The Fifth Column and the Pro-Iran Movement in the US

The Fifth Column in the USA

Within hours of the news that the Iranian Quds force commander, Qassem Soleimani, was killed there were over 200 US-wide pro-Iran demonstrations. These well-attended events were organized exclusively by the Red Green Alliance, an amalgam of communist/socialist and Muslim organizations. The bulk of the red part of this alliance was represented by the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). The green element of the alliance included a number of Islamic organizations such as CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and several of its affiliate Muslim Brotherhood groups, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, and representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. 

Pro-Iran Marches in the US 2020
Image 1
: A map of some of the January 4, 2020 Pro-Iran demonstrations in the US: Source MoveOn.org Civic Action

Evaluating the demonstration timeline, it is remarkable just how quickly the activists responded to the call to hit the streets. In the 24 hours between the news of Soleimani’s death on January 3rd and the early morning of January 4th, when the boots were on the ground, the organizers pulled all-nighters, printing and mounting thousands of signs and banners. They also solved complex logistic problems of transportation, food, and communications—all hallmarks of an efficient bureaucracy and well-funded organization.

Running a people count analytic on dozens of videos from these rallies showed large crowds in most of the rally locations. In the event outside of the White House, there were about 1,000 demonstrators; in Boston, around 500; in New Haven, Connecticut, about 150; in Las Angeles, about 450.

In most of these demonstration, their pre-event activity on social media indicated that the ANSWER Coalition had coordinated these rallies with CAIR and other US Muslim affiliates. The analysis of the content of the speeches shows that the majority of the speakers promoted a pro-Iranian political agenda (despite the fact that many of organizations claimed to be non-profits and dedicated to civil rights activity). The common theme across these events was ‘the need to fight the unlawful actions of the United States Middle East and ‘US withdrawal from Iraq’. Listening to these speeches, it seemed that this foreign policy agenda was more aligned with the role of foreign agents than domestic civil rights activists.

US Wide Pro-Iran Demonstrations
Image 2: US-wide pro-Iran demonstrations began immediately after Soleimani’s death

The Mystery Behind the Activists and their Motivation
Despite the wealth of evidence about the organizations behind these rallies, very little is known about the individual activists and organizers and their motivation to participate. For example, what can possibly bind an extremist Muslim female who wears a hijab, prays 5 times a day, leads a strict monogamous life style, and affirms the supremacy of Allah and his prophet to a fellow female atheist demonstrator who takes selfies on the toilet, participates in orgies, and worships Satan?

Two Pro-Iran Female Activists
Image 3: Two activist types sharing the stage during the pro-Iran demonstrations

There are a number of possible explanations for the pervasiveness of these pro-Iran rallies. One could be that there is indeed a nationwide population that genuinely spends their days worrying about the wellbeing of Iranian mullahs and the leadership of the revolutionary guard. Every few weeks they become overwhelmed by the need to take a few days off from school/work and march in sub zero temperatures waving Iranian flags and chanting their support for an arch terrorist like Soleimani. On the other hand, these rallies could be influence operations that are being orchestrated by some foreign governments using front US civil rights organizations (which they formed/took over, finance, and control) to do their political bidding.

It is a difficult problem to crack because just evaluating the swarms of people in these events shows a random mixture of individuals and what on the surface appears like a genuine grassroots movement. 

A Note About Using AI Based Analytics
I received a number of comments about the invasive nature of AI and face recognition. Just like any other form of advanced tech, AI can be a double edged sword. The weaponization of AI by Google and the social media platforms to purge content and spread false news via their affiliated ‘fact checkers’ is already common practice. The continuation of this trend and its autocatalytic reinforcement by MSM has the real potential of ushering a dystopian age. This would be a terrifying hybrid of Orwell’s vision of 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World where only a small cast of the privileged control information, truth, and knowledge. But at the same time, AI give us the power to stop this process, understand complex political and social events, and expose the bad actors and their influence networks. It is also very efficient in identifying information warfare campaigns by accurately pinpointing their sources, methods, and perpetrators.

It is said that sarcasm is an effective tool in striping the thin veneer of hypocrisy. AI based analytics can have the same ‘disinfecting’ effect on our justice system, politics, and public discourse, it all depends on how we choose to apply it.

Winning this information battle may seem impossible, but Ecclesiastes teaches us that “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”. As 1 Samuel 17:1-51 suggests, faith and the ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome can be the pebble in the ultimate technology slingshot against giants the likes of Google and MSM.

The Search Strategy
One strategy for uncovering the sources of the pro-Iran demonstrations is to conduct detailed video analytics on these rallies and then use a variety of OSINT, CYBINT/DNINT, FININT and data enrichment methods to develop a comprehensive dossier about the individual participants and their social and professional networks. Once we have this data, we can then derive the ideological, financial, and motivational drivers behind these events.

AI based video, audio, and big data analytics can help answer these types of complex questions by efficiently performing massive linkage based searches and by breaking-down the anonymity that comes with swarming crowds and masked activists. The wealth of social media content and video coverage of the current and previous demonstrations makes it possible to perform extensive amount of machine learning (ML) and subsequent searches on the footage and imagery.

Based on these factors, my approach was to first perform a comprehensive classification of the people and objects in each crowd. Once I had the inventory and a catalog of these objects, I then broke the swarm of protesters into sub-groups using a variety of analytics such as ethnicity, age, and gender classification. Following this sub-grouping, I identified each individual using face recognition and several other fusion techniques.

20-30 Year Old White Male Demonstrators
Image 4: Sample classification of “20-30 year old male” activists
 
ANSWER and PSL Overweight Female Demonstrators
Image 5: Sample ‘body type’ classification of female activists. Duplicates detections are the result of using multiple image sources for the same event

ANSWER and PSL 20-30 Year Old Female Demonstrators
Image 6: Sample classification of “20-30 year old female” activists

Next, I compiled profiles for each individual using enrichment from multiple data sources. This collection was fed into a data warehouse and was then cleaned and given a canonical form. After that, I used various business intelligence tools to produce a dossier for each actor and their networks. The final product was groups and individual profiles that included political affiliation, social, and professional network, financial and socioeconomic indicators such as wealth, education, criminal background, political and sexual orientation, lifestyle, and a high level personality type classification.

Sample Classification Grouping
Image 7: A few samples of the 62 types of image classification categories derived from the video and imagery of the pro-Iran demonstrations in the US

The Search Objectives
My objective in this search was not to unmask any specific activists. The goal rather was to identify ‘prototypes’ of individual and their organizational linkages. During the search, the AI cataloged the identity of about 530K individuals made up of the activists and their family, social and professional networks. For illustrative purposes, I only used a handful of the results in this post as case studies. Certain content like sex acts, drug use, and violence that relates to the entities presented here has been either masked or stripped.

The Solution Framework
Illustration 1 contains details about some of the system components and solution architecture that I’ve used in this project. You can also find more information about two similar projects in my posts: Military Romantic Scams – The Theory and Practice and the Mechanics of Deception.

The Architecture
Illustration 1: System components and solution architecture

To conduct the video analytics and the data analytics, I’ve utilized the following tools:

The Analysis Process
A note about the statistics: the numbers provided in the following summaries are based on specific data points. For example, the criteria to determine the number of individuals who consumed alcohol was that they had to appear in imagery holding a drink, consumed a drink, or have references in writing (by themselves or others) to their drinking habits. There was no attempt to derive their alcohol consumption habits from sources like a group photo at a bar. That said, all of the figures provided have a margin of error and could be either higher or lower. The utilization of  statistical sampling in this case was done for the purposes of general trend identification.

The search results yield over 13K directly linked individuals to the demonstrations, about 517K individuals in total that comprise their social and professional networks, and about 64K video objects (hats, banners, megaphones, etc.). The record of each individual and organization was enriched form multiple online sources such as the ones found in Table 1:

 # Enrichment Data Sources
1 WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Telegram, Viber, MeetMe, Discord
2 News and media archives, Quora, Ask, Spreely
3 Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Pinterest, Flickr
5 Tik Tok, YouTube, Meetup, vine, Tout, Vero
6 Ashley Madison, PornHub, Tinder, POF, SeekingAgreement, OkCupid, Zoosk, Victoria
Milan, Badoo, Craigslist, eHarmondy, Elite Singles, Parship, eDarling, Be2, Blendr,
CoffeMeets Bagel, Meetic, Lovoo, SpeedDate, Tagged
7 LexisNexis, D&B, Background, Public and Court Records
8 Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Amazon
9 Reddit, Google+, Ask, Foursquare, StumbleUpon, The-dots, Kiwibox, Delicious, Snapfish,
Flixster, Care2, CafeMom, Ravelry, Nextdoor, Wayn, CelluFun, Classmates, MyHarritage,
LiveJournal, Friendster, GaiaOnline, We Heart It, Buzznet, DeviantArt, Twitch, Github, Imgur
Stack Overflow, Discord, Steam, Medium, IGN Boards, MyLife

Table 1: Sampling of the data enrichment sources used in searching and building individual and organization profiles

To be considered as a valid entry in the database, the record had to comply with the following  enrichment roles:

  1. Record that could not be enriched (for the lack of matches) was ignored in the final report.
  2. Duplicate records (e.g. same individual with two different names) were consolidated into the ‘richer’ of the two record.
  3. To be considered valid, each record had to be cross matched through face recognition, phone number, and/or address.
  4. The criteria for reporting about an individual was that they first had to be positively identified with at least 89% certainty or higher.

The Results
Analyzing the data yielded a well structured organizational hierarchy. What on the surface seems like local grassroots organizations with a random mixture of activist race, gender, age, and vocation turned out to be a hub and spoke enterprise with well defined roles and responsibilities. The centralized nature of the leadership of these rallies is supported by a wide range of evidence. These include: instructions when to initiate a protest, the messaging that should be promoted, specifications for props (signs, banners, masks, etc.), contacts with MSM to arrange media coverage, and coordination with local and national supportive politicians.

Regardless of the rally location and the makeup of the local demonstrators, the speeches and messaging was uniform and had identical talking points. As can be seen from the following word cloud comprised of speeches from 6 different rallies across the US, some of the reoccurring topics were: “Impeachment”, “American Aggression”, “Trump Wants War”, “No War with Iran”, “Occupation of Iraq”, “War for Oil”, “Imperialism”, “American Aggression”, “US out of the Middle East”, and “Islamophobia”.

Word Cloud of Pro-Iran Rallies
Image 8: The word cloud of the pro-Iran speeches in 6 rallies across the US  

The Organizational Hierarchy
Despite the varied geographical locations of the rallies, the hierarchy and structure of the  organization responsible for the demonstrations was identical and can be roughly divided into these three categories:

  1. National Leaders – Dictates the ideology and political orientation of any rally
  2. National and Local Organizers – Mobilizes the troops, handles the logistics, and interacts with the media and politicians
  3. Local Activists – The human biomass and boots on the ground

Just some Faces in the Crowd
Image 9: A sampling cross section of the Red Green alliance Leaders, Organizers, and Activists

The Leaders
The overwhelming number (93%) of the Leaders  that ordered the mobilization of the Organizers and Activists and dictated the agenda for the rallies came from US based Islamic organizations. The leading one was CAIR.

These Leaders have family connections in the Middle East and periodically travel there on pleasure and business. Over 87% of the Leaders are engaged in some form of US lobby activity on behalf of a Middle Eastern country. The nature of the lobbing is mostly related to promoting the interests of an Islamic fundamentalist party and is associated with either Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Libya, and Algeria.

All of the members of the leadership team are salaried employees with incomes ranging from $140K-$350K. The Islamic organizations they belong to are overwhelmingly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and a few have a US Shiite connection. The Leaders are also the ones that mobilize, direct, and script the messages for representatives like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and fully control the narrative.

All of the Leaders are tightly connected to their local congressional or senatorial representatives, with an overwhelming 96% of them having democratic political affiliation. They also frequently travel to DC and visit these representative. Under the Obama administration, many of the Leaders visited the White House and met with the president, his cabinet, and his senior staff. Many of the national politicians associated with the Leaders frequently appear in various Islamic organizational and social events as speakers and guests. They also lead and promote pro-Islamic legislation.

This form of Islamic political activism is a family business and in many cases (71%) the children of the Leaders engage in the same line of work and work for the same organization after graduating college. Some of the children also run for public elected office and leverage the political resources of the Muslim Brotherhood network and funding.

All of the Leaders, regardless of their location, promote the following agendas:

  1. Open borders and unrestricted immigration
  2. Elimination or reduction ICE scope of responsibility
  3. Immigration reforms for Muslim travel and visas
  4. Strict gun control laws
  5. Sanctuary Cities
  6. Anti-Israel policies and the promotion of BDS
  7. Woman’s rights with emphasis on abortion rights
  8. Black Lives Matter
  9. Reparations
  10. Sharia law as an alternative to common law

The Organizers
About 24% of the Organizers had some run-in with the law and were previously arrested or have served time in jail. Most of the offenses were not associated with political activism (typically misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct), they were felonies related to drug, theft, violent crimes, and fraud. Over 68% the ‘native’ black American demonstrators were converts to Islam and participated in the events as part of their mosque related activity.

77% of the black Muslim Organizers have some irregularities with their religious education and/or credentials (i.e. claiming to hold a religious degree). These ranged from claiming to attend schools that did not exist at the time of their stated degree date to the school denying that the individuals had ever studied there.

Imam Siraj Wahaj and his time travel to Umm Al-Qura University
Image 10: The first documented instance of time travel – Imam Siraj Wahaj, one of the leading black American Islamic clerics and his claim of obtaining a degree from the Saudi Umm Al-Qura University in 1978 when the university was only established in 1981

The majority (89%) of the Organizers came from the communist socialist alliance. This group consists of two distinct age groups : 20-40 and 40-70 year olds. Many of the Organizers (44%) in blue cities like Chicago and New York have Latin American roots. None of the Organizers identified in this search participate in this activity on a purely voluntary basis. They are ‘professional’ employees with incomes ranging from $70K-$110K. 

Several of the Organizers have direct connections to Russian officials and the Russian government. They regularly contribute to Russian state propaganda publications in the US and professionally appear on the RT and sputnik channels. In several instances, their Russian contacts were affiliated with the Russian intelligence eservices.  About 26% of the Organizers were DACA.

Many Organizers like as Brian Becker also maintain a long term relationship with MSM outlets such as MSNBC and New York Times. These have historically provided them with very sympathetic coverage and a platform for their ‘anti’ event of the day.

Brian Becker the King of RT
Image 11: Brian Becker, the leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Director of ANSWER and his long running business engagement as a propagandist for the Russian government’s RT and Sputnik media outlets

The Activists
The Activists constituted the bulk (83%) of the demonstrators. This group was comprised of retired individuals (a hybrid of teachers, labor organizers, and public sector employees) who have been life long members of various communist organizations. The second part of this group were college students, professionals, and non-vocation individuals and their immediate family members. Within the activist body there were also pockets of veterans (about 5% in the larger cities). Close to 78% of the Activists were affiliated with Antifa.

The majority of the ‘white’ students attended liberal arts schools and majored in humanities related fields. In some cases, the teachers in these schools also mobilized their students to attend these demonstrations as part of the school’s political activism. The opposite was the case with the Muslim students; many of them majored in science/engineering. The average student debt for the ‘whites’ was between $40K-$80K. Many of the Muslim students attended schools on some sort of a scholarship or grant.

Anwar Omeish The Jihadi from Harvard
Image 12: A sample listing of grants/prizes of one Muslim student Activist at Harvard.

Over 32% of the Muslim Activists that took part in the rallies are in the US on student visas. 95% of the Muslim Activists participating in the rallies belonged to a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organization like the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The majority (47%) of the male Muslim Activists openly dated non-Muslim women. No Muslim female Activists openly dated non-Muslim men, although, about 11% had one or more hidden sexual relationships.

Many of the Activists also take part in other forms of progressive political action. These include causes like women’s rights, BLM, animal rights, climate change, and sex/gender related rights.

The Great Chicken Rescue
Image 13: Eve Clarice and Aiden Cook and their underground chicken railroad

Over 98% of the Activists previously participated in various BDS and anti-Israel activities. About 14% of the Activists were Jewish, 24% were Christians, and 41% were Muslims. Very few (4%) of actual undocumented/illegal immigrants showed up to these events.

Frater Dracomagus The Mind and Body of the Revolution
Image 14: Frater Dracomagus, the profile of a Party for Socialism and Liberation Activist

More than half of the (54%) of the activists had some form of substance dependency (i.e. AA activity or multiple previous instances of drug rehab). A large number of male and female activists (34%) smoked cigarettes, vaped, or used a hookah. Close to 10% percent of one of their parents or caregivers either committed suicide or had attempted to.

Candice Pugh and Bernie's undies
Image 15: Candice Pugh, the profile of a Satan promoter, PSL, and Bernie Sanders activist

Over 36% of white male and female activist had tattoos (excluding the Muslims). This population was also engaged in the occult and different forms of paganism. About 35% of the female activists and 19% of male activists had one or more indication that they were sexually abused in childhood. 

Jodi Applegate- Cooper Hard Core
Image 16: Jodi Applegat Cooper, a profile of a pro-Iran Activist

The sexual orientation and practices varied among this population and included: heterosexuals, bi-sexuals, trans-genders, cross-dressers, various fetishes, exhibitionism, sadomasochism, and BDSM.

The drinking, hookah smoking, and political theory of Fakava Laulu
Image 17: The drinking, hookah smoking habits and political theory of Fakava Laulu AKA “OfDerek”

Lifestyle And Habits
When not busy with profiting from the ‘revolution,’ most of the Organizers live quite bourgeois lifestyle. They own real-estate in the better part of town, take their kids to soccer practice, own imported SUVs, send their kids to private schools, own stocks, invest in collectible art, buy expensive wine and beer, vacation overseas, engage in expensive hobbies (like carbon fiber-built mountain bikes), dress in fashionable branded clothing, and purchase season tickets for sporting events.

The Poor Life of a Worker Organizer
Image 18: Comrade John Beacham an Organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation and coordinator at ANSWER and his very non-worker-like lifestyle

The Muslim Brotherhood Connection
The Leadership of the Red Green Alliance is entirely comprised of Islamists who are either open or crypto members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. Some are first-generation Americans born to immigrant Arab parents; others came to the US to study in the nineties and became naturalized citizens by marrying an American. It is noteworthy that some of these marriages ended soon after the spouse became naturalized which could be an indication of marriage fraud. All of these senior members belong to mosques with a strong fundamentalist orientation and promote themselves and their families as being extremely pious and devout Muslims. The men, for example, tend to post pictures of themselves praying and wearing traditional garbs.

Esam Omeish-Gotta Pray
Image 19
: Social media virtue signaling, a Red Green Alliance Leader posting images praying in his living room and with his good friends congressman Don Beyer and the convicted felon turned Muslim civil right activist Mahdi Bray

The public photographs of female family members always show them wearing a hijab, however, in multiple instances, these family members also maintained ‘shadow’ accounts on various online platforms where they posted and consumed sexually explicit content and/or pornography.

The Leadership team is also actively engaged in a variety of foreign political organizations such as the Libyan American Alliance that promote strict Islamic doctrine and the interests of Qatar and Turkey (who are also funding this effort). All Leadership members have strong political connections to various democratic congressmen and senators–whom they support financially and electorally. All Leadership has extensive family or business interests in the Middle East and travels there regularly.

During the Arab Spring, a few participated or supported various regional jihadi armed conflicts. A few of the Leaders even made it to various terror watch lists as a result of this activity. The Leaders and many of their family members are also organizers of anti-Israel and BDS activities and events. All the individuals within this group speak Arabic as a first language. Many, depending on the message and intended audience, post on social media in both Arabic and English. The Arabic language content tends to be incendiary, anti-Israel, and anti-American in nature. Many of the comments on the content openly call for waging jihad against the US and seizing power by some surreptitious means.

Several of the Leaders have a long history of preaching jihad in the US and overseas. They and some of their affiliated Islamic organization have also been tied to raising money and providing other forms of support to US declared terror organization such as Hezbollah, Hamas, or the Islamic Jihad.  

Leadership Case Study 1 –  Esam Omeish
Esam Omeish is good case study for a typical Leader in the Red Green alliance. He was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1967. In 1982 at the age of 15 he immigrated to the US with his family. They settled in Falls Church, Virginia, where he attended J. E. B. Stuart High School. He and his brother started the first Muslim Friday prayers in the high school. Following his graduation, he attended Georgetown University. Graduating in 1989 with a double major in government and biology, Omeish attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. As a student, Omeish was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Georgetown. The MSA group was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States—a worldwide Islamic fundamentalist religious/political movement that seeks to replace the constitution with strict Islamic law.

From 2004-2008, he served as president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), another Muslim Brotherhood funded organization. Recently, Omeish served as director of the Libyan Emergency Taskforce and several other foreign fundamentalist Islamic organizations. 

Esam Omeish and Mongi Dhaouadi Muslim Brotherhood Political Operatives
Image 20: Esam Omeish and Mongi Dhaouadi two leaders in the Red Green alliance and a few samples of their linkage and political influence networks

Omeish is affiliated with CAIR and with The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), another terrorist linked US based Muslim organization. Due to his polished western look, Omeish has become the darling of MSM outlets like NPR which promotes him as a moderate and affable progressive.

The Many Lapel Pins of Esam Omeish
Image 21: From fundamentalist jihadi to your everyday patriotic American politician: Esam Omeish and his extensive lapel pin collection

The Dar al-Hijrah Mosque, AKA the ‘Nest of Vipers’
Omeish served on the board of directors of the radical Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Fairfax, Virginia. Since its founding, this mosque has had numerous links to terrorists and Islamist radicals. US Department of Treasury records state that Dar al-Hijrah “is a mosque operating as a front for Hamas operatives in US,” that it “is associated with Islamic extremists,”  that it “has been under numerous investigations for financing and proving aid and comfort to bad orgs and members,” that it has “been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing,” and that it “has also been associated with encouraging fraudulent marriages.”

The following is a short sampling of just a few of the ‘regular suspects’ at this fine institution:

  • Esam Omeish, an Imam at the mosque. He publically stated that “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.” He advocates that the US should support the “Revolutionary Shura Council,” or the “Mujahideen Shura of Derna,” (an al-Qaida affiliate), which in 2017-2018 conducted multiple attacks against Coptic Christians. In 2017, the Libyan government placed him on their terror list.
  • Anwar al-Awlaki, the Imam at this mosque in 2001 and close friend of Esam Omeish. He was the spiritual advisor and guide to two of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. Awlaki was in contact via email with Nidal Hasan, the US Army Major who in November 2009 murdered 13 soldiers at the Fort Hood military post near Killeen, Texas. Abut a year after the attack, Awlaki referred to Hasan as a “hero.” Awlaki was involved in an October 2010 plot to blow up a US cargo plane flying from Yemen to the United States. The bomb, disguised as an ink cartridge, was built by AQAP’s chief bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri and was timed to detonate as the plane flew over the eastern seaboard of the United States. The bomb was removed by British police after a tip from Saudi intelligence. In 2011, Awlaki instructed British citizen Minh Quang Pham to carry out a suicide bombing at London’s Heathrow International Airport. Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
  • Abdulhaleem al-Ashqar, served as a board member of the mosque. Ashqar was indicted in August 2004 for participating in a 15-year racketeering conspiracy to finance Hamas’ activities. Ashqar was subsequently convicted of contempt and obstruction. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in November 2007.
  • Ismail Elbarasse, one of Dar al-Hijrah’s founding members. Elbarasse was the assistant Hamas #2 leader Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook. The two shared a joint bank account from which Elbarasse wired $735,000 to Hamas operative Mohammad Salah, who was indicted with Ashqar and Marzook in 2004. In 1998, Elbarasse was jailed for refusing to assist a grand jury investigation of Hamas’ US activities. Elbarasse was also named as a co-conspirator in two Hamas-support trials. He was again arrested in August 2004 after his wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat of his car, was caught videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A search of Elbarasse’s home turned up the “Anarchist Cookbook,”.
  • Ahmed Omar Abu Ali,  convicted of plotting to assassinate President Bush an a regular worshiper at Dar al-Hijrah.
  • Ali al-Tamimi, an Islamic teacher who frequented the mosque, was convicted of inciting terrorism in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network, and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Imam Shakir El-Sayed, the current Imam at Dar al-Hijrah. He regularly uses extremist rhetoric in sermons to condone the use of violence in a variety of unfavorable situations for Muslims, emphasize that Islam forbids allegiance to the secular state, and support female genital mutilation to prevent ‘hypersexuality’.
  • Sami Al-Arian, attended the mosque and lectured there. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide goods or services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

In 2007, Omeish was forced to resign from the Virginia immigration panel after a video surfaced showing him praising those who chose “the jihad way” to liberate their land (Omeish considers the US to be an Islamic land). Another video showed Omeish congratulating Islamic martyrs for “giving up their lives for the sake of Allah.”

Esam Omeish's Call for Jihad
Video 1: Esam Omeish calling for jihad in the US

In an April 2004 speech at a MAS conference, Omeish referred to Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, killed in an Israeli drone strike one month earlier, as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.” In that same appearance, he urged the audience to integrate rather than assimilate. Omeish said it was time to take the bull by the horns in “making sure that I will not accept the evils of this society.” He said it was important to “perfect” society “so it can carry the light of Allah so it can establish a presence of what a perfect society under the guidance of Allah is.” He also said that Islam will either “become the dominant religion of the next century,” or, “we may be forcibly rejected from the West because of forces of intolerance, racism and bigotry are present and grow larger.”

In a January 2009 sermon at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, Omeish called for “an American Islamic movement that transforms our status [to that of a constitutional republic], that impacts our society, and that brings forth the change [implementing an Islamic state and Sharia law] that we want to see.”

In 2011, Omeish traveled to Libya to participate in the revolution. His visit was sponsored by several hardline Salafi jihadist organizations. While in the frontlines he met, worked with, and supported a number of jihadi militias.

Esam Omeish Jihadi Abu Salim Derna Martyrs Brigade
Image 22
: 2011 Esam Omeish’s visit to Libya and his affiliation with several Islamic fundamentalist militias

Omeish visited the White House on several occasions and met president Clinton, president Obama, and Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN. He met twice with Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement on March 9, 2011 and March 30, 2012. Omeish also met with Karen Richardson, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in April 15, 2011 advising her on strategies to combat extremism.

Esam Omeish and Obama
Image 23
: Sampling of Esam Omeish’s political influence network in DC and his close relationship with the likes of President Clinton, Turkish president Erdogan, president Obama, and Samantha Power, Obama’s US Ambassador to the UN and the ‘Unmasker in Chief’ who unmasked hundreds of Americans’ names in secret intelligence reports during the 2016 election

In 2016, Omeish wrote a letter to President Obama in which he officially pledged his supported for the Mujahideen Shura Council of Derna, a group linked with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Esam Omeish Power Point Presentation
Image 24
: Sample materials in Arabic showing that Omeish is affiliated with multiple Islamic fundamentalist and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations

Omeish has politically endorsed, financially supported, and worked closely with notable democratic politicians such as Keith Ellison, Senators Blumenthal, Senator Mark Warner, Congressman Jim Moran, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Governor Ralph Northam, Congressman Don Beyer, and Congressman Nick Rhall. With CAIR’s guidance, he spearheaded the development of a number of pro-Islamic state and federal programs that support Islamic expansion in the US.

Esam Omeish Donation to Keith Ellison
Image 25: Copy of Esam Omeish’s FEC donation form to Keith Ellison’s election campaign

Foreign Funding and Support for US Islamic Politicians
The Muslim Brotherhood in the US as well as the Turkish and Qatari governments have financially floated political Muslim candidates the likes of Ilhan Omar. We can gain some insight into this funding mechanisms from an article entitled “Media flak directed at Ilhan Omar no surprise at all”, published by the pro-Turkish government Anadolu news agency on April 2, 2019. In this piece, the author, Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui, stated “Lastly, since the [anti-Ilhan Omar] campaign was fixated on making an example of Ilhan Omar, donating money to Omar’s campaign fund would be an adequate way of denying powerful organizations the power to censor alternative voices.”

Some of resulting political ‘favors’ for floating the Islamic friendly congressional representatives, senators, and governors can be gleaned from proposed programs such as the removal of restrictions on Syrian refugee vetting and entry to the US and easing/eliminating immigration and the elimination of visa restrictions for foreign family members of Muslim individuals who immigrated to the US.

Esam Omeish the MB ANSWER Funding
Image 26: Esam Omeish’s Islamist power network, foreign political activity, and his long term relationship with Brian Becker, a Director at the Party for Socialism and Liberation and ANSWER

It is evident from Omeish’s writings, lectures, and social media postings that he doesn’t view his close relationships with the fundamental Islamic institutions, organizations, or jihadi militias as problematic. Nor does he believe that his association and work with Qatari and Turkish agents in the US and abroad will put him in trouble with US authorities.

Esam Omeish with Khaled al-Meshri Muslim Brotherhood
Image 27: Esam Omeish pimping Libyan Muslim Brotherhood politicians in the US

Omeish is not alone in this practice. An analysis of his social and professional network yielded multiple instances where his colleagues and associates, some of whom work for various federal government agencies like the State Department, are posting jihadi content or stating in Arabic that their loyalties are to a foreign government. Some even openly call for the overthrowing of the US government.

Ibrahim Beshir State Department Employee and Friend of Esam Omeish
Image 28: Ibrahim Beshir, a long term State Department employee and a friend of Esam Omeish, posting jihadi content in support of Qasem Soleimani and declaring his political loyalty to Turkey and Erdogan

Welcome to the Libyan Government Terror List
In 2017, the Libyan Defense and National Security Committee published a terrorist list that included 75 Libyan lawmakers, politicians, military officers, clerics, activists and Islamic journalists all of which opposed “Operation Dignity”, the government campaign against jihadi militias in Libya. The list also included Muslim Brotherhood groups like Ansar al-Sharia in Libya.  Esam Omeish and other senior members in these jihadi militias were named individually. Of note is that the Defense and National Security Committee also sent this list to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain so that they could append it to their own terrorist lists.

Esam Omeish on a Terror List
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Esam Omeish on the Libyan Government Terror List

In 2009, Omeish ran unsuccessfully for the state representative office in Virginia. He sold himself as a patriotic progressive American candidate. Omeish’s campaign was fully backed up and supported by CAIR’s senior executive Nihad Awad and the political leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US.

Esam Omeish The Political Lizard
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: The Omeish jihadi family activity, their political network, and some insight into their profiles. Many of the conversations within Omeish’s social and professional network exhibit the most vile forms of anti-Semitism, the general tune is one of disgust towards western values and the concept of a constitutional republic

Omeish’s Magical Appearing and Disappearing Jihadi Sword Trick
One of Omeish’s fundraising events took place in his 7000 square foot Virginia mansion and was attended by Congressman Keith Ellison. The activity started with socializing and refreshments for the dignitaries. It was followed by group prayer and political speeches. The TV crew started recording the event just prior to the political speeches. Running video analysis on some still images that were taken by Omeish family members in the room prior to the political segment yielded an anomaly. The AI picked up the presence of a large Islamic sword on one of the walls, the anomaly resulted from the AI finding the same sword again partially hidden on a table in the edge of the room. After evaluating the footage manually, it became clear that for some reason, Omeish took the sword down just prior to the video recording of his rally and stashed it away.

The presence of the sword on the wall in Omeish’s home was loaded with symbolism for his Islamist audience. The sword with Koranic verses represents the subjection of all non-believers (Sura 47:4) to Islam. But Omeish was also fully aware of the negative western perception of having the ‘sword of Islam’ in the background so he—very shrewdly—removed it from the wall just prior to the media coverage of his public facing activity.

The Omiesh Magic Sword Act
Image 31: Esam Omeish’s magical appearing and disappearing sword act

This crafty inward and outward image management is standard practice for the Muslim Brotherhood operations in the US. On one hand, preaching to their followers the most vile forms of anti-Semitism, extreme violent jihad, and the subversion of the US constitution, and on the other hand, shrewdly presenting themselves to the general public as progressive social activists.

Anwar Omeish's Jihadi Poetry
Video 2: Douse the flames, my dear. Kill the dragon, and know that no matter how many burns mark the once-upon-a-time of your story, the castle is yours, too.” Anwar Omeish, Esam Omeish’s daughter delivering award winning jihadi poetry

Leadership Case Study 2 – Mongi Dhaouadi
Mongi Dhaouadi was born and raised in Tunisia. He came to the US when he was 19 to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at school, he became involved with the Muslim Students Association (MSA). After graduation, he worked as the head administrator in the Islamic Salma K. Farid Academy. He quickly rose through the ranks and joined CAIR-CT as an executive director. Dhaouadi’s propaganda role included conducting civil rights workshops under the title “Know Your Rights”. He also lead public workshops and discussions on Islamophobia and the Muslim experience before and after 9/11.

Dhaouadi lead multiple fake news media campaigns and press conferences falsely alleging discrimination against the Muslim community. Dhaouadi is the MSM go-to person for Islamic related issue and has participated in dozens of interviews. He is also a favorite with pro-Islamic outlets like Al-Jazeera, Voice of America, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Democracy Now.

In 2018, he showed up as a director of what appears to be another front Muslim Brotherhood organization called United Muslim Voices. He was also a senior program officer at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). 

Esam Omeish and Mongi Dhaouadi Muslim Brotherhood Political Operatives
Image 32: Mongi Dhaouadi and Esam Omeish Leaders in the Red Green Alliance in their own words: “My Dear Respected Brothers and Sisters, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akaber, Allahu Akbar, Allah His Most High, Jihad Way is the Only Way…”

Senator Blumenthal, the Mouthpiece of the US Muslim Brotherhood
Over the past 10 years, Dhaouadi and fellow Muslim Brotherhood leaders have come to practically control politicians like Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut. This was achieved via a combination of donations, fundraisers, and a guaranteed Muslim voting block.

Blumenthal and Dhaouadi’s love affair began around 2011 when the senator appeared as a keynote at a CAIR fundraising banquet. At the time, Dhaouadi was the chapter’s executive director. Blumenthal knew that the 2011 CAIR event included a long list of Islamic extremists such as Imam Siraj Wahhaj—a friend of Dhaouadi and a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing who testified as a character witness for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh”.

The Brooklyn based Siraj Wahhaj is a fanatical jihadi who demands the implementation of Sharia law in the US, stating that: “Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.”

He also supports stoning for adultery and cutting off of hands for thievery, stating that: “If Allah says 100 strikes, 100 strikes it is. If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger—nothing personal”

Keeping in line with all Muslim Brotherhood leadership’s psychotic propensity towards violence and abuse, it is not supervising that in 2018, three of Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s kids (Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhanah Wahhaj ) were arrested in New Mexico on terrorism and child abuse charges. It turns out that his older son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, killed his own child because he thought that the 3 year old boy was possessed by demons (he had epilepsy) and that he was effectively dead but only able to walk because the demons kept him alive.

After burying the little boy in one of the tunnels under the armed compound, he told the members of his strict Islamic community that the little boy will soon be resurrected as Jesus and would come back to identify corrupt institutions and people in the US so that commune members would be able to attack and kill them. On the kill list were teachers, military and law enforcement officials, and financial institutions.

In-line with the Muslim Brotherhood strategy to revoke the second amendment for the general population while they stockpile firearms, it is not surprising that when the FBI raided the compound they found that children had extensive tactical firearm training and an arsenal of an AR-style rifle, a five-shot Smith & Wesson revolver, a 9mm Kimber semiautomatic pistol, 2 9mm Gluck pistols, a .308 sniper rifle, a .30-30 lever-action rifle, and body armor.

Siraj Wahhaj Child Abuse and CAIR
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: The armed New Mexico compound where Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s kids lived and abused 11 of their own children and Wahhaj’s linkage to the CAIR and the US Muslim Brotherhood leadership

It is noteworthy, that Blumenthal knew exactly who was present in the room during the 2011 CAIR fundraising banquet and who Siraj Wahhaj was. The evidence shows that his staffers compiled a detailed dossier about each participant, but apparently, Wahhaj’s involvement in 9/11, calling for the replacement of the constitution with Sharia, associating with known terrorists, and supporting Iran wasn’t a disqualifying condition for Blumenthals attendance.  

Blumenthal also attended Dhaouadi’s April 2013 lecture on “compassion in Islam” and the CAIR Connecticut’s 9th annual banquet with Dhaouadi in December 2013. This banquet speaker’s list just like the 2011 one, included Islamic extremists like Wahhaj and CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, another Islmaic radical who defended Hizballah and opposes FBI sting operations.

The Fort Pierce Mosque CAIR Connection
Image 34: Hassan Shibly armed with an AK-47, a hand gun, and a sampling of some of the fine personalities of the Florida chapter of CAIR and the affiliated Fort Piece Muslim Brotherhood terrorist breeding mosque

In 2016, Blumenthal spoke at CAIR Connecticut’s 13th annual banquet with the jihadi Islamist Linda Sarsour. A few months later, Blumenthal participated in a joint press conference with Dhaouadi and announced a plan to accelerate the entry of Syrian refugees into the US. Blumenthal again stood with Dhaouadi and CAIR Connecticut on November 21 calling for stronger hate crimes laws (classified as speech that criticizes Islam or makes fun of the Prophet).

In 2017, Blumenthal held a joint press conference with Dhaouadi to protest President Trump’s proposed travel ban and demanded drastic changes to security screening protocols for Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees and the expansion of the P-3 (fraud ridden!) family reunification program.

Its obvious that Dhaouadi, played a much bigger role than just being Blumenthal’s go-to guy for Islam related issues. From the areas of focus, frequency, and quantity of Blumenthal’s Muslim related legislative work, it appears that Dhaouadi controlled Blumenthal’s Muslim policy.

How to get Muslim Brotherhood votes
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: The profile of some of the dozens of local politicians that are being managed by their Muslim Brotherhood benefactors

Walks Like a Foreign Agent and Quacks Like a Foreign Agent
From all of the evidence, Dhaouadi appears to be a foreign agent. He reposted a pro-Qatar video on his Facebook page by Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani, a designated terrorist and Osama bin Laden loyalist. A 2004 Treasury Department statement calls Al-Zindani one of bin Laden’s “spiritual leaders”. He also helped buy arms for al-Qaida and other terrorists. Al-Zindani also appears on the United Nations list of specially designated terrorists.  Dhaouadi now works for the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a group linked to Tunisia’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and the hardline Islamist Ennahda party. His social media and public speeches are dedicated to promoting propaganda that closely aligned with the political objectives of Turkey, Qatar, and hard core Tunisian Islamists.

The SM life of AbuSalah AKA Mongi Dhaouadi
Image 36: A sampling of Dhaouadi’s anti-Trump and anti-Semitic propaganda mill

Islamophobic Fake News 101
On March 21, 2012, Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi Muslim and mother of five, was found brutally beaten with a tire wrench at her home in El Cajon, a community east of San Diego. A note left next to her read, “go back to your country you terrorist.” Shaima died from her injuries a few days later at the hospital. Her daughter and husband said that her mother had dismissed a previous threatening note found outside the house, thinking it was a prank. According to family, that note read, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.

During her memorial service, Alawadi’s husband Kassim al-Himidi, with tears running down his cheeks, told the somber crowd in Arabic:

“We want to let everyone know how innocent our mother, this woman, was.”  He then addressed his wife’s murderer and said: “The main question we would like to ask is, ‘What are you getting out of this, and why would you do this?’”

Within hours of the murder, the CAIR fake news and propaganda machine was in full swing. Mongi Dhaouadii, their executive director was busy organizing nationwide demonstrations promoting Black Lives Matter and denouncing Islamophobia and the police profiling of Muslims.

Mongi Dhaouadii We Issued a Call Nationwide for Muslims to Join Rallies
Video 3: Mongi Dhaouadi leading demonstrations and issuing a nationwide calls for Muslims to Join rallies to stop the widespread islamophic murders like the one of Shaima Alawadi

The ensuing police and FBI investigation uncovered evidence that Shaima was in fact planning to divorce her abusive husband Kassim Alhimidi and move away because she discovered that he was cheating on her. There were also other family issues of her daughter’s refusal to proceed with an arranged marriage to her cousin and her dating a non Muslim man. In November 2012, the husband was arrested and charged with her murder. The trial was delayed by two years until 2014. In the end, the husband was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to 26 years to life.

Analyzing the media coverage of this murder, shows just how extraordinarily effective is the CAIR  fake news machine and the willingness of the MSM to collude in transmitting this fake narrative. On April 01, 2012, Jamie Reno from the The Daily Beast published an extensive article titled “Shaima Alawadi’s Brutal Murder Highlights Anti-Muslim Activity in San Diego”. Both, the title and the content of the article stated with almost certainty that this was a hate crime that was perpetrated by an Islamophobe. Running linkage analysis on the various media sources and individuals that were involved in this media stunt shows that a significant amount of coordination took place between Mongi Dhaouadii and other CAIR executives and various media outlets that reported this news. It is not surprising that a rent-a-reporter like Jamie Reno and his close friend Michael Isikoff show up in this linkage and other large scale fake news projects. Michael Isikoff, for example, is the reporter that originally gas lighted the Steele Dossier and vouched for its credibility with his life.   

Mongi Dhaouadii the CAIR Minister of Propaganda
Image 37: Mongi Dhaouadi the professional CAIR propagandist, his linkage to foreign jihadi Islamists, and his very devout activist family on and off camera

The Qatari Influence Network
The analysis of the leaders, organizers, and activist who participated in the pro-Iran demonstrations and their social and professional networks strongly suggests that a number of these individual are foreign agents who receive foreign funding. This is further reinforced when we supplement the video analytics with secondary sources like court documents and FININT. 

The Qatari Funding of the Muslim Brotherhood
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:  Emails, bank records, money transfer receipts, and official government correspondence showing that the Qatari government is supporting a large number of overseas Muslim Brotherhood organizations with hundreds of millions of dollars

One recent case can shed light on this question is a lawsuit that was filed in federal court against Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani—the brother of the emir of Qatar. The details of a action revolve around Khalid Bin Hamad allegedly ordering his American bodyguard to murder two individuals and of the holding an American citizen hostage in Qatar.

Sheikh Al-Thani resided in the US in 2015 before escaping back to Qatar to avoid prosecution. His life seems to be a wanabee reenactment of the Fast and Furious movie series. While in the US, he spent his time in residence at the Beverly Wilshire hotel where he rented a whole wing for over 60 people in his entourage. When not illegally street racing his yellow Lamborghini in LA, he was doing cocaine, hiring dozens of prostitutes (male and/or female, and/or underage) and concocting various murder plots.

This is certainly not an isolated incident, the Al-Thani royal family of Qatar is teeming with documented instances of debauchery and vice. Several years ago, Sheikh Al-Thani’s cousin, Sheikha Salwa was picked up hosting an orgy.

Sharia Qatari Style and Princess Sheikha Salwa
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: Sharia Qatari style, the royal Princess Sheikha Salwa’s (Sheikh Al-Thani’s cousin) Little Orgy and her DC and Hollywood power network

An illustrative example of the Qatari influence and the underground railroad of drugs, money and political influence of Muslim Brotherhood in the US is the case of Mustapha Mohamed Atat, a Lebanese American from Detroit. He is a wanted fugitive for the 2001 Detroit murder of a young mother of two. He escaped from the US to Qatar, where Al-Thani provided him and his family with a safe haven, a life of luxury, and employment as a driver at his Al-Anabi drag racing team.

Drugs Hookers and Murder - The Sheikh Al-Thani Story
Image 40: Qatari Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, his US drugs, prostitutes, and illegal street racing hobbies, and his harboring a US fugitive wanted for murder

At the time of the crime, Atat was a known member in the Detroit Arab community. He was on welfare but owned several expensive homes (that were paid for in cash), raced expensive cars, and owned a number of luxury vehicles. It was common knowledge in the community that he was a drug dealer/trafficker–the source of which was likely Hezbollah related. Prior to his escape, Atat received a visa from the Qatari government–who was fully aware of his plan to flee the US to avoid persecution. Since his relocation to Qatar, Sheikh Al-Thani has not only harbored this fugitive, but also continued to support him financially and shield him from justice.

Al Thani commented about his his involvement with Atat, in a letter published by his US legal firm. He wrote that he was unaware of Atat’s murder in Detroit and was not familiar with American law. He hoped that Atat will resolve his legal issues, expressed sorrow for the victim, and hoped that “rest of us” can now “return our focus to racing”.

An Insider View of US Qatari Influence Operations
Analyzing Sheikh Al-Thani’s communications and imagery indicates that there is a large paid-network of Qatari agents and contractors who live and work in the US. Recently, a Kuwaiti-born Canadian businessman named Alan Bender testified on October 23, 2019 in a deposition made by video in Florida District Court. As a matter of record, Bender has proven deep ties to the Qatari  royal family. In his statement, he alleges that Qatari officials asked him to recruit American politicians to become Qatari assets. When he voiced concern, he was told that several US politicians were already on the Qatari payroll, including Ilhan Omar.

This is an interesting statement, because Omar’s election campaign financials are an anomaly. Over 87% of her contributions came from outside her district and less than 9% came from her state. Also, over 80% of the contributors are members of Muslim Brotherhood organization like CAIR, ISNA, MAS, MANA, NAIF, AMP, MSA. Some of these organizations are funded directly or indirectly by Qatar. This aligns with Bender’s claim that the Qatari government is using some of these organizations as an insertion point and funding front for its activity in the US.

Ilhan Omar Contribution by Geography 2019 - 2020
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: Ilhan Omar campaign contributor by geography

Bender’s affidavit also provides details about Ilhan Omar’s early political timeline and rise to prominence. He alleges that Qatar’s secretary to the Emir for Security Affairs, one Mohammad bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Masna, told him that Qatar “recruited Ilhan Omar from even way before she thought about becoming a government official … They groomed her and arranged the foundation, the grounds, for her to get into politics way before she even showed interest. They convinced her.”

Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Advisor of the Emir of the State of Qatar
Image 42: Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Masnad advisor of the Emir of the state of Qatar for national security affairs and Qatari ambassador to Georgia Mubarak Bin Nasser Al-Khalif

Bender claims that Omar cooperated with Qatar’s request, received cash payments, and used her position in the House of Representatives to access sensitive information which she relayed to Qatar and through them to Iran. Bender goes on to say that the Qatari officials claimed credit for Omar’s meteoric rise from a minimum wage part-time social worker to a congresswoman, saying: “If it wasn’t for our cash, Ilhan Omar would be just another black Somali refugee in America collecting welfare and serving tables on weekends,”

Bender also testified about his meetings with Al-Masnad and other Qatari officials in which they discussed the lawsuit against Sheikh Al-Thani.

Many of the details provided in the testimony appear to match Omar’s MO. For example, she has already been found to have broken campaign finance laws. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board ruled that she violated state campaign finance rules by improperly using campaign money for out-of-state travel while serving as a state representative. Additionally, it is certain that she committed some form of immigration/marriage/college funding fraud. Omar also paid close to $230K to a political consulting group that is managed by Tim Mynett. Omar, in character, has vehemently denied that Mynett is her lover, but recent divorce papers by Myent’s wife indicate that this was indeed the case.

Iranian Sleeper Cells in the US
In June 2017, a Bronx man named Ali Kourani was charged with conducting reconnaissance of JFK airport in New York for a potential Hezbollah attack. Around this same time, another Dearborn, Michigan man named Samer El-Debek was arrested and charged with traveling to Panama to conduct surveillance of some targets and the Panama Canal. In February, a third Cedar Rapids, Iowa man named Fadi Yassine was arrested and charged with weapon shipments to Hezbollah.

The American public reacted to these arrests with shock. No one expected that Hezbollah—an Iranian proxy—was fully operational on US soil. These arrests should not have come as a surprise, Hezbollah has been active inside the US and South America for decades, engaging in a range of activities that include bombing, fundraising, and money laundering. But despite these activities, the three arrests and detailed confessions that followed about their membership in Hezbollah’s black ops group indicated a significant escalation in the Iranian terror strategy.

Historically, Hezbollah-run charities such as the Mahdi Scouts, the Shia schools and the Martyrs Foundation have been entities that supply charitable funds to the families of Hezbollah fighters and are an extension of Hezbollah. The Martyrs Foundation operates in different countries under different auspices. In the US its satellite is called the Goodwill Charitable Organization. It is based in Dearborn and it is responsible for funneling contributions from members and supporters directly to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Hezbollah also operates a large fraud network which includes operatives in at least ten states including Michigan, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia. It has also established legitimate businesses in the US including a perfume distribution company that is as front for money laundering.

Another scheme involves purchasing used cars in the US and reselling them in Africa, part of a global money laundering network that also involved the Lebanese Canadian Bank and the mingling of funds Hezbollah garnered from cocaine trafficking to the US.

The Joumaa US-Lebanon-South America Drug and Money Laundering Connection
Image 43: The Hezbollah US-Lebanon-South America used cars, drugs, and money laundering connection

Considering all of Hezbollah’s counterfeiting, smuggling, and trafficking operations, among the most lucrative scams the group executed was a cigarette smuggling ring based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cartons of cigarettes purchased in North Carolina for $14 could be sold in Michigan for twice as much. The group is believed to have earned tens of thousands of dollars by transporting and selling untaxed cigarettes throughout the United States.

The most alarming case that relates the existiance of Iranian sleeper cells in the US took place in 2017. According to US federal prosecutors, two US-based Hezbollah Islamic Jihad operatives–Ali Kourani (AKA Ali Korani Samawar) and Samer El Debek (AKA Samer Ahmad Eldebek were tasked with carrying out operational surveillance for Iranian sponsored Hezbollah attacks in the US. Kourani, who was born in Lebanon, lawfully entered the US in 2003 on a student visa; he has over 120 relatives in the US. In 2009, Kourani got a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering degree from the City College of New York. In 2012, he married a Canadian-Lebanese dual citizen, and then promptly separated from his wife. In 2013, he got a Masters degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School. He traveled to Lebanon every year from 2005 to 2015 to visit his family.

After getting his MBA and his citizenship, he completely disappeared into the woodwork. He worked as a mid-level manger in various New York area companies making about $100K a year. He was completely westernized, owned a number of apartments, had an American flag on the porch, supported various civil rights causes, and by all accounts was the paragon of a successful Muslim immigrant to the US.

The Perfect Muslim immigrants
Image 44: Ali Kourani and Samer El Debek -The perfectly Americanized Muslim immigrants 

But it turns out that he lived a double life. In 2000, Kourani, had attended Hezbollah weapons training in Lebanon when he was only 16 years old. In February 2008, the Islamic Jihad recruited him. When Kourani submitted an application for naturalization in the US in August 2008, he already was an active Hezbollah agent. In April 2009, Kourani became a naturalized citizen and was issued a US passport. In May 2009, Kourani traveled to Guangzhou, China; the purpose of the trip was to develop relationships with local vendors in order to obtain large mounts of ammonium nitrate and other chemicals that could be used as explosives. 

The Islamic Jihad assigned Kourani a handler and mentor, regularly debriefed him and arranged for his training. Kourani communicated with his handler via coded email and a messaging service for the purpose of instructing him when to return to Lebanon. When Kourani arrived in Lebanon, he would call a telephone number associated with a Islamic Jihad pager and provide a secret passcode. After contacting the pager, the handler would contact Kourani and set up an in-person meeting by calling one of Kourani’s relatives. The Islamic Jihad also provided Kourani with additional training in spycraft, weapons, and sabotage tactics. In 2011, Kourani attended a weapons training camp in Lebanon, where he trained on an RPG, an AK-47 rifle, an MP5 submachine gun, a PKS machine gun and a Glock pistol.

Both, Debek and Ali Kourani were directed by Hezbollah to find people in the US from whom they could purchase weapons which they were planning to stockpile in the New York area. Kourani also conducted surveillance of New York and Toronto airports as well as of FBI, Secret Service and US military facilities in New York City.

The Kourani/Debek case offers insight into just how organized and professional the Iranian operations are in the US and when and how Iran will use the Hezbollah and the Islamic Jihad cells to carry out attacks. During one of Kourani’s interviews with the FBI agent, Kourani freely confessed that “I am a member of 910, also known as Islamic Jihad or the Black Ops of Hezbollah. The unit is Iranian-controlled.”

Officially, Hezbollah’s unit 910, reports directly to Hassan Nasrallah but according to Kourani, it is Iran that oversees the unit’s operations. Kourani described his and other members of his team’s role to the FBI as a “sleeper cell“.

It is noteworthy that MSM has been exhibiting an extreme political bias against this case and had refused to dig into the details. Apparently, drawing attention to the clear and present danger of Hezbollah attacks in the US might undermine the MSM false narrative: that Islamic terror is less of a threat than the racist bigoted, and Islamophobic ‘white alt-right’ domestic terrorists which are just waiting for the sign from the conspiratorial dog-whistling Donald Trump.

From the comprehensive media searches that the AI evaluated for or this project, not even one investigative reporter has interviewed El Debek’s or Kourani’s neighbors, relatives, friends, or co-workers. Not one MSM outlet has attempted to follow-up on this national security precedent-setting case. Reading the following list and severity of charges against the suspects makes one wonder why the media is going out of its way to ignore it:

  • Providing material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
  • Conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
  • Receiving military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a sentence of 10 years in prison or a fine).
  • Conspiracy to receive military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison).
  • Possessing, carrying, and using firearms and destructive devices during and in relation to crimes of violence (carries a maximum sentence of life in prison).
  • Making and receiving a contribution of funds, goods, and services to and from Hezbollah, in violation of IEEPA (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
  • Conspiracy to make and receive a contribution of funds, goods, and services to and from Hezbollah, in violation of IEEPA (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).

The one report from the New York Times—the mother of all Islamic terror whitewashing services—was a puff piece by Benjamin Weiser entitled: “He Wanted to Be an Informant. The FBI Arrested Him Instead.” The article purposefully overlooked large amount of evidence showing direct Iranian involvement. Instead, Weiser focused on the regular excuses for Islamic terrorists, i.e. the criminal angle and FBI’s coercion of a confused innocent man to admit guilt. Nothing about Iranian sleeper cells in the US.

Conclusion
Through the mid 1990s, the Muslim Brotherhood in the US and abroad believed that they would be able to sway American public opinion and foreign policy in their favor through direct military action. The first 1993 attack and the second 2001 attack against the World Trade Center were the culminations of this shock and awe strategy.

The masterminds of the 1st World Trade Center bombing Were All Members of the Muslim Brotherhood
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: The masterminds of the 1st World Trade Center bombing were all members of the Muslim Brotherhood 

The anti-Muslim backlash that followed 9/11 convinced the Muslim Brotherhood leadership that large internal US violent assaults were unlikely to succeed. So, instead of only focusing on these types of terrorist attacks (there are still plenty of smaller cell actions like the Fort Hood and Pulse Nightclub shootings), it shifted its strategy to infiltrating various civil rights and communist organizations and slowly taking over them.

By 2002, the Muslim Brotherhood was in full control of the agenda and operations of organization like PSL and ANSWER—which they helped form in 2001. By 2004, they lead national anti-war, pro-Palestinian demonstrations. By 2006, they spearheaded nationwide rallies against the Israeli response to Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. By 2013, they became the main force behind the Nation of Islam’s becoming a mainstream Muslim organization—this was done by legitimizing the movement as Muslim (The nation of Islam doesn’t adhere to Islam’s core tenants, Its core belief revolves around a Japanese made giant golden UFO). That same year, they were also behind the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. By 2015, they supported and lead the mobilizations of the 25th  anniversary of the Million Man March. In 2017, the two co-chairs of the Woman’s March were the Muslim Brotherhood and Nation of Islam affiliated organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. By 2018, the Muslim Brotherhood managed to get several congresswoman elected. Since then, they have hijacked the Democratic party and the US political discourse through their agents Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tliab, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…who naturally promote a wide-range of Islamist, communist, and socialist agendas.

As a classic foreign agent, one of The Muslim Brotherhood roles was to identify areas of internal social contention and to exploit it. From this organization’s last 20 years of activity, it is obvious that they have been phenomenally successfully in doing so as they have now become both the driving force and the face of almost every civil right organization in the US. 

Currently, the strategy of the green Islamists and the red progressives has been to use agitation and occasional violence, particularly on university campuses and through Antifa intimidation riots in ‘revolution friendly’ urban enclaves like San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, and NYC. But the Red-Green Alliance understands that it is unlikely that it will be able to gain and retain power under the current constitutional system. One workaround this obstacle is to capture power by disabling parts of the safeguards in the system or by carrying out a coup d’état. A few of these tactics have already been demonstrated though actively trying to revoke the second amendment, stop the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, removing Trump from office on some bogus Russian collusion Ukrainian malfeasance charges, and promoting unrestricted immigration.

In what seems to be another example of life imitating art, the Red Green Alliance fifth column is now marching at full speed executing Huxley’s dystopian vision. Yes siree, the cast is all here, each with its pre-determined roles and responsibilities. The lower Deltas acting as the drone Antifa activists who get their marching orders from the more intelligent and charismatic Betas, the professional (and well paid) revolutionary organizers. The Betas, in turn, report to the elite Alpha caste, the progressive US Muslim Brotherhood leadership which, in turn, is the bootlicking agent of a despotic and debouched Qatari sheikh and Turkish tyrant who fantasizes about the re-birth of the Ottoman empire.

Cultural subversion and destructive foreign political influence on our elected officials are difficult problems to solve. During WWII, the German American Bund and it’s Nazi network in the US operated in an identical fashion to the Muslim Brotherhood. They organized mass rallies, created pro-German front organizations, and had agents working the halls of congress. Yet, once this massive threat was identified and prioritized, the FBI dismantled it in record time. 

May 17, 1934 A Mass Pro-Nazi Rally in Madison Square Garden
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: May 17, 1934, a mass Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden New York

For the past 244 years we found ways to safeguard our constitutional republic through defensive legislation such as the Alien and Sedition Act, the Espionage Act of 1917, and the McCarran Internal Security Act. Perhaps the time has come to start work on the next safeguard, the ‘Religious Subversion act of 2020’.

References and Sources
Pro Iran Demonstration in New England – Party for Socialism and Liberation and CAIR
Iranian Regime-Linked Cleric Protests Soleimani Killing with CAIR/NIAC – John Rossomando
H.R.3892 – Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015
The CAIR Dossier and Operational Profile – Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)
Esam Omeish – On the Libyan Government Terror List
Esam Omeish – The Investigative Project On Terrorism
Abrar Omeish – The Virginia jihadi princess
Abrar Omeish – Transcript of Third Space Thoughts to Policy, Education in Muslim Societies
Islamist Wins Virginia School Board Seat – The Investigative Project on Terrorism
The Islamic Society of North America –  The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Mahdi Bray – The Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
Mahdi Bray – Verdict and prison sentence
The Salafi Dress and Prayer Style Guide – What doe Esam Omeish’s wearing and why?
The Struggle for Security in Eastern Libya  – The Carnegie Papers Frederic Wehrey
The Sworn Affidavit of Alan Bender – Pittard and Allenda vs. Sheik Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani
1984 – George Orwell
Brave New World – Summarized version of Aldous Huxley’s book

The Divine Destruction of America: Can She Avert It? – Louis Farrakhan the Leader of the Nation of Islam discussing his teacher’s description of the sacred UFO said:

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by a half mile [800 m by 800 m]. This Mother Wheel is like a small human-built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said these planes were used to set up mountains on the earth. The Qur’an says it like this: We have raised mountains on the earth lest it convulse with you. How do you raise a mountain, and what is the purpose of a mountain? Have you ever tried to balance a tire? You use weights to keep the tire balanced. That’s how the earth is balanced, with mountain ranges. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that we have a type of bomb that, when it strikes the earth a drill on it is timed to go into the earth and explode at the height that you wish the mountain to be. If you wish to take the mountain up a mile [1.6 km], you time the drill to go a mile in and then explode. The bombs these planes have are timed to go one mile down and bring up a mountain one mile high, but it will destroy everything within a 50-square-mile [130 km²] radius. The white man writes in his above top secret memos of the UFOs. He sees them around his military installations like they are spying.

That Mother Wheel is a dreadful-looking thing. White folks are making movies now to make these planes look like fiction, but it is based on something real. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Mother Plane is so powerful that with sound reverberating in the atmosphere, just with a sound, she can crumble buildings.”

© Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Every Dog has its Day Qassem Soleimani

Qassem Soleimani

Though the mills of G-d grind slowly,
Yet they grind exceeding small
Though with patience he stands waiting,
With exactness grinds he all.

Finally earth has vomited you,
An AGM Hellfire was your farewell
Good riddance once and for all,
For eternity may you spend in hell!

Qassem Soleimani Rings
Image 1: Many rings of terror, numerous rings of violence, dozen rings of hostage takers, and one master ring to rule them all and bind them

Sources and References
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection
Ring Verse – J.R.R. Tolkien
Retribution – Henry Wadsworth Longellow, p. 616

© Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Turkey’s 1914 Worldwide Jihad

Turkey’s 1914 Call for Jihad

Turkey entered World War I on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary (Central Powers). On November 13, 1914, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V Resad declared war on the Allies and called for a worldwide jihad (Holy War) against them. Some western scholars refer to this proclamation as the “Berlin Fatwa” and argue that it was instigated by German Kaiser Wilhelm II’s government with the objective of inciting an Islamic uprising by the Arab population of the Ottoman empire against British and French colonial holdings. The underling rational for this being to syphon allied military and logistics resources from the European theater of operations.

Kaiser Wilhelm II. in Turkish marshal uniform
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: Kaiser Wilhelm II in the uniform of a Turkish field marshal

The argument that Germany was Turkey’s puppet master and that Turkey was just manipulated into making the 1914 holy war proclamation has been around for decades but this argument has a number of weaknesses. For starters, Turkey’s declaration was based on a long historical tradition of such actions. It was also an integral part of their domestic divide-and-conquer and foreign policies. If the 1914 jihad was indeed architected by Germany, it is difficult to explain the large number of Turkish publications that followed it for years and the never ending stream of religious propaganda that supported it. These religious publications aimed at improving soldier morale and cultivating an Ottoman identity and continued throughout the war, even after the effects of the initial jihad proclamation wore off.

In this post, I will argue that In lieu of the German origin theory, it is more plausible that the 1914 Turkish call for jihad should be viewed as a political rather than religious device and be classified as standard Turkish operating procedure designed for imperial pan-Islamic military mobilization.

This form of early political dog whistling is evident through messages as such as:

People of Islam! Whatever your nationality, whatever your language, the Lord has declared all of us brothers and sisters.”

Investigation the origins of the 1914 jihad may seem academic, but it’s not. When filtered through the prism of current international politics and the European refugee crisis, the answers can help illuminate Turkey’s persistent use of jihad language, ideology, and their tacit strategic and tactical support for organization like ISIS, Hamas, and Hezbollah. 

A Sampling of 250 Years of Turkish Calls for Jihad
During the period from the 1770s to 1900s, the Ottoman state issued several official jihad declarations. In 1773, they declared jihad during the war against Russia that led to Russia’s annexation of the northern Black Sea region. This was followed by a 1809 declaration against the Serbian population. In 1829 Turkey declared another jihad against Russia for its support of the Greek revolt and its demand for independence. This call for ‘holy war’ against Russia—which was non-direct belligerent—was justified on the grounds that the ideological Russian support for the Greek cause was a hostile act towards the Islamic faith. Turkey repeated the call for jihad again during the one-month-long Greek-Ottoman war of 1897. In 1914, the jihad declaration targeted the allied powers of Britain, France, and Russia, and their allies. In 1919, the Turkish religious leader Mustafa Kemal and his resistance movement declared another jihad against Greece and then in May 1919, he followed with another call for jihad against the British-controlled government in Istanbul.

Controlling and Fine Tuning the Jihad
Historically, Turkey exercised a high degree of control over the jihad spigot, turning it on and off opportunistically and regulating its flow. Mustafa Aksakal, in his analysis entitled: “The Ottoman Proclamation of Jihad” makes the following observation about this strategy:

Those at the helm of the Ottoman state were well aware of the self-destructive potential built into instrumentalizing Islam. Sultan Abdülhamid ii (r. 1876–1909) sought to use jihad as a diplomatic lever, not as an actual military policy; “the threat of cihad,” as one historian put it, “was more effective than the call itself.” Islam could be the sword that united Muslim Ottomans from the Balkans to Arabia but it could at the same time be the sword that sliced into the Ottoman body politic cutting out Christians and Jews.

In moments of violence against Christians the state rushed to punish the alleged transgressors, often summarily without adequate investigation, in the effort to calm European diplomats and, gradually, European public opinion. Thus the commander on whose watch inter-communal violence broke out in Lebanon in 1860 was put to death alongside two aides. Similarly, about 30 participants were swiftly executed for the gruesome slaying of the German and French consuls by a mob in Salonica in 1876, murders that had been prompted by the conversion of a young Bulgarian woman to Islam and the woman’s subsequent detention and concealment by her relatives. In the ensuing chaos, according to reports, the ringleaders demanding the woman’s release claimed that “the holy war is about to commence.”

When in full jihad mode, the Turkish military distributed pamphlets to army chaplains with stories intended to fortify religious fervor and impart lessons of courage and necessary martyrdom and sacrifice. This jihad propaganda always conflated and mixed religious and secular concepts such as one’s political duty to the motherland with personal religious obligations to Islam. In some of these pamphlets, jihad meant unity, fulfilling sharia law, contributing to the health of the nation, protecting the dignity and glory of the state, building up the empire, bringing aid to the umma (Muslim nation), and defending the homeland from the infidels. In other publications, the focus was on the virtues of the warriors of Islam (Mujahideen) and their romantic affinity with the conquest of the likes of Saladin.

One example of this mixed genre of political and religious propaganda can be found in a fictional booklet about a young Ottoman soldier published in 1910 entitled: “Little Halil”. The book’s plot revolves around Halil who ‘voluntarily’ goes to the recruitment office to join the army. However after an interview with the recruitment officer, Halil is rejected and sent back home when the officer learns that Halil left behind an elderly mother and unmarried sister, and that his father fought many glorious Ottoman campaigns and died in service. Halil refuses to go home and explains that it was his mother who sent him to join the army to fight in the glorious jihad.

The interesting point about the plethora of these publications is that they are written by both the Sultan’s religious authorities and the political commissars from the secular Young Turk Committee of Union and Progress, the same one that in 1908/9 deposed Sultan Abdulhamid II and seized power in a coup in 1913. So, it does seem that for the Turkish government—both the old guards and the Young Turks—imperial colonial expansion and anti-western colonial struggles, were framed as a continuous jihad.

The Bipolar Turkish View of Jihad
In Islam (based on the Koranic references), jihad is defined as (1) the internal struggle carried on by the individual believer to fulfill certain divine expectations, and (2) as the mandatory external, violent warfare that must be waged against non-Muslims. The internal, peaceful form is referred to as “greater jihad,” whereas the external, violent form is referred to as “lesser jihad.” Keeping these definitions in mind, it is noteworthy that the Ottoman government’s 1914 declaration of war against Britain, France, and Russia (as well as Serbia and Montenegro) used the term “greater jihad” (cihad-ı ekber). This misnomer suggests either ignorance of classical jihad doctrine on the part of the religious authorities who issued the document or a deliberate act.

To try and solve this puzzle, we must look closer at the official 1914 jihad proclamation. According to several western sources (including Henry Morgenthau, the US ambassador to the Constantinople), the document was first deliberated upon on November 11th and then it was read in public three days later on November 14th. But there seem to have been several other dates for the this proclamation. Gottfried Hagen, who published a collection of 1914 Turkish Islamic pamphlets from a collection at the University of Heidelberg, showed that the first publications of the fatwas ruling on a point of Islamic law actually appeared as early as November 7th, and even possibly earlier on November 3rd. This date coincides with the Ottoman surprise attack against the Russian Black Sea ports on October 29 and the Russian declaration of war on Turkey on November 2nd. 

Gottfried Hagen Islamic Jihad Pamphlets
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: Gottfried Hagen’s Islamic pamphlets referencing the Turkish call for world-wide jihad

Other supporting evidence for the earlier publication date is that during the first week of November, the Istanbul daily newspaper İkdam, already reported that “the declaration of jihad against these states who are the enemies of Islam” had now become a “duty for all Muslims.”

So, the likely explanation for the use of the term “greater jihad” wasn’t religious ignorance but rather an intentional act that was designed to erase the line between the individual’s jihad and the state’s political war effort. Thus, retrofitting the old and obsolete concept to the new age of total industrial war and consolidating the personal struggle and the state belligerence into one great jihad. This was a new type of call for war, a politicized and secularized political version upgraded for use by a modern quasi-secular state.

This synthetic version of the new form of holy war now became the leading strategy in the service of  imperial objectives (both German and Turkish) and anti-colonial struggles against England and France. The politicization of Islam paradoxically also lead to the inverse process of the Islamicization of politics as is demonstrated by the 1914 jihad against the allies.

Both of these inverse trends lead to the convergence of politics and religion. This new concept of secular holy war, which never before existed in Islam, was now fueled by a German  industrialization of the Turkish war effort and the mandatory national military conscription. This large scale mechanized effort became the main reason for the success of the mass Turkish genocides that followed the 1914 proclamation and became the blueprint for another large scale jihad 15 years later, the one that we now know as the ‘final solution’.

So, it seems that the Turkish jihad is an age old, well lubricated political machine that functioned efficiently long before the Germans got into the picture. If German machinations in the 1914 proclamation played any significant role, it may have been just to try to align it with their colonial objectives.

Morgenthau and the 1914 Proclamation of Holy War
Henry Morgenthau, the US ambassador to Constantinople (and the grandfather of the historian Barbara Tuchman), described in detail the Armenian genocide, the persecution of the Albanians, Jews, and Greeks that followed the 1914 call for jihad. He wrote that “the great massacres and persecutions of the Armenian race”  were to be kept secret in order to complete the annihilation of the Armenians before the Allies could intervene to stop it.

Morgenthau based his opinion that Germany was the architect behind this holy war on several meetings he had with Baron von Wangenheim, the German ambassador to Constantinople. Morgenthau became convinced that Germany’s objective was to unleash millions of Muslims against the English and French worldwide through a steady campaign of assassination and terror and that this ultimately would be the quickest means of forcing England to sue for peace.

Mehmed V Reşâd Red Sultan AKA the Great Assassin
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: The architects and actors of the Turkish jihad against the Armenians. Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sultan Mehmed V Reşâd the “Red Sultan” AKA the “Great Assassin”, Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi the “Sheik al-Islam”, and Baron von Wangenheim the German ambassador to Constantinople  

Morgenthau describes one such meeting where Wangenheim explained Germany’s rationale for forcing Turkey into World War I:

“Sitting in his office, puffing away at his big black German cigar, he [Wangenheim] unlolded Germany’s scheme to arouse the whole fanatical Moslem world against the Christians. Germany had planned a real “holy war” as one means of destroying English and French influence in the world.  Turkey herself is not the really important matter, her army is a small one, and we do not expect it to do very much. For the most part it will act on the defensive. But the big thing is the Moslem world. If we can stir the Mohammedans up against the English and Russians, we can force them to make peace.”

The 1915 Turkish Jihad Leadership
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: The 1914 Turkish jihad senior leadership team

The “big thing” that Wangenheim was referring to became obvious on November 14, 1914 when the Sultan Mehmed V Reşâd issued his declaration of war and an appeal for a jihad against the infidels. Soon afterward Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi, his Sheik al-lslam (top religious cleric) published a fatwa summoning the whole Muslim world to rise and massacre their Christian oppressors. The fatwa was followed by the statement by the top Turkish military commander, Enver Pasha and then by a few comments by the publication’s director, Halim Sabit. 

he-sheikh-ul-islam-proclaiming-the-holy-war-in-istanbul-after-the-turkish-government
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: The 1914 reading of the jihad fatwa by Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi the “Sheik al-Islam”

The Details of the 1914 call for Jihad 
The jihad fatwa was drafted in the form of five linked legal opinions. The document was a collaborative effort endorsed by 29 senior Turkish religious authorities. It was blessed formally by the sultan, accepted by the members of the Ottoman chamber of deputies, and on 11 November presented in a closed pre-publication ceremony to political, military and religious dignitaries such as Talaat Pasha (the leading mastermind of the Armenian Genocide). Then, with great fanfare on Saturday, November 14, it was read out publicly by the custodian of the fatwa (Fatwa Emini), Ali Haydar Efendi, to a large crowd assembled outside the Mosque of Mehmed the Conqueror in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul.

Several days later, Ali Haydar Efendi instructed the Ottoman governors to distribute the jihad fatwa and orders were issued to display it in all city shrines. The Mujtahids (a person of religious authority in Islamic law) churned out a plethora of fatwa editorials in a short period of time and the local Ottoman telegraph offices sent copies of these fatwas to every major town in the Ottoman empire. These publications helped the Turkish authorities recruit local militia and strengthen the resistance against the advancing British army. In the meantime, the Ottoman Minister of War, Enver Pasha, dispatched Süleyman Askerî, the director of the Ottoman National Society of Defense responsible for the execution of the document’s strategy to Iraq and other major cities with orders to create a universal local resistance movement.

A day before the official declaration of the global jihad, meetings were attended by all leading mujtahids of the shrine cities of the Ottoman empire. One such meeting in Najaf Iraq was attended by an audience of > 40,000 worshipers, local sheikhs, and tribal leaders. The Mujtahids told the crowds in fiery Arabic language that they must actively participate in the jihad and promised those who would die in the process direct entry to paradise. Following the initial presentations, the Ottoman sub-governor of Baghdad organized a jihadi militia force of 5,000-6,000 men to be followed later by a new army of volunteer reinforcements.

The 1915 Turkish Fatwa calling for Jihad
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: The 1914 Turkish Fatwa calling for worldwide jihad against the infidels. The left side contains the 5 sub-fatwas that form the master fatwa. The right side contains the verbiage of the proclamation

The Language of the Jihad Fatwa
The following is the translation of the 1914 jihad fatwa:

“O brothers of the Religion! The time has come when you should know that the great Holy War has become a most imperative duty, and you ought to begin it and not to lose a single moment of the
time, for the time is very short, and the life of Islam is on the verge of being swept away as by a flood. And let every one of you choose one of these kinds of war, each one according to his condition and the manner of his life and the geographical and intellectual conditions of his country.

… “It is necessary to consider well, differentiating and distinguishing between the enemy from these peoples, and the one who is not an enemy, and the decrees of the Islamic law in this respect must be the guide for you to follow, and this honored verse is to be placed before you as a direction, and it is the saying of the Most High:

They wished you to become infidels as they are infidels and that ye should be like them. Therefore, take no friends from among them until they flee their country in the path of Allah.

And if they turn back, take them and kill them wherever you find them, and do not take from them any friend or helper except those who are allied with one of your peoples by covenant between you and them, or those who come to you, their hearts forbidding them either to fight you or to fight their own people; if Allah pleased, he would have made them rule over you, and they would have fought you; but if they depart from you, and do not fight against you and offer you peace.

Allah doth desire to enter into confidence with you, and to preserve the confidence of their people, as often as they return to sedition they shall be subverted therein, and if they do not depart from you and offer you peace and restrain their hands, take them and kill them where-so-ever ye find them. Over these we have granted you manifest power.”

The Jihad Proclamation
Once this proclamation was sent out, local religious leaders read it as a legally binding order to the congregations in every mosque; the newspapers printed it; and it was distributed outside the Ottoman empire to countries which had large Muslim populations like India, China, Persia, Egypt, Algiers,Tripoli, Morocco, etc. In all these locations the assembled multitudes were ‘strongly’ encouraged to obey the mandate.

1914 The Illustrated London News reported that Turkey had declared a “holy war” against the Allies
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A 1915 cartoon showing Turkey’s Sultan, Abdul Hamid, praising Kaiser Wilhelm II (who seems to be doing all of the work for Turkey) slaughtering scores of Ottoman Christians and brandishing a sword dripping with blood

Morgenthau observed that the Turkish newspaper Ikdam, published in Constantinople and which up to that point primarily focused on spreading anti-Allies propaganda, now changed its tone and was inciting the masses to wage holy war with articles like:

“The deeds of our enemies, have brought down the wrath of God. A gleam of hope has appeared. All Mohammedans, young and old, men, women, and children, must fulfill their duty so that the gleam may not fade away, but give light to us forever. How many great things can be accomplished by the arms of vigorous men, by the aid of others, of women and children! The time for action has come.

We shall all have to fight with all our strength, with all our soul, with teeth and nails, with all the sinews of our bodies and of our spirits. If we do it, the deliverance of the subjected Mohammedan kingdoms is assured. Then, if God so wills, we shall march unashamed by the side of our friends who send their greetings to the Crescent. Allah is our aid and the Prophet is our support.” The Sultan’s proclamation was an official public document, and dealt with the proposed Holy War only in a general way, but about this same time a secret pamphlet appeared which gave instructions to the faithful in more specific terms. This paper was not read in the mosques; it was distributed stealthily in all Mohammedan countries-India, Egypt, Morocco, Syria,

Oh, Moslems! Ye who are smitten with happiness and are on the verge of sacrificing your life and your goods for the cause of right, and of braving perils, gather now around the Imperial throne, obey the commands of the Almighty, who, in the Koran, promises us bliss in this and in the next world; embrace ye the foot of the Caliph’s throne and know ye that the state is at war with Russia, England, France, and their Allies, and that these are the enemies of Islam. The Chief of the believers, the Caliph, invites you all as Moslems to join in the Holy War!”

The Secret Pamphlet  
Following the proclamation of jihad by leading Muslim cleric Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi, the fatwa was then followed by a detailed pamphlet in Arabic written by Sheikh Shawish, who was described by British Intelligence as “an incredibly venomous opponent due to his unreasonable fanaticism, his overwhelming egoism, and his malignant perversion and disregard of truth”. The document was distributed outside of Constantinople and provided detailed ‘how to’ instructions for waging the upcoming war. In April 1915, the American consulate in Cairo managed to obtain a copy of the the pamphlet, Ambassador Morgenthau had it translated and analyzed. In his memoirs, Morgenthau described it as:

“This paper was not read in the mosques [in Constantinople]; it was distributed stealthily in all Mohammedan countries–India, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, and many others; and it was significantly printed in Arabic, the language of the Koran. It was a lengthy document–the English translation contains 10,000 words–full of quotations from the Koran, and its style was frenzied in its appeal to racial and religious hatred. It described a detailed plan of operations for the assassination and extermination of all Christians–except those of German nationality.” 

Kill them the best way you can Turkish 1915 How To Jihad Guide
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: Translation of sample of 4 pages by the US consulate in Cairo of the “Kill them the best way you can”, the 1915 Turkish pamphlet describing how to wage the jihad

The pamphlet called for a war against Christians and Jews in Muslim lands worldwide and included instructions for starvation, mass expulsions, massacres, and the confiscation of property. The pamphlet provided the ideological justification for acts of murder as well as a detailed plan of execution. The following excerpt illustrates some of the messaging:

And let every individual of the Muslims in whatever place they may be, take upon him an oath to kill at least three of four of the ruling infidels, enemies of Allah, and enemies of the religion.”

“You will find that you are forbidden to have friendship with the Jews and the Christians, you will find that you are denied to have social intercourse with those who deride your religion…”

It is necessary that they should know from today that the Holy War has become a sacred duty and that the blood of the infidels

They must know that the killing of the infidels who rule over the Islamic lands has become a sacred duty, whether it be secretly or openly, as the great Koran declares in its words: (Take them and kill them whenever you come across them, and we have given you a manifest power over them by revelation.)

To whoever kills even one single infidel of those who rule over Islamic lands, either secretly or openly, there is a reward like a reward from all the living ones of the Islamic world.”

Turkish Theaft of Armenian Property
Image 8: Letter from the US consulate in Turkey describing the 1915 proclamation calling for the confiscation of property and mass expulsion of the Armenian citizens of Turkey

1915 Turkish Armenian Death Proclamation
Image 9: The actual Turkish government proclamation of the confiscation of all Armenian property prior to their deportation to concentration camps. This identical strategy and tactics were used 15 years later by the Germans against the Jews in Europe. It is worth noting that as a teenager, George Soros used to hand deliver similar deportation and properly confiscation notices to the Jews of Budapest on behalf of his father Tivadar. Tivadar Soros was a ranking civil servant in the pro-German Hungarian administration and worked closely with SS commander Kurt Becher.

The execution plan for carrying out this holy war included these phases:

  1. “There shall be a “heart war”–every follower of the Prophet, that is, shall constantly nourish in his spirit a hatred of the infidel; a “speech war”–with tongue and pen every Moslem shall spread this same hatred wherever Mohammedans live; and a war of deed-fighting and killing the infidel wherever he shows his head. This latter conflict, says the pamphlet, is the “true war.”
  2. There is to be a “little holy war” and a “great holy war”; the first describes the battle which every Mohammedan is to wage in his community against his Christian neighbors, and the second is the great world struggle which united Islam, in India, Arabia, Turkey, Mrica, and other countries is to wage against the infidel oppressors.”

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims
Image 10: 1915-1923 – Images showing the results of the jihad against the some of the Christian groups and minorities of the Ottoman Empire

In addition to the ideological justification and strategic phased plan for the violence to come, the document also provided the following tactical instructions on how to ‘properly’ assassinate the infidels:

  1. First–Wage individual war with knifes, daggers, and other cutting and sharp killing instruments. Following the examples of “one of the faithful made against Peter Galy, the infidel English governor, like the slaying of the English chief of police in India, and like the killing of one of the officials arriving in Mecca by Abi Busir (may God he pleased with him).”
  2. Second–Form killing bands and go forth and kill as many Christians as they can find. These bands should be organized and operated in secret. “It is hoped that the Islamic world of to-day will profit very greatly from such secret bands.”
  3. Third–Organize and coordinate campaigns by trained armies to handle large scale exterminations.

Armenian Children Victims of Genocide
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: Images of Armenian children starved and murdered by Turkish forces. Source: photo collection of Armin Wegner and John Elder

Auction Of Souls
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: Ravished Armenia, the story of Aurora Mardiganian, one of the Armenian survivors of the Turkish genocide. The movie details some of the actions of the jihad including: crucifixion of young girls, wide scale rape, murder, and the sex slavery of tens of thousands of Christian Arminian women

To highlight the extent of this premeditated and systematic extermination campaign, let me point out that prior to the the 1914 jihad, there were close to 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire but by 1923 when the massacres ended, over 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead. It is poignant that even today it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians and Greeks during World War I.

Contemporary Turkish Calls for Jihad
On October 25, 2019, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Friday prayers at the Great Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul. He was accompanied by Istanbul’s governor Ali Yerlikaya, mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul’s chief of police Mustafa Çalışkan and the head of the Istanbul branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Bayram Şenocak. After the prayers, the hafiz of the mosque recited the Koranic Verse Al-Fath, which means “victory, triumph, conquest”. Then, Erdogan took the microphone and recited a part of the verse first in Arabic and then in Turkish. He told the crowd:

Our God commands us to be violent towards the kuffar (infidels). Who are we? The ummah [nation] of Mohammed. So [God] also commands us to be merciful to each other. So we will be merciful to each other. And we will be violent to the kuffar. Like in Syria.”

Erdogan then referred to another Koranic verse, As-Saff-13, in Arabic:

Inshallah, God has promised us in Syria: ‘Nasrun minallahi ve fethun karib ve beşşiril mu’minin.’ [‘Victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers’]. We see it is happening right now. With the permission of Allah, we will see it even more… I will meet some presidents of foreign countries [Russian and Iranian] at the Dolmabahce Palace today. I ask for your permission now to go there.”

The congregants then cheered Erdogan on, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great).

Turkish president Erdogan call for Jihad
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: October 2019, Turkish president Erdogan delivering the jihad proclamation “Our God commands us to be violent towards the kuffar (infidels).”

What in 1915 started as a cynical German exercise in realpolitik reflecting their belief that they could leverage the Turkish call for holy war, ended up unleashing a worldwide jihad Jin that resulted in the murder of millions of people in the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and of the Greek Genocide, with the consequence that we are still paying the butcher’s bill 100 years later.

So, in retrospect it seems that instead of Turkey being manipulated by Germany to enter the war, Turkey in fact manipulated Germany to provide it with military training, economic and military support, and a diplomatic umbrella so it could cleanse its empire once and for all from unwanted ethnic elements like the Armenians, Greeks, Jews, and other minorities. And in the process created the prototype of the modern political jihad.

After the war and under British supervision, Turkey quickly recovered while Germany took the full brunt of allied retribution. The net-net result for Turkey’s holy war was a smaller imperial territory, but a homogeneous one and plentiful western post war support for modernization. In World War II, they again played both sides and only joined the war in February 1945 on the allied side, when the allied victory was guaranteed.

Not surprisingly, since 1914, Turkey continues to repeat the same jihad gambit over and over again. In the 1970s, they used their membership in NATO as a shield to invade Cypress and annex parts of it. In the 1990s, they helped Saddam Hussein break the oil embargo by being one of his largest black market customers. During the Arab spring, they blackmailed Europe to gain full EU membership by flooding it with refugees. In 2010, they waged a jihad against Israel. In recent years, they tried to extort the US by holding hostage the US nuclear weapons and demanding a leadership role in post-Gaddafi Libya. The latest Turkish game of playing everyone against each other, which mirrors the Turkish German league of 1914, is their close military and economic alliance with Iran and Russia; this includes joint military exercises and the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system. Turkey also continues to purchase Iranian oil despite US sanctions on these transactions. In 2018 and 2019, they again launched another formal jihad against the Kurds and invaded Syria.

Turkish Jihad 2019
Image 13: Turkish government publications calling for worldwide jihad against Israel

Anti-Christian, Jewish billboards in Turkey’s central Konya province
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: October 21, 2019: Turkish government sponsored jihad posters in wide public circulation. Central Konya province Turkey: Billboards feature Koranic Verse (5:51) admonishing Muslims not to befriend Jews And Christians. “…Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.’’

To all of you post-modernists who still think that the current Turkish or other calls for jihad only apply to ‘radicalized extremist’ or that they are just bygone byzantine ideas that have no bearing on your hip urban lifestyle, think again. You may want to put down the NYT literary section for a minute and take a few minutes to actually read the 1914 jihad proclamation and the ‘how to kill infidels’ guide in its entirety (the full text is at the bottom of this post). You are in for a big surprise. These fatwas and proclamation of holy war that were published by Turkey in 1914 are identical in language, content, and methods to the ones issued just recently by the likes of Ayman al‑Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Abu Musab al‑Zarqawi.

So, the next time a Muslim Brotherhood operative like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Keith Ellison, or the Turkish president Erdogan talks about waging jihad, rest assured they are not using a figure of speech or metaphor. Today’s most violent Islamic groups such as ISIS, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah use the same religious text and fatwas and operational templates. They are talking about doing to you and your family exactly what they have done to millions of minorities during WWI and they are counting on the fact that now, just as then, they will get away with murder.

The fact is that the Turkish recipe for waging jihad has not changed in the past 300 years. It continues to use the same mixture of political and religious elements to be served today to perpetuate attacks against the west including those used on 9/11.  Despite the MSM working overtime in an attempt to rehabilitate Turkey and whitewash it as a moderate western country, it is not. Turkey and its axis of influence is no more extremist nor radicalized than the one that executed the latest Armenian and Greek genocides. They are just doing their job in the best way they know using an age old proven formula for playing one power against another, targeting minorities, and killing the infidels via the same traditional 1914 methods that include:

  1. Personal terror action using lone wolf targeted attacks
  2. Bands of murderers like in the 9/11 style international terror cell operations
  3. Large organized armies such as in ISIS/ISIL and their ability to wage a wide scale war

Ilhan Omar and Erdoğan 2017
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: 2017 Ilhan Omar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chilin at the UN. Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood (via Qatari) are a major funders and logistics supporters of Ilhan Omar’s election campaign and worldwide political activity

The Modern Jihad Against Christians
Image 16: Contemporary sampling of jihadi murder (with the full support of Turkish intelligence) against various Christian groups and other minorities in the Middle East

References
To our Great Detriment”: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad – Stephen Collins Coughlin
Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story – Henry Morgenthau Sr.
Jihad And Islam in World War I – Edited by Erik-Jan Zürcher
A Universal Proclamation To All The People Of Slam – Published by the Ottoman National Society of Defense The Seat of the Caliphate 1333 (1915 AD)
A Peace To End All Peace – David Fromkin

Chapter 24 of Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story – The murder of a nation

Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of Turkey 1919-1929
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: Records of the Department of State Relating to the WWI Turkish jihad against the Christians, Jews, and other minorities

Ikdam Newspaper
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The front page of the November 4, 1918 Turkish newspaper Ikdam reads: “Their [the jihad leadership] response to eliminate the Armenian problem was to attempt the elimination of the Armenians themselves”


The 1915 jihad pamphlet

Due to its vile and violent language and most likely in order not to ‘offend’ Turkey (a NATO member) and other middle eastern allies, the 1915 jihad pamphlet remained hidden in the State department archives for nearly 50 years and was only declassified on March 21, 1961. This lengthy composition is a comprehensive religious legal document that cites multiple Koranic, Hadith, and Sunna sources (see text in quotes and parenthesis). The following English translation was produced by the American Agency consulate in Cairo Egypt.



IN
THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE

Praise be to him who ordained brotherhood between all the believers by his saying (the believers are brothers) and grace and peace be upon our Lord and our Beloved Mohammed who said (No one of you believes until he loves his brother as he loves himself) and then, Oh Company of the House of Faith and Oh Moslems from whatsoever people you may be and in whatever language you may speak, Allah (Let Him be praised be and exalted) has made us and you brothers and has revealed that to us by His saying (Oh ye who have believed, fear Allah a true fear and do not die except as true Moslems) and be bound together by the covenant of Allah all of you and do not be separated, and remember the Grace of Allah upon you when you were enemies and he made friendship between you and joined you together as brothers by His grace, when you were on the verge of the pit of fire and he delivered you from it; in like manner Allah reveals to you his verses the ye may be converted.

Allah enjoined upon you four things in these honored verses and informed you of four things. He commanded you the fear of Allah, and the being bound by the covenant of Allah. And that ye avoid the causes of separation and difference, and that ye remember His grace towards you. And he informed you of the hatred and enmity which existed among you before Islam, and that He after it had graciously bestowed upon you grace and love and friendship, and that He by His grace joined you together as brothers. And there is no doubt that we the Muslims believe this precious verse and give credence to its contents, for without doubt we ought to hold the doctrines that all the Muslims from all peoples and nations are brothers, and as this brotherhood has been knitted between peoples as also between individuals of these peoples, every one of whom is to be reckoned as a true brother from other nations as he suffers in the affliction of his brother from his own mother and father or from his own tribe which shelters him.

It is the duty of every people of the people dignified by the religion of Islam that their sympathies towards others of the Islamic peoples should be the same as their sympathies towards their own people and families, and it is incumbent upon their individuals and their communities to strive and put forth every effort to deliver any people of the peoples of Islam and any nation of the nations which believe in the Unity of Allah if they have fallen into the grasp of the infidels who are idolaters, and of the oppressive enemies.

Yea, it is an important duty of all the Muslims that they should despise all difficulties and exert their utmost power to help those of them who have fallen under the rule of the infidels and to deliver them from oppression with all their power and whoever violates this duty is guilty of a great iniquity and whoever denies it deserves from Allah painful punishment in hell continually. And this is the case if the hostility falls upon a people of a tribe of the Moslem communities, and how will it be if the oppressive infidels should, by their enmities, attack the center of the Caliphate, and if they erect enmity toward the Caliph and apostle of Allah (May Allah be gracious to him and give him peace!), and if they spread from their mouths hatred toward him, although he is the great example to all Muslims spread abroad on the face of the earth, and the one who descends from them like the descent of the spirit from the flesh! There can be no doubt that it is an imperative duty in the case upon all the people of the Faith in this case that they should vie with one another in striving for his victory, and for defending the whiteness of Islam with all the power that can be put forth.

Therefore, every Muslim without exception must be considered as a soldier, and therefore it is an imperative necessity that everyone who is able to bear arms should learn the military duties, and be ready for the Holy War in case of need. And these duties are incumbent upon all individuals, and communities, and peoples; for they are called to that and responsible for it in accordance with the saying of the Most High (And oppose to them all that you can command of forces.). For this speech includes all of them.

And it is the duty of every Muslim whatsoever his race and birthplace the he should be ready to rise up for the purpose and expend the utmost effort to accomplish it, considering that this message is addressed to him personally. For the Muslim world had arrived at a condition in which it is not fitting that anyone should consider his personal advantage of bodily repose or any private consideration, but it is the duty of every Muslim that he should leave his own amusement and part with his own pleasure and that he should cast all worldly business behind his back and that he should occupy himself completely with the deliverance of his religion and his nation from the wiles of the enemies.

It is the duty of the whole Muslim world today to gather all its resources at one point and interrupt every work temporarily except the work of the rescue of the religion of Allah and Holy War in the path of Allah. A very holy office is presented today to every people of the peoples of Islam, the inspired Holy War.

THE STAGE OF DEGRADATION TO WHICH THE WORLD OF ISLAM HAS ARRIVED

O people of Faith, and O beloved Muslims, and O true brothers, consider, though it be but for a little, the condition of the Islamic world. For if you consider this little, you will weep long. You see before you an important matter. You see a bewildering condition which causes the tear to fall and prolongs the thought and causes the fire of grief to blaze. You see the great country of India which contains hundreds of millions of Muslims has fallen on account of the divisions and the weakness of religion into the grasp of the enemies of Allah, the infidel English. You see forth millions of Muslims of Java shackled in the fetters of captivity of and of affliction under the rule of the Dutch, although these infidels are much fewer than they in number and they are not much more elevated than they in their civilization and knowledge. You see Morocco and Algeria and Tunis and Egypt and the Sudan groaning from the extremity of suffering in the grasp of the enemies of Allah and of His Apostle.

You see vast Siberia and the great Turkestan and Khiva and Bakhara and the Caucasian and the Crimea and Kosan and Kaderhan and Kosakastan, their Muslim peoples who believe in the unity of Allah ground under the conquering power of the oppressors who are of the enemies of the religion. You behold the Land of Dairan in preparation for division and you even see the center of the Caliphate which has not ceased since long ages to combat the enemies of the religion breast to breast, has become the target for oppression and violence by means which its enemies renew every day in new form.

And, in brief, you see that the enemies of the religion, and especially the English, the Russians and the French have gone to great lengths in the oppression of the Islamic world and the invasion of its rights, and in injuring it to a degree that cannot be enumerated and that passes all limits, by which they desire to destroy Islam and the Muslims from the face of the earth. But let them beware! They will not be able to accomplish their purpose whatever tyranny and obstinacy they may put forth and in whatever numbers they may appear, and with whatever implements.

The Most High (may His name be praised!) will perfect His light and will manifest His religion and will cause a word to Islam which is the highest according as the precious Koran has said in His saying (“They desire to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah is perfecting His light in spite of the abhorrence of the infidels. It is He who sent His apostles with guidance and the religion of the truth that He might make it manifest over all religion in spite of the abhorrence of the idolaters.”)

We hold perfectly to this doctrine and we are determined that Islam shall be elevated greatly whatever happens, but it is the duty of the Muslims that they should exert their utmost effort in this path also for the Pride of all creatures (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) along with Allah’s bestowal on Him of dazzling miracles fought the greatest fight for the elevation of the dignity of the revealed religion, until His honored companion assisted in the digging of the ditch by His noble self in the day of the confederates, and He alone clearly manifested himself to the infidel world in the day when he was in Mecca.

Then he invited the idolaters to the true religion when the word of the Most High descended upon Him from heaven in the verse (Expound what you are commanded.). And after the Hegira he fought for several years more than fifty times between campaigns and bands, and his successors, the followers of the Right Way adopted his noble example and they spent the days of their Caliphate to the utmost of their ability of lift up the

work for truth, and in a word, the generation in which the word of Islam was manifest above all religions and the Muslims were rulers over the rest of the nations that was the generation in which the fighters of the Holy War of the Muslims assailed with all violence and fought in Allah a true fight for the elevation of His Word and the defence of His Law.

And therefore Allah firmly established them in the land and caused their word to be the highest, and the words of those who denied the Faith to be the lowest. But when possessions and their own selves became dear to them, and they turned aside to rest, and were immersed in the temporary pleasures, there settled upon them a malaria, and they began to sink down from the height of their glory and misfortunes increased greatly among them until they turned the edges of their sword which they were using on the necks of their enemies against the chests of their brothers in the religion as if there did not remain upon the face of the earth an infidel to fight or an oppressor to be pushed away, until they gave up their weapons to the enemies as the weakest of women do. And they forgot what Allah commanded them in His holy book in His word: (and oppose in them all the force that you are able) and they magnified every weakness and were terrified by the illusory power of the infidels.

When this befell, the Muslims began to pass from misfortune to misfortune and the Islamic world began to tumble down in the pit of degradation and to go backward from one distress to another until its moon set and its lights were put out on every side and until the Muslims became the most humiliated captive in the hands of the blamed infidels.

The Muslims labored and toiled wearily and bore hardness of life that they might gain something with which to satisfy their needs, and the oppressive conquerors of the Christians subdued them and robbed them of that which was in their hands of the means of living. And they spend this booty in the West upon the churches and upon the priests and places of shame and iniquity, in short, the Muslims work and the infidels eat, the Muslims are hungry and suffer, and the infidels are satiated and live in luxury. The Islamic world sinks down and goes backward, and the Christian world progresses and is exalted; and the sum of it all is, that the Muslim is enslaved and the infidel is the grand ruler. This is the sum of the humiliation and the bitterness in which the Muslims live since they left the plan of their great book and turned aside from the way of the Holy War which their honored prophet prescribed to them, and in which his successors followed in other times and in other climates.

And now, O people of Islam, and O beloved brothers, is it not enough what has come upon us of shame, rise up, awake, this weakness and this subjection has reached its limit, and this humiliation and this belittling has arrived at its end. The bonds of the Islamic world have been out and His word has been spread abroad. The Muslims have awakened under the feet of shame. Their honor has been reduced and their nobility has been put to shame, and their places of worship are in ruins, and bells and crosses have been placed on their minarets.

Today the Holy War has Become a Sacred Duty for Every Muslim.

Arise, awake, and know that today the Holy War has become a sacred duty for all the people of the Faith. And it is enjoined upon all the peoples of Islam who are spread abroad upon the face of the whole earth that they should unite among themselves and hasten to run for the deliverance of their native lands from the hands of the infidels, and that they should hasten to use every means and every plan for this purpose. The host of the Islamic Caliphate is prepared today for the Holy War, and thousands of Muslims who surge to and from on the borders and the sides of it delight in praising and in reciting the Tekbir and they are expecting the raising of the flag of the Holy War.

Know then that the Holy War has today become an especial duty for all Muslims and the time has come when every means must be used for the deliverance of the native land of Islam from the power of the oppressive infidels.

It is necessary to form secret and public unions in the land of Islam

The time has come when every people of the peoples of Islam should form secret and public unions and stand up in the face of the enemies who rule over them, proclaiming the Holy War against them that they may preserve their native lands from the extremity of extermination and that they may obtain the grace of independence, and they should know that afterwards there will not come to them an opportunity in which it will be possible to do this.

It is necessary that they should know from today that the Holy War has become a sacred duty and that the blood of the infidels in the Islamic lands may be shed with impunity (except those who enjoy the protection of the Muslim power and those to whom it has given security and those who are confederate with it).

They must know that the killing of the infidels who rule over the Islamic lands has become a sacred duty, whether it be secretly or openly, as the great Koran declares in its words: (Take them and kill them whenever you come across them, and we have given you a manifest power over them by revelation.)

To whoever kills even one single infidel of those who rule over Islamic lands, either secretly or openly, there is a reward like a reward from all the living ones of the Islamic world.

And let every individual of the Muslims in whatever place they may be, take upon him an oath to kill at least three of four of the ruling infidels, enemies of Allah, and enemies of the religion. He must take upon him this oath before Allah Most High, expecting his reward from Allah alone, and let the Muslim be confident, if there be to him no other good deed than this, nevertheless he will prosper in the day of judgment and we ask the Most High to extend the People of the Faith by the favor of their Lord.

O people of the Faith, and O brothers, we are suffering greatly because of your afflictions, we the company of Islam in the world of the Caliphate, Dar ul Khalifat, are greatly grieved because of your subjection to a small number the infidels and your obedience to them without opposition. Yes, the enemy is powerful, but that does not form a pretext for you which can be allowed. Remember the raid of Badr, one man, and the rest of the prophetic raids for the power of the infidels appeared greater than the power of those fighting the Holy War, but the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and given Him peace!) and his honored companions did not attach any importance to that apparent strength and did not consider it, but they acted in accordance with the word of the Most High. (Those who believe, fight in the way of Allah, and those who are infidels fight in the way of the demon. Then fight the friends of the devil, for the force of the devil is weakness.) And they were reciting this verse with perfect faith.

You know that the Muslims who live in the boundaries of the world of the Caliphate have fought the Holy War against the enemies in these last years at another time, and that they still are bearing arms expecting the Jihad, all of them from the youth who does not show his beard to the old man whose head is crowned with white hair. You know that our brothers the Sinnoussiya in Africa are fighting the Jihad against a nation of the strong nations of Europe, that they have been pushing them back from their native land for years, that these are the times of the arising of Islam. Yes, this generation is the generation of the Jihad. This is the day of the exaltation of the word of Allah.

In truth, if you do not rightly esteem all this, and if you do not awake from the state of carelessness, and if fear and timidity causes you to draw from arising to deliver your native lands, and you remain given over to the infidels who rule over your native lands, dread lest the wrath of Allah should light upon you and Allah should take away what remains of the light of faith in our hearts. Dread lest Allah (Let His name be praised and exalted) should cause you to be of those concerning whom he has informed us in his saying.

Why do you not fight in the path of Allah since those who are the weakest both of men and of women and of children say (“Our Lord take us out from this village whose people are oppressive and send to us from before Thee a defender, and make to us from before Thee a helper.”) Have you not remarked those to whom it was said (“Refrain you hands and offer prayer and bring alms, and when the battle was written upon them, behold a company of them dreaded men like the dread of Allah, or even a greater dread and they said, “Our Lord, why was battle written upon us unless our end to eternity is near.” Say, the enjoyment of the world is little, and the last day is the true good to him who is pious, and do not darken the lamp when death shall overtake you although you may be in strong towers.)

O brothers, beware of that which shall overtake you if you do not rightly regard all this, and do not arise for the deliverance of your native lands at the proclamation of a Holy War in A proper manner against the enemies of religion who have robbed you of your independence and who have trodden under foot your rights. Yes, beware of what shall overtake you, for he who believes in Allah and the last day neither the mind nor the sacred law nor the precious Koran permits him to be in any way whatever given over in subjection to the enemies of Allah and His Apostle or a friend of them or conforming to their commands. And it is easy to judge that one who is in this condition is weak in faith in spite of his prayers and his fasting.

Yes, and he who is in the condition is not allowed to call himself a believer if we regard the meaning of the saying of the Most High (You shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the last day who spare from the service of Allah and of His Apostle even their fathers and their children and their brothers or their relatives. They have written in their hearts the faith and they have themselves by a Spirit from Him. And He causes them to enter into a paradise from under which flow rivers eternal, and in it Allah is gracious to them, and the host of Allah is gracious to them, and the host of Allah they are who shall prosper.)

And we see that you have understood from this precious verse the judgment of those who make friendships with the infidels. A you have understood who are the party of Allah and who are those who it is expected will be in this world and in the last day the prosperous one, it is not possible that we, when we read this verse, should not be sorrowful and pity the condition of those who make friendships with infidels who trust in them.

These will say, “We do not love the infidels and do not incline toward them.” But we say to them, “If we accept that as it appears what will you say when you are asked why you continue under the rule of these infidels and consenting to their governments.” Would that I knew what excuse will avail you in the last breath better than his who knows the unseen world and the Testimony. Believe that there is no excuse for you that will heal the breast o will be a cause for escape in the day of dread. If there is in your heart a grain of faith and if you are in any doubt in regard to this, hear the word of the Most High.

(O you have believed do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends. They are friends to one another and he of you who becomes a friend to them is of them and Allah does not guide the people of oppressors.) And the saying of the Most High, (O true believers, take not such of those to whom the Scriptures were delivered before you, or of the infidels, for your friends, who make laughing stock and a jest of your religion, but fear Allah if ye be true believers). O brothers have you considered carefully these precious verses? Look and meditate, you will find them as if they were sent down in you by inspiration.

You will find that you are forbidden to have friendship with the Jews and the Christians, you will find that you are denied to have social intercourse with those who deride your religion so that Allah Most High has said that he who makes friends of the Jews and the Christian, let him become of them, and there is no doubt that the command and the prohibition in the verse points to this duty, as the saying of Allah Most High guides to it: (And if they believed in Allah and the Prophet and in what has been sent down to him they would not have made friends of them, but many of them are impious.)

If we carefully consider this verse how can we assent to the faith of those who do not desire what constitutes a part of the trust, the withdrawal from the friendship of the infidels and the lordship of the enemies, and do not strive for the release from their hands and do not arise to drive them out from their native lands, even if we hesitate to say that they are not believers (14) without doubt we may not hesitate to say that they are impious, and near to infidelity, for the Most High has clearly named them impious. O brothers, think and see and deliver yourselves from this difficult time while the bow of hope is still:(O you who believe, do not make friends of your fathers and brothers if they have sought the friendship of infidelity against faith, and whoever of you makes friends of them, they are oppressors.) See, O brothers, the strictness of the prohibition in this verse which you must believe from your whole heart.

And if you do not melt with dread before the strictness of it, and if you do not give the importance that due to its contents, then know that your hearts over which the ideas of the infidels have increased in influence have become steeped by that in hardness which has no end. And if there is doubt lest the Creator of all creatures and the Ruler of the day of retribution should apportion to you that you are unjust if you remain in this condition.

O brothers, seize the opportunity and strive to deliver yourselves before it pass, and read the following verses with all carefulness and consideration: (They who take the infidels as friends, rather than the believers, do they desire from them strength? All strength belongs unto Allah.)

O you who believe, do not take the infidels for as friends rather than believers. Do you wish that Allah should place over you a revealed ruler? It may be that your perseverance in the friendship of the infidels, and your slowness in driving them out of the land of Islam grown out of your fear of the passing away of the repose and pleasure which you falsely think are found in your country, or the glory and honor which you imagine for yourselves in your native lands, but be perfectly assured this your condition is in truth shame and disgrace and that is has no other meaning than delight in captivity and submission to servitude, for the glory belongs to Allah and to the party of Allah. And in any case, you must know truly that this your sitting down in this condition is greatly abhorred of God the Most High.

And if you shall continue ensnared in the meshes (ukn) of delusion and dazzled by the violence of cowardice, then know that there is before you nothing else but that the word of punishment should be verified against you by the Lord of Lords and that the afflictions of torture will begin to be poured upon your heads, and that this outpouring will increase day by day. And it will in a gradually increasing measure and you are not conscious of it.

Beware lest you be of those in whom carelessness has thrown a veil over their eyes and their ears, and they do not see and they do not hear. Allah, Allah is in yourselves! Do not be confirming by your works and your negligence the word of the Most High: (Allah has decreed a dullness upon their hearts and upon their hearing and upon their sight, and there is for them great torture.) And we will conclude our discourse by citing the following verses: (Let not the believers take the infidels as friends rather than the believers, and he who does that is not of Allah in anything, on the contrary you should abstain from them completely, and Allah himself warn you, and to Allah belongs the victory.).

Continue to look at the strictness of the prohibition in this honored verse, and remember that in it the Most High has clearly expounded that he who makes friends of the infidel is not of Allah in anything. Now go your way thinking, and if there be in your hear the with of a grain of faith (and it absolutely exists) no doubt that there will open before you a wide road to the Holy War. And your consciences and your faith will reveal to you the obligation to the Holy War, and call you to begin the work.

And if you desire to be established in your faith, and not to be driven out from the assembly of the Mohammedan nation, then answer this call immediately, and fight in the path of Allah with your substance and with yourselves, and know that there is not possibility of deliverance today or tomorrow or after that from the divine warning, which refuses all exception in His word: (You must abstain from them completely.)

For the world of infidelity today is in a condition of weakness and retrogression, especially the English, the French and the Russians, who are most oppressive to the Islamic world and the most covetous of its lands, and the most persecuting to its people. Or these infidels are busy now with themselves and think about the matter of their life and possessions. Therefore it is the most imperative duty of the Islamic kingdoms whose geographical position aids them that they should proclaim the war absolutely in the face of the oppressive rulers. Seeing that the condition greatly aids the Muslims who are in the lands of India and Java and egyuupt and Morocco and Tunis and Algeria and Caucasia and Khiva and Bokhara an Turkestan and Iran to drive out the Infidels who have obtained rule over their lands and to gain deliverance from captivity. But if this opportunity passes them by or if they neglect it, no-one but Allah knows there will come to them a like opportunity.

Therefore it is the duty of those who truly profess Islam in those countries that they should proclaim the war immediately, and that they should drive out those weak ones, of those who are corrupt, who have sucked the life of the Islamic world, and have expended its treasures and dispersed all its good things. And let every one of us be confident that if the Islamic peoples in its Holy War is sufficient for driving out all infidels and casting them out of all its lands.

And let us be firmly confident that if the Islamic peoples unite in taking up weapons in the face of those enemies who have no connection with the countries of Islam, except by the most brittle of causes, you shall scatter them without delay hither and thither and disperse them completely. And let us be confident that if the united war is proclaimed, the Islamic peoples are enough to drive out these infidels who have seized the rule in their countries and to take the trenches and fortresses and weapons and essentials of war which they possess in these countries.

Then will they be driven out by their own power and killed by their own weapons without necessity of any other expense. Believe O Muslims, and if you do not believe, then the great Lord who is all-powerful has sworn to you that the situation of the Dutch in Java and the situation of the Italians in Tripoli and the situation of the Russians in Iran and Bokhara and Caucasia; the situation of all these governments in these lands is greatly weakened.

It is necessary that we know this truly and believe it, for the evidence which point to it are more than can be mentioned, and there is nothing back (above it) of it in the establishment of the true knowledge except inspiration. And it has been decreed, as you know, and you must believe and resolve and unite and determine, for in every kingdom of the Islamic kingdoms there are five hundred thousand or six hundred thousand at least of native Muslims, and it is not a strange thing that Allah Most High should prosper them to purify their lands from these infidels. Indeed there is no doubt if they are resolved and patient, that He whose name is praised will extend to them an unchangeable good fortune, and it is sufficient for this blessed movement that there should lead in it a company of those whose faith is strong and whose resolves are sound and whose command is intelligent and who have taken the protection of Allah as their support.

THE RIGHTS OF THE MUSLIMS

From this time on it must be the purpose of the Islamic peoples and their target at which they aim, to release the Islamic kingdoms and the native lands of Islam from the infidels who have usurped the rule over them. There can be absolutely no partnership in the native lands of Islam, for the rule of Infidels over Muslims is not lawful, and it is not allowable that the Muslims should be judged by a non-Muslim at any time whatever, and he cannot be patient under the rule of infidels, and the honor of the Muslims is that they should not be subjects to others, and it is their glory that they should have lordship, and that they should always be allowed by others.

This is what Islam requires. And Islam will be completed and perfected in the Muslim if he knows it and practices it. Since we are in a day when war has risen with the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who do not cease to put to shame Islam in enmity and who wish evil against it, it is the duty of Muslims that they should not comply with the commands issued by them, that they should buy nothing of their goods, since compliance with their commands is compliance with their rule, and we have before shown the strictness of the prohibitions of this and the abhorrence of it. And since the buying of any of their goods, though it be but a little, is reckoned as assistance to infidelity and an assistance to the victory of infidelity, and Allah (May His glory be exalted!) says (Give no help to iniquity and enmity.)

And in summary, dealings with these people in any respect whatever, even giving taxes to them, and customs, is considered as a help to infidelity and contributing to its victory, and this no Muslim will assent to, meaning except the land-tax, it is an important necessity that Muslims should not be bound by it, for they cannot endure this land-tax which implies a meaning of humiliation and shame: for the Muslim who accepts the land-tax imposed upon him on the part of the infidels is impious, crazy, and degrades the honor of Islam – ignorant of the height of the Faith.

So he must dread the decree of evil against him and the loss of the protection of Allah Most High. The sacred law, which is the attachment of Mohammedans, has decreed that they should lay aside a portion of the alms which are due for the local necessities and the local war, and they should send the rest to the center of the Caliphate to be placed in the treasury and to be expended by the Caliph for the elevation of the word of Allah.

Therefore we have seen fit to direct to all the people of the Faith the following proclamations concerning the following matters:

  • That the buying of anything although it be a trifle from the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who continually manifest enmity to the Muslims is absolutely interdicted.
  • Compliance with the commands issued by the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who are openly hostile to the Muslims, is absolutely interdicted.
  • That the giving of the taxes to the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic countries and who are hostile to the assembly of the Muslims, is absolutely interdicted.
  • The duty of sending the lawful amount of pious gifts to the center of the Caliphate is enjoined.

Otherwise the condition of the Muslims which has been spoken of above does not harmonize in any way whatever with the spirit of Islam. And in truth the question of the Islamic kingdoms, for which infidels employ the name of colonies is exceedingly difficult. For it is not correct to describe kingdoms as the Dar-ul-Islam (World of Islam), since the designation Dar-ul- Islam does not fit it because of its lack of any bond with the seat of the Caliphate, and because of its being under the rule of the infidels.

Neither is it correct to describe it as Dar-ul-Harb (The World of War), for all its inhabitants are Muslims. Therefore the prayers of the assembly are not true prayer in it, according to the traditions which have been delivered concerning them. But whoever of their peoples is satisfied with this condition, he is absolutely impious, as may be understood from the verses Mentioned above. And it is more fitting that these countries should be called the World of Impiety (Dar-ul-Fesak) than that it should be called Dar-ul-Islam or Dar-ul-Harb.

But let the Muslims wake up. Is it not necessary that they should arouse themselves from the slumber of carelessness, must we not repent to Allah and return to Him seeking forgiveness for his political crime of which we have become guilty? And we should hasten to the deliverance of all the Islamic kingdoms from the hands of the infidels.

Yes, the time for that has come, and it is incumbent upon us, the company of the Islamic peoples, that we should rise up as he rising up of one man, in one of his hands the sword and in the other the gun, and in is pocket balls of fire and annihilating missiles and in his heart the light of the Faith, and that we lift our voices to the utmost, saying –India for the Muslim Indians, Java for the Muslim Javanese, Algeria for the Algerians among the Muslims, Morocco for the Moroccans, Tunis for the Muslim Tunisans, Egypt for the Muslim Egyptians, Iran for the Muslim Iranians, Turan for the Muslim Tureks, Bokhara for the Bokharians, Caucasus for the Caucasians, and the Ottoman kingdoms for the Muslim Turks and Arabs.

Such must be the aim of all Muslims from now-on, and they must strive for this end and fight with their goods and their selves for this end, seeing that the Holy War is a duty laid down for this object. And we hope that the native land of Islam will be saved after this from being called the World of Impiety, and that it may be closely bound to the seat of the Caliphate, and it may rightly be called the Dar-ul-Islam in all the meaning of that name; and that likewise may be of those whose faces are white in the last day between the hands of the All-Knowing and All-Wise, and that we may escape from the reproach of the honored Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!)

THE KINDS OF HOLY WAR

Oh brothers, it has before been said that the Holy War is a duty enjoined upon us and that the hosts of the Caliph are in universal conflict; and know that the Holy War like the prohibition against denial should be of three kinds.

  • The heart-war — and that is the lowest form of the war. And it is that the Muslim should believe in his heart that the infidels are enemies to him and to his religion, and that he should desire their disappearance and the destruction of their power.

    And no Muslim can be imagined who is not under obligation to this degree of the war. Verily all the people of the Faith are under obligation to this amount without any question whatever, in whatever place they may be and in whatsoever condition they may be found. And that those concerning whom the exception made in the verse presented in the saying of the Most High holds good (You should abstain from them completely) to these it is permitted that they should be satisfied with this degree of the heart-war. Otherwise it is not lawful today for any of the Muslims to content himself with the heart-war while we remain in this condition. The contentment of the people of the Faith today with the heart-war, has no other meaning than that impiety, as has been established, and therefore let no one deceive with false interpretation.

  • The war of speech, and that may be with the tongue and the pen, and that in the condition of some of the Islamic kingdoms before this date. This applies in times like those of the Muslims of Caucasia which were before in a condition which did not admit of there being under obligations to do more than the war of speech, because their condition did not aid them to do more than this. And if there do not exist an excuse which permits contentment with the heart-war, the war of speech is strictly enjoined upon all Muslims, and it is the duty of the masters of the pen to dissipate the darkness of the infidels and of infidelity with their pens, and the people of eloquence with their tongues; and the war of speech today is a duty decreed on the Islamic world in its entirety. Not one is excepted from it, not even the Muslims who dwell in the interior of the land of Russia. But this kind of war is strictly enjoined upon all of them.
  • The true war — and it is fighting and killing in very deed as it is known to every Muslim.

    (a) The little Jihad is the local Jihad which some of the Islamic peoples are compelled to proclaim against their enemies of he infidels without needing to call to their assistance any other Islamic peoples.

    For example, the war of the Sennousiya against the Government of Italy. But all Muslims ought to aid their brothers in the little Jihad materially or spiritually as much as they are able, and if it is permitted to any people of the Muslims that they should not take part materially in the little Jihad for any hindrance whatever, it is not lawful to them to refrain entirely from helping, but they must certainly help although it be only spiritually. And since this is so, the proclamation of the Egyptian government which it issued in the Ottoman- Balkan war, and in the war of Italy, in subjection to the commandment of the English infidels must be reckoned as a gross crime against Islam, and therefore our Egyptian brothers did not give heed to this decree of their government, and did not consider themselves bound to obey it, but they helped the World of the Caliphate with material and spiritual assistance through both of these two wars. The little Jihad may be proclaimed alone from the presence of the local Muslim chiefs, but it is in accordance with the Islamic political code of morals that it should also be presented to the center of the Caliphate, as the late Sheikh Waday presented to the seat of the Caliphate his proclamation of the war against the French.

    (b) The Great Jihad It is the war which the Islamic world unitedly wages against the lords of infidelity from the enemies of Islam. And since the proclamation of the Jihad is one of the rights of the Caliph, it is strictly enjoined upon every one of all the people of the Faith who are scattered over the face of the earth to whom this invitation comes, that he should take part in it by deed. And an example of this is the Jihad which the Caliph has proclaimed today. And this is also named the Holy Jihad.

MARTYRDOM

To those who participate by deed in the Jihad, whether it be the little of the great, there is great reward. And if they die they are without doubt martyrs. And we ask you, O God, the All-Powerful, that the nation of Mohammed (May God be gracious to Him and give him peace!) may know by Thy power the greatness of the reward of martyrdom and that their hearts may be inspired with the degree of its merit and of its greatness, O God! Amen.

FORMS OF THE JIHAD

The Jihad may be of three forms:

  1. Personal Jihad — First the individual Jihad, and it consists of the individual personal deed, and it may be by the use of cutting, killing instruments like the Jihad of the late Wurdanee who killed with his “musdis” Peter Galy Pasha the infidel, the English governor, and like the slaying of the chief of the English Police in India by one of our brothers there, and like the killing of one of the officials arriving from Mecca by Abi Busir (May Allah be pleased with him) in the age of the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) and in like manner a similar thing took place when the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) commanded Abdullah the son of Atik that he and four of his companions should go to kill Abi Rafi, the chief of the Jews of Khaibar, well-known for his enmity to Islam, and they went against him by night in the fortress in which he had taken refuge, and killed him. And the killing of Asir the son of Razim, of the chiefs of the Jews, by Abdullah the son of Rahet and his companions was of this kind.

    O Lord, what is incumbent upon the Muslims today also, if there be found in the Islamic world those who fight like this fight? What will be the event if there shall go out from them some of the deliverers, and kill one of those who belong to the Triple Entente of the infidels who are known by their hostility to Islam, and so purify the face of the earth from his existence. O Allah, O our Lord, be a helper to us and cause the spirit to the jihad to live in our souls!

  2. The Jihad by Bands — It may be described as a Jihad by bands known in our time by the name of Brigands, and it is know that the formation of bands or brigands was well known and notorious in Islam and the benefit of these bands was magnified in consideration of the fact that the power of Islam was weak and the power of its enemies great. And it is enough for you that the Prophet (May Allah Most High be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) began the Jihad by bands when permission was given to him for killing in the word of the Most High (Fight in the path of Allah with those who fight against you), and He (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) was sending bands, when it was necessary, composed of private soldiers of those who were fighting the Jihad under the guidance of he leaders of good repute to combat some of the enemy. And He took great pains to choose the leaders of a band from those who were distinguished by their military endowments. And those who He sent (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) increased in this way to more than fifty bands.

    And among the first of them was the band of Tomzah the son of Abdoul Mutlib, and the band of Obeidan the son of Harith, and the band of Sa’ad abi Wakas, and among the most distinguished of them was Abdullah the son of Hajesh, and the band of Zeid the son of Haritha and the band of abi Muslima, and the band of Asim the son of Thabit, and the band of Mundhir the son of Omir, and the band of Abdurrahman the son of ‘Auf, and the band of Ali the son of Abi Talib. Andtehn it was the duty of the Muslims to take advantage of the formation of bands when it was necessary; and the greatest benefit is to be expected from them now, and especially in the lands of Causasia and Turkestan and in Java and Hindustan, although the continual annihilation of the commerce of the enemy is more profitable than the formation of bands.

    The formation of bands in our time is of different kinds, and the most profitable of them is that which makes use of secret formations, and it is hoped that the Islamic world of today will profit very greatly from secret bands, and therefore it is in the degree of duty to him who wishes to participate in the Jihad that he should take council with people of experience in the formation of secret bands and gain profitable information of this kind. And these formations may take the oath of excess in which the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and Him peace!) participated before sending them out originally.

  3. The Jihad by Campaigns — and the meaning of it is War upon well known principles, but the leadership is either for the Caliph alone, or for a Muslim Emir whom he shall appoint from before him. The Pride of all creatures (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) was leading the host in many of he campaigns Himself, as took place in the campaign of Badri and in the campaign of Abdul-Ahad and others; or the leadership may be by means of an appointed deputy as befell in the Ottoman-Balkan war, where the deputy of the Caliph was the leader of the host. O brothers of the religion! The time has come when you should know that the great Holy War has become a most imperative duty, and you ought to begin it and not to lose a single moment of the time, for the time is very short, and the life of Islam is on the verge of being swept away as by a flood.

And let every one of you choose one of these kinds of war, each one according to his condition and the manner of his life and the geographical and intellectual conditions of his country. Now the time has come for action indeed, and you know that the center of the Caliphate cannot send out hosts in every direction, for that is impossible, and therefore it is imposed upon you that you should perfect the necessary formations even thought it may be by the introduction of some foreign elements when it is necessary.

and you should begin the matter of the Jihad by yourselves on the condition of the observance of The Islamic was customs continually, and you may refer to the center of the Caliphate also when it is necessary, for counsel in certain political questions, and among the things to which you must give heed is that it is absolutely unlawful to oppose any of the peoples of other religions between whom and the Muslims there is a covenant, or those who have not manifested hostility to the seat of the Caliphate of those who have entered under the protection of the Muslims and their guaranty.

For the high precepts of Islam decree the prevention of hostility against these classes of those who differ from us in religion, and because it is not the purpose of the Holy War in which we are engaged to fight all the nations of infidelity. But it purposes the duty of fighting those who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms without any right, and who have shown hostility to the Caliphate; therefore we repeat the saying in this respect, and we say, “It is necessary to consider well, differentiating and distinguishing between the enemy from these peoples, and the one who is not an enemy, and the decrees of the Islamic law in this respect must be the guide for you to follow,” and this honored verse is to be placed before you as a direction, and it is the saying of the Most High:

“(The wished you to become infidels as they are infidels and that ye should be like them. Therefore, take no friends from among them until they fly their country in the path of Allah. And if they turn back, take them and kill them wherever you find them, and do not take from them any friend or helper except those who are allied with one of your peoples by covenant between you and them, or those who come to you, their hearts forbidding them either to fight you or to fight their own people; if Allah pleased, he would have made them rule over you, and they would have fought you; but if they depart from you, and do not fight against you and offer you peace, Allah doth desire to enter into confidence with you, and to preserve the confidence of their people, as often as they return to sedition they shall be subverted therein, and if they do not depart from you and offer you peace and restrain their hands, take them and kill them where-so-ever ye find them. Over these we have granted you manifest power.)”

And let us conclude this address of ours by citing the following verse; and it is the saying of Him (let Him be praised and exalted!)

(O you who have believed, if there be among you those who deny their religion, Allah will bring a people whom He loves and who loves Him, humble toward the believers, proud toward the infidels. They fight in the path of Allah, and they fear no blame from anyone. This is the favor of Allah. He accords it to whom He will, and Allah is generous toward them.)

God and His Apostle are your friends, and those who believe, who offer prayer, and who present pious gifts, and who prostrate themselves in devotion, and who are friends of Allah and His Apostle, and who believe; for the party of Allah are the victorious ones!

Praised be your Lord, the Lord of Glory above all that can be described, and peace be to His messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of all creatures.

FINIS

Sampling Statistics of 2019 Jihad Related Death
Sampling of the last 30 days of jihadi attacks world-wide. The total for 2019 is 12,288 killed and 15,277 injured. The site TheReligionofPeace.com is a the source for these figures and also contains attack stats that go back to 2001.

Date

Country

City

Killed

Injured

Details

2019.12.18

Pakistan

Lower Dir

2

0

Militants attack a polio vaccination drive, killing two guards.

2019.12.17

Chad

Kaiga

14

18

Fourteen residents of a peaceful fishing village are murdered by Boko Haram.

2019.12.17

Kenya

Fafi

2

0

Two construction workers are killed by al-Shabaab.

2019.12.17

Afghanistan

Alisher

10

18

Three women and two children are among ten bus passengers purged by the Taliban.

2019.12.17

Afghanistan

Shiberghan

1

5

A mine planted by ‘insurgents’ kills a passerby.

2019.12.17

Iraq

Saida

1

1

Terrorists shoot at a couple, killing the husband and wounding the wife.

2019.12.16

Syria

Idlib

3

20

An attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leaves three dead.

2019.12.16

Iraq

Abi Saida

1

0

A farmer is aerated by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Kirkuk

2

0

Two Iraqis lose their lives to ISIS gunmen.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Ayadiya

2

0

Two civilian lives are claimed by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Maqdadiyah

6

4

In attack by the Islamic State leaves six dead.

2019.12.15

DRC

Kamango

10

9

Ten innocents are shot and hacked to death by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.15

Afghanistan

Herat

3

0

Religious extremists kill three local cops in a shooting attack.

2019.12.14

Nigeria

Fuhe

19

0

Boko Haram kill nineteen in clashes related to attacks on villages.

2019.12.14

Afghanistan

Qara Bagh

23

1

A Taliban infiltrator machine-guns two-dozen sleeping Afghan soldiers.

2019.12.14

Indonesia

Salubanga

1

0

Islamic extremists open fire on a rival mosque, killing a guard.

2019.12.14

DRC

Beni

22

11

Thirteen women are among twenty-two farmers brutally slain by ADF.

2019.12.13

Iraq

Baqubah

2

3

Muslim terrorists lay out two civilians with a hail of shrapnel.

2019.12.13

Yemen

Sirwa

22

30

Ansar Allah fire rockets into a rival mosque, killing twenty-two.

2019.12.13

DRC

Beni

6

0

A pregnant woman is among a half-dozen murdered by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.13

Pakistan

Tank

2

4

Fundamentalists machine-gun two local soldiers.

2019.12.13

Afghanistan

Jaghatu

10

6

Four women and a child are among ten exterminated by roadside bombers.

2019.12.13

Iraq

Fallujah

643

0

A mass grave is found containing the tortured remains of over six-hundred Sunni men and boys executed by Shia militia in June, 2016.

2019.12.12

Yemen

Masaqira

5

24

A woman is among five villagers murdered after refusing to join a Shiite militia group.

2019.12.12

Nigeria

Magumeri

15

0

Boko Haram pump anti-aircraft fire into a small town, taking down fifteen.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Samarra

7

3

A Shahid suicide bomber takes out seven Shiites.

2019.12.12

Afghanistan

Shahr-e-Safa

7

0

A Taliban protégé in police uniform shoots seven unsuspecting officers to death.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Samarra

4

0

A second suicide bomber strikes the site of an earlier one, killing four first responders.

2019.12.12

Yemen

Abyan

2

3

Ansar Allah is suspected of an attack that leaves two dead.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Shirqat

3

0

Mujahideen bombers take out three children on their way to school.

2019.12.11

Afghanistan

Taraqen

4

6

Four worshippers are left dead after a shooting at a mosque.

2019.12.11

Afghanistan

Parwan

2

73

A woman and one other civilian are blown to bits by suicide bombers.

2019.12.11

Iraq

Yarmouk

1

0

A civilian is shot to death by suspected ISIS.

2019.12.11

Pakistan

Mingora

1

0

A secular-leaning politician is shot to death by radicals.

2019.12.11

Pakistan

Lakki Marwat

1

0

A Shia religious leader is assassinated by rivals.

2019.12.11

Somalia

Hilweyne

4

0

Two women are among four civilians murdered by al-Shabaab.

2019.12.10

Afghanistan

Ghazni

1

0

A government official is assassinated by militants.

2019.12.10

Mali

Inates

71

12

At least seventy are left dead when Islamic hardliners overrun a local security base.

2019.12.10

Nigeria

Benisheikh

3

0

Sharia proponents release a video showing the execution of three severely tortured captives.

2019.12.10

Somalia

Mogadishu

3

6

At least three guests are killed when Islamist gunmen storm a hotel.

2019.12.10

Cameroon

Werwack

5

0

Five people are put down during a Boko Haram attack on a ranch.

2019.12.09

Afghanistan

Toor Pul

8

2

Eight Afghans are sent to Allah by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.

2019.12.09

Mali

Agando

3

0

Three are left dead after an attack by Muslim ‘rebels’.

2019.12.08

Syria

Aziziya

1

1

Sunni radicals send rockets into a neighborhood, killing an adult and injuring a child.

2019.12.08

Iraq

Karbala

1

0

A prominent Shia activist is assassinated by suspected Sunni militia.

2019.12.08

Egypt

Rafah

1

2

A young police officer is cut down by extremist gunmen.

2019.12.07

Afghanistan

Baghlan-e-Markazi

7

0

Seven are killed when the Taliban storm a security checkpoint outside a market.

2019.12.07

Pakistan

Lahore

1

4

Extremists set off a bomb near a rival mosque, killing a passerby.

2019.12.07

Iraq

Danadish

2

3

An ISIS attack leaves two dead.

2019.12.07

Nigeria

Marte

1

0

Boko Haram set off an IED near a passing police patrol, killing one officer.

2019.12.07

Iraq

al-Azim

1

0

A farmer in his field makes easy pickings for Islamic State warriors.

2019.12.06

Iraq

Baghdad

25

103

An Iranian-backed Shiite militia is suspected of firing on anti-government protesters, killing two dozen.

2019.12.06

Kenya

Kotulo

9

0

Nine Christian bus passengers are murdered after refusing to recite the Shahada.

2019.12.06

USA

Pensacola, FL

3

8

A Saudi national shoots dead three students at a naval air station.

2019.12.06

Iraq

Kirkuk

1

2

A local cop is aerated with Jihadi shrapnel.

2019.12.05

DRC

Kolokoko

3

0

Three people are murdered by Islamists – one by beheading.

2019.12.05

DRC

Oicha

3

0

Three villagers are murdered by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.05

Pakistan

Charkhel

2

3

Tehreek-e-Taliban attack a local security base and kill two members.

2019.12.05

Afghanistan

Kandahar

1

0

A man is shot to death by two terrorists on motorcycles.

2019.12.05

Iraq

Nasr

2

0

Two brothers are vaporized by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.05

Iraq

Nineveh

1

0

Terrorists gun down a service employee for an education department.

2019.12.05

Afghanistan

Imam Sahib

10

0

Ten Afghans lose their lives to two separate Taliban attacks.

2019.12.05

DRC

Mantumbi

14

0

ADF Islamists slaughter fourteen villagers.

2019.12.04

Afghanistan

Kandahar

1

0

Taliban shrapnel claims one life.

2019.12.04

Syria

Kaljibrin

10

13

Eight children and a woman are among ten disassembled by a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham mortar round.

2019.12.04

Afghanistan

Jalalabad

6

0

Six aid workers are machine-gunned by Religion of Peace advocates.

2019.12.04

Iraq

Diyala

3

4

An Islamic State attack produces three Kurdish bodies.

2019.12.03

Iraq

Baghdad

1

0

Militia kidnap a young Kurdish activist and shoot her in the head.

2019.12.03

Syria

al-Wadihi

1

3

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham hit a 6-year-old boy with a rocket.

2019.12.02

DRC

Orototo

11

0

Eleven villagers are massacred by ADF radicals.

2019.12.02

Mali

Diougani

2

7

A local security patrol is hit with a Mujahideen bomb blast that kills two members.

2019.12.02

Afghanistan

Alishing

1

3

A fundamentalist group sends a mortar round into a neighborhood, killing a resident.

2019.12.02

Afghanistan

Kabul

2

3

Terrorists open fire on a passing vehicle, killing two occupants.

2019.12.02

Chad

Lake Chad

4

3

Four border guards are cut down by Islamists.

2019.12.02

Cameroon

Zangola

3

1

Militant Muslims loot a village, killing three residents in the process.

2019.12.01

Afghanistan

Chahardara

5

21

Religious radicals send a shell into a police station, killing five inside.

2019.12.01

Cameroon

Kotserehé

4

3

Muslim gunmen open fire on a Christian funeral, bringing down four mourners.

2019.12.01

Iraq

Islah

1

6

The Islamic State attacks a small village, killing one resident.

2019.12.01

Iraq

Jalaway

4

16

An ISIS attack on an oil facility kills four guards.

2019.12.01

Yemen

Aden

1

0

A criminal investigator is assassinated by al-Qaeda.

2019.12.01

Burkina Faso

Hantoukoura

14

3

A barbaric attack on a church leaves fourteen dead, including five children.

2019.11.30

Iraq

Silo

1

0

A local cop is gunned down at his post by Islamic State loyalists.

2019.11.30

Afghanistan

Marjah

1

3

A journalist is among the casualties of a Taliban bomb blast.

2019.11.29

DRC

Kukutama

14

0

ADF Islamists hack to death or behead fourteen innocents at a small village.

2019.11.29

Pakistan

Chauburji

0

12

Ball-bearings rip into passersby as a bomb goes off on a rickshaw.

2019.11.29

Iraq

Garmiyan

3

8

Two children are among three liquidated when ISIS sends shells into a small town.

2019.11.29

Afghanistan

Sar-e-Pul

0

13

A Taliban car bomb goes off in a residential neighborhood.

2019.11.29

England

London

2

3

A radical Muslim stabs two young people to death on the London Bridge, one a woman and the other a graduate student.

2019.11.29

Iraq

Shuhada

2

0

Two village guards are smoked by ISIS gunmen.

2019.11.28

Afghanistan

Darqad

8

10

Eight defenders are killed during a Taliban attack on a local security base.

2019.11.28

DRC

Biakato

4

6

Four health workers are killed by suspected ADF.

2019.11.27

DRC

Maleki

28

0

Twenty-eight civilians are killed and mutilated by an Islamist group. Some were beheaded.

2019.11.27

Nigeria

Babbangida

1

2

Boko Haram fire randomly into a village, killing a toddler.

2019.11.27

Afghanistan

Imam Sahib

15

2

Fundamentalists hit a wedding party with a well-placed bomb, killing fifteen members – including a dozen women and girls.

2019.11.27

Iraq

Daquq

2

0

A man and wife are assassinated by ISIS gunmen.

2019.11.26

India

Badasgam

2

7

Islamists throw a grenade into a meeting, killing two civilians.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Abi al-Khasib

1

0

Suspected Shiite militia shoot a civilian to death.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Baghdad

6

9

Six innocents at a market are blown to bits by a Religion of Peace motorcycle bomb.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Bayaa

2

6

Two people bleed to death following a Mujahideen bomb blast.

2019.11.25

Pakistan

Tank

2

0

Islamic militants target a passing car with a bomb, killing a man and his son.

2019.11.25

Iraq

Uhlila

2

0

Two victims of sectarian violence are discovered tortured to death.

2019.11.24

Afghanistan

Teora

1

2

A group of religious radicals fire on a group of police, killing one.

2019.11.24

DRC

Beni

8

0

Eight civilians are massacred by the ADF.

2019.11.24

Afghanistan

Makrorayan

1

5

A grenade hurled at a UN vehicle kills an American aid worker.

2019.11.24

Iraq

Islahiyah

5

8

An ISIS attack kills two civilians and three first responders.

2019.11.23

Syria

Ain Issa

4

22

Four villagers are killed during an attack by an Islamist group.

2019.11.23

Afghanistan

Daykundi

8

4

A group of fundamentalists storm a security post and kill eight members.

2019.11.22

Iraq

Rasheed

2

1

Two local cops are ambushed and killed by the Islamic State.

2019.11.21

Burkina Faso

Sahel

3

0

Three lose their lives in two separate attacks by militants.

2019.11.21

Algeria

Tamanrasset

8

0

The Islamic State claims eight kills over a 24-hour period.

2019.11.21

Syria

Aleppo

7

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members send rockets into a city, killing seven civilians.

2019.11.21

Burkina Faso

Tabankort

13

0

Thirteen more al-Qaeda victims are discovered.

2019.11.21

Pakistan

Wahi Pandi

1

0

A 10-year-old girl is stoned to death after a jirga authorizes the honor killing.

2019.11.20

Burkina Faso

Arbinda

1

7

An attack by armed fundamentalists leaves one victim dead.

2019.11.20

Nigeria

Tor-Musa

1

1

A woman is shot off a motorcycle by Muslim militia.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Nimroz

1

0

A border guard is picked off by radicalized snipers.

2019.11.20

Syria

Kah

8

4

Eight refugees are killed when Shiite militia send rockets into their camp.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Kunduz

13

5

A Taliban attack on a local security base leaves thirteen dead.

2019.11.20

Iraq

Abi Gharq

1

0

A former official is assassinated in front of his home.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Kabul

1

0

Jihadists on motorbikes shoot dead a journalist.

2019.11.20

Iraq

Zgheitoun

3

1

ISIS members ambush and kill three local cops.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Khost

1

3

A bomb set off at an intersection by fundamentalists claims a crossing guard.

2019.11.19

Egypt

Sheikh Zuweid

1

4

The Islamic State kills one person with a roadside bomb.

2019.11.19

DRC

Mavete

3

14

The lives of three villagers are claimed by ADF Islamists.

2019.11.19

DRC

Beni

7

2

Seven people are cut down by Islamic terrorists.

2019.11.19

Iraq

Mosul

1

0

A village mukhtar is assassinated by Mujahideen.

2019.11.19

Turkey

Diyarbakir

1

0

A Christian evangelist is stabbed to death on the street.

2019.11.19

Cameroon

Tourou

1

0

A 12-year-old Christian boy is hacked to death for refusing to join Boko Haram.

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The Jihad News Network

Jihad Media Network 360

In the past few years there has been a surge in the quality and quantity of jihadi media, evident from the wealth of texts, films, and other multimedia content that is distributed by Islamist websites on a daily basis. What started as a handful of jihadi media organizations in the early 2000s has within just a few years mushroomed into a vast network of regional and international media branches throughout the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Surprisingly, these news outlets which claim to operate independently from each other and autonomously from a global umbrella organization, exhibited only a modest learning curve. The professional quality of their news productions is indistinguishable from that of most Middle Eastern mainstream broadcast channels such as Al-Jazeera. Moreover, the product that they purportedly create independently across multiple theaters of operation is uniform in both style and content and conforms to commercial media standards.

In this post we will examine these implicit and explicit claims of independence and try to determine if the jihadi media outlets—whether global or local—are operating under a centralized organization with a coordinated media network (which more resembles a large news cooperation) rather than local grassroots cells.

The Jihadi Media Network
In 2010, the following four media organizations generated the bulk of the original jihadist internet content:

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Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF)

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Al-Furqan “The Criterion”

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Al-Fajr “The Dawn”

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Al-Sahab “The Cloud”

Figure 1: The four primary jihadi media producers

Aside from these four organizations which monopolized the mainstream jihadi media landscape, there was a multitude of smaller outlets that ostensibly acted as independent distributers of jihadi material (Figure 2). Over the next six years, many of these previously unknown entities began producing regional content specializing mostly in low visibility conflict areas. The content generated by these secondary media organizations encompassed multiple subjects such as battlefield operations, news releases, and political commentary. The content was multilingual, carefully scripted, and edited to reasonable broadcast standards, and targeted both domestic and  international audiences.

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Shield of Islam Brigades

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Al-Ansar

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The Jihad Media Battalion

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Al-Malahim

 

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Hizb Al-Islam of Turkistan Media Center

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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

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Leemedia Network

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Al-Yaqeen Media

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Manba’ Al-Jihad

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Islamic Party of Turkistan

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Nida Al-Jihad Center for Media Production

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Jaysh Al-Islam

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Taifetul Mansura

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Abdullah Azzam Brigades

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Jama’at Al-Tawhid wa’l-Jihad

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Kataib Siham Al-Haqq

 

Figure 2: Secondary jihadi media producers and distributors

The  Al-Fallujah jihadist forum
Figure 3:
A snapshot from Al-Fallujah jihadist forum

Traditional Media Distribution Channels
Though the secondary jihadi news outlets (SJNO) appeared to brand the media as their own, the evidence raises doubts regarding the actual independence of these outlets. As autonomous local media producers and distributors with a limited budget, we would expect SJNO to utilize only low cost and free Web 2.0-3.0 publication platforms such as video-sharing sites (e.g. YouTube and LiveLeak), third-party websites, forums, and blogs to distribute their own material independently.[1] Yet, often SJNO have their films and texts distributed simultaneously by multiple mainstream news outlets using expensive broadcast TV and satellite channels. In terms of scope and outreach, these organizations successfully emulated the broadcast models of large news networks such as the BBC and France 2.

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Figure 4: Al-Rai TV broadcast of Al-Ansar     Figure 5: Al-Zawraa TV broadcast

A case in point is Zawraa TV,  which later became Al-Rai TV.[2][3] This Syrian-based channel, owned by Mish’an Al-Jabouri, transmitted looped satellite programming focusing mainly on pro-Sunni, anti-Shi’ite propaganda, and broadcasted 24/7 footage including violent attacks by local jihad organizations against U.S. forces.[4] The channel made no effort to hide its affiliation with the jihadi groups as logos of the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) and other jihadi organizations periodically appeared in its footage and films.[5] As can be seen from Figures 4-5, in this dual mode, the host of the show would periodically assume the role of a pistolero by shedding his tailored suit and slip into army fatigues, bullet proof vest, and a keffiyeh. Clearly, the relations between Al-Rai and the SJNO whose products the channel broadcasted were not the typical business relations one would expect to find between a commercial TV station and an advertising client. If Al-Rai TV was true commercial for profit television, broadcasting through it would not have been economically feasible for the SJNO. The fact that the channel mostly devoted itself to broadcasting SJNO video and commentary suggests that the relationship between the two was more political/ideological than commercial.

Presence and Significance of Metadata in Jihadi Archives
The presence of metadata in the jihadi film footage is another indication that the videos are intended for broadcast and not merely for online circulation. Metadata, which is attached to films, consist of digital information intended to describe and identify the media, similar to information a library would attach to a book in its catalogue to describe and identify it. In the case of jihadi films, the metadata usually consist of the media title, a short abstract, the name of the organization, the date of the event, the film’s duration, the logo of the producing organization, and other catalog details.

Adding such data in post production is a time-consuming undertaking, considering the hundreds of films jihadists produce annually. Such an effort would only make sense in the context of a well-established archival and content managed system as is typical of a larger media organization. For large digital archives, metadata is crucial, as it allows fast indexed access to the content and enables fast retrieval so that there would be no need to view each film. For local media branches, creating all of this metadata would be time consuming and would require editor and librarian resources, just as creating a full library book cataloging system would be impractical for the private individual with a few hundred books in their library.

Formatting and Packaging of the Jihadi Movies
Evidence of how these films are packaged and produced further supports the argument that these videos are designed for commercial broadcasting and thus are most likely created by large media organizations. Videos of IED attacks, for example, have all the necessary “ingredients” for primetime viewing. They are high quality; they are short (up to 90 seconds) and include all the crucial background information about the organization carrying out the attack as well as about the attack itself. In a sense, they are created as self-contained infomercials made to fit a rigid television programming schedule. Such a format would be unnecessary if the films were intended for random distribution on the internet, where video clips can be uploaded and viewed in many formats, lengths, and qualities.

Another feature which makes it unlikely that the videos are produced by local media branches is the fact that their content is produced in multiple languages (i.e. Arabic, English, French, German, etc.), packaged in varying formats (i.e. Windows Media Player, Quick Time, RealPlayer, etc.) and recorded for diverse narrowcasting and audiences (in a wide range of formats and sizes, for high-speed Internet, dialup connections, embedded use, and mobile devices).[6] Such complex, professional, and very expensive production would be prohibitive for field outlets. Moreover, for local groups which simply wish to publicize their successes, such complex production would be overkill as they could achieve their goal by relying on video-sharing sites or jihad forums for posting their films.

Uniformity of the Jihadi Films’ Media Structure
The uniformity of the various media elements such as titles, credits, transitions, and duration, also indicates that the material is produced under the auspices of one or more large, centralized, and standard-conscious organizations. The following video clips presenting IED attacks illustrate some of these canonized formats:

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Media Outlet: Al-Furqan Media Production

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Clip Number:

2

Clip Title:              

Destroying a US Hummer in Ramadi

Clip Title:

IED vs. 2 Iraqi Army Humvees – Baghdad

Duration:

01:04

Duration

01:05

Release Date:

28/01/2007

Release Date:

22/08/2008

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3

Clip Title:

IEDs on American Foot Patrol – Anbar

Release Date:

18/05/2007

Duration:

01:08

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Media Outlet: Al-Ansar Media Foundation

Clip Number:        

4

Clip Number:        

5

Clip Title:               

IED US Tank – Ninawa Province – Mosul

Clip Title:

IED on an Army Hammer – Mosul

Duration:               

00:58

Duration

01:03

Release Date:

28/12/2008

Release Date:

03/01/2010

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Clip Number:        

6

Clip Title:

IED vs. US Minesweeper – Ninawa Mosul

Release Date:

28/12/2008

Duration:

00:52

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Media Outlet: As-Sahab Media Production

Clip Number:        

7

Clip Number:        

8

Clip Title:

IED on Afghan Army Car- Metshedad

Clip Title:                 

Powerful IED Strike Destroys US Humvee

Duration:

01:00

Duration:               

00:43

Release Date:

26/03/2008

Release Date:  

07/08/2008

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Clip Number:        

9

Clip Title:

Powerful IED Strike Destroys US Humvee

Duration:               

00:43

Release Date:       

07/08/2008

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Media Outlet: Al-Andalus Media Production

Clip Number:        

10

Clip Title:              

Three IEDs on the Algerian Army

Duration:               

08:04 (3 movies 1.15 minutes each)

Release Date:  

14/10/ 2009

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Figure 6: Video clip matrix

As can be seen in Figure 7, a comparison of films of similar genre (attacks using IEDs) produced by three ostensibly distinct and geographically remote jihadi media outlets reveals a high level of similarity. The films’ length in all cases is approximately 90 seconds. All clips open with high impact logos and special effects animation. Each frame’s duration prior to the transition is carefully timed, with the initial intro followed by special effect screens and the clip title.

Structure of Jihadi Video Segment
Figure 7: The complete video editing, production and structure (click image to see full size)

The message after the title usually shows a Quranic verse or other religious text followed by the feature movie with the targets of interest usually tracked by either an arrow or a circle. The moment of the attack is replayed three times and then, finally, the film ends with credits and organizational logos. Needless to say, such a definable formulaic pattern cannot be accidental.

Preparation of Jihadi Films for a Pre-Set Viewing Schedule
The distribution of jihadi film content is almost never done ad hoc; rather, it is done according to a pre-planned schedule. Analysis of the main jihadi media archives as far back as 2006 reveals a steady flow of postings to fileshare sites such as Archive.org, Adrive, Zshare, FDCupload, and gettyfile. How they are organized and classified is more easily seen at websites such as As-sahab.blog.com and the jihad archive http://www.jarchive.info.

An examination of new online jihadist films and stills indicates that a great deal of the material was scheduled in advance for distribution and publication. This was done as part of the ongoing effort to keep the war effort on the front burner by taking advantage of the mainstream media’s gullibility and willingness to broadcast these materials whenever they become available. The release of these materials indicates that there is a significant amount of regional field coordination of insurgency activity and there is a planned broadcasting schedule. It also indicates that media is maintained in some form of global archival infrastructure.

A vivid illustration of this throttling method of opportunistically posting content can be seen in a video clip titled “IED Completely Destroys a US Minesweeper – Ninawa Province – Mosul,” documenting a November 14, 2006 attack that was released over six months later, on May 22, 2007. Another example is a clip titled “Shooting a F16 US Plane,” an incident documented as having taken place on November 27, 2006, while the clip was released nearly a year later, on September 13, 2007.

Event Title:

IED on an American Hummer

Event Title:

Shooting a F16 US Plane

Event Date:

14/11/2006

Event Date:

27/11/2006

Publication Date:

23/05/2007

Publication Date:

13/09/2007

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Mario D. Gonzalez

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Troy Gilbert

Figure 8: Event date vs. media publication timeline

Is There a Global Jihadi Media Policy?
Evidence suggests that jihadi media follows a global policy. For example, a “Media Exuberance” document released by the Al-Boraq media group on September 21, 2006 indicates that jihad media production must abide by legal mandates and guidelines regarding plagiarism, alteration of content, source crediting, and media usage. This strongly implies the existence of an umbrella organization which sets rules and professional standards aimed at better message control, brand building, and further reinforces the trans-regional media production theory.

The Al-Boraq policy paper for example defines “media exuberance” as media publication activity undertaken “without official authority or prior study”,  which apparently refers to any individual postings of jihadi materials without the sanction of a recognized publisher. The paper notes that while some individuals engage in this activity out of a genuine desire to support the struggle, others have “lost the sense of the importance of distribution rights and the authority to conduct work.” The intellectual property violations enumerated include: “distribution of jihadist audio and video products without official sanction or permission from the producer, the distribution of statements by jihadist groups under personal names and user IDs, [and] the release of personal products and works under the names of jihad groups.” The author concluded that these type of practices undermine the “credibility” of jihadist media and distract attention from “official sources.”[7]

Centralized or Independent Media Production?
The frequent adherence to traditional content distribution of jihadi media, as opposed to reliance on low cost or free Web 2.0-3.0 publication platforms such as wikis, blogs and mashups, as well as the creation of metadata, the expensive and sophisticated contents packaging, the uniform appearance of the various media elements, the staged publication schedule, and the apparent global jihad media policy all suggest that what is ostensibly a production by local and independent jihad media entities could in fact mask a spoke and hub centralized organizational structure.

In this scenario, a patchwork of regional field offices and cells maintain territorial presence in various parts of the world, (Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Somalia, Gaza), collecting raw footage. They upload/deliver the content to centralized media studios—either state-sponsored or private—which process and brand it accordingly and distribute it to the appropriate regional media outlets. The production and branding, however, is virtual, and is carried out remotely in well-equipped studios with professional video editors and in safe locations away from the conflict zone.

The 2007 arrest of members of the Al-Furqan media organization by U.S. intelligence may help shed some light on this process. According to the case details, regional Al-Furqan teams gathered the raw material from various provinces in Iraq and passed it on to a larger Iraqi Al-Furqan media hub for processing. Surprisingly, this hub, which had a large amount of media storage devices (65 hard drives containing terabytes of electronic files, 18 thumb drives, over 500 CDs, and 12 standalone computers), did not have the proper editing equipment that one would expect to find in a media center that creates films on the advanced level of the Al-Furqan videos.[8]

AQI Media Hierarchy
Figure 9: Structure of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AIQ) media organizations

The captured equipment, appeared to be more for field packaging and distribution of copies of existing product rather than for creating the master itself. This equipment could not have independently produced the Al-Furqan films which contain blue-screen editing, multi-frame overlays, spliced third-party archival material, usage of multiple soundtracks, and the ability to perform blurring facial features, tracking objects—post processing and editing features and techniques which require sophisticated equipment and software usually only found in larger production studios.

The case of Said Namouh, a Moroccan-born Canadian citizen arrested and convicted as a member of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), offers important insight into how local jihadi news is produced in more of a global fashion.[9] According to the court documents, Namouh spent countless hours translating, mixing, repackaging, and distributing numerous videos from diverse geographical locations that included images of attacks against coalition soldiers and of suicide bombings.[10] After his arrest, investigators found videos and other propaganda materials on his computer. It emerged that he had been in charge of publishing video and materials related to Iraqi, Austrian, German, and Gaza terror activities (such as the kidnapping of BBC journalist Alan Johnston by a Palestinian group known as the Army of Islam).[11][12]

The question, however, remains: who are the state(s) sponsors or large commercial news organizations behind these global media productions? The data at hand does not provide a specific answer. Nevertheless, the cases of Al-Zawraa TV and Al-Rai TV provide important hints of how international media and news outlets that utilize multinational satellite broadcasting networks are operating in the service of jihadi organizations, undoubtedly with the full approval and the active sponsorship of sympathetic nation states.

This paper was co authored with Dr. Alshech and was originally published by MEMRI. 

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[1] Wikis, blogs, forums, and mashups
[2] Al-Zawraa TV, the pro-Sunni satellite television channel owned by former Iraqi MP Mish’an Al-Jabouri, broadcased via satellites operated by the Riyadh-based Arabsat.
[3] Al-Rai TV broadcasted from Syria via the Eurobird 2 satellite, which belongs to the European Eutelsat company, as well as via the Atlantic Bird 4 satellite, which also belonged to Eutelsat, but was leased in September 2005 to the Egyptian Nilesat company, and is now called Nilesat 103.
[4] Channel owner Mish’an Al-Jabouri is known to have close operational and financial links to insurgency groups in Iraq.
[5] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 2054, “In the Footsteps of Al-Zawraa TV, a Channel. Affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Saddam Regime Broadcasts Anti-U.S. Terror Attacks – This Time from Syria,” September 17, 2008.
[6] Dissemination of information to a narrow audience, not to the general public.
[7] September 21, 2006 study by the Al-Buraq media group titled “Media Exuberance
[8] US targets al Qaeda’s al Furqan media wing in Iraq
[9]
Moroccan terrorist fights to stay in Canada on humanitarian grounds
[10] Defense attacks the credibility of the terrorism expert
[11] Video Released Of BBC Reporter Kidnapped In Gaza
[12] The abduction of British journalist Alan Johnston