This picture caught my interest for rather obvious reasons, unless I’m seeing things.
The picture is from the newest issue of Inspire Magazine. For those overseas, it is of the Sydney Opera House and Inspire Magazine is a publication linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula–although it’s not formally sanctioned & recognised product. It’s also run by some folks who very much like to see their own name in lights and feed off the hype the magazine creates, which really isn’t very jihadi-like, but I digress.
I didn’t blog on this yesterday when I saw it, lest I contribute to the hype. So, I’m just noting it this morning as something of interest because I haven’t seen that much from these circles about Australia– at least recently. I have, however, been out of the loop so may have missed it.
I don’t think it is any sort of hidden message or marker; although not being privy to intel on the extent and scope of links I would never fully rule it out. I do, however, think it is probably more a case that the picture was put there to see what type of reaction it generated. Or maybe just because it looked pretty.
Anyway, I found it interesting.
Thanks to Chris for sending me a heads up the mag was out. Much appreciated (-:
This is interesting. I’ve been very much out of the loop in relation to this gent, so I may have missed other released materials, but I don’t recollect hearing anything of him recently. For those not aware, he was the founder of Ansar al-Islam.
You can find it here http://www.archive.org/download/krekar_01.mp3/krekar_01.mp3
Salah al-Din, reportedly, a brother of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi ( a senior jihadi ideologue) has up and (re?) joined the jihad. Runs in the family, it seems. Source below pics.
This jumped out at me in relation to the recent bombings in Morocco.
“The individuals were absorbed by jihadist ideology, and had allegiance to al Qaeda and had already made several attempts to join some of the hotbeds of tension, especially Chechnya and Iraq, before deciding to carry out terror in the homeland,” the ministry statement said, according to MAP.
Time and time and time and time again you see this. Frustrated ambitions to go and fight and when this doesn’t materialise turning the focus inward. It’s a big problem for several reasons. First, if you do as we do here, and take away people’s right to travel if this intention is known, you cause this process to accelerate and then need to dedicate more resources to monitoring those folks. Second, leaving it go, and not actively intercepting runs the risk of volunteers being diverted by groups they come into contact with, which is how AQ gets most of its recruits for external operations. It’s a big headache for those in CT and not likely to change anytime soon.
I tweeted when news came to light of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) statement about events in Egypt that this was not an al Qaeda (AQ) related statement, nor was it related to Ayman al-Zawahiri. Aaron, over at Jihadology has the statement and some commentary, which you can find here.
While you’ll find several articles trying to make a link with Ayman al-Zawahiri or AQ, this is inaccurate.
The statement was released by Tharwat Salah Shehata under the name of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He, along with a handful of others, refused to join al Qaeda when Ayman al-Zawahiri ostensibly ‘merged’ the EIJ with AQ in the summer of 2001. What happened when al-Zawahiri pushed forward with the merger was that the EIJ splintered.
This statement is from one of those EIJ members who split with al-Zawahiri and refused to join al Qaeda in early-mid 2001. And just for the record, there’s only a handful of them, lest anyone start with the threat narratives.
Good move on the part of INP. I’m a big fan of Brig. Gen. Tito Karnavian.
Two news pieces of interest
1. Foreign militants in Al-Shabaab
Just a quick excerpt. The rest can be found here
Eleven insurgent militiamen were killed by their own bombs when they went off prematurely in Somalia’s capital, the government said on Saturday.
“They are three Pakistanis, two Indians, one Afghani, one Algerian, and two Somalis, (and) a leader who was in charge of praying for suicide bombers before they were dispatched,” the ministry said in a statement.
Not sure of the veracity of this, but nonetheless very interesting.
2. AQ External Operations
Passport photographs of Ibrahim Adam, 23, who has been on the run for three years, have been discovered after British intelligence began unraveling one of the biggest terrorist networks discovered since September 11.
Adam, 23, is the younger brother of Anthony Garcia, one of the men arrested for plotting to blow up the Ministry of Sound night club or the Bluewater Shopping Centre with a fertiliser bomb in 2004.
Adam’s passport photographs were discovered in an apartment in Oslo after undercover Norwegian security service officers broke into the flat.
Members of all four cells were in Pakistan at the end of 2008 and there are fears that there could be other sleeper cells that remain unaccounted for.
All the groups except the Belgian cell communicated with a more junior commander, who calls himself Sohaib, Ahmad or Zahid and is now in Pakistani custody, according to security sources.
Two questions for me. Have we seen the last of the 08 alumni? I suspect there’s a few more floating around. But more importantly, where is the 09 class?
As for the guy in detention, there’s *always* more than one doing the coordination and liaison.
Norway, was not, however, a location that immediately came to mind. So there you go.
Wish I had the time to comment on this more generally but sadly still in midst of mad edits/referencing/and general tearing out of hair.
However, one thing I think is important is to bear in mind with this news is the time frame. From what has come out so far we’re talking links back into 08. I’m not sure that particular EO cycle is all done yet, nor that this is everyone who went through training around that time. However, thus far the disruption record is looking good. UK, US and now Norway.
Pity, however, about media apparently forcing the hand of Norwegian authorities. How disheartening for them. I hope being forced into action by media doesn’t totally screw their chances of getting a successful prosecution or have flow on affects into other investigations.
Will be contemplating this and all manner of things when I return back to blogging, hopefully in the next two months or so.
First off the deck will be the mother of all posts on things in the past year I screwed up, got wrong, and/or misjudged, or totally contradicted myself on, since it’s always nice to look back and learn. Served alongside of this will be the requisite (and I might add rather large) plate of humble pie. Then, it will be onto doing all those things I said I would, and wanted to focus on, but have slipped in the priority list while I finished thesis. Speaking of which, it’s back to the edits and referencing checks for me. Cheers.
There is an interesting unverified report that Saif al Adel along with five families may have been released by Iran in deal brokered for release of one of its diplomats. The original source is below and came to my notice via Abu Walid al Masri’s blog
Either OBL has two sons called Saad, or somewhere along the lines there’s been a bit of misinformation as to his whereabouts. Curious.
It listed four sons of Osama bin Laden — Osman,27; Saad, 30; Mohammed, 25; and Hamza, 19 — and one daughter, Fatima, 24, as still in Tehran