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Periodical Review: Summary from the Jihadi Forums – The First Half of January 2013

This report summarizes notable events discussed on jihadist Web forums during the First half of January 2013. Following are the main points covered in the report:

• The Taliban-Pakistan beings publishing propaganda on jihadist Web forums promoting jihad against the US in Pakistan.
• Jihadist groups and contributors to jihadist Web forums call for terrorist attacks against French targets worldwide in retaliation for France’s incursion into northern Mali.
• Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa launches a new jihadist Web forum, featuring its official manifesto.
• The Al-Nusra Front and other Salafi-jihadist groups take credit for the impressive military takeover of the Taftanaz Syrian Air Force Base in Idlib Province.
• January sees the launching of the Al-Nusra Front Aid Forum, a new jihadist Web forum focusing on the civil war in Syria and the actions of the Al-Nusra Front.
• Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia exults at the failure of the French Army to rescue a hostage from Lower Shibla Governorate. The failed operation results in the deaths of several French Marines, including the commander of the operation, and many casualties.
• Jihadist Web forums announce the broadcasting of a new Internet radio station – Fajr [dawn] – the first jihadist radio station.

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