Monthly Report Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites October 2018
- The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the Afghan people to boycott the elections in the country, claiming that it is a US initiative that seeks to extend the occupation in Afghanistan. According to the organization, its fighters intend to close all of the roads on election day and sabotage the election process, so it is better for the Afghan people to stay inside their homes that day so as not to be harmed. It noted that on the day of the election, it carried out 407 attacks, which led to the destruction and closure of polling stations as well as casualties among the Afghan security forces.
- Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, blames Muslim regimes for the maladies and calamities befalling Muslim society because of their reliance on a secular system of laws. In his opinion, the cure for these diseases lies in the application of shari’a. According to him, members of the Muslim Nation must renounce the secular regimes, and combine dawah and jihad as a tool to strengthen their power and Islam.
- Awab bin Hasan al-Husni, a senior Al-Qaeda leader, calls on Muslims to wage an armed rebellion against the Saudi regime, claiming that the US can no longer defend it due to its exhaustion and weariness caused by a years-long battle against jihad fighters.
- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula refers extensively to the exposure of a spy network operating on Yemeni soil on behalf of the Saudi regime. The organization notes that the West is using spies as a key tool in its fight against jihadists, and referred to its recruitment methods, the psychological components that characterize the spies, and more. The leaders of the organization, including Qasim al-Raymi, warns Muslims to beware of these spies and stresses that action should be taken to eliminate them, for they will try to sow division and separation.
- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb harshly criticizes the Prime Minister of Algeria for imposing a ban on wearing a veil in public places of work, such as in schools. According to the organization, the Algerian leadership is suppressing the symbols of Islam instead of looking for solutions to the country’s various problems, such as corruption. In its view, France and the Crusader West are responsible for the ban on wearing a veil in Algeria.
- Abu Yahya al-Hammam, the deputy leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, threatens the joint military force of five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger), led by France, not to take action against jihad fighters or else they will pay a heavy price. He describes them as acting in the service of the enemy and asks them to defect from the joint military force.
- Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, an umbrella organization composed of several Salafi-jihadist factions in Mali, claims responsibility for a terrorist attack against the UN headquarters in Timbuktu in central Mali. According to him, the attack was intended to send a clear message to all area governments, especially the government of Burkina Faso, that they would be harmed if they participate in the military operation against jihad fighters.
- Adnan Rashid, a senior military commander in the Taliban Pakistan, refers to the arenas of battle in Pakistan and Syria, in an interview with Al-Haqiqa magazine. He notes that jihadists are in a weak position in Pakistan for several reasons, such as close surveillance by the Pakistani intelligence services. According to him, the Pakistani regime plays a dual role – on the one hand, it supports the United States and NATO, and wants to remain in Afghanistan in order to maintain stability, but on the other hand it provides shelter and funding to members of the Taliban Afghanistan and the Haqqani network. In the interview, Rashid offers some advice to Syrian fighters, such as the importance of showing concern for the needs of local residents in order to gain their sympathy.
- The Islamic State emphasizes the importance of aid to the organization, which can be expressed by joining the ranks of its fighters or by managing publicity for the organization on social networks. Thus, he asks supporters of the organization to widely disseminate the propaganda of the Islamic Caliphate while avoiding revealing the identity of the mujahideen.
- Sheikh Abdullah Mansour, the deputy leader of the Turkestan Islamic Party, calls on Muslim clerics and Muslims around the world to help Muslims in Turkestan in any way possible, including taking part in the propaganda war against the persecution of Muslims in China by the Chinese authorities, providing financial assistance, and joining jihad against China and Chinese interests around the world. According to him, the organization’s fighters are currently engaged in a campaign against the enemies of Islam in Afghanistan and Syria, but at the same time they are investing efforts in establishing an infrastructure within Turkistan. In addition, Mansour praises the propaganda activities of the Arabic-language magazine of the Turkestan Islamic Party, which he claims succeeded in reviving the issue of East Turkestan throughout the world.
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