Ansar-ut Tawhid and the Transnational Jihadist Threat to India

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English: The buildings at the main courtyard, Red Fort, New Delhi, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12

June 13, 2014 03:21 PM Age: 8 days By: Animesh Roul

Transnational Islamist terrorist groups have recently made sporadic attempts to lure India’s Muslim population towards global jihad, frequently urging them to fight the democratically elected secular government. India-specific incitements have issued from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri and al-Qaeda ideologue Maulana Asim Umar through audio-visual messages that directly target Indian Muslims. A similar anti-India campaign was unleashed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT – Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India) through its media arm, al-Isabah Media. Its messages highlight the issue of government atrocities against Muslims in India and encourage Indian Muslims to join the ongoing Afghan or Syrian jihads and to carry out attacks inside India.

The AuT has issued at least four videotapes since October 2013, the most recent of them surfaced on May 17, when the group called for attacks against Indian targets worldwide. The ten-minute video featuring AuT leader Maulana Abdur Rahman al-Hindi urges other prominent jihadi leaders such as the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Nasir Abd al-Wuhayshi of al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabaab’s Abdi Godane and Abd al-Malik Droukdel of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to come forward to attack Indian Government interests and its economic centers in India and elsewhere as a means of “protecting the Muslims of India.” [1] Continue reading

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Bin Laden was in Muslim Brotherhood, says al-Qaeda chief

27 September 2012, 16:47 (GMT+05:00)

Al-Qaeda’s late leader Osama bin Laden was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood before taking up arms against Soviets in Afghanistan, his successor Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a video message released Thursday, dpa reported.

“Sheikh Osama bin Laden was in the Muslim Brotherhood organization in the Arabian Peninsula. When the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan began (in 1979), he immediately went to Pakistan to meet the mujahideen and assist them,” al-Zawahiri added in the hour-long video reposted on Jihadology, a US-based website on extremist groups. Continue reading

Morsi pardons 572, including 25 jihadists

Egypt Independent

by: Al-Masry Al-Youm Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Egypt’s newly elected President Mohammed Morsi, center, speaks to delegates at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, July 15. Photo Credit:AP/Elias Asmare

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said that the 572 military detainees pardoned by President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday included 25 leaders of Islamic Jihad and Jama’a al-Islamiya. …
Morsy had announced that, to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, he was pardoning 572 military prisoners who were detained in connection with the 25 January revolution or protests during the transitional period.

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“O Lions Of Sham” – Zawahiri´s Message To Syrians

“Bloodshed” is the daily news coming out of Syria these days. While the protest against the regime of President Assad have turned into a full grown war with a militant insurgency fighting the dictator in Damascus, Al-Qaida sees its chance for establishing a base in the country and calls for Syrians and other Arabs to join the fight against Assad.

The terrorist network has just released a new video message by its Amir Dr.Ayman az-Zawahiri, titled “Go Forward, O Lions Of Sham!”.

“Do not rely on the West or America or the Arab governments and Turkey” Zawahiri says in the new video tape, “You know what they are planning against you!” Continue reading

9/11: Al Qaeda mark anniversary with Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden video

Al Qaeda marked 10th anniversary of 9/11 with hour-long video featuring new leader and unreleased footage of Bin Laden

By Wil Longbottom

Last updated at 5:30 PM on 13th September 2011

Al Qaeda has marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with an hour-long video released on jihadist websites, an intelligence monitoring service has revealed.

U.S.-based Site Monitoring Services said the video featured an audio speech by the new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as previously unreleased footage of former leader Osama bin Laden.

The 62-minute video, called The Dawn of Imminent Victory, was posted on jihadist forums yesterday. Zawahiri is shown in a still photo.

Al-Qa’ida is still a mystery

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Al Qaeda launches women’s magazine that mixes fashion tips and violence

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London, Asharq Al-Awsat – The jihadist media has moved to publish a new magazine that is concerned with women jihadists. Observers have said that the objective of the publication of the “Al-Shamikha” magazine, which translates as “The Majestic Woman”, is to promote Islamic values among women, in addition to fashion and beauty tips. This magazine has been dubbed the ‘Jihad Cosmo” in some quarters after the well-known Cosmopolitan style magazine. Continue reading