Saturday, December 10, 2011
The 'Abdullah 'Azzam Brigades, a jihadi-takfiri group based in Lebanon and the Levant, issued a eulogy today for Shaykh 'Atiyyatullah al-Libi, Jamal Ibrahim Ishtaywi al-Misrati (also known as 'Atiyah 'Abd al-Rahman), the senior Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) ideologue and alleged operational leader who was killed in a U.S. drone missile strike in late August. AQC's amir, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, acknowledged 'Atiyyatullah's death in the eighth installment of his series of messages on post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt, A Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to Our People in Egypt, which was released on December 2.
Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), AQC's official regional affiliates, have yet to issue eulogies for 'Atiyyatullah. This may reflect on how "wired" the media departments of each are on a daily basis or on the present nature of communication links between them and AQC.
Eulogies have been released by several jihadi-takfiri Internet forums, Hani al-Siba'i, Somalia's Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen, Masadat al-Mujahideen (Place of the Lions, the Mujahideen) in Palestine, and Ansar al-Islam in Iraq.
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