November 09, 2012
Meanwhile in Pakistan
In case you haven't heard al-Qaeda is on its heals and the war is over. I guess Ayman al-Zawahiri didn't get the memo.
In a new audio message addressed to Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Ayman al Zawahiri cites the raids on US diplomatic facilities in September as evidence of American weakness.You really need to read the rest of Thomas Joscelyn"s post. It details increasingly clear connections between al-Qaeda central in Pakistan and Salafis in Egypt. The primary link being Ayman Zawahiri's brother Muhammad. To the point of Mohammad and another Egyptian Jihadist Ahmed 'Ashoush appearing in Zawahiri's al-Qaeda vidoes."They were defeated in Iraq and they are withdrawing from Afghanistan, and their ambassador in Benghazi was killed and the flags of their embassies were lowered in Cairo and Sana'a, and in their places were raised the flags of tawhid [monotheism] and jihad," Zawahiri says, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.
"After their consecutive defeats, they are working from behind agents and traitors," Zawahiri continues. "Their awe is lost and their might is gone and they don't dare to carry out a new campaign like their past ones in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Ayman al Zawahiri's Sept. 10 video includes a clip of 'Ashoush, Shehato, and Mohammed al Zawahiri. 'Ashoush proclaims Osama bin Laden a martyr during the clip, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. Shehato and Mohammed al Zawahiri are sitting nearby.Read more:
On Sept. 16, 'Ashoush issued a fatwa calling for the makers of the film "Innocence of Muslims" to be killed.
'Ashoush is shown in nine video clips that were included in a more recent Ayman al Zawahiri video, which was released on Oct. 24. 'Ashoush has released statements in the name of Ansar al Sharia, a nascent jihadist organization in Egypt. That same brand, Ansar al Sharia, is used by al Qaeda-affiliated parties elsewhere.
I've requested but so far been unable to locate a complete translation. If anyone has one please email Howie at mchlhwrd(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll add it to the post.