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Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites June 2017


  • Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, threatens that as long as there are American forces in Afghanistan jihad fighters will increase their resistance against them and undermine stability in the region. Akhundzada urges anyone who has an interest in taking action to end the American occupation of the country.
  • Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, calls on Muslims around the world to take action against the persecution and global war being waged by the enemies of Islam, including the West led by the US, the Crusaders, China, India, Iran, the Shi’ites and the proponents of nationalism and secularism. According to him, the way to confront this front must take the form of defensive jihad for the lands of Islam. According to him, defensive jihad is the individual religious obligation of every Muslim, as preached by Abdullah Azzam, one of the founders of Al-Qaeda, and as implemented by Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, when he sent battalions to liberate Palestine.
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula accuses local regimes of collaborating with the US against Islam and the principle of the Oneness of God as a result of the decision by the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt to publish a list of people in Qatar who they accuse of involvement in, and support of, terrorist activity against the backdrop of the crisis with Qatar. According to Khalid bin ‘Umar Batarfi, a senior member of the organization, the Muslim Nation must wake up and respond to this attack using jihad and to deal with other burning political issues themselves, starting with the problem of Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula levels harsh criticism at Saudi Arabia and the US government, led by Donald Trump, as a result of the signing of contract to supply Saudi Arabia with US weapons. Sheikh Ibrahim al-Bana, a senior member of the organization, accuses Saudi Arabia of kowtowing to the West and changing the existing order; instead of collecting a poll tax from Christians (jizya), Saudi Arabia is paying them money. In light of this, al-Bana calls on clerics to preach to believers about the importance of fulfilling the obligation of jihad against infidels and against local regimes that cooperate with the enemies of Islam.
  • Ali Mahmoud Rage, the spokesman for Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, threatens Kenya with a cruel war and large-scale terrorist attacks unless its citizens adopt Islam or become patrons, and on condition that the Kenyan government remove its forces from Somalia. In addition, Rage calls on Muslims in Kenya to migrate and join the ranks of Al-Shabab in order to help in the battle against the Kenyan regime due to its persecution of the Muslim population in the country.
  • Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent publishes a document titled, “Code of Conduct”, which contains 14 articles that reveal its worldview and positions on various issues, including defining organizational goals, defining the enemy, how to treat the civilian population, and more.
  • Hassan al-Muhajer, the spokesman for the Islamic State, urges Muslims in Europe, Asia and Africa to carry out attacks, especially during the month of Ramadan. In addition, al-Muhajer calls on the organization’s fighters to defend the strongholds under its control, and to continue to carry out attacks against the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias in Iraq, and against the Alawite regime and Kurdish forces in Syria.
  • The Islamic State blesses several terrorist attacks that were carried out under its inspiration in the West, such as the ramming and stabbing attack that was carried out on London Bridge that was carried out by three militants, and the double terrorist attack that was carried out under its direction in Tehran at the Parliament building and the Khomeini Mausoleum, as well as the success of its fighters in the Philippines in capturing the city of Marawi.
  • Supporters of the Islamic State justify the arson of property belonging to ‘infidel Christians’, such as movie theaters, food warehouses, police cars and trains, claiming that this serves as another stage in the campaign against the enemies of Islam.


 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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