Thursday, March 31, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban Statement: U.S. Government Behind Terry Jones' Burning of Qur'an in Florida

*Below is a statement from the Afghanistan Taliban, run without edits.

Unquestionably Hands of Americans Rulers Behind the Crime of the Holy Quran Burning

March 31, 2011

Some international media outlets reported on the evening of Friday last that Terry Jones, pastor at a church in Gaineville, Florida set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran on Tuesday after a fake trial. According to this Satan, the Holy Quran teaches murder and terrorism in

the world. This devilish American pastor had been threatening for the last six months persistently that he would burn hundreds of copies of the Holy Quran on September 11.

The American media outlets like their rulers stayed completely silent as regards this inhumane and wicked action. They neither published commentaries about this evil act nor showed any reaction thereabout. Only a limited number of Muslims in New York condemned the crime of the pastor during a demonstration. They said, the event of burning a copy of the Holy Quran indicates that the Obama Administration is indifferent to the cause of protection of the religious beliefs and values of the Muslims. Contrarily, the Administration acquiesces in allowing him to desecrate Islamic rituals and the sacrosanct.

Though the American rulers say, the burning of the Holy Quran falls under the category of freedom of speech but the question arises if a Muslim reacts to the bestial step of Terry Jones in a self-same manner, then would the American rulers and media tolerate it under the rules of the freedom of speech and would they remain silent? Or rather that the Americans including the rulers, politicians, religious followers and media of the West will simultaneously, run a mock and refer the case to the Security Council and the United Nations?

Terry Jones, pastor of Gaineville church in Florida, USA, has burnt a copy of the Holy Quran in a time that the Americans ironically consider it as a cause of 9/11 and have already invaded Afghanistan and Iraq under the said pretext. They shed blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims and even have recently turned to killing and oppressing the Libyans Muslims. So we can say, the hostility of the pastor and his anti-Islamic crime is not limited to his person but is a comprehensive anti-Islamic plan being implemented with the volition and consent of the White House. Hundreds of times, we have seen abhorrent instances of blasphemy at the hands of the Americans soldiers in Guantanamo, Abu Gharib and Bagram prisons, desecrating the Holy Quran and other Islamic tenets.

While we strongly condemn the crime of the burning of the Holy Quran by the American pastor Terry Jones, meanwhile, we say there are hands and help of the American rulers behind this evil and despicable deed of the pastor. He had been threatening for months to carry out this sinful action and the American rulers were fully aware of his intention.

To end, we call on the Islamic Ummah, not to remain indifferent in face of this contemptible action of the enemies of Islam. Shake up and put pressure on rulers of your countries to come out of the cocoon of hesitation and vacillation and raise the issue of the Holy Quran burning at world level.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban Claim Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Today in Paktika Province

*Below is a statement from the Afghanistan Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid , run without edits, claiming a suicide bombing today in Paktika province. News agencies are reporting that 13 people were killed and 56 wounded in the attack.

21 NATO-Afghan cowardly soldiers killed, 27 hurt in martyr operation

March 27, 2011

PAKTIKA, Mar. 27 – As many as 27 NATO and their local puppets were killed and 27 more got terribly injured in a martyrdom attack carried out by Ali Ahmad, a brave Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate in Barmal district of Paktika province on Sunday evening at bout 6:00 pm. The solo operation was conducted on the joint enemy military base in New Ada area of this district through a truck stuffed with some 4500 km explosives ramming into the enemy base where more than 65 US-NATO and their local minions were based.

Zabihullah Mujahid

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's New Video "Victorious, O' Ahl al-Sunna" Documents Attacks on the Houthi Movement

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation released its newest video, "Victorious O' Ahl al-Sunna," yesterday. The video documents AQAP's attacks on the Zaydi Shi'i Houthi movement in the northern Sa'dah region of Yemen. In early December AQAP released a statement claiming to have been responsible for the death of Badr al-Din al-Houthi, the elderly spiritual leader of the movement and father of its current leader, 'Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, which I wrote about previously (see previous hyperlink). AQAP leaders, such as deputy amir (leader) Abu Sufyan al-Azdi Sa'id al-Shihri (who is featured in the video), allege that the Houthis are really Twelver Shi'is and not Zaydis. Members of AQAP call the Houthis "Rafidah," or "rejectionists" who have rejected the "true Islam."

AQAP deputy leader Sa'id al-Shihri, a former prisoner at the U.S. military Guantanamo military base

The video may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs, provided for academic and research purposes.

The password to unpack the file is: sdHdh7GftFdr5DfVg6F8h

Friday, March 25, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban Statement: U.S., NATO Must Concede 2010 Was Year of Mujahideen's Advancement

*Below is a statement from the Afghanistan Taliban, run without edits.

The Invaders Must Concede, 1389 was a Year of Mujahideen’s Advancement

Rabi-us-Sani 16, 1432 A.H, Wednesday, 23 March 2011

1389 (the solar Hijri year) just ended. 1390 has outspread its wings. It is a matter of pleasure that during the past year, Mujahideen taught a good lesson to the invaders at all fronts. Predictably, the invaders will not be able to dare come out of their military bases openly in the new year, or patrol and walk among people. Last year, the Mujahideen were able to establish strong centers of Jihad and uprising against the invaders in the north of the country. This was in addition to the resistance already going on in the south.

The negative public opinion tendency against the Islamic Emirate which was a mere brainchild of the puppets of America in the last decade, began unraveling. These devilish ploys faced frustration and disappointment. Instead, people showed cooperation and coordination with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The route in the north which is viewed as an alternate way for transportation of military hardware of the invaders from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan via Russia, became unsafe, full of dangers and threats. All predictions and assessments of the invaders proved futile and in vain in this regard. Similarly, the Mujahideen compelled the invading American forces to retreat from some important strategic areas of the country. They evacuated their sprawling military bases and concentrated in central barracks of provinces.

On the basis of the reports and figures collected from all parts of the country, the Mujahideen destroyed various tanks, aircrafts, helicopters and military vehicles during the last year, the numbers of crow who were manning them and resultantly either killed or wounded, reach 10,000 army personnel. The soul and material losses of Mujahideen are comparatively less than that manifolds, thanks to the help of Allah (SwT). This is because the Mujahideen are now well familiar with the tactics of the aerial bombardments of the enemy. So the invaders were not able to achieve their targets through bombardment.

Last year, Mujahideen’s offensives were most effective which, consequently, forced NATO and America to fix a date of withdrawal from Afghanistan in a meeting in Lisbon. As a result, they unveiled 2014 as a date for pull-out of the invading forces. Similarly, Mujahideen proved that people supported them by thwarting the Kabul Administration parliamentary election of the solar year 1389. (2010). The Mujahid people of Afghanistan observed a full boycott on the polling day. Only polling centers in military units and other sensitive places in provinces were open for voting. This constituted only 5% of the total polling stations. Even there, the drama of parliamentary election was tremendously exposed. They stuffed the boxes with fake votes which resulted in the establishment of special court by the Kabul Administration to investigate the fraudulence.

1389 was a year of vast diabolical conspiracies by the invaders but with the help of the Almighty Allah, the Islamic Emirate came out of these machinations with flying colors. The formation of the so-called peace council comprising of some hackneyed and money-mongering figures was another ploy launched (by the enemy) to initiate dialogue with Mujahideen and establish contacts. But the Islamic Emirate foiled this plot thanks to its unambiguous and national stance based on the aspirations of the people. The Islamic Emirate proved to the Afghan people and the world that the slogans under the name of reconciliation were misleading and spurious. There are contradictions in their words and acts. In the field of media, the Islamic Emirate had great achievements which are even acknowledged by the enemy. Last but not least, the invaders and their puppets must admit that the achievements of the Islamic Emirate in political, military and social fronts and the popular support enjoyed by the Islamic Emirate in 1389, prove that last year was a year of advancement for Mujahideen. Contrarily, it contained days of losses, setbacks and retreats for the invaders.

We hope , the Mujahideen will enhance there presence and writ in the beloved country Afghanistan manifold, in the current solar year 1390 and beat the invaders and their puppets so much that , if God willing, they will not have the capability to either continue the war or confront the people of Afghanistan.

The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ENGLISH: Al-Qa'ida Central Leader Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah's Message "Tribute to Our People in Libya"

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet, released an English translation of a recent message from one of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) senior leaders, Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah (also transliterated: "Attiyatallah:), whose real name was given in the release as Jamal Ibrahim Ishtaywi al-Misrata (Misurata). He is also known as 'Atiyah bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Libi. 'Atiyyatullah praises the Libyan rebels who are fighting their country's longtime autocratic ruler, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Kadafi).

The translation may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs, provided for research and academic purposes:




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Condemns Libyan & Yemeni Governments' Violent Repression of Their Own People

Muhammad Badi'a, the general guide (al-murshid al-'am) of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoun) issued a statement on Tuesday (March 22) condemning the violent repression of the Libyan and Yemeni governments against their own people. The statement criticizes Libya's dictator Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Kadafi) and Yemen's autocratic president, 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh.

MB Statement on Atrocities Committed by Libya's Gaddafi, Yemen's Saleh against their People
The Muslim Brotherhood's hearts are heavy because of the insane war waged by the Libyan regime in which he uses heavy weapons including tanks and artillery against his people who are defending their cities, demanding their right to live in freedom.
The Muslim Brotherhood's hearts are heavy because of the insane war waged by the Libyan regime in which he uses heavy weapons including tanks and artillery against his people who are defending their cities, demanding their right to live in freedom, dignity and justice, and getting rid of their tyrant ruler who has ruled Libya for over 41 years as he has spread terror, killed his opponents.
His family possesses enormous wealth, and has bestowed upon himself hollow titles like "King of Kings of Africa" and buried the vast wealth has been acquired in almost 40 countries.
Muammar Gaddafi is apparently willing to adopt a scorched earth policy that is designed to bring pain to all who oppose him. The destruction of Libya's oil facilities would forever label Gaddafi as a mad dog dictator who is willing to destroy his own country rather than relinquish power.
He threatens to bring even more chaos to Libya by sabotaging oil facilities, in a scene that repeats Iraq's tragedy with Saddam Hussein. How far will the mad dog dictator go to remain in power? Does Gaddafi's claim that he is keen on the country's supreme interest allow him to destroy cities, kills people and then give the West a pretext to destroy the army, for maintaining his hold on power?
The Muslim Brotherhood are deeply grieved by the brutal assault that was launched by Yemeni regime snipers against peaceful protestors in Sanaa's Square, which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 people and 200 wounded.
Is it patriotism that President Ali Abdullah Saleh clings to power for 30 years by grossly and systematically violating his own people's human rights and increasing poverty, hunger, unemployment, ignorance and disease? The Yemeni president is endangering the country's unity, where discontent has reached boiling point when southerners are demanding secession from the north. The MB asserts that the country's supreme interest necessitates that Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. Yemenis need to breathe freedom, and freely choose their own representatives.
The MB affirms that tyranny, oppression, violence and terror is fueling revolutions and prompts silent segments to support protests and share in their insistence on sticking to their demands. Therefore, the tyrants must learn lessons from their predecessors in Tunisia, Egypt and authoritarian rulers in Eastern Europe like Ceausescu.
In conclusion, we would like to draw the attention of other rulers who began their first steps in the same way, that the West is lying in wait, for as soon as they fight their people, decisions are issued from the UN Security Council to destroy their armies for the benefit of Zionists. It is better for them to wake up before they fall into disaster, and restore the people's usurped rights.
The MB assures the hostile forces that support Arab authoritarian regimes to loosen-up as these rulers are to pass away, and that the people will remain as they have the right on their wealth, contracts, treaties and conventions. If they are keen on their interests, they must respect the peoples' right to live in dignity and make their choices, not the tyrants.
What is happening in Libya may be a lesson for the remaining Arab rulers: Try to save your heads and your people before the time comes, and it is obviously coming.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My New Piece at Al-Wasat: "Harakat al-Shabab Continues to Court Somalia's Clans as Hasan Dahir Aweys Assumes a More Public Role"

Hasan Dahir Aweys (in hat at microphone) speaking at a meeting between Harakat al-Shabab leaders and Mudulood/Hawiye clan elders in northern Mogadishu

I have a new post today at the academic and policy collaborative blog Al-Wasat, founded by two colleagues, Andrew Lebovich, a program associate at The New America Foundation, and Aaron Y. Zelin, a research assistant in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University.

The post is entitled, "Harakat al-Shabab Continues to Court Somalia's Clans as Hasan Dahir Aweys Assumes a More Public Role." It analyzes continuing attempts by the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) to reach out to Somalia's socially and politically important clans. This outreach, while I argue it is not entirely new, comes at a time when the movement is facing increased pressure on the battlefield due to a massive African Union offensive designed to help the weak Somali Transitional Federal Government. Intense fighting is taking place in the capital city of Mogadishu and to the west in the region of Gedo near the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders.

The post also discusses the evolving role of Hasan Dahir Aweys (Xasan Daahir Aweys), a veteran Somali leader who is now, it seems, a member of Harakat al-Shabab's leadership structure. Finally, some attention is paid to the use of primary sources produced by the movement, both their usefulness and potential pitfalls. An example of the types of primary sources available include the photographs that accompany the piece, which were released by Harakat al-Shabab via the Internet.

"The Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab), as I have written previously, maintains a complex relationship with Somalia’s important clans, a relationship about which little is known. In early March the movement announced that clan leaders had rallied in support of its defensive fight against a new offensive, launched in mid February, by the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) military forces along with Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers and militiamen from the Sufi armed faction Ahlul Sunna Wal Jamaacah (Jama’ah) that is aligned with AMISOM and the TFG.

Harakat al-Shabab
announced two days ago that some of its senior leaders in the district of Banaadir, in which the embattled capital city of Mogadishu is located, had met with clan elders from the Mudulood, a large sub-clan of the Hawiye clan confederation in Mogadishu. A brief report about this meeting was issued by the movement as a press release and was reported by some Somali news web sites, some of them sympathetic or aligned with Harakat al-Shabab. The movement also released photographs from the meeting, something that it often does when reporting important events. The meeting was chaired by veteran Somali Islamist leader Hasan Dahir Aweys and Husayn ‘Ali Fidow (Xuseen Cali Fiidow), a senior Harakat al-Shabab leader in Banaadir, and took place in the northern suburbs of Mogadishu."

Read the rest of the piece at AL-WASAT.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Islamic State of Iraq Claims March 14 Suicide Truck Bombing of Iraqi Army Base in Kan'aan in Diyala Province

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) issued a statement today claiming responsibility for a suicide truck bombing at an Iraqi army base in Kan'aan in the province of Diyala, an ISI stronghold, on March 14. The attack killed 11 Iraqi soldiers, destroyed buildings, and wounded at least 14 other soldiers. The ISI's statement lists a number of other attacks that it claims its forces carried out recently. Only the main body of the statement claiming the Kan'aan attack is reproduced without other edits below.

The ISI is an umbrella organization that includes Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI) and several small insurgent groups.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

**بيانٌ عن عملية كنعان المباركة **
وبعض العمليات العسكرية الموثّقة في ولاية ديالى
الحمد لله ربّ العالمين، والصّلاة والسّلام على نبيّنا محمّد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين... أما بعد: قال تعالى: { ومن الناس من يشري نفسه ابتغاء مرضات الله والله رؤوف بالعباد }[ البقرة:207].

فبتوفيق وتسديدٍ ربِّاني من العزيزِ الجبّارِ، واستمراراً لسلسلة غزوات التّحدي التي تستهدف أركان الحكومة الرافضية ومواطن القوة فيها، انطلق أحد ليوث الدولة الإسلامية بسيّارته المفخّخة مستهدفا إحدى مقرّات الجيش الوثني بمجمّع المباني الحكوميّة في منطقة (كنعان) بولاية (ديالى)، حيث استطاع الأخ المنفّذ تجاوز الطّوق الأمني واقتحام الموقع وتفجير السيارة في الباحة الداخلية للمقرّ المذكور، وأدت قوّة التفجير لتدمير هيكل المقر بالكامل مع ما فيه من عجلات عسكريّة، ومقتل وإصابة العشرات من أنجاس الجيش من الضباط والجنود الذين ولغت أيديهم في دماء أهل السنّة ضمن مشروع الحكومة الصّفويّة لفرض التشيّع على المسلمين في هذه الولاية الأبيّة، وهيهات لهم ذلك..

فالحمد لله على منّه وفضله، ونسأله أن يتقبّل أخانا في الشّهداء، وأن يجزل له الثواب الذي وعد به عباده إنّه وليّ ذلك والقادر عليه.

وتَأتي هذه العَمَليات المباركة ضِمن خطّة حصاد الخير، والتي أعْلن عَنها الشّيخ المُجاهد أبو عُمَر البغدادي تقبّله الله وألحَقَنا به.

والله أكبر
{وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَكِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ}
وزارة الإعلام / دولة العراق الإسلامية

المصدر : مركز الفجر للإعلام

Afghanistan Taliban Statement Condemns U.S. & European Military Intervention in Libya, Calls on Rebels to Maintain Control of Anti-Qadhafi Movement

*Below is a statement from the Afghanistan Taliban regarding U.S., European, and (reportedly) Arab League military intervention on the side of Libya's rebels groups against that country's autocrat, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi.


Statement of the Islamic Emirate Regarding the Foreign Intervention and Civilian Casualties in Libya

March 19, 2011

According to media reports, American and French forces fired more than 100 missiles last night, hitting targets in various places of Libya. They also bombed some areas and threatened to launch more missile and aerial attacks. Reports from areas hit by the invasion, say, many civilians have embraced martyrdom in the attacks. Similarly, public installations have been destroyed.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemn this politically-motivated and uncalled-for intervention and adventure of the Western countries in the internal conflict of the people of Libya under the auspices of the United Nations. The consequences of such intervention certainly harm this Islamic country and the Islamic Ummah.

In the eye of the Islamic Emirate, it is a matter of pity that the situation in Libya evolved to the extent that paved the way for the anti-Islamic forces to intervene. We believe, the Western colonialists do not want a solution in this country on the basis of aspirations of the people but rather have plans to weaken this Islamic country in a war of attritions and then occupy its oil reserves through a direct invasions.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the people of Libya through this statement to take the initiatives of the situation in their own hands and do not let others to play with their destiny. As a Muslim people, they should know their obligation and fulfill their Islamic and national duty, in order that the internal and external enemies will not find chance to make them scapegoat for their warmongering policy. Similarly, we remind the Islamic Ummah and the rulers of the Islamic world not to remain neutral in this conflict facing the Libyan people but rather should play their role in this issue being in line with the interests of Islam and the believing people of Libya to enable this nation not only to wriggle free from the current crisis but also save itself from the tentacles of the foreign colonialism in the long-term.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Audio Message from Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Leader Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud on Liby in Support of Libya's Rebels

The Al-Andalus Media Foundation, the media outlet of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released a new audio message from its leader Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadoud (Wadud) yesterday entitled, "Support for the Free...The Descendants of 'Umar al-Mukhtar." Al-Wadoud, who is also known as 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal, joins Libyan autocrat Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and the anti-government rebels in invoking the memory of the popular resistance leader who fought Italian Fascist colonialism for a decade until his execution in September 1931.

The audio message can be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

The password to unpack the file is: vvny#cv@7yj0dvbhhekvu2sk

Al-Qa'ida Central's Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah Discusses Libya

Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah (also transliterated "Attiyatallah") has been featured in two media releases from Al-Qa'ida Central's Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation over the past week. He addressed the situation in Libya between various rebel factions and the country's brutal autocratic ruler, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (frequently transliterated as "Qaddafi," "Gaddafi," "Kadafi"), and offered organizational advice to the rebels based on the experiences of "the Al-Qa'ida organization."

He is also known as 'Atiyah bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Libi. The most recent release also refers to him as "Jamal Ibrahim Ishtaywi al-Misrati," the nisbah of which notes he is from the city of Misrata in western Libya.

AQC's other senior Libyan leader, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was also featured in a recent video from Al-Sahab discussing the situation in Libya, which I wrote about HERE.

The media releases may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

"Tribute to Our People in Libya" (released March 18, 2011)

The password to unpack the file is: djhuBTH38758fhb5748%&h7h#jhdujn

"Maximizing the Sanctity of Muslim Blood" (released March 15, 2011)
*The video was released in Arabic, Urdu, and Pashtu. The links below are for the Arabic:

The password to unpack the file is: BneErdn6NoidQPWLDOifsF

English translation by the Global Islamic Media Front (PDF):

Friday, March 18, 2011

My Seventh Guest Piece on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment Blog: "Building an Insurgent State in Somalia?"

Harakat al-Shabab spokesman 'Ali Mahamoud Rage (left) and Rahanweyn commander Mukhtar "Abu Mansur" Robow (center) at a July 5, 2010 rally in southern Mogadishu.

I have a seventh 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 piece is entitled, "Building an Insurgent State in Somalia?" and it analyzes the attempts of the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) to build structures of governance in the country. The movement currently controls more than half the country, excluding the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared "republic of Somaliland" in the north.

The beginning of the piece is below:

"The Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth) has controlled nearly all of southern and central Somalia since 2009 and was in the process of consolidating its authority when the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), aided by Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops and fighters from the Somali Sufi militia Ahlul Sunna Wal Jamaacah, launched a major military offensive against them in mid February. As fierce fighting continues in the capital Mogadishu and the surrounding Banaadir district as well as border areas with Ethiopia and Kenya, it remains to be seen how the movement’s attempts at constructing the basic governing structures will fare. The control and governance of territory presents an insurgent movement like Harakat al-Shabaab with a unique set of challenges. "

Read the rest at INFORMED COMMENT.

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

My fourth guest piece, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler," can be read HERE.

My fifth guest piece, "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest," can be read HERE.

My sixth guest piece, "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood & the Demonstrations: Fact vs. Fiction," can be read HERE.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban Spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi: 50 U.S. & Afghan Soldiers Killed as They Flee Bahram Chah in Helmand

"Afghanistan...End of the Invaders"

*Below is an unedited statement from a senior Afghanistan Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi. Bahram Chah is in Helmand province.

50 US-Afghan cowardly soldiers killed, 19 tanks destroyed as US invaders give up Bahram Chah

March 17, 2011

HELMAND, Mar. 19 – Some 50 US invading troops and their local puppets have been killed or wounded with at least 19 military tanks destroyed over the past few days in the clashes in Bahram Chah town of Helmand province, Mujahideen officials from said Helmand province on Thursday.

The fighting was ongoing till the late afternoon hours of the day and ended up making the enemy forces flee the area with deadliest losses and severe damages exacted on the US invaders and their local puppets.

The town, however, came under the heavy air strikes by the US forces, flattening one of the houses of the a civilian martyring some five Mujahideen including some innocent civilians and wounding 12 more. Mujahideen have gained compete control of the this town after days of strong resistence and bloody fighting.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi

Afghanistan Taliban Spokesman: The Battle of Bahram Chah in Helmand is Ongoing

*Below is an unedited statement from a senior Afghanistan Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi. Bahram Chah is in Helmand province.

Bahram Chah battle ongoing

March 17, 2011

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi

HELMAND, Mar. 16 – Bahram Chah, a small town near Disho district of Helmand province, lying 200 km to the north of Lashkar Gah city, has been site of deadliest fighting for the past three days.

As per repots the US invading forces accompanied by the puppet police forces entered Jama Khan village of this town and positioned themselves in the laps of Allah-o-Akbar Mountain, trying to plot a ground operation as they were targeted by Mujahideen IED bombings and missiles that forced the enemy forces to retreat with deadliest losses caused to them.

Two of the enemy forces’ tanks got torn part by Mujahideen strikes and bombing, bringing the number of the US tanks destroyed to 19 since the fighting unfolded three days ago. The wreckage of the struck tanks is reported to still exist in the battle ground.

In a statement, the puppet officials claimed they had captured the center of the of Disho district of Helmand which has been in the control of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate for more than 7 years, and some of the media outlets reported accordingly. Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate render their claims false and baseless.

It is still under the total control of Mujahideen which is not a district but a small border town as Boldak town and is located on the river bank.

Regrettably, the officials of the stooge regime, little knowing about the country and its provinces and districts, called this town a district and claimed to have captured it.

Afghanistan Taliban: Afghans Can't Tolerate the Occupation, Let Alone Permanent Bases

*Below is an unedited statement from the Afghanistan Taliban.

The Afghans Can’t Tolerate the Occupation even for a Single Day, Let Alone Tolerating the Permanent

March 16, 2011

Karzai, the Head of the Kabul Administration, once again committed a clear affront to the proud Afghan characteristic and to his Afghan conscience during a speech at a ceremony held on the occasion of the World’s Women Day on March 8. He said that he would convene a Loya Jirgah (a high council) to decide about the establishment and endorsement of American permanent bases.

No doubt, majority of the Afghans are very sensitive about the presence of the Americans and other foreigners and loathe the idea. Even now the so-called national army which is trained with American expenditure, nurtures the desire to make short work of foreign soldiers wherever they find an opportunity to do so. This is in addition to the resentments and hatred against the invaders prevalent among Mujahideen and the common populace. It is not a propaganda campaign ( that we say this) but it is a prevailing trend on ground, accumulating strength day by day and many acted on it practically. Every week, an event comes up that a soldier of the national army has turned barrel of his gun against the American and foreign soldiers. As result, some of them have been killed sporadically here or there.

Viewing the fact that a wide-spread animosity against the foreign presence and invasion is constantly spiraling up among the ranks of the military units and contingents of the stooge regime, waiting the time to gun them down, then how it is possible that the proud tradition of the common Afghans and the religious obligation and the Afghan characteristics of Mujahideen will allow them to overlook the overall American presence in the country? It seems the issue of American permanent bases is a process, now put on the shoulder of Karzai to tackle, ostensibly through bringing it to the floor of Loya Jirgah. Thus they try to give a clout of legitimacy to their current abhorrent invasion of Afghanistan. However, this is a project being neither acceptable to the Afghans nor to the people of America and the West, nor to the countries of the region.

During the past decade, the Afghans have passed through a phase during which they suffered a genocide of 150, 000 and torture of one million people. All these were perpetrated by the Americans. Similarly, the people of America and of the West witnessed the lies and the two-faced conduct of their rulers in addition to the coffins of thousands of their soldiers, who lost their lives in Afghanistan. They are now bogged down in a vortex of a quagmire without any passage to wriggle free. They have no way out except the option to escape. The regional countries are now well aware of the dangerous motives of America and their other ploys. Moreover, the Afghans saw all phony Loya Jirgah and high councils of Karzai which were formed under the bidding of the Americans during the past decade. All of them were constituted for the protection of the American interests but never solved any issue to benefit the Afghans. Every one knows, that a Jirgah or a council with members having been selected by Karzai Administration, will necessarily approve the decision taken under the bidding and instructions of America.

Karzai and his masters should know that gone is the days when fake Jirgahs and mediation were expectedly working. The Mujahid people will continue their resistance against the foreign presence in the country even though you accord them legitimacy through the said fake Jirgah, say, for a hundred times. The Jihad will continue as it had been continuing against the Britons, the Russians; as it is currently continuing against the Americans and their allies. The sacred Jihad and resistance against you have now evolved into a country-wide uprising. Every pious Afghan considers it his religious and national obligation to beat you and teach the invading troops a lesson that they will not forget so that they will not covet any other Islamic land to invade.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lebanon's Hizbullah Issues Condolences to Al-Jazeera TV for Slain Cameraman

The Lebanese Twelver Shi'i political party Hizbullah has issued condolences to Al-Jazeera TV for the killing of one of its cameramen, 'Ali Hasan al-Jaber, who was slain in Libya. Al-Jazeera says that supporters of that country's embattled autocrat, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Kadafi). Hizbullah's statement is below:

العلاقات الإعلامية في حزب الله تعزي "الجزيرة" بشهادة رئيس قسم التصوير فيها:

بيان صادر عن العلاقات الإعلامية في حزب الله :

تتقدم العلاقات الإعلامية في حزب الله من قناة الجزيرة إدارةً وعاملين بأسمى آيات العزاء بشهادة رئيس قسم التصوير في القناة علي حسن الجابر أثناء تأدية مهمته في مساعدة الشعب الليبي المظلوم، حيث استهدفه كمين مسلح هو وزملاؤه في فريق قناة الجزيرة قرب مدينة بنغازي.

كما تتقدم من أسرته بأصدق مشاعر المواساة على خسارتهم الكبيرة معبرة عن التضامن معهم في مصابهم هذا، وتتمنى للمراسل الجريح ناصر الهدّار الذي أصيب في الكمين نفسه الشفاء العاجل.

وتعتبر العلاقات الإعلامية أن هذه الشهادة هي وسام شرف على صدر قناة الجزيرة التي عوّدت العرب على الوقوف إلى جانب قضاياهم الحقّة.

وتندد العلاقات الإعلامية بهذه الجريمة التي استهدفت العاملين على نقل الصورة الحقيقية لما يحصل في ليبيا، وتدعو إلى معاقبة المجرمين الذين ارتكبوها ومن يقف وراءهم من محرضين على الإعلام ودوره في كشف المجازر التي ترتكب بحق الشعب الليبي.

العلاقات الاعلامية - حزب الله

Afghanistan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Claims Kamikaze Bombing Outside Kunduz Military Recruiting Center

*Below is a statement from the Afghanistan Taliban's senior spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claiming a kamikaze (suicide) attack at an Afghan government military recruitment center in the city of Kunduz, which is located near the northern border with Tajikistan. The bombing killed 36 people, according to a report in The New York Times.


31 government officials and soldiers killed, 34 wounded in martyr attack

March 14, 2011

KUNDUZ, 14 – As many as 31 puppets including Afghan soldiers and officers were killed and 34 more were badly wounded in a martyrdom operation conducted by Saifullah, a loin of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Kunduz city, the capital of

the province of the same name on Monday at about 2:00 pm, local time.

The martyrdom attack was carried out on the army recruitment department where more than 100 government officials and soldiers were present.

Separately, Adurhman, chief of police in Kunduz including 18 policemen were killed on Mar. 11, 2011, while Abdul Wahid Omar Khel along with five of his gunmen were killed on Mar. 10, 2011.

Zabihullah Mujahid

Monday, March 14, 2011

Islamic Jihad Union Message to the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus

Badr al-Tawheed studios, the media arm of the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), recently released a video message from its members in Khurasan (present day Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, parts of eastern Iran, and parts of Central Asia) to the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (IEC). Below is a translation by a cyber jihadi-takfiri. The IJU is an Uzbek insurgent group that operates in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It counted the late Eric Breininger, a young German convert to Islam, as a member. The IEC is an umbrella for a number of Caucasus Islamist insurgent groups fighting Russia.

Mujahid Abu Abdallah (in Russian):

Al-Hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin, wa Salat wa Salam ala Rasulillah.

And then, As-Salaam Aleykum wa Rahmat-Allah wa Barakatuh, dear Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, and those who help them sincerely for the sake of Allah, with their property and their souls! We also greet our brothers from Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, our Russian Mujahideen brothers and [those] of other nationalities. We, from the land of Khorasan, on behalf of the Mujahideen of the Ittihad al Jihad al-Islami (Islamic-Jihad Union) want to express our support and solidarity with the Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate. We are sincerly proud of your perseverance and your patience in this way - the blessed path of Jihad. Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) says: "And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good." (Surat Al-`Ankabūt : 69).

In our Jamaat, there are many brothers who were trained or fought on the lands of the Caucasus Emirate. And we know how began this Jihad, [the] Jihad in the Caucasus, and we know what was the situation there, previously. Since then, we are closely following what is happening in the Caucasus, and we are gladdened with your accomplishments and your victories, and we ask Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) to increase your achievements and give you victory. Also, we grieve your losses, and we ask Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) that He compensate your losses.

The Jihad in the Caucasus is going on since more than 11 years, and this Taghut army, which boasts that in the past century it defeated Germany - under which was almost the whole Europe - in less than 4 years, now [this army] cannot cope with a small army, a small army of Mujahideen whom are fighting for the sake of Allah. The announcement of the Caucasus Emirate, under the banner of Tawheed, by Dokka Abu Uthman, pleased us greatly, just as all other Muslims. This announcement - raising the banner of Tawheed - united all the Mujahideen of the Caucasus. It scared this gang, which now runs Russia, and the hypocrites. And you know very much... what price was given for this - for rising the banner of Tawheed in the Caucasus. How much blood of Martyrs (Insha'Allah), from all over the world, have been shed for it. Here with me now sit a Mujahid, [an] old Mujahid, who is already for more than 13 years in the path of Allah.

Mujahid Salahudin (in Uzbek):

Al-Hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin, wa Salat wa Salam ala Man lya Nabiyya ba'dahu... A'udhu Billah min Ash-Shaytan Ar-Rajîm. Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim.

Ô brothers, Mujahideen of the Caucasus! We ask Allah to help all the Mujahideen! We greet all sisters and brothers, Mujahideen of all nationalities, who are fighting with their property and souls for the sake of Islam in the Caucasus. And we ask Allah's help and mercy for you, may He assists you in your endeavors! And by this message, we want to urge all the Mujahideen of the Caucasus and of all nationalities (he mentions Russians, Tarars and Bashkirs) to unity and brotherhood, and if you are united and cohesive, then the support of Allah and the victory will be ours! Here there are Mujahideen of different nationalities and we are all fighting against the enemies. And you know yourself that the infidels have gathered here, from all over the world, [they] have gathered against the Mujahideen and they can not defeat them. The main reason [of this], is unity and brotherhood. And we urge you to unity. And if we are united, then surely Allah will help help us. We make Dua'a for you, and also do not forget us in your righteous prayers! As-Salaam Aleykum wa Rahmat-Allah wa Barakatuh!

Mujahid Ubaydullah (in Arabic):

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim! As-Salaam Aleykum to the Mujahideen in Chechnya, the Caucasus, Russia and the whole Earth! I want to make a Nasiha (instruction, advice) to you, listen and heed the words of Allah with your hearts. The Almighty says in the holy Qur'an: "whose words can be truer than those of Allah?" (Surat An-Nisā' : 122). Infidels of the Earth cannot defeat the Mujahideen, so they came to a unanimous decision: to divide and conquer. But we must be guided by and act according to the words of Allah. And He said: "And whoever holds firmly to Allah has [indeed] been guided to a straight path." (Surat 'Āl-i`Imrān : 103). "So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers." (Surat 'Āl-i`Imrān : 139). And we make Dua'a for you, and you also make Dua'a for us: "Ô Allah help those who help your Religion, and destroy those who oppose your Religion! Ô Allah, provide assistance to the Mujahideen and destroy the infidels and hypocrites. Ô Allah, relieve the oppressed and the weak Muslims in the east and west. Verily, You have power over all things.!"

Again Mujahid Abu Abdallah:

JazakAllahu Khayran.

Brothers Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, your strength, your unity, those are the power and unity of all Muslims on Earth. And may Allah grant victory to all the Mujahideen on this Earth. And do not forget us - the Mujahideen from the Khorasan - in your righteous prayers and may Allah strengthen you in this blessed path of Truth. And in conclusion: Al-Hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin, wa Salat wa Salam ala Rasulillah, As-Salaam Aleykum wa Rahmat-Allah wa Barakatuh!

Military Statistics of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (February 4-March 5, 2011)

Below is a report in Russian, with an English translation, of recent military statistics claimed by the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (IEC) for the period of about one month. The IEC is an umbrella for a number of Caucasus Islamist insurgent groups under the overall command of its amir al-umara' (leader of leaders), Dokku "Abu Usman/'Uthman" Umarov. Many of the Chechen insurgent groups have left the IEC's fold.

Statistic of the Jihad in the Caucasus Emirate for the month of Rabbi al-Awwal 1432 (February 04 to March 05, 2011)

Wilayah Nokhchicho:

Number of all operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 5

Number of major operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 1:

1) Attack against an Mi-8 transport helicopter carrying Russian Internal Troops ('VV RF' (1)), near Tangi-Chu in the Urus-Martan district. (February 07, 2011)

Apostates killed - 0
Apostated injured - 9
Infidels killed - 0
Injured infidels - 0
Shuhadha (Insha'Allah) - 11

Wilayah Ghalghaycho:

Number of all operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 2

Number of major operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 0:

Apostates killed - 1
Apostates injured - 0
Infidels killed - 0
Infidels injured - 0
Shuhadha (Insha'Allah) - 0

Wilayah Dagestan:

Number of all operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 26

Number of major operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 5:

1) Attack against a police department ('OVD') (2) building in Khasavyurt, resulting in the killing of two apostates. (February 09, 2011)

2) Martyrdom operation carried out by Maria Khorosheva (ra) against an Internal Troops ('VV RF') station in Gubden, killing one infidel and wounding 5 others. (February 14, 2011 - 7:40 PM)

3) Martyrdom operation carried out by Vilaty Razdobudko, against a checkpoint in Gubden, killing two infidels, wounding 6 apostates and 21 other infidels. (February 14, 2011 - 10:40 PM)

4) Attack carried out by the special Mujahideen group 'Muwahhidun', against a group of apostates in Shamilkala. No accurate datas about the casualties are available. (February 22, 2011)

5) Elimination in Shamilkala, of Zalkipri Sheikhov, an FSB colonel and deputy head of the occupation administation 'Department of the Federal Tax Service for Dagestan'. (March 04, 2011)

Apostates killed - 6
Apostates injured - 16
Infidels killed - 3
Infidels injured - 28
Shuhadha (Insha'Allah) - 7

United Wilayah of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay:

Number of all operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 24

Number of major operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 6 (3):

1) Attack against a spetsnaz group of the 'Russian Internal Troops' ('VV RF') on a road between Baksan and the Chegem gorges, and destruction of an helicopter (4), killing 5 infidels and one apostate, wounding 6 others. (February 22, 2011)

2) Detonation of car bomb next the building of the local 'FSB administation' in Nalchik, followed by grenade launchers firings. (February 26, 2011)

3) Attack of a 'DPS' (taffic police) checkpoint in Shalshuka - in the north of Nalchik - wounding one apostate officer. (February 26, 2011)

4) Attack of a 'DPS' checkpoint in Martan, in the Urvansk district, located in the west of Nalchik. (February 26, 2011)

5) Attack of a 'DPS' checkpoint in Khasanya, a subrub located in the south of Nalchik. (February 26, 2011)

6) Attack of a 'DPS' checkpoint in Nalchik. (February 26, 2011)

Apostates killed - 8
Apostates injured - 3
Infidels killed - 10
Infidels injured - 20
Shuhadha (Insha'Allah) - 4

Wilayah Nogay Steppe

Number of all operations carried out by the Mujahideen -2

Number of major operations carried out by the Mujahideen - 2:

1) Destruction of an attack helicopter Mi-28n 'Night Hunter', killing its pilot and wounding the navigator-operator. (February 15, 2011)
2) Clash on the border with the KBK Wilayah, resulting in the killing of 4 infidels and wounding 4 others. (February 15, 2011)

Apostates killed - 5
Apostates injured - 5
Infidels killed - 0
Infidels injured - 0
Shuhadha (Insha'Allah) - 4


General statistics of the Jihadi operations in the Caucasus Emirate:
Total of the operations - 61 Total of the enemies of Allah killed - 33 Total of the enemies of Allah injured - 81 Mujahideen Shuhadah (Insha'Allah) - 26 Translation (with adaptations) from UmmaNews by the Kavkaz-Jihad blog _____ (1) RF stands for 'Russian Federation' - 'VV' forces are dependant of the 'MVD' (Interior Ministry). For information, there is a MVD RF (the federal Ministry of Interior) and the 'Republican' branches of the MVD i.e the Dagestani MVD, the Chechen MVD, etc...
(2) The official name is Interior Ministry department, basically it's the police.
(3) 5 of the 6 operations listed are parts of the Nalchik raid of Feburary 26.
(4) The press release of the KBK Wilayah for this month mentions that the helicopter has been forced to make a hard landing as a consequence of the Mujahideen's shooting. Others sources report that it landed in Budennovsk. ________________

Сводка боевых действий моджахедов Имарата Кавказ за месяц раби’ аль-авваль 1432 года по Хиджре (4 февраля – 5 марта 2011 г.):

Вилайят Нохчийчоь:

Количество всех проведённых моджахедами операций – 5

Количество крупных проведённых моджахедами операций – 1:

1) Обстрел вертолёта банды «ВВ РФ» в Урус-Мартановском районе

Ранено муртадов – 9

Шахидов (иншаа-Ллах) – 11

Вилайят Галгайче:

Количество всех проведённых моджахедами операций – 2

Убито муртадов – 1

Вилайят Дагестан:

Количество всех проведённых моджахедами операций – 26

Количество крупных проведённых моджахедами операций – 5:

1) Обстрел в Хасав-Юрте здания банды «ОВД», ликвидировано 2 муртада

2) Шахидская атака на пост бандформирования «ВВ РФ» в Губдене, 1 кафир убит и ещё 5 ранено

3) Шахидская атака и последующий обстрел блокпоста бандформирования «Милиция» в Губдене, убито 2 кафира, ранено 6 муртадов и 21 кафир

4) Отряд спецгруппы моджахедов «Мувахидун» атаковал муртадов в Шамилькале, среди муртадов есть убитые и раненые

5) Ликвидация полковника банды «ФСБ РФ» Залкипри Шейхова, а по совместительству помощника руководителя оккупационного управления «Налоговой службы РФ по Дагестану»

Убито муртадов – 6

Ранено муртадов – 16

Убито кафиров - 3

Ранено кафиров – 28

Шахидов (иншаа-Ллах) – 7

Объединённый Вилайят КБК:

Количество всех проведённых моджахедами операций – 24

Количество крупных проведённых моджахедами операций – 6:

1) Атака на опорный пункт бандитов-спецназовцев «ВВ РФ», сбит 1 вертолёт, убито 5 кафиров и 1 муртад, 6 кафиров ранено

2) Подрыв заминированной машины в Нальчике рядом со зданием бандформирования «Управление ФСБ» и последующий обстрел из гранатомётов

3) Обстрел поста банды «ДПС» в Шалушке, ранен 1 муртад

4) Обстрел поста банды «ДПС» Нартан в Урванском районе

5) Обстрел поста банды «ДПС» в пригороде Нальчика Хасанья

6) Обстрел поста банды «ДПС» в Нальчике

Убито муртадов – 8

Ранено муртадов – 3

Убито кафиров - 10

Ранено кафиров – 20

Шахидов (иншаа-Ллах) – 4

Вилайят Ногайская Степь:

Количество всех проведённых моджахедами операций – 2

Количество крупных проведённых моджахедами операций – 2:

1) Уничтожение вертолёта врагов Аллаха Ми-28 Ночной охотник, убит 1 и ранен 1 кафир

2) Боестолкновение на границе с Объединённым Вилайятом КБК, убито 4 и ранено 4 кафиров

Убито кафиров – 5

Ранено кафиров – 5

Общая статистика Имарата Кавказ:

Всего проведено операций - 61

Всего убито врагов Аллаха – 33

Всего ранено врагов Аллаха – 81

Шахидов (иншаа-Ллах) - 22


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Riyadh al-Saliheen Martyrs Brigade Claim Thursday's Bombing Near Federal Security Services Building in Moscow

"Chechnya: The Hope of the Muslim Nation (Ummah) and the Apple of its Eye...They [the Muslims] will cheer the victory"

The Riyadh al-Saliheen Martyrs Brigade, a special unit of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (IEC), claimed responsibility for a cell-phone detonated bomb near the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) building in southern Moscow. The bombing occurred at a bus stop. The IEC is an umbrella group for Caucasus Islamist insurgent groups fighting the Russian government and its regional allies. The Riyadh al-Saliheen Brigade statement is run below without edits. "Riyadh al-Saliheen" is usually translated as "the Garden of the Righteous" and is also the name of a famous collection of ahadith, reported sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, collected by the 13th century Sunni Muslim scholar Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

Riyadh-us-Saliheen Brigade: Claiming responsibility for the explosion near the 'FSB' Academy

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful!

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and those who followed them in Jihad until the Day of Judgment.

And then:

In response to criminal actions in the territory of the Caucasus Emirate, when the FSB blows up houses of relatives of Mujahideen under the pretext of "demining", or by some under control "black chickens", Kadyrovites, etc, as well as under far-fetched pretexts of detaining relatives of the Mujahideen, including juveniles, - on the orders of Emir of Mujahideen of the Caucasus, a noble Mujahid Dokku Abu Usman, we have carried out an operation against the main base for the preparation of the murderers, torturers, sadists and terrorists - "The academy of the FSB" in Moscow.

We intend to continue to attack sites and places of accumulation of criminals, as well as to conduct a "demining" by undermining the overhead charges.

And if the relatives of the Mujahideen are "guilty" only by their kinship with them, then after all you have also have relatives.

Appealing to the murderers of the FSB, as well as to members of other groups, we say - "While you are performing criminal orders, thereby framing yourselves and your loved ones, another sparring partner of Putin became a billionaire, and you, after using, will be thrown as consumables. But the Caucasians have good memory, we commend the offenders after 10, 20 or 30 years".

We also remind you - it is not us who come to you first, it is you who come to us. We are defending our religion, our Homeland.

We have a duty of Jihad and the right to respond to the enemy. We abide this obligation and use our legitimate right to react.

And even if you enrich and arm all of your puppets, build golden palaces and skyscrapers, arrange in Chechnya together with the soccer match a Brazil's carnival, neither you nor your puppets stop the Jihad and avert the punishment which, sooner or later catch up with you, Insha'Allah. We're working on it.

Times when you are offered a fair and peaceful settlement has passed. The arrogance of your leaders, who wished to solve everything by force, shows that you and your rulers understand only the language of force.

Therefore, we will talk to you in plain language for you.

Allahu Akbar!"

-The Command of the Martyr Brigade Riyad-us-Saliheen

New Video Message from Al-Qa'ida Central Mufti Abu Yahya al-Libi: "To Our People in Libya"

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released a new video message from one of its senior leaders, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who is widely considered to be AQC's "mufti" or chief religious jurist. The message is entitled "To Our People in Libya" and is just over half an hour. Abu Yahya urges the Libyan people to be vigilant in their struggle against their country's autocratic ruler, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Kadafi). As has al-Qadhafi and anti-Libyan regime rebels, he invokes the name of the country's national hero, 'Umar al-Mukhtar, who led a lengthy resistance campaign against Italian Fascist colonialism in the 1920s until September 1931. Abu Yahya refers to al-Mukhtar as "Shaykh al-Shuhada" (Leader of the Martyrs).

The AQC leader also blasts the "tyrant-idols" (Tawaghit) in the region and urges Muslims to use the power they possess, as evidenced by the recent uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia, to overthrow the other Arab and Muslim autocrats around the world. He blasts by name the former Tunisian autocratic president Zayn al-'Abidin ben 'Ali, current Yemeni president 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh, and Egypt's former president and "pharaoh" Hosni Mubarak.

The video message may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs:

The password to unpack the file is: ruHGU68htHB745gF4g6hgf5ygu87