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Periodical Review December 2010 – No. 1

This report summarizes the most prominent events discussed in the online Jihadi forums during the second half of November 2010. Following is a summary of the main issues raised in this report:

• The Jihadi forums published the first part of the second edition of Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s well-known book: “Knights under the Prophet’s Banner”. The preface to the second edition was written by Al-Zawahiri in July 2010.
• Approximately two months after reports of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith’s release from house arrest in Iran, the Jihadi forums published a new book apparently written by him, titled “The 20 commandments on the road to Jihad”.
• The Amir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb decided that all negotiations regarding the French hostages must be conducted by Osama bin Laden.
• The fundraising campaign on the Jihadi forums continues.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula published a special edition of the “Inspire” magazine following their claim of responsibility for the explosive packages. The organization declared a new strategy – a war of economic attrition.
• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against the Houthis.
• Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for sending the envelope found on a German aircraft scheduled to depart from a Namibian airport to Munich, and was said to contain explosives.
• A call was issued on the Jihadi forums to revive the Jihad in Egypt.
• A request was made by the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to publish a periodical in French.

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