The following document will provide a review of online jihad activism aimed at spreading propaganda to Spanish–speaking audience, both Muslims and non-Muslims. The document focuses on one online jihad activist who goes by the nickname Karim Al-Maghrebi. This nickname likely points to Al-Maghrebi’s origins being in Morocco, or elsewhere in North Africa. Al-Maghrebi is an active member of the two leading jihadi forums, Shumoukh Al-Islam and Al-Fida’. He describes himself on the forums as “a supporter of the global Al-Qaeda.”
Austrian-born Muhammad Mahmoud, also known as Abu Osama Al-Gharib, leader of the jihadi group Millat Ibrahim, was recently ordained to serve as a religious cleric and to issue fatwas. The ordination, known as ijaza, was granted by two leading Salafi-jihadi scholars, Egyptian Mirgan Salem, aka ‘Abd Al-Hakim Hassan, and Moroccan ‘Omar Al-Hadoushi. Salem is a veteran of the jihad in Afghanistan, where he was close to the Al-Qaeda leadership, and is among the most esteemed scholars within the Egyptian Salafi-jihadi movement. Al-Hadoushi is a prominent scholar in the Salafi-jihadi movement in Morocco, and is widely respected by Salafi-jihadis throughout the world.
On March 7, 2013, the jihadi media company Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) released a new song by Abu ‘Azzam Al-Almani, a German jihadi combatant and member of the jihadi group Millat Ibrahim, that is currently based in Egypt. An audio recording of the song was distributed on the jihadi forums.
The Islamic Movement for Application of Shari’a, a Salafi-jihadi group headed by the sheikh Da’oud Khairat, which is operating in Egypt, has posted a warning to Egyptians who intend to travel to Syria to wage jihad there. It advises them to avoid passing through Jordan because its authorities are lying in wait for the mujahideen.
On March 7, 2013, the Al-I’tisam media company, a subsidiary media company of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), released a video on the jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam documenting some of ISI’s attacks in Iraq. It is noteworthy that the previously unknown Al-I’tisam media company joins ISI’s primary media company, Al-Furqan, in disseminating the jihadi organization’s material. It should be noted that several hours prior to releasing the former video, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a well-established outlet that disseminates jihadi material, announced that it had obtained the rights to release Al-I’tisam’s materials.
In a statement issued by the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi group claimed responsibility for killing more than 100 Syrian soldiers in Iraq last week. According to the statement, which was posted on the leading jihadi form Shumoukh Al-Islam, the preparation for the raid started after a series of military operations carried out by the mujahideen in Syria. These operations forced dozens of Syrian soldiers to be pushed back inside Iraq after the liberation of Al-Ya’rubiyah border crossing.
On March 5, 2013, a Facebook group of Syrian activists affiliated with the opposition reported the death of ‘Abd Al-Malik Adam, a Muslim from Denmark, whom it said was killed while waging jihad in Syria. Adam is said to have converted to Islam 11 years ago in Denmark. His original name is not mentioned in the report. According to the report, Adam was forced to flee from his homeland due to “the infidels’ oppression against him.” He subsequently traveled to many Muslim countries, including Yemen, Mauritania, the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Tunisia, until finally settling with his family in the town of Al-Zawiyah, in Libya.
Jihadi fighters of Indian origin are fighting with the rebels in Syria, according to an Indian media report. Many of the Indian fighters found in Syria are coming in from the UK, said political advisor to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Buthayna Shabaan in an interview.
A new propaganda video released by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban’s shadow government) shows the planning of a Taliban suicide truck bombing and coordinated attacks in Afghanistan’s Wardak, Paktia, and Khost provinces. The Pashtu-language video was produced by the Manba-ul-Jihad Studio of the Haqqani Network, a militant outfit that is part of the Islamic Emirate. The Haqqani Network is responsible for spectacular assaults on Afghan and U.S. forces in the eastern and southeastern Afghanistan.
In an audio lecture released by Al-Qaeda, militant cleric Maulana Asim Umar delivers a fiery speech in Urdu, urging Muslim youth to abandon the luxuries of home and wage jihad as conducted by Prophet Muhammad.
The 27-minute audio was released by As-Sahab, the media production house of Al-Qaeda.
The audio begins with a Koranic verse: “And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?'”
Maulana Asim Umar, who is believed to be in his early 30s, is known for authoring several books in Urdu, including The Bermuda Triangle and Dajjal, Imam Mehdi ke Dost our Dushman [“The Enemies and Friends of Imam Mehdi], Teesri Jang-e-Azeem aur Dajjal [“World War III and Dajjal”], The Army of Anti-Christ: Blackwater, Aasar-e-Qiyamat Aur Fitna-e-Dajjal Ki Haqeeqat Quran O Hadees Ki Roshni Mai, and others.
Maulana Asim Umar: “After Rousing And Inducing [You] In Multiple Ways [To Wage Jihad], The Koran Revealed Verses About Jihad”
Reiterating the message of the Koranic verse “And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah,” the militant cleric says: “After rousing and inducing [you] in multiple ways [to wage jihad], the Koran revealed verses about jihad. If you think it over, a young Muslim with a sense of honor will never rest within his home.”
A video showing Pakistani Taliban militants fighting against Pakistani security forces in South Waziristan has been released by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on a jihadi internet forum. Some of the key TTP commanders who appear on the video are: Maulana Mansoor, Maulana Hazeefa, and Maulana Waliur Rehman. The 1:08-hour video was produced the TTP’s Umar Studio sometime in July 2012. The Pakistani military launched an anti-Taliban operation called Rah-e-Nijat (Path of Liberation). Maulana Waliur Rehman, who appears at an unidentified location with two guards, says that the Rah-e-Nijat will be turned into Rah-e-Halakat (Path of Death) for Pakistani security forces.
Disguised as cricketers, two suicide bombers from the pro-Pakistan militant group Hizbul Mujahideen today stormed a paramilitary camp in Srinagar, the capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, killing five securitymen, according to an Indian media report. This is the first suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir in three years. Hizbul Mujahideen is led by Syed Salahuddin, a Kashmiri jihadi commander operating from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
On March 11, 2012, Sayf ibn Dhi Yazan, a new member of the leading jihadi forum Al-Fida’, announced that he would soon release the first jihadi application on Facebook. The application, according to Yazan, will facilitate the publication of jihadi productions to subscribers’ profile pages.
On March 6, 2013, Abu Turab Al-Sa‘idi, a prominent member of Ansar Al-Mujahideen Arabic Forum (AMAF) announced that Facebook has suspended a page named “Hazimoun Fi Ard Al-Sham” Arabic for “Steady Men in the land of Sham” after posting instructions, tips, and directions for jihadis willing to join Jabhat Al-Nusrah in Syria via Turkey. According to Al-Sa’idi, another reason for the page’s suspension was publishing posts praising slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. When checking the group’s page on Facebook, a message reads “Sorry, this page isn’t available.” Using Google’s cache, the above mentioned post can be clearly seen below a picture of the current and former leaders of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden.
On March 1, 2013, the jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam published a communiqué from Sheikh ‘Abdallah Al-‘Adam, a senior Al-Qaeda commander, titled “A Letter from to the New Muhajirin,” or emigrants to a jihadi front. In it, he claimed that the mujahideen’s goal was “to eliminate the Christian West and weaken it, and then to install Allah’s Caliphate over the world.”
On March 7, 2013, the jihadi website Ansar Al-Mujahideen published a post by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) containing a communique from the Al-I’tisam Media Company, which is charged with the internal publications of Iraqi Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).
On March 7, 2013, Tunisian Cyber Army (TCA) posted on Twitter its plans to launch a cyber-campaign titled “#opBlackSummer,” which it said would extend from May 31 until September 11, 2013. TCA warned that it, along with “Al-Qaeda Electronic Army,” it would direct “painful blows” to the U.S. till it achieved “victory” against the latter. A few days later, on March 10, TCA claimed in an Arabic Tweet that “Thanks to Allah, the Al-Qaeda digital [team], in collaboration with us [i.e. TCA] ,succeeded in striking America [with] a painful blow against the Pentagon.”
On the same day, ehackingnews.com reported that a subdomain of the Pentagon purportedly had been hacked by TCA and Al-Qaeda Electronic Army as part of the same campaign. It thus appears that TCA has already begun its cyberattacks campaign – sooner than its previously announced date of May 31. Interestingly, the ehackingnews.com report noted that the attack against the Pentagon site was conducted in collaboration with Chinese hackers.
In the Pakistani city of Quetta, police have detained a group of 11 children over their alleged involvement in a series of bomb explosions, sparking fears that they might have been used by established terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) or pro-independence Baluchi rebels. Confirming the arrests last night, Quetta city police officer Zubair Mehmood said the children’s ages ranged from 11 to 18. He added that eight militants belonging to a Baluchi separatist group had managed to escape.