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The Jihadi Forums: An Open Forum with Abu Abdullah Al-Maqdisi

The online Jihadi community constitutes a central component in the Jihadi propaganda array and is an important target audience for the consumption of messages from Al-Qaeda’s leadership.

One of the main means for the distribution of the ideology of Salafi-Jihadi Sheikhs is found in the allocation of an open forum for surfers for a predetermined period of time, through which they get the rare opportunity to address questions on various subjects directly to a senior Salafi-Jihadi Sheikh, who is a guest at the forum.

This document will focus on such an “open forum” with Sheikh Abu Abdullah Al-Maqdisi, the Sharia officer of the Lebanese “Fatah Al-Islam” organization, an Al-Qaeda branch in Lebanon founded in 2006.

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