Jihadology Podcast: Jihadi Ideology/History with Nelly Lahoud

This episode features a discussion of jihadi primary sources from June, an interview with Nelly Lahoud, and a new segment: #SocialMedia.
This episode covers jihadi primary source releases related to:

  • Anti-Islamic State messages
  • IS state-building efforts
  • Caliphate declaration anniversary
  • Death of Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi
  • Spy games update

Nelly Lahoud is an Associate Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Senior Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point. She spoke to Aaron about a variety of topics related to jihadi ideology including:

  • The connection between the the anti-Crusader leader and military commander Nur al-Din al-Zinki and Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi
  • A five-year retrospective on her book The Jihadis’ Path to Self-Destruction
  • Nelly’s forthcoming research on the original leader of The Islamic State from 2006-2010, Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi

Segment start times: primary sources (2:10), the interview with Nelly (24:40), and #socialmedia (57:10).

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Check out my new research paper for the Washington Institute: "The War Between ISIS and al-Qaeda for Supremacy of the Global Jihadist Movement"

The recent insurgency in Iraq has spawned fresh questions about what interests the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) represents and how exactly the organization relates to al-Qaeda. Indeed, although the groups have found tenuous common cause in military engagements such as Iraq, their relations have been characterized by distrust, open competition, and outright hostility. The final break came with ISIS’s recent expansion from Iraq into Syria, spurring al-Qaeda to disavow the group earlier this year. In the battle for global jihadist supremacy, ISIS now holds the upper hand, with al-Qaeda struggling just to fend off its own decline.
In this new Institute Research Note, Aaron Y. Zelin examines the history and evolution of relations between ISIS and al-Qaeda, detailing factors that could help or hinder each group in their battle for domination of the global Jihadi arena.
Click here to read the entire paper.

Minbar at-Tawḥīd wa-l-Jihād presents a new video message: “Series on the Biography of the Life of Abū Muḥammad al-Maqdisī #15: Emirate of Abū Muḥammad and the Discipline of the Group and Then Leaving the Emirate of Shaykh Abū Muṣ'ab"

NOTE: For the previous parts in this series see: #14#13#12#11#10#9#8#7#6#5#4#3#2, and #1.


To inquire about a translation for these video messages for a fee email: [email protected]

Anṣār al-Mujāhidīn Arabic Forum re-releases older content from Abū Muṣ'ab al-Zarqāwī and Abū Dujānah al-Khurāsānī

Translation of 'Aṭīyyah 'Abd al-Raḥman's essay "Leaving for Battle and the Precondition of Takfīr"

NOTE: ‘Aṭīyyah ‘Abd al-Raḥman is a senior leader in al-Qā’idah who according to the United States State Department is based in Iran. He is also purported to be the writer of a letter to Abū Muṣ’ab al-Zarqāwī on December 11, 2005, which warned al-Zarqawi:

He risked removal as al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq if he continued to alienate Sunni tribal and religious leaders and rival insurgent groups.

Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman Atiyyah Allah al-Libi — Responses to the Ruling on Leaving for Battle and the Precondition of Takfir
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Audio message from al-Qā’idah’s Usāmah Bin Lādin: "The Promise of Victory: A Reminder of Facts and Judgments, A Message to the Islamic Nation and the Pledge of Allegiance of Abū Muṣ'ab al-Zarqāwī, the Leader of al-Qā’idah in the Land of Two Rivers"