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Global Jihad: Summary from Arabic Sources – The First Half of April 2011

This report summarizes the most prominent articles on the subject of global Jihad published in the media in the Arabic language in the first half of April 2011. Following are the main issues raised in this report:

• Statements made by Al-Qaeda leaders Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Anwar Al- Awlaki, in which they support the uprisings and protests throughout the Arab world and stress the Islamic aspect of these protests.
• Seven foreign United Nations employees were killed by demonstrators in Afghanistan, in a protest following the burning of a copy of the Quran by the Floridian pastor, Terry Jones.
• 57 people were killed in Tikrit, Iraq in a terrorist attack which included the armed take over of the local government building, hostage taking and killing people inside the building. According to commentators, the modus operandi was similar to that of the Mumbai attacks of 2008, which has been gaining popularity among Global Jihad organizations.
• Concerns in North Africa over the possibility that Libya’s security situation will be exploited by Al-Qaeda to transfer large quantities of weapons to Al-Qaeda strongholds in Northern Mali.
• 41 people were killed in Pakistan in a suicide bomb attack.
• The Somali Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement is threatening to perpetrate attacks in Kenya.

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