Monthly Report Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites February 2019
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan criticizes US General Joseph Votel’s statement that the Islamic State organization in Afghanistan poses a serious threat and is capable of directly hurting the US from Afghanistan. According to the Emirate, the statement is exaggerated and intended to exonerate the US’s continued occupation of Afghanistan and sow fear among the countries of the region and the American public. In addition, the Emirate, a branch of the “Islamic State” in Afghanistan, is limited to a small area and will soon be destroyed by the Emirate’s jihadists.
Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, deems the Arab Spring revolutions to be a defeat and a failure. This is due to the mesh of a number of factors such as the willingness of Islamic movements to serve under secular laws, the existence of alliances with secular powers and the unwillingness to promote the implementation of Sharia law. In addition, al-Zawahiri criticized Syria’s jihad activists for their internal power struggles instead of focusing on the external enemy. In his view, the solution to exiting the current crisis lies in adhering to and applying Sharia law, becoming free from American hegemony in the Muslim countries and in Da’awa and Jihad against the enemy, which includes Iran and the Shiites, the US, Israel, Russia, France, China, the Hindus, and local governors who cooperate with the enemies of Islam and the regimes that are fighting the Sharia.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb criticizes the belligerent policies of the Algerian and Tunisian regimes in assisting France against Islamic religion and the suppression of Islamic identity. It called on residents of both countries to wake up and warned that continuing this trend would create a generation that is disconnected from the foundations of the Islamic religion, hence the silence on the issue must be stopped and action must be taken against this criminal policy.
Sheikh Muhammad Kufa, leader of the Macina organization affiliated with Jamaat Nusrat al Islam wal Muslimin and working in conjunction with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, declares that he is still alive contrary to early reports in his media of his assassination. According to him, the enemy media, mainly France’s, is spreading false rumors aimed at demoralizing jihad activists and creating a sense of national security and pride among civilians. In addition, Kufa noted that the state of the Mali army is not good and that its attempts to penetrate the ranks of jihad activists have failed.
Sheikh Abu Hudayfa al-Sudani, a senior Salafi Jihadi philosopher who is close to al-Qaeda, describes the jihad arena in Mali as an arena in which jihad is embodied in its full power and glory thanks to the determination of its residents to fight for freedom and dignity. According to him, the Jamaat Nusrat al Islam wal Muslimin organization, which operates in Mali and is close to al-Qaeda, currently enjoys a very extensive popular support base from the various ethnic groups in the country such as the Fulani group. Alongside this, al-Sudani called on the Muslim nation to assist the organization and jihad in Mali in every way.
The two organizations, “Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham” and “Hurras al-Din“, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, publish a joint proclamation in which they pledge to put an end to the struggle between them and to cooperate against their mutual enemy. In addition, the two organizations pledged to resolve disputes and disagreements in a religious court.
The Islamic State organization emphasizes in its official journal Al-Naba, that the organization continues to operate in additional combat arenas and does not limit itself to a restricted geographical area. It said the Islamic State’s biggest victory lies in it not being defeated by a huge coalition of armies and huge squadrons of fighter jets.
The Fajr al-Kinana organization, which appears to be a Muslim Brotherhood jihadi organization, blames the international community for ignoring Egypt’s “crimes” against its citizens, as expressed in the execution of several young Egyptians without trial. The organization called on all movements opposing the Egyptian regime to overthrow it and reveal its “crimes” to the public, promising revenge.
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.