Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites September 2017
- Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, praises the jihad activities of Al-Qaeda fighters in all its branches. He praises the success of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in causing casualties and property damage to the Algerian army. In his opinion, these successes will serve in the future as a springboard for conquering Spain. In addition, al-Zawahiri calls on jihad fighters in and around Mali to increase their armed activities against French forces who have intensified their presence in the region. Al-Zawahiri also calls on jihad fighters in East Africa, especially Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, to continue their activities against Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and other countries in the region; on fighters in Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent to liberate the Indian Subcontinent from the rule of Hindus and secular regimes supported by the US; and on jihad fighters in the Arabian Peninsula to keep their head in the face of US, Saudi and Houthi attacks.
- Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden and a senior Al-Qaeda leader, praises the efforts of jihad fighters in Syria to defend the religion of Islam from the enemies of Islam, especially the US and Russia. According to him, they should not be misled by various initiatives for peace conceived by the enemies of Islam since they should be seen as a ruse and an effort by the enemy to put an end to jihad in Syria, and continue the agenda of oppressing Muslims and Islam. At the same time, Hamza announces that all Muslims must assist their brothers in Syria, especially by migrating to Syria and taking part in jihad against the enemies. According to him, by helping the mujahideen in Syria, it will be possible to establish a solid base from which to act to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israel.
- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, praises the steadfastness of the organization’s fighters on various jihad fronts, and calls on them and on the organization’s supporters to be patient while encouraging the ‘soldiers of the Caliphate’ to increase their attacks everywhere and to target the media centers of countries fighting against the organization. In addition, he vows that the issue of Muslim prisoners in jails has not been forgotten and is part of the organization’s agenda.
- Ibrahim Hasan al-‘Asiri, a senior leader in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, praises the 9/11 attacks and the expansion of jihad against the Crusaders and their allies, such as the Iranians, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews, to other fronts. In his opinion, the US is still considered the main enemy of Muslims due to its ongoing occupation of Muslim lands and support for Israel. According to him, the strength of the Crusader campaign led by the US against Muslims and Islam is being increasingly eroded as reflected in, among other things, the US withdrawal from Iraq and the mujahideen’s successes in causing damage to US forces in Afghanistan. Alongside this, al-’Asiri calls on all members of the Muslim Nation to join jihad against the US, on Muslims in Iraq to fight against the Crusader-Iranian alliance in the country, and on Muslims in Syria to continue the battle against the enemies. In addition, al-‘Asiri emphasizes that “Palestine is the central problem and is on the mujahideen’s agenda”.
- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb condemn the Saudi regime against the backdrop of the visit by US President Donald Trump to the Saudi Kingdom. According to them, the visit signaled the renewed alliance between the US administration and the Saudi regime in the battle against Islam and its Muslim believers. In their opinion, the Saudi regime failed to fulfill its role in dealing with the Iranian threat and the growing Shi’ite influence, and instead preferred to cooperate with the main enemy of Muslims. Therefore, the organizations call on the Saudi people to protest against the Saudi regime’s policy through every possible platform.
- Al-Sahab jihadist media institution, which belongs to Al-Qaeda, publishes a letter written to US President Barack Obama by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a former member of Al-Qaeda and one of the planner of the 9/11 attacks who is incarcerated in the US. In his letter, he emphasizes that various US administrations, including the Obama administration, are engaged in a trend of oppressing Muslims around the world, and he claims that the US government is run by a Jewish and Christian-Zionist lobby that limits Obama’s power, and that the latter must fight against the lobby and not against Muslims. According to him, this trend is likely to change in the future following Muslims’ victory over their enemies.
- The “Delegated Committee” of the Islamic State, which is subordinate to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and publishes the decisions of the organizations, publishes a memorandum canceling a previous proclamation that offered the strictest interpretation of takfir, an interpretation that casts collective doubt on whether the citizens of Muslim countries are considered genuine Muslims. In the new memorandum, the organization emphasizes that the previous proclamation was full of “mistakes and incorrect phrases” that “caused disagreement among the ranks of the mujahideen in particular and Muslims in general”, and therefore it is null and void.
- An Islamic State fighter of Singaporean origin calls on jihad fighters in East Asia to continue on the path of jihad or, alternatively, to turn to the arenas in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, West Africa or Libya.
- The Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula claims responsibility for a complex terrorist attack against Egyptian security forces on September 11 and threatens to attack the Hamas leadership if it continues to cooperate with the Egyptian regime to oppress jihad fighters in the Sinai Peninsula.
- Al-Qaeda and its various branches condemn the persecution and slaughter of members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, and call on Muslims around the world – especially those in geographical proximity to Myanmar – to help them in any way.
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.