Jihadist Forum Monitor (JFM) – 7 December 2010
On 7 December 2010, an article addressed to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from Abu Muhtasab al-Ghazawi from the al-Noor Media Institute was given featured status on the Shumukh al-Islam Network.
Al-Ghazawi describes Yemen as now being amongst the most important fronts on the war on Islam and Muslims by the ‘infidel West’ and its allies in the Islamic World, and argues that more needs to be done in order to ‘ignite’ the situation in Yemen.
He provides a lengthy account of the history of the jihad in Yemen, beginning with the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 to the present day. He also highlights the complicity of the Yemeni government, Yemen’s mainstream Sunni religious establishment, as well as the Houthi population in the ‘US-lead war’ against Sunnis in the region.
Much of the article offers advice to AQAP on how the group can cultivate a greater awareness amongst Muslims in Yemen in order to further ‘repel the Zionist-Crusader campaign’ against them, such as via increasing awareness amongst the population of the Yemeni government’s alliance with ‘Christians and Jews’ in the West.
He also stresses the importance of exposing the mainstream religious establishment’s participation in protecting this alliance and ‘supporting the occupation of Muslim countries’ through corrupting the tenants of the Islamic faith and its anti-jihad rhetoric, which equates the duty of jihad with terrorism. He adds that the religious establishment ‘has become an integral part of, and an essential corner stone in, the war on Islam’.
Significantly, he urges AQAP to ‘turn the attention of the Yemeni street’ to the activities of missionary groups in the country and what he describes as Christian-sponsored medical clinics and educational institutes in Yemen, such as Médecins Sans Frontièresand the British Council, amongst others. He emphasizes the importance of turning public opinion against the presence of these groups/entities in Yemen, particularly in areas where they are active, and in cities where churches are located and/or the construction and renovation of churches is ongoing. He also calls for the group to do the same for foreign companies operating in Yemen, such as oil companies, with an emphasis on reaching out to Muslims in the employ of these companies.
He tells the group to send a warning to Christian/foreign entities operating in Yemen demanding that they either ‘leave Yemen or have their blood spilled in it’.
Also, included in permissible targets are foreign tourists, who he accuses of also being involved in missionary work. He says that although individuals may enter Yemen ‘in the guise of a tourist’, many of them distribute Arabic bibles during their stay as well as other literature in Arabic which is aimed at disseminating Christianity and converting Yemeni Muslims.