War on Terror

‘Secular individuals are of course no less moral than their pious counterparts, but secular societies are living on the spiritual capital accumulated by their ancestors’

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.

There is an interesting table produced by the New Republic symposium on Afghanistan giving an overview of what has – and hasn’t – changed since the Taliban were in power.

MEMRI have now made available a transcript of the full length version of an interview with Anwar al-Awlaki that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released earlier this year.  Extracts were shown on al-Jazeera in February of this year.

Revolution Muslim, a US-based extremist organisation, has issued death threats against Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the makers of animated sitcom ‘South Park’, after their latest episode which satirised the ongoing hysteria about depicting Mohammed.  In what is yet another example of the ongoing influence Anwar al-Awlaki has on Western jihadism, the religious justification used by the group for killing Stone and Parker was taken from a 2008 Awlaki lecture ‘The Dust Will Never Settle Down’.

The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) has been the subject of much scrutiny since Andrew Gilligan’s investigation into them revealed that the group was using effective entryist tactics to infiltrate and influence local politics in East London. Local MP Jim Fitzpatrick even went so far as to say that the IFE was “trying to get individuals selected and elected” so that they could eventually achieve their goal of establishing an “Islamic social and political order” in Britain.  The IFE and its parent organisation the East London Mosque (ELM), have since been protesting against accusations of extremism.  Despite this, senior IFE member, Azad Ali, wrote a blog yesterday in which he suggested an ideological affinity between his group and Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT).

UK Islamists and sections of the extreme left continue to insist that groups like the Taliban are freedom fighters who enjoy popular support among local civilians.  Today, a group of Afghan villagers went some way towards disproving this.

The Quilliam Foundation announced yesterday that they will soon be releasing a report on the UK’s Islam Channel.  Quilliam co-director, Maajid Nawas, has sent around a text message publicising the upcoming release, claiming that the channel is a portal for ‘extremism, bias, sexism, sectarianism and attacks on mainstream Muslim practices.’  In response, the Islam Channel has issued Quilliam with a pre emptive libel threat, claiming that the report they haven’t seen yet is defamatory.

Two British Muslims from Blackburn were convicted this afternoon on terrorism offences, including preparation for acts of terrorism. Part of the evidence used against them was videos they made of themselves rolling around in rotten leaves in Blackburn’s Corporation Park.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, along with the Security Service and Secret Intelligence Service, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over allegations that they colluded in the torture of terrorist suspects.