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Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums – The First Half of December 2012

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First half of December 2012. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• An old video tape in which Al-Zawahiri asks the Egyptian Salafi sheikh, Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, to complete the revolution in Egypt.
• Sheikh Khaled Bin Abdel Rahman al-Hussainan, aka Abu Zayd Al-Kuwaiti, a senior member in Al-Qaeda, was eliminated by an unmanned aircraft shooting in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border.
• Al-Rubaish, the Mufti of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, reproaches the Muslims for their submission and passiveness in face of the US aggression towards the Muslims and the occupation of their lands. This conduct contradicts Islam. According to him, the Muslims are duty bound to adopt an activist approach towards their enemies.
• Al-Wadud, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, clarified that anyone taking part in an attack on northern Mali and anyone taking part in planning such as attack will be subject to severe retaliation at the hands of the organization. He addresses the African countries, asking them not to cooperate with France in its plans of invasion of north Mali as it cares only for its own interests and not theirs.
• A new Salafi Jihadi group called Ansar Al-Sharia was founded in north Mali.
• The Salafi Jihadi in Egypt call for the boycotting of a referendum for the establishment of Egypt’s new constitution.
• Sheikh Muhammad Al-Tahawi, one of the senior members of the Salafi Jihadi movement in Jordan, calls to direct Jihad activities into Israel’s territory and to carry out terrorist attacks within its borders at the fall of the Syrian regime.
• The three leading Jihadi forums, Shumukh Al-Islam, Al-Fada’a and Ansar Al- Mujahideen, stopped operating on the internet as of the beginning of December 2012, resumed operation on December 18th 2012 and a few days later, stopped operation again. According to the members of other Jihadi forums this is another component in the war of the enemies of Islam in the Muslims and Islam.

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