Friday, November 17, 2006


The Who, What, Where, When, Why of Al-Quida

Five Years after 9/11, Al-Qaeda Remains the Vanguard of the Jihadist Movement
By Rita Katz and Josh Devon

October 6, 2006

After five years of being subjected to the “global war on terror,” Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the rest of the al-Qaeda leadership still have much to celebrate. While al-Qaeda has suffered greatly since 9/11, with its training camps in Afghanistan destroyed and a significant number of operatives killed or captured, the terrorist organization has nevertheless received new pledges of allegiance from prominent jihadist groups. Within the past two months, though largely ignored by the media, both the Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) and a faction of the Egyptian Islamic Group (EIG) officially joined al-Qaeda. Likewise, other recent claims of terrorist attacks in the Sudan and Palestine have come from groups calling themselves Al-Qaeda. To the jihadists, al-Qaeda’s brand name continues to carry much clout, indicating that despite the setbacks al-Qaeda has faced, the group and its leadership remain the vanguard of the global jihadist movement.

Al-Qaeda has always served as an umbrella group for transnational jihadists, as demonstrated in the group’s 1998 fatwa declaring war on the West under the banner, “The World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders.” In its capacity as an umbrella group, al-Qaeda offered ideology, funding, and training to affiliate groups but did not outright control them. However, since Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’s Tawhid wal Jihad group joined al-Qaeda in October 2004, jihadist groups have begun to ally themselves officially with the group, offering their allegiance and services directly to al-Qaeda. These groups have begun to recognize the danger of the strategic alliances the West has attempted to forge since beginning the war on terror. Therefore, at a time when adopting the name “al-Qaeda” brings the wrath of counter-terrorism forces across the world, jihadist groups have willingly subsumed themselves under the banner of al-Qaeda to create a united front to face the West’s own coalition.

Indeed, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the leader of the GSPC, noted the threat of a united West in a September 2006 message published on jihadist messageboards announcing the group’s allegiance to al-Qaeda: “At this difficult time, where the forces of tyrants have united against the stolen Ummah [nation] of Islam during these dark days, the Zionist-Crusader collation and its apostate slaves announced their comprehensive war on Islam and its people. They lined up in one line, united their flags, forgot their controversies, and proceeded to chase the bases and the principles of Islam trying to destroy it, one after the other.” Recognizing that “the Islamic Ummah will never be able to defeat its enemies” without uniting, Abdul Wadud believes that “the organization of al-Qaeda of Jihad is the only organization qualified to gather together the mujahideen, and to represent the Islamic Ummah and speak on its behalf.”

Furthermore, in August 2006, Muhammad Khalil al-Hukaymah, a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Group also known as Abu Jihad al-Masri, appeared in an interview with As-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s media arm, declaring his allegiance to al-Qaeda. Al-Masri affirmed that a significant portion of the EIG’s members “resolved to unite with the group Qaeda al-Jihad in its capacity as one of the most important vanguards of Jihad against the enemies of Islam in this era.” Al-Masri appealed to others to follow his example of uniting under al-Qaeda, stating, “I invite all leaders and members of the Islamic movements in the Islamic world to unite and come together under one banner to confront the Zionist-Crusader assault on Islam and Muslims.” Thus, despite all the efforts of the West to denigrate, discredit, and destroy al-Qaeda, the group continues to be, as Al-Masri noted in a communiqué, “the symbol of the Ummah’s Jihad.”

Even al-Qaeda in Iraq, now operating under the umbrella group the Mujahideen Shura Council, recently reaffirmed the pledge Zarqawi made to bin Laden. In September 2006, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Zarqawi’s successor, publicly offered to do the bidding of the al-Qaeda leadership in his first audio message, reiterating, “My last message is to our leader Mullah Omar and our Emir Osama [bin Laden] and our Sheikh [Dr. Ayman] al-Zawahiri. I say, we continue with our pledge to you. We continue with the path of jihad. We are part of do with us as you wish, and all you will find is an obedient solider.”

The fact that jihadist groups like the GSPC and the EIG are officially joining al-Qaeda is a worrisome trend. The unification of jihadist groups under al-Qaeda’s banner demonstrates that bin Laden’s organization is gaining in reputation, rather than being weakened by the global war on terror. While President Bush and American diplomats have traveled the world and spent countless dollars attracting allies, the al-Qaeda leadership, hidden amongst the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan with limited resources, has also gained its own strategic partnerships. Traditionally, while the various jihadist groups under al-Qaeda’s umbrella had similar goals and ideologies, factionalism remained, which weakened the jihadist movement. As these groups increasingly merge their goals and mujahideen with al-Qaeda, the al-Qaeda leadership will be able to focus and direct a larger group of unified jihadists against the West.

I guess Osama must believe in the moto no such thinbg as bad publicity.

It's kinda like kids There's no such thing as bad attention. If your getting none you do whatever is necessary to get it. And some parents wonder why their kids are bad? Maybe they ae calling out for some attention even bad attention is better than none right. At least the one not getting any would think so unconsciously if not consciously.

This SITE (Search for International Terrorists Entities) has A wealth of insightfull and objective info on Al-Queda, Taliban and such.
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