. This in itself is a proof, prays be to Allah there is no such grave harm caused to our Jihadi leadership, and God forbid if these claims were to be true then we wouldn’t be having all these victories in the battlefields, and I believe that this is one-sided propaganda of our enemy, and right now there is totally an opposite situation on the ground, a general belief is that comparing to the previous years, this winter there are more attacks of Mujahideen, which unveils the fake propaganda of our enemy.

Question: Recently Karzai’s government has been reported claiming that in some northern provinces a number of Mujahideen have surrendered to the government and the process is gaining momentum, can you please give us some information regarding it?

Zabihullah Mujahid: We believe that such claims are part of organized misleading propaganda. As a matter of fact even our enemy believes that the Jihad and resistance is gaining momentum in the north. So in order to reduce the resistance in north, the Kabul government with the help and guidance of foreign intelligence agencies are trying to introduce some warlords as Taliban who in fact have no connection with the Taliban, then through their propaganda they claim that the government have invited the so called Taliban and they have surrendered and are working with us now. We have always condemned such baseless reports, and we believe that these individuals are not Mujahideen but in fact they are planning against the Mujahideen. The puppet government in Kabul is trying to magnetize the audacious Mujahideen of north by means of money and governmental positions, but our enemy must comprehend that we have abandoned the short lived pleasures of this life for the sake of Allah and our Islam is more beloved to us then their money. Hence this propaganda is part of planned intelligence process and praise be to Allah, Mujahideen are fully aware of it and God willing our Mujahideen will not fall prey to such indecent attempts of our enemy.

Question: Recently in many different parts of Afghanistan the American forces are conducting unexpected raids during night and may be day time, and they consider these raids very effective. Are these tactics really that much effective?

Zabihullah Mujahid: Our Mujahideen are totally capable and are very experienced in prevention of any such raids, and they have been trained well enough to counter these tactics of our enemy, and also in numerous occasions the enemy had a number of casualties during the raid. However as far as the night raids are concerned, they are mostly conducted on ordinary populace on the basis of wrong information, and also sometimes these raids are conducted on religious schools and many students and Imams have been martyred and imprisoned. These brutal acts of the invaders will further add to the fury of our nation, so eventually more and more people will stand in the ranks of Mujahideen. Similarly the Soviets made the same mistake of agonizing our nation, which resulted in their defeat. Furthermore our nation see’s these acts of the invaders as anti-Islamic and against the humanity, the invaders bomb our mosques, kill the religious imams and students or imprison and torture the innocent people without any trial, therefore our nation will continue to fulfill their responsibility of protecting this sacred land from their mischief.

Question: As you know that the enemy forces are recently targeting ordinary public properties in different parts of our country, for example cutting gown of thousands of fruit bearing trees in Ghazni province’s Band-e-Sarda area, and annihilation of many villages during Helmand and Kandahar operations. What do you think is the invaders objective behind it, and what have they earned so far from it?

Zabihullah Mujahid: We believe that we must take every possible step to protect the crops, dwellings, villages and markets of ordinary public, and no one has the right to destroy ordinary public possessions. As for the reasons behind these aggressions, firstly the human rights or other similar regulations are for some reason not applicable to our enemy although they consider themselves human rights preachers or activists. Secondly they want to take revenge from ordinary public, who are fulfilling their religious duties of supporting and standing with the Mujahideen. The foreigners are forcing and deliberately killing the ordinary public in order to stop them from siding with or supporting the Mujahideen, and they have pursued these failed attempts since ten long years and still they do not understand that at no price will Afghans accept the invasion of their country or live under foreign occupation, no matter how much atrocities they commit in Afghanistan. It will only shorten the time of their invasion and more people will join the ranks of Mujahideen as I mentioned earlier was the case during the Soviets invasion. We are very satisfied with the efforts and sacrifice of our brave nation and we consider stepping up in attacks and preparations against our enemy.

Question: In connection to the previous question, if I may ask about the general political and military situation of Afghanistan, we have noticed many differences and disagreement between the political and military leaders of western countries, to an extent that they keep on changing their view in a very short period of time and moreover they give contradictory speeches, what might be the main reason behind all this?

Zabihullah Mujahid: We believe that when the western invader countries were planning to invade Afghanistan, they had very significant objectives and they wanted to attain them through their longer stay in Afghanistan, which previously the west and specially America were competing on with the Soviet Union. Fortunately, they were faced with distressing resistance and from 10 long years they have been trapped in a ruinous war, as a result the coalition countries particularly America are suffering a terrible economic depression. On the other hand, now they are lost what I would call another ‘upsetting depression’, which is; how to pull out from this long-lasting, and ‘patience consuming’ war which was started by America, in such a manner that Her (America) global trust and political authority remains established. Furthermore the western ‘unaware’ public is becoming more sensitive to the continuation of war; therefore it is very obvious that the ordinary public will recognize the ongoing lies of their county’s leadership, and certainly the western politicians particularly the American politicians’ remain wavering. They have many different views which results in contradictory changes on daily basis. From another side, the lengthening of this particular war is getting more and more disturbing for the western leaders, because they have not been involved in very lengthy warfares. America has only been involved in the Vietnam War, where they had dreadful experiences and even up until today every American has a particular sense of fear and terror about it, hence in such a situation the invasion and overrunning of a war torn small Afghanistan which seemed very easy and almost costless to them, turned out to be very difficult and enormously expensive. So, of course they will have altering their views and changing their mind set on everyday basis. We see that today they speak against what they had spoken and done earlier, this all appears to be due to the intensive pressure of ongoing war which arises in non-Muslim and faithless societies.

_____ Thanks a lot Mr. Mujahid for giving us your precious time despite of being very busy.

_____ and thanks to you, may Allah make you successful.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Backs Libya's Intifada against al-Qadhafi, Calls for Muslims in Egypt, Algeria, & Tunisia & 'Ulama to Support

"Victory of the Lion's of the Islamic Maghreb;" al-Qadhafi is shown shaking hands with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and AQIM amir 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal (Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud/Wadud) is shown at the bottom right.

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a statement today about the intifada (uprising) in Libya against dictator Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, "Support and Advocacy for the Revolution of Our People, the Free, Descendants of 'Umar al-Mukhtar." They invoke a popular resistance leader who was executed by the Italian Fascist colonial government on September 16, 1931, most famously portrayed excellently on film by Anthony Quinn in the 1981 film The Lion of the Desert.

AQIM's statement expresses condolences to "the martyrs" in Libya and calls on Muslims in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and other places to support "their Libyan brothers" against the tyrannical regime of al-Qadhafi. It also calls on Muslim religious scholars ('ulama) and media outlets to support the Libyan intifada.

The statement was issued by AQIM's Al-Andalus Media Foundation and distributed by the Al-Fajr (Dawn) Media Center, a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media network that distributes all media materials from AQIM, Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), and Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), as well as for some Pakistan-based Urdu-language jihadi-takfiri media outlets like Hittin Media.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

تَنْظِيمُ القَاعِدَةِ بِبِلاَدِ المَغْرِبِ الإِسْلاَمِيِّ

نصرة و تأييد لثورة أهلنا الأحرار أحفاد عمر المختار

الحمد لله القائل في كتابه: :
﴿ أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ ﴾ و الصّلاة و السلام على سيدنا محمد القائل:" إن الله ليملي الظالم حتى إذا أخذه لم يفلته "، أمّا بعد:
إلى أهلنا و أحبابنا في ليبيا:
إلى أبطال بنغازي و شجعان درنة و البيضاء و طرابلس و طبرق و غات و غيرها...
إلى أحرار قبائل الورفلة و الزنتان و المقارحة و مصراته و الطوارق و غيرهم....

نتابع بفرح و ألم ثورتكم المشرّفة على طاغوت ليبيا و مسيلمة العصر الذي أذاق أحفاد عمر المختار أربعين سنة من القهر و الإجرام و الإذلال...فطغى في البلاد و أكثر فيها الفساد و سلّط على أهلها صنوف العذاب و الاستعباد.

و بقدر فرحنا بثورتكم و هبّتكم المباركة المؤذنة ببزوغ الفجر و قرب نهاية الطاغية،فقد آلمتنا المذابح و المجازر الجبانة التي ينفذها قاتل الأبرياء القذافي ضد أهلنا و إخواننا المسلمين العُزّل الذين ما خرجوا إلاّ لرفع ظلمه و كفره و جبروته عنهم،و للمطالبة بحقوقهم المسلوبة و ثروتهم التي استباحها و نهبها هو و أبناؤه و حاشيته.

إن المجازر المستمرة التي يستعين فيها مسيلمة العصر بالمرتزقة الأفارقة و بالطيران الحربي لذبح الشعب الليبي المسلم لتكشف بوضوح الوجه الحقيقي للحكام الطغاة الذين هم على أتم الاستعداد لقتل المسلمين و إبادتهم حفاظا على كراسيهم .

هؤلاء القتلة المجرمون لطالما كذبوا و اتهموا المجاهدين بقتل الأبرياء زورا و بهتانا و هاهي الثورة التونسية و المصرية و الليبية تفضح كذبهم و تثبت للعالم بأجمعه أنهم هم قتلة الأبرياء و هم الدمويون المتجردون من كل خلق و رحمة بقتلهم للأطفال و النساء و الشباب بمدافع الشيلكا و صواريخ الطيران و رصاص المرتزقة.
و نحن أمام هذه الأحداث التاريخية المتسارعة التي تمر بأهلنا و إخواننا المسلمين في ليبيا،انطلاقا من واجب النصرة للمسلمين و النصح لهم نود أن نسجل ما يلي:

2. نعلن تأييدنا و دعمنا للثورة الليبية في مطالبها المشروعة،و نؤكد لأهلنا في ليبيا أننا معكم و لن نخذلكم بإذن الله،و سنبذل ما نملك لنصرتكم بحول الله،فمعركتكم هي معركة كل مسلم يحب الله و رسوله،و نحن ما خرجنا إلا دفاعا عنكم ضد هؤلاء المستبدّين الذين هضموا حقوقكم و نهبوا ثرواتكم و حرموكم من أدنى متطلبات الحياة الكريمة و أبسط معاني الحريّة و الكرامة الإنسانية. 3. ندعو الشعب الليبي المسلم للثبات و الصبر و نُحرِّضُهم على مواصلة جهادهم و ثورتهم و تصعيدها لخلع الطاغية المجرم ،فمن مات منهم مات شهيدا بإذن الله ،و من عاش منهم عاش سعيدا بحمد الله،و ليكن شعاركم مقولة شيخ المجاهدين عمر المختار :نحن لا نستسلم ،ننتصر أو نموت... فالصبرَ الصبر, والثباتَ الثبات, والهمّةَ الهمّة, وما النصرُ إلا صبرُ ساعة 1. نعزّي أهالي الشهداء الذين خرجوا لإنكار المنكر و خلع الطاغية،و نسأل المولى عز وجل أن يتقبّل أبناءهم و يرزقهم الفردوس الأعلى و أن يأجرهم في مصيبتهم ويخلفهم خيرا منها ويلهمهم جميل الصبر والسلوان .

﴿ وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ يَنصُرُ مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ﴾ .

أما أنت يا مسيلمة العصر!

4. ندعو الشعوب المسلمة كلها لدعم إخوانهم في ليبيا بما يملكون و خاصة الشعب المصري و التونسي و الجزائري،كما ندعو العلماء و الدعاة و المثقفين و الإعلاميين لنصرة إخوانهم المسلمين في ليبيا،بدعمهم و مساندتهم في محنتهم و إبراز قضيتهم المشروعة و كشف الجرائم المتتالية لعصابة القذافي الدموية.

يا مُـحارِبًا لله و لكتابه و لرسوله و للمؤمنين...يا من تلطّخت يداك بدماء 1200مسلم من خيرة الشباب في بوسليم،هاهي تلك الدماء الزكية اليوم تلعنك و تحاصرك و تنادي بثأرها منك ! ... لا إله إلاّ الله ..القذافي عدوّ الله!...أيها الأفّاك الأثيم العُتلُّ الزنيمُ: ها قد أسفر اليوم الصبح عن وجهه و ظَهرتَ على حقيقتك و بشاعتك و كشفت بكل وضوح عن وحشيتك في غير حياء و اقترب يومك بإذن الله :
يا وحش ليبيا... إن ليبيا تكرهك
حتى المآذن في شموخ تلعنك
مهما اشتريت من الرجال
وجند إبليس معك
هيا ارتحل
فسلاح صهيون اللعين
لن ينفعك
مهما قتلت من الشباب
من الشيوخ
من الثكالى
و الجياع
فالشعب أقسم للشهيد سيخلعك

تَنْظِيمُ القَاعِدَةِ بِبِلاَدِ المَغْرِبِ الإِسْلاَمِيِّ

مؤسّسة الأندلس للإنتاج الإعلامي

‏الأربعاء‏، 20‏/ربيع الأول‏/1432هـ الموافق ل:‏23‏/02‏/11م
المصدر : مركز الفجر للإعلام


A copy of the statement may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

*Links provided for academic/research purposes only*

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Cyber Jihadi Critique of New Documentary "Broken Dreams" on Somali-American Youth Who Joined Harakat al-Shabab

Below is a response from a cyber jihadi-takfiri to the new documentary film Broken Dreams about the Somali-American youth who traveled to Somalia and joined Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth). The documentary, which was recently screened in Minneapolis, the city where the majority of these young men came from, was made by Fathia Absie, a former journalist for Voice of America and a social worker.

The response, posted below without edits, shows how threatening this documentary is to militants. It is a vulgar, formulaic attack on both the documentary and Absie, who is called the "house nigger" of the U.S. Department of Justice. Cyber jihadi-takfiris are never shy about letting the world know what they do not like and, at the same time, what they feel most threatened by.



In Response to the Documentary "Broken Dreams"

بسم الله, والحمد لله,والثناء لله, والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله, وبعد

It is so bewildering to see the uproar made by a new immature documentary called: “Broken Dreams”, about the young Somali American men who went back to fight in Somalia. It’s obscure commotions were echoed by the acting of some Somali leaders both of the religious and non-religious sectors in the interviews of the documentary. To some extent, its opening ceremony attracted a wide variety of representatives from the whole community. So many were applauding for its contents, while others were chanting praises for the director of this immature filming and its in-accurate facts gathered from left-wing media and the usual conspiracy mongers including but limited to: Washington, the FBI, and of course some quotations of FADHI KU DIRIR sources.

In the midst of so many cheerful reactions, no trace of any challenge is heard to the contents of the documentary from its title to its taradiddle. Luckily, this film came a time when critics are not welcome to voice any opposition to the dictations of Washington’s policies about the so called war on terror. Especially when all of the voices heard so far from the Somali community in Minnesota has only demeaned those who headed to Somalia for their life-changing journey. For this reason, I must balance this one-sided discussion by presenting some arguments based on facts that are contrary to what the documentary claimed.

No doubt, the documentary’s title: “Broken Dreams” has summarized its themes and contents. If someone would not have seen the film, they would have concluded that the dreams of those youth were broken. Unfortunately that first claim of the film is nothing but a pack of lies built on a thin dust of doubts. Let me rephrase that more clearly. I have known most of the youth, some of them as long as 10 years, to confirm that the majority of them had no dreams to begin with. It would have been a true professional journalism if this documentary would have contacted those youth personally, which is not that difficult. I did exactly that for this article. They are not hiding inside caves in the middle of nowhere, but easily can be found living freely in the cities of Somalia with multiple families across many cities. “Broken Dreams” did not bother to do that investigative reporting at all.

Some of those youth, were former alcoholics who were thrown out of their homes by the same individuals who are shedding tears now for their departure. They were abandoned to the merciless cold of Minnesota winter for so long. But they were genius to discover a way to spend the winter in county jails to skip the rough life outside, only to came back to the streets in the summer to survive. There were no community leaders nor Imams who would open their centers for them. No one cared whether their dreams were broken, because they had no dreams at all. So I ask, what dreams were there to be broken? The answer is none. The only dream and life that was destroyed of those youth was the unfortunate routine of crimes and incarcerations.

However, once again their genius kicked in, when they all turned to religion and filled the houses of almighty Allaah. Withing weeks of their devotion to the Mosques, one would see the ruthless gangsters of yesterday turning into caring and hardworking men who love and care for each other and for their families. You would see them with astonishing personalities that is presented by their smiling faces. Ask the unbiased true witnesses who closely observed their amazing metamorphosis from thugs into productive members of the community. A good number of those former dreamless boys reached a respected positions in various community centers, academic circles, and even some Masajids. Some of them served in the positions of managers and directors of departments in different organizations. Their duties will take them from the east cost to the west cost of the United Snakes, I mean States.

Furthermore, Allaah wanted these shining stars to raise them up once more and elevate them to even higher levels, from community activists to freedom fighters and perhaps founding fathers in the near future for a new Islamic Emirate in the horn of Africa. When they became fed up with the hypocritical politics of Islamic centers and their lack of any effort to defend their homeland from the centuries old enemy; they gathered in secrecy as they would do in the hoods in the old days planning for their next move. Of course I was not present in any of their meetings, but I can imagine some of them watching over their shoulders for any rats while others were engaged in heated debates of how and when they should depart to the land of the free and the brave.

Why they should go and free their land from the invaders was a question never allowed in those meetings. Anyone who dared to ask that kind of a silly question was in danger of one or two beatings or jump-ons. While discussing the means of getting to Somalia, money for the airline tickets became an issue for some of the brothers who were not working at the time. One of them said I will share my few thousand dollars savings for my wedding with two brothers. Another one proclaimed I will sell my car tomorrow and have the ticket for 3 the next day. If you don’t believe this graciousness, ask any previous gang member how generous they can be for each other. Within few days the meetings were over and the first steps toward fame and name were taken. Once again, this is my imagination at work, don’t count on it, having in mind that it mighty be exactly what took place.

With that simplicity in planning and deciding they started a journey to a land that some of them never seen, don’t even belong to and would be almost impossible to blend in. As we all know, some of the Mujahideen in Somalia who left the United States have blue eyes and blond hair. Nevertheless, they were welcomed with open hearts and warm greetings, they were given the title ‘Muhajiroon’. These youngsters were full of enthusiasm and hopes of contributing to the freedom of their Muslim lands. Immediately they to put to use their skills of survival, their bonding of brotherhood and one-for-all all-for-one philosophy. Soon, the Jihadi arena came to respect them and honor them with even more elevated positions of leadership. I will not be amazed if I see a blond haired blue eyed American brother becoming the governor of Banadir or the Wali Hiiraan, because their pinnacle hopes of establishing Islamic Shariah, and shedding their blood for its cause earns them those honors and titles.

So I ask again, what dreams have they broken? If the title of this naive documentary means the dreams of gangster life and cycles of incarcerations were broken, then we should all feel proud of how they broke those nightmares. However, I doubt if the American Department of Justice which is funded by the profits of destroying the lives of millions, will ever feel good of its customers departing from its businesses, nor its criminals escaping from its cycles of destruction. Furthermore “Broken Dreams” presented nothing more than reiterations of the despicable distortions of reality by the enemies of Islam, specifically the DOJ led by its house nigger. It did not present any solutions, nor did it even discussed the true broken dreams of hundreds of our youth in the state and federal prisons of America.

Those who died among them while serving their Muslim lands deserve their legacies to be written in the books of history, as they deserve a place in the third most eminent level of paradise in the hereafter, its what we wish for them: نحسبهم كذالك ولا نزكي على الله أحدا. As to those who are still alive they are the trail-blazers and esteemed icons of even more to arrive at the lands of Ribat and Jihad, not only in Somalia, but in many frontal lines against our enemies in the near future. They indeed restored not only their hopes, but the hopes of the whole Muslim Ummah by proofing that revolution is must, and an immediate change is possible and easily attainable by everyone, even by few young brothers. They only need to restore their hopes by breaking their nightmares.

وصلى الله وسلم على النبي الهادي الأمين, وعلى آله وصحبه الغر الميامين, والحمد لله رب العالمين

Safar 20th, 1432

Abu Yaser Al-Maqdishi

Monday, February 21, 2011

North Caucasus Muslim Insurgents Claim Deadly Attack on Ski Tourists on Friday in Kabardino-Balkaria

Map of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, circa 2009, the umbrella for several North Caucasus Muslim separatist-insurgent groups.

*Statement from one of the many Caucasian insurgent groups claims an attack on tourists traveling to a ski resort in Kabardino-Balkaria on Friday night. The Russian government now wants to halt tourism in the volatile region.

United Wilayat of Kabarda, Balkaria, and Karachay: A group of so-called 'Tourists' was attacked in Baksan
ОБЪЕДИНЕННЫЙ ВИЛАЙЯТ КБК. В Баксанском районе расстреляна группа «туристов»
Время публикации: 18 февраля 2011 г., 22:27

Как сообщают оккупационные источники, группа из 5 человек, прибывшая в вилайят Кабарды, Балкарии и Карачая из Москвы в пятницу была расстреляна в Баксанском районе.

Сообщается, что прибывшая группа взяла такси в Минводах и направилась в «один из курортных зон». Близ села Заиково их настигла автомашина с тремя вооруженными людьми, которые открыли шквальный огонь по группе.

В результате атаки 2 мужчин и 1 женщина были убиты на месте. Оставшиеся 2 были ранены.

Напомним, что ФСБ часто использует под видом туристов, охотников, альпинистов, лыжников и пр. своих спецагентов в качестве разведчиков. Ранее моджахеды неоднократно предупреждали, что вилайят закрыт для туризма и охоты и что появление т.н. «туристов» и «охотников» в горной и предгорной зоне будет рассматриваться как вражеская деятельность.


ENGLISH: Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Claims Attempted Assassination of Mauritanian President

AQIM leader 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal (Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud/Wadoud) appears in the lower left.

*English translation of a recent claim by Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that it attempted to assassinate the president of Mauritania, Muhammad Ould 'Abd al-'Aziz.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al-Qaedah of the Islamic Maghreb.

Statement Claiming Responsibility for the Assassination Attempt on the French Agent Muhammad Ould Abdel Aziz

All praise be to the One who said:

﴿ فَقَاتِلُوا أَئِمَّةَ الْكُفْرِ إِنَّهُمْ لا أَيْمَانَ لَهُمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَنْتَهُونَ﴾
“And fight the leaders of Kufr,a indeed they have no convenants, in order that that may cease.”

May peace and blessings be upon Al Dhahook Al Qattal (Muhammad), who has said:

" بعثت بالسيف حتى يعبد الله وحده لا شريك له"
“I have been raised with the sword so that Allah is worshipped alone without any partner.”

…and upon his family, companions, and all others who follow his way until the Day of Recompense. To proceed:

In a bold and heroic operation which sought to assassinate the French agent in the Land of Shinqeet (Mauritania), a group of courageous martyrdom-seekers, on Tuesday the 1st, February 2011, were able to cross a number of military checkpoints with which this Taghoot surrounded his throne, until they reached Nouakchott and came in close proximity to its target. It would have reached it, were it not confronted by the Presidential Guard which sought to protect its master. The martyrdom-seekers dove into their ranks and detonated their vehicle in their midst, which held 1.5 tons of explosive material. By Allah’s Grace, a number of them were afflicted.

This first attempt was a response to the open war which this agent has launched against the Mujahideen en lieu of France and in protection of their interests. Even if he saved his skin this time, we give him the good news that the Mujahideen will launch more attacks time after time, by Allah’s leave, as long as he ceases to stop allying with the crusaders and defending them, and end his alliance with them in the war against Jihad.
We call upon the noble of the Mauritanian army to overthrow Ould Abdel Aziz, who seeks to force them into a war which is not their own. The goal of the Mujahideen is clear, all praise be to Allah, which is to stop the the Crusaders in defense of our Ummah. Whoever chooses to side with them and prevents us from targeting them should blame none other than themselves.

We say to our brother Muslims in Mauritania:
Indeed the agent of France, Ould Abdel Aziz, lies to you when he tries to portray the war he is waging en lieu of France against the Mujahideen as self-defense. All the strikes of the Mujahideen were responses to military operations carried out by the Mauritanian regime against us to please its masters. This proves that these tyrannical Tawagheet base their legitimacy from Crusader support, and that they have no concern whatsoever for the interests of the people. This requires that he Muslim people revolt against them and overthrow them with all legislated means, to defend themselves from their harm, and to repel their corruption and spread of corruption, which ruins both their religion and worldly life.

Al-Qaedah of the Islamic Maghreb

Al-Andalus Media
Friday 1, Rabi’ al Awwal 1432 H

Source: Al-Fajr Media Center

Interview with 'Abdul Sattar Maiwand, Administrator of the Afghanistan Taliban's Web Site

Article from the Afghanistan Taliban's monthly Arabic Internet magazine, Al-Somood.

Interview With The Administrator Of The Islamic Emirate Website, Esteemed Brother Abdul Sattar Maiwand

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Dear Readers!

In the series of al-Somood interviews with officials of the Emirates, we present to you this time an exclusive interview about the Jihadist media activities of the Islamic Emirate with esteemed brother Abdul Sattar Maiwand, who is responsible for the al-Emarah website on the global internet. We invite you to read it.

Al-Somood: To begin, we wish you to provide the readers of al-Somood with a summary of the media activities of the Islamic Emirate.

Maiwand: Praise be to Allah. Blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, his companions and all those who followed him. Thereafter:

Among other committees, the Islamic Emirates established a special Media Committee to spread (news) about Jihadist activities in different fields and chase away the voice of the unjust enemy who, before the entire world, was distorting the image of the Jihad in Afghanistan and was claiming false victories here and there over the Mujahideen. Need called for the existence of a media agency to take responsibility for the Mujahideen in Afghanistan; speaking on behalf of the Islamic Emirate; delivering news of its victories on the battlefield to its friends and to the world; exposing the falsehood of its enemies and their media; responding to the claims and its daily changing deceptions; and delivering to the world the voice of truth and jihad and its point of view about current Jihadist events in the land of Afghanistan.

Wars today cannot be won without media. (Media) is directed to the heart rather than the body. The weapon is directed to the body. If the heart is defeated the battle is won and the body is defeated. In the beginning, with the fall of the Islamic Emirate, the enemy thought that the field was completely open before them, and they spread their lies and falsehoods that they had destroyed the Islamic Emirate and its Mujahideen and that their victory in the land of Afghanistan was complete. All of their resources, especially their media were directed towards changing the ideas of Afghans and injecting defeatist thought into them and instilling in them a petrifying fear of the new occupiers. First through the grace of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, then through the victories of the Mujahideen and their rightly guided leadership; and after defeats were inflicted on the enemy on the field of battle, a media committee was established to contest with the enemy in the (media) field.

Therefore, the media ranks of the Islamic Emirate were re-formed under a special committee that reflects the tangible reality on the ground in Afghanistan. Among its most important accomplishments in the beginning period was the inauguration of the Islamic Emirate website under the name “Voice of Jihad”.

The website specializes in conveying field reports from the combat zones and publishing the statements of the Ameer ul-Momineen and the statements of the Command Shura Council about different issues pertaining to Jihad, in addition to articles and official analysis. They have many sections: for example there’s an Islam page, a magazines page, and a page for films produced by official studios. We also print magazines and statements and distribute them in popular circles at home and abroad. Additionally, we produce different publications and regulations and distribute them among the Mujahideen. There is also a “Voice of Shari’ah” that broadcasts news and official statements day and night.

The Media Committee has also appointed official spokesmen to speak in the name of the Islamic Emirate to local and global media regarding the course of affairs.

Al-Somood: How do you gather news and field reports from Afghanistan and publish them on the website?

Yes, through the grace of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala the Committee employees correspondents in all the provinces of Afghanistan to cover news of events and prepare reports on them.

They make every effort to follow news of operations in detail and keep abreast of developing situations, and they send reliable and precise reports of ongoing operations immediately to the official spokesmen of the Emirate; Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yusuf, who review the news and then send it to the news department of the website after an in-depth scrutiny and examination.

Al-Somood: News, official statements and analysis are published simultaneously or in near time in five different languages. How is that so?

Maiwand: Yes, as you were so kind (to mention), news and other things are published in five different languages almost simultaneously. These include local languages such as Pashtu and Farsi as well as Urdu, Arabic and English. The website first publishes new and other media in Pashtu and after that, translates it directly into these other languages and publishes in their special sections.

Al-Somood: Are there ways to publish the news other than through the al-Emarah website?

Maiwand: Yes brother, we send the news to journalists and global news agencies immediately after it occurs and is posted on the website. We have many email lists to which we distribute news and official statements. These lists include journalists and others concerned with the issue of Afghanistan. We are also active on Facebook and Twitter where we publish the news every day and reach thousands of people. We also daily send news via cell phone text messages to many people.

Al-Somood: Could you please clarify that last sentence? How do you send news to many people via cell phone?

Maiwand: The news that is posted on the website is converted to SMS messages and sent to a number of people, who send it to other people. Each of them sends it to his acquaintances inside and outside Afghanistan and so a chain of dissemination begins. Each ones tries to spread the news more and more. We have seen many people requesting their friends and relatives to forward the news they receive to at least 20 other people, etc…and so this news becomes widely circulated in popular circles. Through the grace of Allah, we have seen many among the general populace rejoice when news reaches them of the victories of the Mujahideen over their enemies.

Al-Somood: Could you please explain for us some of the other activities of the Media Committee beyond the Islamic Emirate website?

Maiwand: The Media Committee has other media pulpits including: the Jihadi Studio which publishes Mujahideen operations in live video. Through the grace of Allah Almighty it has created some good products in this field.

In addition to publishing live images of Jihad and battles, the Jihadi Studio also produces films to preach (da’wa) and reform with the goal of illuminating the minds of the Mujahideen and making them ideologically aware. These films have so far had a good impact in Mujahideen circles.

There is also a Pashtu-language radio broadcast called “Voice of Shari’ah”, which is transmitted via the internet. It broadcasts daily news and reports, political commentary, Islamic and Jihadi nasheeds which have a direct impact in raising the morale of the Mujahideen. The Voice of Shari’ah programs are broadcast during morning and evening periods. In addition to audio and video information there is print information in Arabic, Pashtu and Farsi languages.

The print media is represented by the monthly magazine al-Somood (Steadfastness) in Arabic; and the Shahamat (Gallantry), Sarrak (Gleam of Light) and Morgil (The Trench) magazines in Pashtu and Farsi languages, also published monthly. The al-Somood magazine, of which staff you are a member has for five years provided a true picture of the Islamic Jihad and hot events occurring on the Afghan battlefield to the Islamic and Arab world. It is concerned with publishing articles, political analysis and news reports, in addition to comprehensive statistics of monthly Mujahideen operations and their impact, in addition to the series “Our Heroic Martyrs” to introduce people to the Mujahideen military commanders who were killed fi sabeel Allah ta’ala.

As for the magazines, Shahamat and Sharrak, they have been published for seven years in the local languages Pashtu and Farsi. They have many readers in educated circles, especially among madrassa and university students. The Jihadist articles published in those magazines have had a tangible impact within these circles.

As for the Morgil magazine, it is dedicated to publishing news of the battles, reports of enemy crimes, statistics of enemy losses in lives and equipment and related issues. Its annual archive is considered the most reliable Jihadist source to determine enemy losses.
All of these media capabilities are presented via the Islamic Emirate website on the worldwide web and everyone can view them on the website.

Al-Somood: How do you find specialized staff to carry out these media activities?

Maiwand: When the Mujahideen enjoy the presence of people among them whom, first through the grace of Allah Almighty then through their capability and military experience, have been able to defeat NATO generals of great experience and expertise, it also is easy for them to conduct these media activities with their proficiency in the media field.

Since the Media Jihad has today become one of its most important responsibilities, the Islamic Emirate has not neglected to prepare specialized media cadres. Rather it has, in the fields of Jihad, prepared Mujahideen media workers who resist the enemy in the media field just like their brother fighters resists them in the military field.

Yes, I say with full confidence that with our simple and limited means, we have, through the grace of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, defeated the enemy in the media field. The enemy has been unable to redress this defeat despite the existence of their advanced means and specialist cadre and their vast expenditure of funds in this field.

It is possible for everyone throughout the world to view all of our publications on the internet. Indeed, all the workers in the Karzai government who have internet access in their offices, universities and government administrations and even those who work in the American military and political administration view our publications and are affected by them.

There are many residents of Kabul city who listen to the Voice of Shari’ah programs via the internet and inform us by email of how they were favorably impressed by those programs. They tell us that hearing the nasheed la Allah ila Allah recalls to their minds memories of the rule of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Even though the Americans, NATO troops and the security forces of the lackey government all exert great efforts to impede the activities of the Islamic Emirate, it frequently occurs that members of families from the upper class in the Karzai administration display their sympathy with the Mujahideen.

The Americans also admit that the Islamic Emirate has defeated them in the media field. This confession was made in an article published on the 22nd of May last year in the well-known American magazine Foreign Policy entitled Losing the Media War to the Taliban”. The author of the article was the well-known American writer Robert Haddick who mentioned details of Taliban media activities and their media superiority over the Americans. The author advised his people, saying “In their media battle against the Taliban, the Americans must use more effective methods and tactics, because the Taliban have won the media war using existing methods”.

A report by the American Council of Foreign Relations corroborated Taliban media superiority over the Americans in the media field. The report mentioned one reason the Taliban have moved ahead of the Americans in the media field is that they do not wait for appointed dates to publish news of events, but publish them as soon as they occur.

The progress of the Islamic Emirate and its media superiority over the Americans has become today’s news to the Western press, which has begun to write articles and commentary about it everywhere.

Regarding Taliban excellence in this field, Michael Doran, the former American deputy secretary of defense, said that “The Taliban have great skill in directing their media activities and are very quick to publish news: if any attack is conducted against our forces news is being published 26 minutes later on the global satellite networks, taking its place in the breaking news tickers for most of the global satellite networks like al-Jazeera, B.B.C. and C.N.N.”.

He added, saying: “The Taliban are not only quick to publish news, rather they are also fortunate in the precision and organization in their media work. They translate news of all their military operations as soon as it comes in from Pashtu and Farsi to Arabic and English and it is immediately published on their websites and their online radio 'Voice of Shari’ah'.”

Michael Doran continues by advising the Americans “It is necessary for the Americans to increase the capabilities of their soldiers in blocking Taliban media activities by granting them more authorities and limiting Taliban media activities by strengthening their (own) media channels. They must also close down all Taliban websites on the internet.” [The Council of Foreign Relations, May 2009]

General Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in the Karzai administration, acknowledged in an interview with Radio Free Europe last year during the battle of Marjah that the Mujahideen media activities were stronger and more successful than those of the government.

Al-Somood: How do you explain the media superiority of the Mujahideen?

Maiwand: The sole factor in the media superiority of the Mujahideen is that they perform this work as undertaking a Jihadist responsibility and not as a job performed in return for a salary like others do. According to the moral contract to which they have committed themselves, they make sacrifices to the point of death for the sake of the success of this Jihadist labor. They endure hardships and regard success in performing this responsibility as a wish of their worldly life. Because of the sincerity, sacrifice and zeal of the Mujahideen, Allah blesses their efforts and grants them success. This blessing and success granted by Allah is acknowledged by the enemy also, and this grace has been witnessed by the enemies.

Al-Somood: What are the problems you encounter in performing your media responsibilities?

Maiwand: The path of Jihad is full of trials and difficulties, but the Mujahid accepts them with good will to please Allah Almighty and elevate His Word. These hardships are born fi sabeel Allah ta’ala are a source of pride and a sign of the righteousness of His path. We face many material problems and problems with media mean; and there are security problems; and there is a scarcity of material resources. They are, however, easy to bear for the sake of achieving a noble goal and we are proud of this.

The means we possess are very paltry when compared to the means of the enemy. Moreover, we also face in this field a shameless enemy who is not by bound by any humane or moral obligations. They speak excessively about slogans of freedom of expression and speech, but they do not recognize freedom of speech which runs contrary to their colonialist interests. In addition to that, they lie prolifically in their media. If 20 of their soldiers are killed, they announce the death of only one and only if they are unable to hide the news. If 20 of their people are wounded, they admit that only one was wounded and say the wounds are slight and that he returned to his job after his wounds were bandaged and treated. If one of their aircraft is shot down by the fire of Mujahideen or is set alight in the air, they hide the news if they can. If they can’t hide the news, they state that it was an emergency landing. When they arrest local citizens during night raids they claim that they have seized armed Mujahideen. This is their custom in all their media publications.

As for our media, despite our commitment to publishing the truth, the enemy attacks our websites on the internet, and closes or sabotages them. They threaten the companies which host our websites and send them warnings. "Their intention is to extinguish Allah’s light (by blowing) with their mouths: But Allah will complete (the revelation of) His light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).” (Al-Saff: 8)

Even though they commit all of these crimes, we are, through the grace of Allah Almighty, able to continue our Jihadist publications. We present to the world the victories of the Mujahideen and the defeats of the enemy. We show the world documented evidence of the defeats of the Americans and their allies in Afghanistan. We have had good successes in this field despite the many problems we face. Praise be to Allah for that.

Al-Somood: We thank you for giving us this opportunity and for answering our questions. We beseech Allah Almighty to grant you more success in all your Jihadist activities. Ameen.

Maiwand: A hundred thanks to you as well.

Translated From The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: Al-Somood Monthly Magazine Issue 55