UPDATE: The following is an English translation of the below statement in Arabic via Flashpoint Partner.
Click here for a safe Pdf copy: Statement from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghreb- “Response on the Recent Lies for Mauritania’s Client [France]” (English)
NOTE: AQIM blasts Mauritania for taking a deal with the “devil” [France] and they are following in the footsteps of Algeria by fighting the mujāhidīn. AQIM does not believe Mauritania’s claim that on two occasions in the past month, a group of six and then twenty-eight men surrendered as former AQIM fighters. AQIM asks Mauritania to release their identities. These actions according to AQIM shows France’s true colors as dirty liars who are trying to stop the mujāhidīn tide. AQIM calls on the journalists of Mauritania not to get swept up in these hypocrisies and lies. AQIM continues by stating Mauritania’s [and France’s] actions are futile and that it will not weaken the mujāhidīn on the front lines. They conclude by calling out the President of Mauritania who they describe as a “tyrant” and a client of France. They previously wrote a letter to him in late August, which you can see here.
Click here for a safe Pdf copy in Arabic: al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghreb — Response on the Recent Lies of Mauritania’s Clients
UPDATE 2: Here is an English translation of the below statement in Arabic:
UPDATE: Here are a few key selections translated into English via Evan Kohlmann:
Special units have been formed to defend our Sunni brothers against… the evil plots of Iranian Shiites in Saada… led by Houthis.
The Shiites are a legitimate target for us, so we advise our fellow Sunnis to avoid their gatherings… before it is too late.
NOTE: The below statement from al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the two car bombs that went off this past week in northern Yemen. The first attack came on ‘Īd al-Ghadīr, which is a Shīʻah holiday commemorating the appointment of Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib by the Muslim prophet Muḥammad as his immediate successor. The second attack occurred two days later during the funeral procession for Badr ad-Dīn al-Ḥūthī, who is seen as the most influential Zaydī scholar of the past generation.
AQAP differentiates between Zaydī’s writ-large, who range from 30-40% of the Yemeni population and the Ḥūthī’s who have fought six battles on and off with the Yemeni government since 2004. AQAP describes the Ḥūthī’s as Rāfiḍah or rejectionists. This is a derogatory term usually used to describe Ithnā ‘Asharī Shī’ī (Twelver Shī’ism as practiced in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon). This is an important distinction for AQAP since as Christopher Anzalone noted so well on Twitter:
Zaydis’ place in Yemeni society is quite different from the situation in Iraq. Many Yemeni Sunnis consider Zaydis to basically be Sunnis. The weakening of Zaydi religous institutions with the fall of the Imamate and the coming of Salafism to northern Yemen, areas traditionally dominated by Zaydis, has also led to a number of Zaydis considering themselves to be closer to Shafi’i Sunnism than Ithna ‘Ashari Shi’ism. A number of Zaydis also became Salafis as a way of protesting rigid social hierarchies dominated by Zaydi sayyids.
Bottom line, though, is that this is not good for Yemen as a whole. This could plunge the country into tit for tat tribal and intra-religious warfare. I will have more to say about this in the coming days.
Click the following link for a safe Pdf copy of it: al-Qā’ida in the Arabian Peninsula — Statement on the Operations of Defense for the People of the Sunnah
NOTE: The first edition of Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner (which you can download here) was completed around the time of 9/11 and it was published and serialized by the Saudi newspaper Ash-Sharq al-‘Awsaṭ in October 2001. Click here to see an in depth description of the first edition from Ash-Sharq al-‘Awsaṭ. Also see Youssef H. Aboul-Enein’s critical review of the book here. The first edition was 252 pages while the second is 507 pages.
Click the following link for a safe PDF copy of the second edition of the book: Ayman al-Zawahiri — Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner (Second Edition)
Saturday November 20:
A False Target in Yemen – Gregory D. Johnsen, The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/bSt3Sc
Al Qaeda’s Organizational Structure and its Evolution – Rohan Gunaratna & Aviv Oreg, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: http://bit.ly/cSs9B6
Tuesday November 23:
3 Questions on Inspire Magazine – Gregory D. Johnsen, Waq al-Waq: http://bit.ly/fMIbJX
Drone Debate: A follow-up – Gregory D. Johnsen, Waq al-Waq: http://bit.ly/e5BQmD
Death by a Thousand Cuts – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/fWKxyH
Wednesday November 24:
A Crash Course in Jihadi Theory (Part 3) – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: http://bit.ly/gzAT5g
The case for chasing al-Awlaki – Thomas Hegghammer, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/gjDimn
Al-Qaeda in Iraq Hopes Baghdad Church Attack Will Involve Egypt’s Traditional Salafists in Jihad – Murad Batal al-Shishani, Terrorism Monitor: http://bit.ly/eonO5i
Jihadists in Crisis – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Atlantic: http://bit.ly/iiirs5
Negotiate with bin Laden? – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat: http://bit.ly/fQBegZ
Thursday November 25:
Taliban Realism over the September 11 Attacks – Alex Strick van Linschoten, A Different Place: http://bit.ly/dRWCP8
Friday November 26:
Zachary Chesser: an American, Grassroots Jihadist Strategist on Raising the Next Generation of Al-Qaeda Supporters – Christopher Anzalone, Perspectives on Terrorism: http://bit.ly/f8Q9Vy