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

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

• Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) offered a monetary reward to anyone who assassinated the US Ambassador to Yemen as well as any US soldiers on Yemeni soil.
• A new Syrian Islamist umbrella organization called “The Syrian Islamic Front” declared its establishment on December 21, 2012, as well as its intention of turning Syria into an Islamic theocracy.
• Sheikh Abu Harith Al-Maqdisi, a member of the Ansar Al-Sharia Army in Syria, discussed his vision for the day after the fall of Bashar Al-Assad. According to Al-Maqdisi, the Mujahideen will turn toward Jordan, conquer it, and turn it into an Islamic theocracy. Lebanon’s Hezbollah will have to fight for its life and the threat to Israel’s security from the Mujahideen will intensify.
• The Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group in West Africa declared the establishment of a new Jihadist media institution named “Al-Murabitoon”.
• The Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement in Somalia announced that Sheikh Abu Mansur Al-Amriki was no longer a member of the group because of his attempts to divide the ranks of the Mujahideen by spreading fallacious reports; widely covered by the Western media, the reports stated that there are deep rifts within the leadership of Al-Shabab.
• The Ansar Iran movement established a new media outlet named “Al-Farouq”.
• The Jihadist web forums, particularly Shumukh Al-Islam, published eulogies in memory of Sheikh Mahub Rawiya Al-Rahman, one of the pioneers of the Jihadist web forums, who was killed in fighting with supporters of Bashar Al-Assad in Tripoli, Lebanon.

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