August 31, 2010

Hammer Time: Ansar al-Mujahideen Webmaster Arrested!

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A followup to my earlier post on an online jihadi arrested in Spain who was helping facilitate the transfer of money to Chechen and Afghan terrorists. We know of a few eHadis in Spain, but no way to link them to this arrest.

But Hetz Shahor did a little digging and who does Faical (Faisal) Errai ... turn out to be? None other than the webmaster of the Ansar al Mujahideen Arabic Forum!

This. Is. Big. Well, in my little world it's big.

Ansar is easily one of the top ten jihadi forums -- and has been for some time. How connected to terrorists are they? This would be the forum that recently brought you a Q&A session with top Taliban commander Sirraj Haqqani.

You'll know their sister English language forum from our long standing feud with them. The Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF) bills itself as a "member of the Ansar al-Jihad Network" which started in the bowels of as-Ansar and which also includes a German language site.

The German language sister site is closely associated with the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF). Several GIMF members have been arrested on terror related charges. Recently, the administrator of the German Ansar forum was arrested.

AMEF's most well known member is one "Abu Risaas". You would know him by his meat world name, Samir Khan. AMEF hosts Khan's now defunct blog as brother Abu Risaas is now working with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's spiritual leader, Anwar al-Awlaki.

Another graduate of AMEF is "Abu Talhah al-Amriki", who you would know in the real world as Zachary Chesser. I wonder how prison food is treating Zach?

The list really does go on and on, but let's get on to the story. Here's a Google translation of a Spanish story on the arrest:

According to the order issued today by the judge, Errai, which it accuses of a crime of belonging to the Islamist group Ansar Al Mujahideen Network, bought the Internet domain www.ansaraljihad.net, which created a forum for disseminating "radical concepts religion, speech extremist propaganda materials of different terrorist groups and communication platform reserved. "
If I'm reading the rather poor translation right, Faisal both owned the domain name and set up the bulletin board. The particular domain name cited in the article is now defunct, but the forum tended to bounce from url to url (as of last month they were at http://www.as-ansar.com/vb).

And if I have the facts straight.

German Ansar administrator in jail: check.
Arabic Ansar administrator in jail: check.
English Ansar administrator .... on the loose.

Run Forrest, run!

As promised ....

Update(Matt Damon): Sami you still watching those skies? Never know what is lurking up there.......heh.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:17 PM | Comments |