al-Qaeda

The loss of a figurehead as iconic as Osama bin Laden will come as a blow to al-Qaeda and its supporters, but is unlikely to fatally undermine the movement.

Muslims are on the march in a global, mainstream revival. The West must not abandon its Judaeo-Christian principles, especially equality before the law, if it is to protect minorities from persecution

‘Islamist organisations are paid by government to come up with ideas on how to improve British mosques. It can’t be worse, can it?’

A complete version of the audio statement by Taimor Adbulwahab al-Abdaly has now been released.  Although various media agencies have released parts of it, this is the first I have heard of the full audio. Below is the audio and transcript followed by a short analysis.

Tony Blair has written a fantastic piece for the Wall Street Journal about ‘making Muslim integration work’. As ever, it is spot on. His piece reminds us of the clarity and sense of purpose which pervaded his administration, and which is so desperately lacking today.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the second edition of its new English language magazine, Inspire. It only came out last night and there is a lot to say about this so, for now, I’m just going to give a quick overview of the key themes emerging from this important document.

Newsnight has broken the story of a British man, Abdul Jabbar, being killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan last month. Jabbar is believed to have been linked to the Taliban (specifically, to the Haqqani network) and also to the failed Time Square bomber Faisal Shahzad who was sentenced to life in jail yesterday in New York.

In late July, a Japanese oil tanker was attacked off the coast of the UAE by what appeared to be an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group.  Numerous online jihadist forums have now posted an English translation of the claim of responsibility by an organisation calling themselves the Sheikh Yusuf al-‘Uyairi Companies of the Shaheed Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

This is the question that my former colleague, Jacob Amis, and I have analysed in our paper for the latest issue of Hudson’s Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.  In the piece, we attempt to provide an overview of the parallel journeys to jihad of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (the so-called “underwear bomber”) and his al-Qaeda mentor, Anwar al-Awlaki.

The Global Islamic Media Front, al-Qaeda’s official media group, has recently released a translation of a speech in support of Anwar al-Awlaki.  Originally produced by al-Malahem media, which is the media wing of Yemen’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), its target audience is Americans and the West.