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Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites December 2018


Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader, accuses the Saudi regime of favoring Israel rather than acting in favor of the Islamic nation. Considering this, he called on Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula to emigrate from it to places where they could plan and unite to strike the Saudi regime. He also called on Muslims to initiate attacks against American and Israeli targets and expressed concern over the Iranian expansion in the region.


Abu Jalal al-Humayri, a senior al-Qaeda operative, is threatening to launch a series of attacks against the United Arab Emirates because of the military campaign it is waging against al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.


Sheikh Abu Mus’ab ‘Abd al-Wadud, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, stresses that the demonstrations of the “yellow vests” in France are the result of France’s aggressive policy in the African continent and accused the French elite of exploiting Africa’s resources to enrich their pockets, while trampling over the rights of working-class people in France. In light of this, he called on the French people to exert pressure on the French regime to stop its involvement in the African continent, which is manifested, for example, in military involvement in Libya and Mali. Abd al-Wadud denied the news concerning the assassination of Muhammad Kufa, leader of the Macina faction in southern Mali and an ally of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


The al-Shabab al-Mujahidin organization, a branch of al-Qaeda in Somalia, calls on members of the organization to attack operatives of the Islamic State Organization in Somalia. This is due to a series of crimes committed by its operatives, such as the killing of innocent Muslims and the disruption of jihad activities against the enemies.


Sheikh Abu Qatada al-Filastini, a prominent Salafi Jihadi cleric who is close to al-Qaeda, explains that the current jihadist movement is not limited to “elites”. It is not confined to a single geographic region; it is less secretive and does not suffer from having a small force. In his view, in many countries the movement moved from the stage of bringing ideas to the execution stage.


Abu-Bakr Shikau, leader of the Ahal al-Sunna al-Da’awa wal-Jihad organization, called on the Muslim believers to observe the commandment of jihad, to sacrifice themselves for the sake of Allah, to renounce the infidels and show loyalty to their Muslim brethren, especially those in jails.


Supporters of the Islamic State Organization encourage arson in countries belonging to the “Crusader Coalition” in response to the “fire that the coalition forces are waging against Muslim homes” in Iraq and Syria. According to them, it is recommended to set fire to tall buildings, forests (mainly in dry periods), commercial centers, warehouses, gas stations and more.


Supporters of the Islamic State Organization encourage “lone wolf” attacks against crowded places, such as markets, in Western countries due to the coming Christmas celebrations.


Supporters of the Islamic State Organization campaign against the Saudi regime and the Wahhabi religious establishment. According to them, this is a regime that has sinned and deviated from the path of Islam and therefore must be brought down.


The Ansar Ghazwat al-Hind organization, affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Kashmir region, publishes safety tips for the Mujahidin in Kashmir in light of the repression activities carried out by Indian security forces in Kashmir. Thus, they were required to maintain secrecy and build hiding places.



This article is part of the RED-Alert project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 740688.

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