On January 6th, the leading Jihadi online forums published a video tape made by Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, calling on Muslims around the world to attack Israeli and western targets around the world, following the events in Gaza. In the tape, Al-Zawahiri claimed that the Israeli activity in Gaza is part of the western crusade against Islam, and claimed that the elected U.S. president, Barak Obama, is Israel’s accomplice.
The Jihadi Monitoring Group (JWMG) is a specialized research and analysis team at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). Composed of researchers fluent in Arabic, the JWMG monitors websites that support and serve the Global Jihad organizations. The unique characteristic of JWMG publications is the team's integration of diverse materials from a wide variety of Arabic sources. JWMG connects each source to larger trends, providing a complete understanding of events on both a local and a global scale.