Here are the key points from the News Yemen article:

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has distributed a proclamation in Zinjibar city of Abyan province under the name of “Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula,” denying “allegations” of the security authorities that they have arrested 10 al-Qaeda fighters in Lawder, according to News Yemen correspondent in Abyan.

The statement, which was distributed for some mosques, markets and shops in the city, denied press reports that seven members of al-Qaeda were killed and others surrendered to the security authorities in Abyan.

The statement described reports as “media campaign to deform the reputation of al-Qaeda amongst people,” confirming that al-Qaeda still controls the situation in Lawder and mujahideen remain strong,” according to the correspondent of News Yemen in Zinjibar.

The statement called upon what he called their fellow Muslims not to get information from the official media and to get it from “truthful brothers and Mujahideen’s websites on the internet like Al-Fajr Media Center and the network of supporters of the Mujahideen and the Fallujah blog and others.”

The proclamation said that the state of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, it labeled him as “black Ansi”, has launched military and media campaigns against Mujahideen with assistance of U.S. spy planes, asserting that Mujahideen will continue jihad against the “enemies of the religion.”

Ramadan 19, 1431 A.H, Monday, August 30, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Dand district is very closely located to the South of Kandahar city, and some parts of the city come under the administrative control of the Dand district. To the East of Dand lies the district of Pangwai, to the South is the desert, and to the West lays Kandahar Airport.

The proximity of this district to Kandahar city renders this area of vital strategic importance, both in this Jihad and the previous Jihad. The area assumes particular military importance both as an offensive strategic point and a defensive one. Offensively, it serves as a vital “launching point” in any military offensive against Kandahar city, while defensively, it is a natural theatre of operation in defending Kandahar city. It is for these reasons that foreign invaders have always paid particular attention to securing this area, and continue to launch unabated operations to gain control of the area. Despite their immense numbers, the invading forces have failed to seize this area, turning this area into a graveyard for the U.S-NATO invaders forces. Invaders forces and mainstream media outlets admit, that despite their best efforts they continue to suffer heavy casualties, largely due to the placement of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). In investigating what other tactics the Mujahideen are employing to wreak havoc in the enemy ranks, we report a brief interview with Qari Khairullah Muneeb, the Islamic Emirate’s appointed commander for IED units, in the Dand area.

Alemara: Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu

Alemara: Dear Mr. Muneeb, could you please introduce yourself?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Praise be to God, Lord of all creation. Peace and prayers be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his household, and his companions all together.

“And indeed whosoever takes revenge after he has suffered wrong, for such there is no way (of blame) against them.”(Al-Shura: 41)

My name is Qari Khairullah Muneeb, my colleagues call me Muneeb. I am a resident of the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, and I am currently serving as a commander of the Islamic Emirate’s for the IED units in the Dand district of Kandahar province.

Alemara: Could you give us some information on your activities and objectives in the Dand district.

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: In my capacity as the head of the IED units in the Dand district, we have formulated a carefully thought out plan to halt any enemy advancement into the district. The various sectors of the district, including Biad, Mia Dost and Ashraaf, have been divided into 37 sections, with 37 Mujahideen Brigades each one responsible for their respective areas. Each of these brigades is required to exercise their utmost vigilance and determination to stop any incursions into our territories.

Alemara: In the past few months that you have been active in the Dand district, what have the Mujahideen achieved? can you please enlighten us on this point?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Since our operations in the region began in April, 2010, so far we have recorded at least 91 major IED attacks in the various parts of Dand, which have caused severe distress to the enemy forces. Most of our IED attacks are aimed at the enemy’s armoured vehicles, however we also emplace anti-personnel mines when faced with ground troops. So far these tactics have proved very successful and have caused wide spread dismay in enemy ranks. We have published a brief report of these operations in a calendar format. This calendar, which is easily accessible, provides detailed records of the type attack, the date of attack, and the names of the Mujahideen brigades responsible for the attack.

Alemara: The American invading forces have openly admitted that around two-thirds of their casualties are the result of IED attacks. Similarly, IED attacks play a central role in breaking the enemy’s morale and their will to resist. Have IED’s been an important part of your tactics, and do you plan to expand the use of these improvised weapons?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Yes, recent military experiments in various parts of the country have shown that IED’s, when supplementing ground assault troop manoeuvres, play an important role in defeating the enemy troops. Consequently, the Islamic Emirate has begun to expand its use of IED warfare and in all the major theatres of operations, separate chain of command for IED units have been established. In addition, our Mujahideen are being provided with equipment and training, which enables them to emplace IED’s as professionally as possible.

Alemara: Recently, the enemy forces declared a ban on certain chemical material, viewed as important ingredients for IED’s, and are rigorously trying to stop the transport of these materials. The enemy claims they have been very successful in thwarting your plans. Have these restrictions impeded your operations?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: No, Alhamdulillah, the enemy has tried these measures in the past few years, but has failed to impede our ability to prepare and place these devices. This is because we utilise very simple and easily accessible material for our IED’s.

This is the special favour of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, that in return for the enemy’s sophisticated technology, He has given us the ability and opportunities that all our Mujahideen are able to easily assemble these mines for emplacement. The fact that, both in Dand and other parts of the country, these IED attacks have multiplied over the past few months, is clear proof that the enemy’s measures have not produced any tangible results. Already in the Dand area we have placed remote-controlled mines in all the different routes available to the enemy, and we have prepared a further 300 hundred mines in case of emergency. This is sufficient proof of the abundance of our resources.

Alemara: In the Jihad against the Soviets, the anti-tank mines employed by the Mujahideen were very powerful. What is the strength of your mines? Are they sufficient to destroy enemy armoured vehicles?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Yes, part of our job involves making carefully customised mines able to penetrate the vehicles that we target. In recent times the enemy has increasingly fortified their armoured vehicles but the Mujahideen equalled their challenge by proportionately increasing the strength of their IED’s, thus thwarting yet another of the enemy’s plans.

Alemara: If I may ask you this last question; the enemy is always propagating the claim that the IED’s placed by the Mujahideen actually do more damage to the Afghan civilians than they do to the coalition enemy forces. What is your response regarding this?

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: As the masses have recognised U.S-NATO invaders forces propaganda of committing the crimes themselves and putting the blame on the Mujahideen. One of the reasons why the Mujahideen enjoy the support and trust of the Afghan people is precisely because we pay great attention to preventing any harm to the ordinary Afghan civilians.

Mujahideen remote-controlled mines are placed with a great care of planning and consideration, and always produce the preconceived results. As for the pressure-plated IED’s, the Mujahideen only place them at night, when they have sure intelligence that the enemy is approaching. In those moments, the people are informed well in advance not to venture outside at night until the break of dawn, especially since the enemy might assault their houses.

Alhumdulillah, over the years the civilians have familiarised themselves with Mujahideen tactics and civilian casualties from Mujahideen hands has become non-existent.

Alemara: We thank you once again for sharing your valuable time with us. Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu

Qari Khairullah Muneeb: Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

NOTE: This message is from the Afghan Ṭālibān and unedited below.

Ramadan 19, 1431 A.H, Monday, August 30, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

After the nomination of General Petraes, mass media reports said that he was America’s last hope in Afghanistan—ostensibly in view of the fact that he is the most experienced, sophisticated and patriotic general among American generals. But the discretion of God has always gone in this land that whoever of generals – though eminent and experienced may be —

when he steps on the sacred soil of Afghanistan, he becomes incompetent and disgraced forthwith. Finally, he ends up mocking and hating his rulers like McCrystal. Some of them like general Petraes loses the equilibrium of his mind and turns to irrational remarks and fallacies. He thinks, telling whopping lies is a successful tactic to win war. It is equally bizarre that even American Pentagon sometimes reveals facts about the pathetic situation of America in Afghanistan, saying American soldiers in Afghanistan are grappling with depression. They have now been addicted with Modafinil tablets which are taken to boost morale and dispel fear. But even the tablets now do not have efficacy. The soldiers frequently complain of having fear of being attacked and killed all of a sudden. But the American snow monument of hope (general Petraes) claims in media that the situation in Afghanistan is going in the right direction. The morale of soldiers is high and they have made some military advancements in the south of the country.

We do not know what advancement the possessed general wants to point to. The Afghan people and media know that only brutal civilian’s casualties have spiraled up unprecedently following general Petraes appointment. The general is not able to produce proof of any one battle under his command which has ended with victory. Contrarily, during his stewardship, Mujahideen succeeded to extend their influence from north to south, from east to west of the country in a manner not seen before. Furthermore, they have made spectacular land gains.

Ironically, the sagging Petraes speaks of military initiatives in Helmand and Kandahar, however, they have faced routs in these provinces despite operations launched by the Americans, the Britons and their coalition’s members. The operations were so vast in terms of preparedness that one could assume they were going to a full-fledged war with sovereign countries. Still more, the operations were being carried out under the direct command of Obama and British prime minister. But that notwithstanding, they do not have the face to announce the results of the operations and even avoid making comments thereabout.

According to daily Telegraph website, a Russian analyst Egore Penaris has told general Petraes and other American rulers that America is no more able to weaken the current resistance movement in Afghanistan and maintain control over any vast area in the country.

Opposition to the war in Afghanistan has reached its climax in American and other parts of the world. The American economic structure has cracked; unemployment is time high. This and the growing reduction in individual income will not only contribute to American defeat in the war in Afghanistan but will result in disintegration of America – at least into six portions.

Observers say, if general Petraes wants to fulfill his duty to the American army and people in a dignified way, if he wishes to remain a monument of American hope and if he intends to save America from disintegration, he should tell the realities like General McCrystal. He should think about ending the Afghanistan war instead of winning it and should realize the realities.

The general should stop looking at his badges and medals on his chest with conceit to persuade him to give empty hopes to the American people and the world that the Afghan war could still be won.

Conceit may puff a man up but never prop him up.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

NOTE: The below statement is a claim of responsibility from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghreb for the car bomb, which went off in Nema, Mauritania last week. For more on the car bomb read The Moor Next Door’s summary and analysis of the attack. Here are some key excerpts of the below statement in English via the African Press Agency:

[A] resounding response to the death of six of our militants, killed during an operation jointly carried out by Mauritania and France.

One of the lions of Islam, a grand-child of Youssef Ibn Tacheffine [one of the top leaders of the Almoravides, who defeated King Alfonso II of Spain on November 2, 1086 in the battle of Zallagha] had smashed his car, loaded with explosives into a military fortress, to kill soldiers of the apostasy, and for those who would escape, to live the rest of their lives in the terror of what happened to them during that holy night.

HT: @tweetsintheme (Andrew Lebovich)

رسالة إلى الرئيس الموريتاني اللئيم…
‎(ذُق إنّك أنتَ العزيزُ الكريم)
‎بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
وصل اللهم وسلم على سيدنا محمد وآله وصحبه أجمعين
لم يفق لئيم موريتانيا ربيب الخيانة من غدرته حتى جاءه الرد مزلزلا من أحفاد يوسف بن تاشفين حين انطلق أحد أسود الإسلام بسيارة تحمل الموت إلى جنود الردة في حصونهم وتقتلع أرواحهم من وراء أسوارهم وتخلع قلوب الناجين منهم فيحيوا ما بقي من أيامهم مهوسين بما عاشوا في تلك الليلة المباركة التي أرسل فيها المجاهدون رسالة إلى حكومة الردة في موريتانيا مفادها إن دماء أبطالنا لا تذهب هدرا وألا ملجأ لكم ولامنجى من سيفنا البتار إلا بالتوبة إلى الله ومفارقة الكفار الصائلين على الديار بجيوشهم وقواعدهم وجواسيسهم فإن أبيتم إلا مشاقة الله ورسوله واتباع غير سبيل المؤمنين فانتظروا منا القادم من غزوات تدع حليمكم حيرانا وتحيل حصونكم وبروجكم نارا ودخانا بإذن الله.
أيها اللئيم ماذا جنيت من غدرتك غير شرارة الحرب التي أوقدتها في عرشك ولن تنطفئ بإذن الله قبل أن تلتهم جدثك وقد كنت قبلها في آخر أولويات المجاهدين لكنك لم تفهم رسالة المغيطي فكان لابد لك من رسالة أخرى وقد جاءتك من النعيمة لعلها تكون عليك نعمة فتردك إلى ربك ورشدك فإن أبيت فأعد نفسك وحكومتك لطوابير القتلى والجرحى فقد علمت أيها الغبي أننا ولغنا في دماء من هم أشد منك قوة وأعتى كفرا واسأل طواغيت الجزائر يأتوك بالخبر يوم كان المجاهدون ثلة يواجهون المرتدين وأحلافهم الإقليمية والعالمية فكيف بك اليوم وبجيشك الهش وحكومتك الرخوة في مواجهة إسلام زاحف بحمد الله زحفا قدمه راسخة في أرض العزة خراسان وأيديه تعلو الكفر في كل مكان وتمهد لخلافة على منهاج النبوة تقطع دابر كل خوان (إنها لاتعمى الأبصار ولكن تعمى القلوب التي في الصدور).
أيها الخوان الجبان أما علمت أن عهد المذلة قد ولى وفجر الإسلام قد بان بفضل الله ثم بتضحيات أبطالنا المتعاهدين على ألا صلح مع الكفر حتى نقطع وريد آخر خوان مثلك ونضرب الجزية على رقاب من نصبوك وأمثالك حكاما في ديارنا من غير قرآن.
أيها الجبان ناد على والي يهود على فرنسا ساركوزي لإنقاذك من ورطتك التي ورطك فيها ثم تركك لوحدك في مواجهة حملات فرساننا التي لن توقفها أحلافكم الإقليمية ولا مؤامراتكم العالمية حتى يعبد الله وحده لاشريك له فلا يحكم غيره في قليل ولاكثير وتلغى كل القوانين والدساتير المضاهية لشريعة الحكيم الخبير.
أيها المرتد اللئيم المتباكي على عباد الصليب ويداه تقطر من دماء أهل التوحيد (ذق إنك أنت العزيز الكريم) واعلم أن شوطنا معك لا يزال في بدايته ولن نوقف عنك غاراتنا عليك وعلى جيشك الهزيل حتى ندرك نهايته المشروطة بنهايتك ونهاية كل لئيم امتدت يداه إلى المسلمين.
وفي الأخير نذكر أهلنا في موريتانيا العلم والحكمة وما حولها من القبائل الأبية بالله سبحانه ونذكرهم بقوله تعالى: (يا أيها الذين ءامنوا اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون واعتصموا بحبل الله جميعا ولا تفرقوا) ونذكرهم بقوله تعالى: (لاتجد قوما يؤمنون بالله واليوم الآخر يوادون من حاد الله ورسوله ولو كانوا أباءهم أو أبناءهم أو عشيرتهم أولئك كتب في قلوبهم الإيمان وأيدهم بروح منه) فوجب علينا اليوم أكثر من أي وقت مضى الإعتصام بحبل الله المتين وموالاة أبنائنا المجاهدين المدافعين عن ديننا وديارنا وأعراضنا ومعاداة هؤلاء المرتدين عبيد وخدم الصليبيين ولوكانوا من أصلابنا فعن قريب يفصل بيننا (يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون إلا من أتى بقلب سليم).
أهلنا أهل الغيرة والإيمان في موريتانيا المسلمة وما حولها : إنكم اليوم في موعد مع التاريخ فلوذوا بالإسلام وتحصنوا بالجهاد تنالون عز الدنيا وفلاح الآخرة بإذن الله ولكم في إخوانكم في أفغانستان والعراق والجزائر والجزيرة والصومال خير مثال فلا تخذلوهم بعدما لاحت بشائر النصر ولاح للإسلام فجر العز والفخر فالسلاح السلاح والجهاد الجهاد يا أحفاد الفاتحين, ومن شابه أباه فما ظلم..
(والله غالب على أمره ولكن أكثر الناس لايعلمون)
‎والحمد لله رب العالمين.

Here are quotes from Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Ṭālibān, in a new article from Newsweek titled “The Taliban vs. the Mosque”:

By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor. It’s providing us with more recruits, donations, and popular support.

We are getting even more messages of support and solidarity on the mosque issue and questions about how to fight back against this outrage [in comparison with the French burqa ban controversy].

We talk about how America tortures with waterboarding, about the cruel confinement of Muslims in wire cages in Guantánamo, about the killing of innocent women and children in air attacks—and now America gives us another gift with its street protests to prevent a mosque from being built in New York. Showing reality always makes the best propaganda.

I expect we will soon be receiving more American Muslims like Faisal Shahzad who are looking for help in how to express their rage.

The more mosques you stop, the more jihadis we will get.