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December 3, 2013 0

Afghani Azan Magazine Picks Up Where Inspire Left Off

Azan Mag­a­zine, pro­duced by the pro-Taliban Abtalul Media Group since March 2013, mir­rors the tone and con­tent of other English-language pro­pa­ganda that has influ­enced many domes­tic ter­ror­ists over the past few years. azan-magazine-afghanistan-inspire-terrorism-adl

Azan is not only mod­eled after Inspire Mag­a­zine, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Peninsula’s English-language mag­a­zine, but may be attempt­ing to fill the gap left by Inspire, which has not pub­lished an issue since June.

The Fourth issue of Azan Mag­a­zine, 72-pages long and titled “To the Jihadis in the West,” was released this month. Like Inspire, this issue encour­ages vio­lence in the West, hatred of the United States and is filled with con­tent glo­ri­fy­ing a mil­i­tant Islamist ideology.

And like Inspire, Azan mag­a­zine also makes use of col­or­ful, infor­mal pages and arti­cles with dif­fer­ent approaches to encour­ag­ing extrem­ism, includ­ing quotes from reli­gious fig­ures and threats of pun­ish­ment to those who do not espouse rad­i­cal Islamist beliefs.

It includes “adver­tise­ments,” such as “A come-to-jihad ad” that depicts ter­ror­ists in front of a fiery back­drop with a quote from the Quran, and an image of the World Trade Cen­ter on 9/11 with an image of and quote by Osama bin Laden with text that reads: “A ‘9–11 We Remem­ber’ Ad.”

The mag­a­zine also has a sec­tion address­ing spe­cific con­cerns that might oth­er­wise stop would-be extrem­ists from com­mit­ting ter­ror­ist actions, sim­i­lar to Inspire’s question-and-answer sec­tions address­ing con­cerns about ter­ror­ism. It sim­i­larly includes an “Around the World” page about ter­ror­ism and anti-Western activ­ity world­wide, and pages ridi­cul­ing pres­i­dent Obama and crit­i­ciz­ing Amer­i­can policies.

Con­spic­u­ously absent is a sec­tion mir­ror­ing Inspire’s infa­mous “Open Source Jihad” with sug­gested attack meth­ods and weapons instruc­tions. Instead, Azan fea­tures a dia­gram of an extrem­ist on a motor­cy­cle, not­ing dif­fer­ent items that may be help­ful to him, includ­ing an Mp3 player “to lis­ten to the Qur’an” and “Rockets/Ammo” that can be “fit into the woolen blan­ket” that he sits on to pro­vide comfort.

This issue of Azan mag­a­zine closes with a solic­i­ta­tion for reader con­tri­bu­tions – again, fol­low­ing a trend of encour­ag­ing inter­ac­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion through a vari­ety of medi­ums. “If you would like to con­tribute to the mag­a­zine or to the global Jihad against the crusader-zionist alliance – or if you would like to carry out Jihad on your home ter­ri­tory, con­tact us,” it says, fur­ther advis­ing read­ers to look back to their copies of Inspire for instruc­tions on send­ing encrypted emails.azan-ad-come-to-jihad

Also like Inspire, the pri­mary focus of Azan Mag­a­zine is domes­tic extrem­ism and attacks on West­ern soil. Such encour­age­ment has been down­played in recent months by for­eign ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions such as Jab­hat al-Nusra and al-Shabaab, which have been encour­ag­ing Amer­i­cans and other West­ern­ers to join them abroad. But Azan makes very clear that domes­tic plots should be pri­or­i­tized over join­ing ter­ror groups abroad.

Abtalul Islam like­wise released its first English-subtitled video last month urg­ing West­ern­ers to con­tribute to its cause through a vari­ety of means, includ­ing through writ­ing, com­puter use and actual fighting.

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November 20, 2012 0

Militant Organizations Weigh In On Operation Pillar Of Defense

Has­san Nas­ral­lah speaks about Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense

In response to Israel’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tion against key Hamas and Islamic Jihad tar­gets in Gaza, Hezbol­lah, Al Shabaab and the Tal­iban have issued state­ments con­demn­ing Israel and Jews for the renewed violence.

Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda’s branch in Soma­lia, has con­demned “in the strongest pos­si­ble terms, the sav­age Jew­ish assault on the inno­cent Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion of Gaza.” Al Shabaab issued a state­ment on Twit­ter call­ing “on all Mus­lims, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing near Gaza, to answer the call of the oppressed & come to the aid of their brothers.”

Although Al Shabaab is geo­graph­i­cally removed from the con­flict, it has pre­vi­ously declared an “open bat­tle” against Jew­ish inter­ests in Africa and against Israel, which it has described as the “oppress­ing Zion­ist entity.” In Novem­ber 2009, it announced the estab­lish­ment of Al Quds Brigade, a mil­i­tary unit specif­i­cally tasked with attack­ing Israel and free­ing “Islamic holy places” from the Israelis.

Al Shabaab appears to be the only affil­i­ate of Al Qaeda to have issued a pub­lic state­ment on the con­flict so far. Since mes­sages from the senior Al Qaeda lead­er­ship rou­tinely take time to reach the pub­lic, offi­cial state­ments are likely to be made in the com­ing weeks.

Hezbol­lah, the Lebanese For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion (FTO), has also con­demned Israeli actions and expressed its sup­port for the Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tant fac­tions via its satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, Al-Manar. While Hezbol­lah has not yet entered the fray, Lebanese secu­rity forces report that they dis­man­tled two rock­ets aimed at Israel from south­ern Lebanon on Monday.

Has­san Nas­ral­lah, Hezbollah’s leader, encour­aged Arabs to “open bor­ders to Gaza and deliver more mis­siles to the resis­tance,” adding that “Arab coun­tries are required to sup­port and arm Gaza and not to work as inter­me­di­aries between the Israeli enemy and Gaza.” Nas­ral­lah also said “the Zion­ists returned to their crim­i­nal nature with killing large num­bers of chil­dren, women and civilians.”

Hezbollah’s Al Manar also reported on state­ments made by Ziad al-Nakhala, the Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of PIJ, that “the weapons which the resis­tance uses to fight, includ­ing those of Hamas, are Iran­ian weapons, from the first bul­let to the mis­sile; even the locally man­u­fac­tured ones are Iranian.”

The Tal­iban in Afghanistan issued a state­ment con­demn­ing “the bru­tal attacks on the land of Pales­tine.” The mes­sage calls on “the Islamic peo­ples and espe­cially the lead­ers of the Islamic world… to take a stand… to put an end to the Israeli injus­tices.” The state­ment also high­lights Amer­i­can sup­port for Israel, which it claims demon­strates “sup­port for inter­na­tional terrorism.”

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February 7, 2012 0

Chicago Taxi Driver Admits Supporting Al Qaeda

Update: One June 8, Khan was sen­tenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for attempt­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to terrorists.
 
Raja Lahra­sib Khan, a Chicago taxi dri­ver linked to senior Al Qaeda oper­a­tive Ilyas Kash­miri, pleaded guilty on Mon­day to attempt­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to a for­eign ter­ror­ist organization.

Khan, a nat­u­ral­ized U.S. cit­i­zen from Pak­istan, admit­ted try­ing to send funds to Kash­miri, the for­mer oper­a­tional chief for Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami, a Pakistan-based ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion, to pur­chase explo­sives to be used in an act of ter­ror­ism. Accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Khan had pre­vi­ously “pro­vided hun­dreds of dol­lars” to Kash­miri, whom he first met in Pak­istan in the early to mid-2000’s.

Kash­miri, who was report­edly killed in a drone attack on South Waziris­tan, a Tal­iban strong­hold, in june 2011, has been indicted in a sep­a­rate case for allegedly help­ing two other Chicago res­i­dents plan a ter­ror­ist attack against the offi­cers and employ­ees of a Dan­ish news­pa­per that pre­vi­ously print con­tro­ver­sial car­toons depict­ing the Prophet Muham­mad. One of the men, David Cole­man Headley, pleaded guilty in 2010 to help­ing plan the Novem­ber 2008 ter­ror attacks in Mum­bai that killed more than 170 people.

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