Monthly Report Summary of Information on Jihadist Websites September 2018
- The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan gives a eulogy in memory of Sheikh Jalaluddin Haqqani, a senior jihad leader in the organization who became a symbol and a hero in the wake of his relentless fight against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980’s as well as against the American invasion of the country in 2001. His family testifies that in his will, he had instructed his followers to remain loyal to the Emirate and to maintain unity among the mujahideen. Al-Qaeda announces that it is renewing its oath of allegiance to the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and commits to follow in the footsteps of Jalaluddin Haqqani. Other terrorist organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda also gave eulogies in Haqqani’s memory, including Huras al-Din, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
- Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, explains that the US is still considered the main enemy of Muslims, and that all of the wars against Muslims are being waged by the secular Crusader West, led by the US. According to him, the US undermines Islam and encourages many regimes to kill Muslims, as evident in India, Pakistan and many other countries, as well as in the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. According to him, the US has an organized plan for how to conduct this war, which is expressed in its cooperation with secular power groups in the Middle East with the aim of influencing Muslim public opinion to serve American interests, as an example. In his opinion, understanding US strategy and tactics against Muslims can be very helpful in formulating a plan for dealing with the US. In addition, al-Zawahiri calls on Muslims to cling to jihad against the US, and to help weaken it in the economic, security and military arenas until it withdraws from the lands of Islam and is defeated. Alongside these remarks, al-Zawahiri called on Muslims to help their mujahideen brothers in North Africa, especially in the Sahara, Sahel and West Africa, to wage jihad against the American-French coalition in any way possible.
- Sheikh Abdul Rauf, the spokesman for Al-Qaeda, accuses the Pakistani regime and security forces of persecuting the Sunni population and jihad fighters in Pakistan and north Waziristan. According to him, this policy is used as a tool by the Crusader West and the Jews who seek to weaken the Muslim identity and Islam.
- Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, spokesman for the Islamic State (IS), claims responsibility for a terrorist attack against a military parade of Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces in Ahvaz, in southern Iran. Al-Muhajer threatens additional attacks in Iranian territory and vows that the next attacks will be “even more severe and bitter”.
- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claims to have uncovered a spy network operating in Yemen on behalf of the Saudi intelligence services. According to the organization, the spy network was responsible for providing information to the enemy about the location of the organization’s operatives in Yemen and for preparing the enemy on how to deal with the organization, resulting in the deaths of many senior members of the organization. Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Salih, responsible for security in the organization, explains that efforts should be made to raise awareness among the residents about spy activity in Yemen, and that despite this unfortunate trend, his organization was able to uncover spy cells and thwart efforts by the Saudi regime to spy on the organization. In addition, he threatens to catch every spy and advises other spies in Yemen to stop their activity and surrender themselves to the organization while promising that they would be forgiven if they do so.
- Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent threatens western governments, including Holland, not to disrespect the Prophet Muhammad. According to the organization, this is an ongoing trend encouraged by western culture in the name of free speech. The organization warns that this trend cannot continue and calls on Muslims living in the West to carry out terrorist attacks against anyone involved in debasing the Prophet Muhammad.
- Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, a Salafi-jihadist umbrella organization in Mali affiliated with Al-Qaeda, publishes details about an attack that it carried out on April 14, 2018 against the MINUSMA headquarters in Timbuktu, as well as other battles. The organization explains that the battle against France is, first and foremost, a battle between faith and heresy and only then an economic battle for material resources. Sheikh Yahya Abu al-Humam, a senior member of the organization who also serves as emir of the Sahara region of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, notes that France’s actions in Mali only serve to strengthen the mujahideen.
- Jund al-Islam in Sinai, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, calls on Muslims to migrate to the Sinai Peninsula in order to strengthen the battle and jihad in the next campaign against Israel. According to the organization, the Sinai arena is considered an important arena from which jihad fighters will eventually succeed in liberating Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The organization criticizes the United States for its efforts to strengthen the Jewish character of Jerusalem following the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. It also criticizes some Arab regimes, especially Egypt, for cooperating with Israel in various fields.
- Supporters of the Islamic State encourage acts of jihad against the Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan. According to them, the Jordanian regime traditionally supports the State of Israel and even assists the US in attacking jihad fighters. Therefore, it is necessary to initiate attacks against Jordanian security forces and other targets throughout Jordan.
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.