More congratulations to the bombing of the US base in Khost, Afghanistan

Just another note on another congratulation done by one of the higher level members of just another jihadist forum, by a “general director” called Abu Ayman. He congratulates the

“lion for the blessed outstanding operation, the beloved high spirited and daring Humam Khalil Muhammad Abu Malal Abu Dujana al-Khorasani, may God accept him as a shahid who destroyed all the intelligence services and crushed their images and their security measures of which the Crusaders and their henchmen are so proud of, after its shaking and crushing down of their image [as being effective], that had been destroyed by his brother ‘Umar al-Faruq al-Nigeri.

On this pulpit we congratulate the general media command of jihad and on its leader the Shaykh Abu ‘Abdallah Usama bin Laden, we also congratulate the wife of the shahid as we deem him to be, but only God has the authority to judge upon him, and we incite ourselves and our brothers that the calls [to move out into jihad] either lightly or heavily, for that we may become active part of Mujahid works, contributing to the support; for that we may not be [passive] spectators, abstaining from jihad and being leftover.”

The short posting is concluded by eulogizing remarks, asking God to accept Abu Dujana into the highest level of Paradise and such, while praising his endeavor and his mission again.

And again… we find some fan art to go along with such initial postings that lead to longer threads with most members simply congratulating or repeatedly overstating their happiness about such operations and messages. But some of the user are uploading their own pictures – as we see here: Islamic State of Iraq logo in combination with the picture that the creator has stolen from Aljazeera or other media outlets.

Father sure to identify son in video

According to the al-Quds news magazine, that states Reuters as a source, the father of the CIA Forward Operations Base bomber Abu Dujana al-Khorasani, known by his real name Humam Khalil Malal al-Balawi, is convinced that it is indeed his son in the video. The video was disseminated earlier and shows Abu Dujana next to Hakimullah Mehsud in a video eulogizing and calling out to avenge the killed Taliban leader Baytullah Mehsud.

“The father Khalil al-Balawi said that he was deeply hurt when he saw his son in the video earlier today, assuming that the US repression against the Islamic world and injustice turns any person into such a behavior mode that the Americans are killing innocents and children.

Abu Dujana Video

Within the usual jihadist forums a video now has been released showing Abu Dujana speaking about his allegiance to UBL and Baytullah Mehsud, who was killed and for whom he undertook the suicide mission killing seven CIA agents and one member of the Jordanian intelligence service. This 90second long video was released earlier today.

Abu Dujana extensively speaks out to revenge Baytullah Mehsud and eulogizes Baytullah Mehsud, while sitting next to a quite Hakimullah Mehsud, who is acknowledged by Abu Dujana as the legitimate new leader. He addresses “this message to the enemies of the umma, the intelligence services of the US and Jordan, I am a migrant on the path of God” and thus he set out to fight the very enemies he just mentioned. “I am a mujahid on the path of God, not selling religion”. “Our amir, Baytullah Mehsud, we will not forget you, by God we won’t forget you, ever!” UBL is also praised, who, according to Abu Dujana “is not within our territory”.

In another video, taken from Aljazeera, short sequences of Abu Dujana are shown as well, that appear not in the original video above.

Baytullah Mehsud’s corpse – and the successful revenge operation against a high value target of the enemy, committed by Abu Dujana.

There is probably more material to be expected in the near future.

Fan art rolling in…

With the one and only picture suicide bomber of the US Forward Operation Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, the first pictures in a stylish version disseminated in jihadist forums are increasing. The picture of Abu Dujana al-Khurasani, as he was known within jihadist writings, but known under his real name Humam Khalil Abu Malal al-Balawi in real life, is being – as usual – eulogized and re-published in various ideological formats. Here are two recent examples:

“Tearing / burning down the fortress of the Americans”

New ideological writing by Anwar al-Awlaki

First of all, al-Awlaki’s blog is about to resume, as indicated by the address below the title.

Let’s see, how long his wordpress account will remain online with all the media focus on this US citizen currently, who just returned to his homeland, Yemen, to help build and support AQ on a global scale there. Allegedly, he is also responsible for the effective indoctrination and radicalization of Hassan Nidal Malik, who went on the killing spree in Fort Hood.

Yesterday a new writing was published by al-Awlaki (AA), who issued “44 ways to support jihad” – in English, rich with Arabic-Islamic terms that are packed in translated religious sentiments which can be appealing to some.

UPDATE The user “TS” was so kind to inform me (see comment) that this writing by AA is not new and has been published in February 2009. Thanks for the info and the link (http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/FeaturedDocs/nefaawlaki44wayssupportjihad.pdf). With so much content being disseminated every day, I thought this English document had been new as well, sorry for any confusion I may have caused!

Most interesting is the short introduction, where the audience, the youth, is particularly highlighted. This highlighting is not new and AQ leadership of all levels most commonly address their appeals and calls to the “youth of Islam”, who must, should and are able to wage most effectively a jihad against invading criminal non-Muslim elements and their allies:

“Jihad is the greatest deed in Islam and the salvation of the ummah is in practicing it. In times like these, when Muslim lands are occupied by the kuffar, when the jails of tyrants are full of Muslim POWs, when the rule of the law of Allah is absent from this world and when Islam is being attacked in order to uproot it, Jihad becomes obligatory on every Muslim. Jihad must be practiced by the child even if the parents refuse, by the wife even if the husband objects and by the one indebt even if the lender disagrees.

Dear brothers and sisters the issue is urgent since today our enemy is neither a nation nor a race. It is a system of kufr with global reach. The kuffar today are conspiring against us like never before. So could we be heading towards the great battle between the Romans and the Muslims – Al Malhamah – which the Prophet (saaws) spoke about?

Again, the point needs to be stressed: Jihad today is obligatory on every capable Muslim. So as a Muslim who wants to please Allah it is your duty to find ways to practice it and support it. Following are 43 ways for the brothers and sisters to support Jihad fi sabeelillah.”

The writing goes on, addressing 44 factors that are vital – ideologically as well as practical military – and deemed a divine command to be fulfilled by pious believers.

A short selection (let us call them the “top ten” – even if it aint ten), that is a bit outstanding outside of the usual ideological writings that deal with the topic, copy-and-pasted:

4. Fundraising for the mujahideen

In addition to paying from your own money you should also encourage others to do the same. Rasulullah says: “The one who guides others towards a good deed would receive rewards equal to those who practice it.” By fundraising for the mujahideen you are also fulfilling a sunnah of Rasulullah (saaws) which he would often practice before going out for a battle.

5. Financing a Mujahid

Rasulullah (saaws) says: “Whoever sponsors a fighter in the cause of Allah has fought” (Majma’ al Zawa’id). This includes all the expenses of the mujahid including his travel expenses. This gives a chance for the rich and the poor to receive the rewards of Jihad, the poor by fighting and the rich by sponsoring them.

8. Sponsoring the families of the prisoners of war

Taking care of the family of a prisoner is equal in reward to taking care of the family of a mujahid. It is extremely important for such a practice to become the norm so that in the future when our brothers go out in the path of Allah they would know that if they die or if they are captured their families would be taken care of.

10. Contributing to the medical needs of the mujahideen

The mujahideen are in great need of any medical assistance they can get. They need physicians, they need hospitals and clinics that would open their doors to them and they need medicine. There are hundreds of thousands of Muslim physicians and nevertheless we hear many stories of injured mujahideen who suffered from simple wounds but because of the absence of medical help they had to suffer in agony until they died. Those Muslims who studied medicine and claim that they are doing it for the sake of Allah and to benefit the Muslims, we say to them: Where are you?

It is said that Khattaab – the great Muslim commander in Chechnya – was injured in a battle and his brothers found no Muslim doctor to take care of him so they had to take him to the Red Cross and have them treat him under gun point! Muslim health care workers have a great responsibility and their contribution to Jihad is indispensable.

In fact their rewards could be even greater than those of the fighters.

13. Fighting the lies of the Western Media

The perceptions of many Muslims are formed by the Western media. Allah says: “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one (fasiq) with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful” (49:6)

So what about when the news is coming from a kafir rather than a fasiq?! The danger of the Western media stems from the fact that it puts on the cloak of truth and objectivity

when in reality it is no more than the mouthpiece of the devil. Can’t you see that the Western media is constantly trying to underplay the atrocities committed by the West while exaggerating the violations – which are few and far in between – committed by Muslims? Can’t you see how the Western media succeeded in presenting the awlyaa’ (friends) of Allah, the ones who are fighting in His cause, as the followers of evil, while it presents the Pharaoh of this day and his armies as the army of good? The Western media is so good in its deception that its lies pass on a wide section of the Muslim ummah. The fact is that this media demonizes the mujahideen, spreads lies about them, blows out of proportion their mistakes, tries to sow the seeds of disunity amongst them, attempts to ruin the reputations of their leaders, and ignores or demonizes the scholars of truth when on the other hand, it glorifies and promotes the scholars of falsehood.

So my dear brothers and sisters part of your duty is to campaign amongst Muslims to raise their awareness regarding this issue. You should encourage them to be careful and critical of the Western media. A Muslim should not believe Western sources unless they are confirmed by a trustworthy Muslim one. I say a “trustworthy” Muslim source because the verse was warning us from accepting the news of a disobeying Muslim. Now that is not to say that we should not believe the media in anything it says even in its weather forecasts! No, what we are saying is that you should not believe what they say about Islam and Muslims. A media source that could otherwise be very objective and truthful could become a fabricator when it comes to covering news on Muslims. That is how the disbelievers dealt with Muslims since the dawn of history…and there is no reason for us to believe why that would change.

18. Following the news of Jihad and spreading it

Following the news of Jihad and the mujahideen is important because

• It keeps your attachment to Jihad alive.

• It strengthens your belongingness to the ummah.

• It encourages you to join Jihad when you see the heroic acts of the mujahideen. It kindles your desire for martyrdom when you see the courage of martyrs.

• Those who follow the news of the mujahideen will see how Allah is protecting his servants and guiding them towards victory. They will see how the ummah is heading towards the era of Islam under the leadership of: “al Ta’ifah al Mansoorah” mentioned in the hadiths of Rasulullah (saaws).

• Reading history or Fiqh books on Jihad provides you with the theory. Following the news of the mujahideen provides you with practical examples of how our brothers are applying the theory in today’s world. It provides you with something tangible, something real.

• The news of Jihad is the news of the conflict between good and evil which has existed since the time of Adam and will continue until the end of time. Following the developments of this conflict brings Quran into light. When you read Quran with this awareness you would have a more engaged relationship with the book of Allah than a person who is living in the seclusion of his ivory tower. This engagement with the book of Allah reaches its height when you yourself are engaged in this conflict by joining the ranks of the mujahideen. I need to repeat what I mentioned in point 13 that you should only spread authentic information from authentic sources. Because spreading

rumors is an attribute of the hypocrites: Allah says: “And when there comes to them something [information] about public security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it.” (4:83)

23. Arms training

Preparing for Jihad is obligatory since Jihad today is obligatory and the sharia rule states that: “Whatever is needed for an obligatory act becomes obligatory”

Arms training is an essential part of preparation for Jihad. Allah says: “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you don’t know but Allah knows” (8:60) The Messenger of Allah (saaws) said regarding this verse: “Power is marksmanship, power is marksmanship” (Related by Muslim)

The issue is so critical that if arms training is not possible in your country then it is worth the time and money to travel to another country to train if you can.

29. WWW Jihad

The internet has become a great medium for spreading the call of Jihad and following the news of the mujahideen. Some ways in which the brothers and sisters could be “internet mujahideen” is by contributing in one or more of the following ways:

• Establishing discussion forums that offer a free, uncensored medium for posting information relating to Jihad.

• Establishing email lists to share information with interested brothers and sisters.

• Posting or emailing Jihad literature and news.

• Setting up websites to cover specific areas of Jihad, such as: mujahideen news, Muslim

POWs, and Jihad literature.”

As you may have guessed, number 29 is certainly one of my personal favorites… However, it must be noted, that AA’s addressed bullet points have been established – continuously – over the previous years and in the meantime the jihadists usage of the internet has reached a technical highly professional output with content that is in some parts highly appealing for the audience.

Anyway, the 44 ways are not entirely new and are, as a matter of fact, a cheap write-off of the “39 Ways to Serve Jihad and the Mujahidin on the Path of God”, by Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Salim (aka ‘Aisa bin Sa’ad bin Muhammad Al ‘Awshin), a Saudi ideologue who wrote for the AQAP magazine The Voice of Jihad (2003-2008). His document contains similar thoughts, intentions and motivations.

This edition was published by a platform prior to the extensive online publishing foundation The Voice of Jihad. I’ll spare you the details.

“Anwar al Awlaki Blog is proudly powered by WordPress” – we will see for how long.

More in regard of FOB bomber Abu Dujana

With approval, praise and statements coming from al-Yazid, one of the “general command” members of AQ, the GIMF and of course the forums, now al-Fajr is issuing another edition regarding the “last writings of the mujahid Abu Dujana al-Khurasani”, who blew himself up on 30 December 2009 in FOB Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, killing seven CIA agents and one Jordanian intelligence agent.

His wife has in the meantime, according to The Jordan Times, addressed how proud she is:

“The wife of a double agent who killed seven CIA officers in a suicide attack in Afghanistan said on Thursday her husband regarded the United States as an enemy and she was proud of his mission.” (http://jordantimes.com/?news=23003)

There will be more eulogies, perhaps a video, writings and postings within the forums in the coming weeks ahead of us.

AQ claims suicide bombing operation of CIA Forward Operation Base Chapman

After a first statement made by the Taliban, claiming the suicide bomber who infiltrated the US Forward Operations Base Chapman in East Afghanistan, killing seven American CIA agents and one Jordanian GID agent, was released within the online outlets, AQ has now stepped up and claims the operation in their name. The Taliban issued a statement whereas the bomber was allegedly either an Afghan army officer or wearing such a uniform, but after some media reports and questions of the role of the two Jordanians involved, it seems that one of the Jordanian GID agents was having a higher sympathy for AQ and he undertook this operation. Several Arab media institutions have highlighted the role of the Jordanian GID and the corporation with the Americans, some fear that “AQ is having a new tactic”, that seems to be quite effective and successful, particularly after the attempted attack on a US bound aircraft.

AQ’s ideology is systematic and highly efficient, that may have led to the decision of the alleged bomber, Humam Khalil Muhammad Abu Malal (aka Abu Dujana al-Khorasani) to turn around and become a ‘double agent’. Abu Dujana was highly active within the jihadist forums and appears in several magazines, including the Taliban magazine as-Sumud, where he reinforces his ideological need to undertake military operations and such. Accordingly he has been praised today by Mustafa Abu al-Yazid in a statement published in Arabic by al-Fajr and in English by the GIMF.

Original English GIMF statement copy and pasted:

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“Under the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, may Allah bless and honor it, and in an unmatchable act of courage, faith, resolve, reliance upon Allah, longing to meet Him (U), strong urge to please Him, and preference to what Allah has prepared for him; after patience and hardship, creative and innovative planning, and a successful double infiltration of the infidel enemy intelligence of Jordon and America, while war is ruse, the courageous Mujahid, the medical doctor, Abu Dujanah Al-Khurasani, Humam Khaleel Muhammad Abu Mallal, the famous preacher and writer on Jihadi websites on the internet, a Muhajir and Mujahid in Allah’s Cause with his life and wealth, reached the peak of his efforts, and through the perfect kindness and protection of Allah, he set off towards the enemy, never turning his back, seek glad tidings from Allah. He plunged into the midst of the enemy and carried out a martyrdom operation, detonating his creative and perfect explosive belt which was hidden from eyes of those who do not believe in the Last Day, in the midst of American and Jordanian agents in Khost, Afghanistan, at night time on Thursday, Muharram 14, 1431 H (31-12-2009), avenging our good martyrs, as he himself wrote in his will: “In revenge of the commander Baitullah Mehsud, the commanders Abu Salih Al-Somali and Abdullah Saeed Al-Libi and others of our brothers, may Allah have mercy on them

May Allah have mercy on you, our dear Abu Dujanah, and may He raise your ranks in register of the inhabitants of Paradise. By the Lord of the Ka’bah, indeed you have succeeded, our dear Abu Lailah, Allah willing. You were truthful, and you became known. You set an example, and you were truthful in word and deed. You followed the speakers and writers before you. May Allah be pleased with you . Your patience, Jihad, and tolerance of hardships were in Allah’s Cause. Your prayers and insistency was for Allah, and was your solitude and secret conversation. Thus, your reward is with Allah. Allah is your Lord and Protector, and Allah willing, our next meeting will be in Al-Firdaws Al-A’la, our dear beloved brother.

We ask Allah to bless what you left behind and your family.

Indeed your brothers continue on the path you took. They will never be neglectful, and they will never leave fighting the Americans, until they cause even worse destruction in the most amazing of ways. Let the Ummah be congratulated, and let them be proud of your likes.

Allah is the Greatest, and all praise is for Him.

The concerned media center will tell of his story in a suitable media release, by the Help of Allah.

May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions and all others who follow them in goodness.

The General Command of Al-Qaedah

Mustafa Abul-Yazid

Muharram 16, 1431

2/1/2010

Afghanistan

Source: Al-Fajr Media Center

Translated by:

Global Islamic Media Front.”

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Prior to that writings of Abu Dujana had been reposted and republished in most jihadist online outlets, congratulating the Islamic umma to this effective and severe blow against the US in Afghanistan. The FOB Chapman is, according to various media reports, used to deploy or control drones that hunt and kill militants in the area. Hence the claim of revenge for killed Taliban leaders and AQ military planers as stated by al-Yazid.

He was supposed to lead the CIA to the whereabouts of high ranking AQ leadership members and was placed in proximity to Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is also a medical doctor.

Jihadist forums also issued a statement of the suicide operation. “Our beloved brother sent a decisive message by this fulfilling this unmatched suicide (or ‘martyrdom’) operation to the enemies of Islam, helping that the ansar al-jihad join their intentions by actions” and such. Of course this statement also incorporated highly ideological symbols and references from various religious sources. The jihadist forum will, however, continue to “support our brothers, the mujahidin by the sword, as we support them with the pen” (or postings in that regard). “we will participate in the battlefield” and so forth.

Having been a Jordanian spy, AQ succeeded in turning him around and perhaps the comprising ideology that incorporates to repent ones sin may have been effective in one way or another. Plenty of sources state on how (according to AQ propaganda) former ministry of police men have “repented” and by committing a suicide operation washed their sins away. Their only sin was mostly simply having worked for a non-Islamic government, working against the Muslims and such.

Forum members were quick to – as mostly – create their own pictures to praise Abu Dujana.

Seems like the Aljazeera screenshot was used to provide the portrait picture of Abu Dujana. On the left we see Baytullah Mehsud and Abdallah Sa’id al-Libi.

 

 

 

Another one bites the dust – on Facebook

Online jihad has been quite ambitious and professional on the internet – in the past years. In the last two, three years, it did increase to a great extend, including by crafting and infiltrating various groups within social networks such as facebook and co. One fine example on how Facebook was and is exploited by AQ & co is the group that was hosted by the Facebook member “fi sabeel Allah”, who subsequently uploaded pictures and provides links to various AQ videos taken from the multitude of jihadist online forums, blogs, websites. Most ambitious, fans, followers and sympathizers of “fi sabeel Allah”, who is also active within most jihadist forums, created their own pictures, that they then uploaded to this facebook group. This group is offline since several days now (I wonder why) and the reaction by the group creator, as he identifies himself, Jamshaid Malik, is somewhat pissed off at this and yet – well, it’s the internet, right? – to resurrect a new group on Facebook soon.

Online Jihad is not new. Now, in 2010, Jihadists have increased their experience on both the practical (fighting) front and the theoretical (ideological and dissemination by means of the internet) front – both fronts are based on decades of practice and the need to respond, that mostly started and was sparked by the events of Afghanistan in the 1980s. It is a dynamical process and perhaps wanna-be suicide-bombers such as Umar Faruq are for sure a minority who follow a distorted view of Islam, but this distorted view is wisely and professionally disseminated will continue to influence and radicalized more such individuals. It is global phenomenon, but also a global response that is set by this self-determined avant-garde who claim to speak and fight in the name of Islam. The dynamical process inspired and enabled by the internet does lead to such groups, such as the “fi sabeel allah” on Facebook.

Some example pictures taken from the group:

Nicely done by online sympathizers who have the IT-fluency to create such propaganda and thus become part of the adhered propaganda

Who don’t you know in this picture?

Another battlefield: Iraq. And another ‘Islamic’ group fighting for justice, peace and security: The Islamic State of Iraq.

With the standoff between Hamas and the Jund Ansar Allah in August in Gaza, the dead, killed by the al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, are being praised and cherished on the internet. Also by users within this group, who took and in parts modified pictures of the fallen in such a manner.

Online jihad is up-to-date.

Interactive in terms of consuming and multiplying contends of newly released videos, writings and photographs. In this case, “the American” in Somalia spoke in a audio recording with Arabic subtitles and the pictures was instantly transported through jihadist channels and ended up in outlets such as this one on Facebook.

Screenshot of the group. Now, with this group having been removed, it will for sure re-emergence in one way or another.

And the claimed admin of the group bitching about its take down… “The sniper of AQ” is trying to calm him down… although I don’t think he quite understands the problem.

New statement from AQ in regard of attempted X-Mas bomber

In the name of the (originally Yemeni – now Arab Peninsula) AQ media outlet Sada al-Malahim (“The Echo of Fierce Battles / Massacres / Heroic Epics / …”) issued another, short, statement in form of a posting in the Jihadist forums:

Again, the same picture, nothing new – however, Faruq is being congratulated again for his actions. A bit bizarre, Faruq’s status is actually “istishhadi”, despite the fact that he didn’t proceed in killing himself in the aspired ‘martyrdom’ operation. But the effort is celebrated of his “unprecedented operation in the American aircraft , having departed in Amsterdam, Holland, on the way to the US city of Detroit.” His Parents are also congratulated. The father did report his son to the authorities… again, somewhat bizarre, but what counts it the feeling of having archived something while in motion of ‘defense’ and ‘restoration’ as set by the comprising AQ ideology.

The Sada al-Malahim logo beneath the congratulatory names of the elite of international jihadism – ranging from UBL and Zawahiri to the Yemeni leadership under al-Wuhayshi as well as Abu Yahya al-Libi from Afpak and the rising star (that has already credentials) ‘Atiyat Allah al-Libi.

“We love you by God oh responsible heroes of al-Malahim – for it’s the organization of AQ… for the religion of God defending and for His sharia seeking.”

Pictures… and the internet

One of al-Qaeda strong points is its constant presence as a media group online. With plenty of sympathizers absorbing AQ propaganda videos and writings, it may be no surprise that these sympathizers generate their own content as an reaction and as a response to current and general AQ related broadcastings.

Here are some pictures of the wanna-be suicide bomber Farouk:

The original – from the written statement issued by AQ on the Arab Peninsula (now primarily in Yemen)

One bad, bad example… poorly cut out and compiled…

Farouk with Assiri, the suicide bomber who tried to kill Saudi Prince Nayef in August 2009; he also used a new bomb device, was able to board an airplane to Jeddah and to bypass the Prince’s security installments. He failed to kill the Saudi interior minister but succeeded in killing himself.

Part of this picture is the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq in the top middle.

And another example – note the ISI logo and another picture taken from the written original statement.