Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Inauguration of a New Jihadi-Takfiri Internet Magazine, Al-Yarmouk, Named after Famous Historical Battle
The Global Jihad Center (Markaz al-Jihad al-'Alami) has today released the inaugural issue of a new Internet magazine, Al-Yarmouk. The center's distributor is listed as the Al-Fajr (The Dawn) Media Center, the same shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri network that distributes the media materials of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)/Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the two Rivers/Iraq (AQI).
The new magazine is in Pashtu and the Farsi dialect of Persian. It is likely named after one of the greatest battles in Islamic history, the Battle of Yarmouk, in August 636 C.E. that lasted for six days near the Yarmouk River near the modern day border between Syria and Jordan. The Muslim army of the Rashidun Caliphate, estimated to have numbered at the most 40,000 soldiers, under the command of the brillant general Khalid ibn al-Walid, defeated a much larger Byzantine army of an estimated 125,000 or more soldiers. As a result of their defeat, the Byzantine Empire lost control of the Levant and much of southern Anatolia. The Byzantine army is estimated to have lost almost 50% of its soldiers in the battle. The Battle of Yarmouk has been not infrequently mentioned by jihadi preachers including the radical American-Yemeni Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki, Aulaqi).
A PDF of the new magazine can be downloaded via these non-militant URLs:
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