al-Qaeda urges Somali insurgents to fight on
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al-Qaeda urges Somali insurgents to fight on
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DUBAI, June 22 (Reuters) - An al Qaeda leader said a U.N.- brokered peace deal between the Somali government and some opposition figures was worthless and called on Islamist insurgents in the Horn of Africa nation to fight on.
"Do not accept anything less than an independent Islamic state, that does not recognise the legitimacy of international (law) ... and does not look to the East or to the West," Abu Yahya al-Libi said in a video posted on pro-al Qaeda websites on Sunday.
Libi praised hardline Islamists for rejecting a June 10 peace deal between Somalia's interim government and some opposition figures, saying he said "was not worth the paper it was written on".
"A withdrawal of occupying Ethiopian forces and their replacement with any other forces, be they from the African Union or the United Nations or under any other ... entities, does not change the situation," said Libi, who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
The deal was rejected outright by hardline Islamists in exile and the insurgents on the ground, and experts have warned it was likely to have little impact on the violence.
Those who rejected the pact included Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys and Sheikh Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki -- both on the U.S. and U.N. lists of al Qaeda associates.
Islamists who opposed the U.N.-led Djibouti talks have refused to meet the Western-backed government face-to-face until Ethiopian troops leave Somalia.
Since early 2007, insurgents have been carrying out near-daily, Iraq-style attacks on Somali and Ethiopian security forces. The Ethiopian forces are fighting with the government against the insurgents.
The country has been in near-perpetual conflict since the 1991 toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
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Rising Leader for Next Phase of Al Qaeda’s War
By Michael Moss and Souad Mekhennet
Published: April 4, 2008
New York Times
On the night of July 10, 2005, an obscure militant preacher named Abu Yahya al-Libi escaped from an American prison in Afghanistan and rocketed to fame in the world of jihadists.
The breakout from the Bagram Air Base by Mr. Libi and three cellmates — they picked a lock, dodged their guards and traversed the base’s vast acreage to freedom — embarrassed American officials as deeply as it delighted the jihadist movement. In the nearly three years since then, Mr. Libi’s meteoric ascent within the leadership of Al Qaeda has proved to be even more troublesome for the authorities.
Mr. Libi, a Libyan believed to be in his late 30s, is now considered to be a top strategist for Al Qaeda, as well as one of its most effective promoters of global jihad, appearing in a dozen videos on militant Web sites in the past year, counterterrorism officials said. At a time when Al Qaeda seems more inspirational than operational, Mr. Libi stands out as a formidable star whose rise to prominence tracks the group’s growing emphasis on information in its war with the West.
“I call him a man for all seasons for A.Q.,” said Jarret Brachman, a former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency who is now research director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. “He’s a warrior. He’s a poet. He’s a scholar. He’s a pundit. He’s a military commander. And he’s a very charismatic, young, brash rising star within A.Q., and I think he has become the heir apparent to Osama bin Laden in terms of taking over the entire global jihadist movement.”
The secrecy that envelops Al Qaeda’s leadership structure makes such estimates speculative, other analysts noted. But one Islamist insider said that in addition to youth and charisma, Mr. Libi possessed one skill that Al Qaeda’s leaders had been lacking: religious scholarship. Perhaps with this in mind, Al Qaeda is featuring Mr. Libi, who spent two years in Africa studying Islam, in as many of the videos as the group’s top leaders, Mr. bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri.
“Bin Laden is an engineer and Zawahri is a medical doctor,” said Dr. Muhammad al-Massari, a Saudi dissident who lives in London. “So it is important that they also present someone who has the role of scholar.”
The varied roles that Mr. Libi plays in these videos, from recruiter to ideological enforcer, also shed light on Al Qaeda’s shifting tactics. In recent months, those tactics have come to include defensive maneuvers aimed at defusing the media counteroperations of the United States and its allies.
Mr. Libi delivers his message with a preacher’s cadence. His black turban drapes down his chest, and he alternates between white Arabic robes and camouflage jackets.
“O Muslim youth in the East and West, who listen to God calling you: ‘Go forth to war, whether it be easy or difficult for you, and strive hard in God’s cause with your possessions and your lives,’ ” he said in a video sermon released this year.
But increasingly, Mr. Libi uses his videos not to expand Al Qaeda’s base, but to shore it up. He has lashed out at moderate Muslim scholars who accuse Al Qaeda of using false interpretations of the Koran to justify jihad. He has mocked Saudi Arabia’s efforts to persuade jailed militants to give up the fight.
In a 93-minute speech released last fall, Mr. Libi urged supporters to brace themselves for a surge in psychological warfare loaded with false propaganda. He cited a rumor that Al Qaeda’s constitution calls for killing anyone who breaks from the group: “Al Qaeda and its leaders are too noble and pure to descend to the rotten level of such nonsense.”
These and other frank communications by Mr. Libi have led intelligence analysts at the West Point center and elsewhere to pore over his videos like Kremlinologists looking for operational clues to Soviet intentions.
Mr. Libi began as a militant on a scholarly path, according to a Libyan man who says he knew him. His older brother, now imprisoned in Libya, had been a crucial figure in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, whose members went to Afghanistan to help defeat the Soviet Union.
Mr. Libi, who went to Afghanistan in the early 1990s, was sent back to northern Africa to study Islam in Mauritania. When he returned two years later, Afghanistan was no longer a battleground for militant Libyans, but rather a haven: the Taliban controlled most of the country.
Mr. Libi’s training in warfare was minimal, and his early work as a preacher rarely touched on militant action, according to the Libyan man who said he had met Mr. Libi in Afghanistan, and who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns. “He started to visit training camps and talk about Shariah,” or Islamic law, this man said in a telephone interview, about “morals, etiquette, how to act.”
Then a year after 9/11, Mr. Libi was seized by Pakistani authorities and turned over to American authorities, who eventually put him in the Bagram prison.
In one video produced after their escape in 2005, Mr. Libi and his fellow fugitives recounted their breakout, crediting God with distracting their captors. A new version now circulating on jihadist Web sites re-enacts some of the escape with dramatic flair.
Mr. Libi, who has also used the names Hasan Qaiid and Yunis al-Sahrawi, is assumed to be in the Afghan-Pakistani border area.
He appears to have worked his way quickly into Al Qaeda’s inner circle. He was among the leaders who sent letters of rebuke to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the militant leader who was killed in Iraq in 2006, who they felt was undermining the group’s global strategy by killing too many civilians.
“I share with you your great jihad,” he wrote in a letter dated Nov. 20, 2005, according to a translation obtained from the West Point group. “I hope that you will lay open your heart for the acceptance of what I say.”
In subsequent video appearances, Mr. Libi cast himself as a utility man for Al Qaeda. He rebutted Muslim scholars who criticized suicide bombers in Algeria; he urged Muslims to carry out attacks in Europe in revenge for the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Asked to assess Mr. Libi’s stature, the State Department’s counterterrorism chief, Dell L. Dailey, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant general, said in an e-mail message, “Abu Yahya is a senior Al Qaeda member, a top strategist for the group, and trusted and presented as one of the group’s most effective promoters of jihad.”
He has also become the leader of a Libyan contingent of fighters in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region, particularly after the death this year of another key militant who went by the name of Abu Laith al-Libi, said Evan F. Kohlmann, an analyst who testifies as a government witness in terrorism trials. (The two Mr. Libis were not related.)
Abu Yahya al-Libi’s most frank discussion of Al Qaeda’s information war with the West came in the video released last fall, “Dots of the Letters.”
In assessing the state of Islamic militancy worldwide, Mr. Libi dwelled on “defectors” who have denounced violence, internal spats among militants and fatwas or Islamic legal pronouncements, from moderate Muslims who seek to criminalize jihadists. He went so far as to specify six ways that the United States and its allies might try to exploit this disharmony through psychological warfare.
Efforts by the Pentagon to undermine Al Qaeda have intensified in recent months in Iraq, said military officials in Baghdad, including using imams to meet with American-held detainees for religious talks before they are released and publicizing militants who disavow their violent ways.
In his video last fall, Mr. Libi sought to brace Al Qaeda’s adherents for tactics like this, which he said would fail. The retractions of captured militants would be particularly ineffective, given their prisoner status, he argued.
“Tell me,” Mr. Libi said, “what do you expect from someone who sees the sword above him, the rug in front of him and the sheik dictating to him the proof and evidence for the obligation of obeying the ruler?”
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In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. Praise be to God and may the peace and blessings of God be upon the prophet of God, his family, companions, and followers.
O nation of Islam, may the peace and blessings of God be upon you. I would like to devote this speech of mine to an important and big front, where an honest elite vanguard of the Islamic nation is confronting the world Crusader campaign; namely, Somalia, following the latest agreement that was signed between what is known as the opposition factions and the agent and renegade government in Mogadishu.
Even though the mujahidin are not concerned with such agreements or with their provisions — indeed they consider them not worth the paper on which they were written — we all must reiterate our stands on all occasions and explain our path in terms of principles and regulations, so that this path might not be confused with the path of the criminals, thus mixing right with falsehood and guidance with misguidedness.
Therefore, relying on God and in brief, I say the following:
Such agreements, no matter how glittering and attractive the media might portray them as the way out for the country from what they call crises and civil wars, should be placed within a certain context. They should be understood by every enlightened mujahidin as an integral part of the grand conspiracy and the covert intrigue, which the enemies of Muslims have mastered to enable them to prolong their domination on this earth. These agreements are aimed to absorb the indignation of the oppressed and wronged Muslim peoples. They are employ as a means to uproot Jihad and mujahidin in all hot areas, including beloved Somalia, by portraying the mujahidin, through the huge media networks of the enemies, as an obstacle in the way of achieving peace, stability, and reconciliation; that they are the cause of the continuing wars and a reason for perpetuating troubles in this or that country. This is a satanic ploy which deceived many of those who are not aware of the plots of the enemies of God.
Therefore, the salient example of those who are deceived are the ones who deal with major and momentous issues in a superficial and naive way, and who are attracted by glittering slogans and false claims. As for the enlightened believer, he is bright and intelligent and would not repeat his mistake. Everyone has the right to put the following question to those who are shedding crocodile tears about Somalia, those who pretend to care for the interest of the stricken Somali people, and those who are touring world capitals, claiming to search for a way out of the Somalia troubles: Who dragged Somalia into the current situation after stability and calm were restored to it? All kinds of fighting continued — tribal, political, and indeed criminal — for over 15 years and those who are shedding tears over the fate of the Somali people have never paid sincere attention to them. Their only aim was to realize their gains and attain their ambitions at the expense of rivers of blood from the bleeding bodies of innocent and poor people.
Therefore, why is the false conscience of the world is being awakened today to tell us: We are extremely eager to realize the stability of the country and the people?
Have not the Muslim Somali people received the mujahidin like a drowning man clinging to his rescuer when they arrived in Somalia to save it from the afflictions of wars and dismemberment? Have not the Somali people not opened their hearts and minds before they opened their homes for them? Then who turned matters upside down, calling security fear, stability trouble, agreement dismemberment, and the unity of people a disunity? Are they not the same hands that today are being extended to these people to shake hands with them and tell them: We are with you to serve the interests of the country and deliver it from its troubles?
How can we believe that the killer has pity on his victim while he is obviously tearing this victim into pieces with his knife?
Therefore, I draw the attention of my sincere mujahidin in that beloved country to several points: The First Point:
The religion of Islam does not differentiate between an external enemy and an internal enemy. This is a lie that is unacceptable within the rules of Islam. It is a filth with which Islam would not tarnish its bright image. Indeed, Islam urges us to fight those who are close to us before fighting those who are far away whenever we find the means of doing so. God said: “O ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.” (Koranic verse; Al-Tawbah; 9:123) Do you understand? He said: “Let them find firmness in you” and did not say: Look for common ground on which you meet, a unified principle, or a front of struggle that provides an umbrella for you.
Therefore, it makes no difference. When you fight, show firmness and dissociate yourself from your enemies, whether these enemies are Abyssinian Ethiopians, Crusader Americans, pagan Africans, or apostate Somalis. They all support one another because “The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another.” (Koranic verse; Al-Anfal; 8:73) Lessons from events have taught us that the external occupier enemies cannot infiltrate the land except through a bridge they make by themselves from among their domestic followers. This picture is being repeated in the modern Crusader wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and the Abbas government in Palestine. This issue has to be very clear and firm to the mujahidin and they should not agree to make any concession about it, otherwise the consequences of their jihad and efforts will be misguidedness and loss, and perhaps even outright treason.
On brother mujahidin in Somalia, take your prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, as an example. He fought his family and the sons of his tribe before he fought others. He did not care about his relations, common blood, kinship, or land. Therefore do not accept any compromises over or changes to this principle or any suspicions. Say with clarity and frankness: We will continue to fight our enemies from among the despicable Abyssinians and their apostate collaborators even if they are the closest to us until we remove all traces and wipe out any mention of them in our country, and until we make religion that of God. The Second Point:
The renegades, and perhaps some who claim to have knowledge, might say and argue as follows if the Ethiopian forces withdraw: Now the war is over and the occupiers have left. Therefore, your fighting against the Somali government and those who stood by it is an illegitimate civil war. The Somali should not kill his brother Somali and we need to spare Somali blood.
If they say this, then you must tell them as follows: If the fight between relatives at all times was considered an abhorrent civil war, then the fight of the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, against the infidels of the Quraysh tribe should be the same. God forbid that it is so. God praised the prophet and held him above all others. God said: “Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other.” (Koranic verse; Al-Fath; 48:29)
Furthermore, what do these people mean by civil war? Our faith and our allegiance is not dependent on land, homeland, blood, money, or kinship. It is based on pure monotheism that makes strangers brothers and brothers strangers. God said: “Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah, His Messenger, and the (fellowship of) believers — those who establish regular prayers and regular charity, and bow down humbly (in worship).” (Koranic verse; Al-Ma`idah; 5:55). God also said: “O ye who believe! Take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, he does wrong.” (Koranic verse; Al-Tawbah; 9:23) Therefore, do not build your allegiance and fight except on this original foundation. Believers are close brothers, even if they are strangers; and disbelievers are sworn enemies, even if they are close relatives. The prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, said: The strongest ropes of faith are love on the path of God as well as hate on the path of God.
Therefore, do not hesitate to demonstrate this principle, and to stress and declare it. Know that any ambiguity about this principle will result in your losing this world and the hereafter. The Third Point:
Beloved brothers. Never place the fate of your jihad in the hands of those who never tried this jihad, lived in the areas of jihad, shouldered the burdens of jihad. Never place it in the hands of those who do not take it as a firm and permanent Islamic worship that does not change with events or according to circumstances no matter how famous or reputable they might be, no matter how glib their arguments are, and no matter how they claim to be experts in wisdom, understanding, and politics. These people will wobble the moment they face the first obstacle and compromise on this jihad the moment they are offered the first bait of temptation. They might abandon it when they face the first obstacle because they never tasted the bitterness and the suffering that they should have tasted in establishing jihad. They never felt any genuine responsibility toward this jihad, but consider it, as they say, a pressure card that they use should the need arise, and then they concede it with the first false gain they acquire because it is easy for them to concede jihad.
Therefore, the management of jihad and its major momentous decisions must be entrusted to sincere men with experience in jihad, men who are known among their brothers for their firmness, diligence, and resourcefulness, and understanding of the principles of jihad; the ones who are living through jihad, moment by moment, not through seminars, symposia, and meetings but by their sweat and blood and by their efforts and by living among their brothers.
Having said this, we must stress the value of those with expertise. We should not fail to consult with those with knowledge and valued opinions, or abandon those with experience and the veterans, and we should benefit from them as much as possible, both the ones who are inside or outside Somalia. However, in no case whatsoever, shall the fate of jihad be entrusted to anyone except those who practice it by words and deeds, those who appreciate the sacrifices of the people of jihad, because they have shared in these sacrifices and they do not accept any compromises or concessions under any cover whatsoever and at all circumstances. The Fourth Point:
The departure of the Ethiopian occupation forces and their replacement by any other forces, whether they belong to the African Union, the United Nations, or other regional or international organizations and under any name whatsoever, such as the peacekeeping forces, will not change the situation at all. The situation is governed by the sharia description which the juris-consult expresses in this way: If the enemy raids any of the territories of Muslims, jihad becomes an individual duty on the people of this territory.
Therefore, do not view any such forces except within this accurate sharia view. All these conspiracies, names, and slogans are in fact an attempt to replace an occupation with another occupation. The only difference is that the new occupation is entrusted to one of these organizations to justify and promote such occupation. It is a move from the state of a blatant occupation to that of a legitimate occupation, which is prevailing in the countries of Muslims today.
As Muslims first and mujahidin second, we do not recognize the legitimacy of such organizations no matter how high their positions might be in the eyes of those who belong to them, no matter what names or descriptions they are given, and no matter how much money is given to strengthen and promote them. They are indeed infidel organizations that fight God, his messenger, and the believers. Their religion is different from ours, their legitimacy is not part of our legitimacy, the aims for which they were established undermine our aims, and their presidents are authorities in polytheism. Such organizations are led by the United Nations.
How can we believe that these care for our interests, search for our security, or endeavor to secure our peace and safety? Should we believe them, their media, and their claims and disbelieve the book of our God which says: “No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it.” (Koranic verse; Fussilat; 41:42). The book says: “O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.” (Koranic verse; Al Imran; 3:118)
Therefore, I tell our mujahidin brothers in Somalia: Prepare yourselves to fight any force that sets its feet on your land, no matter what its affiliation, and under any claims or pretexts that are intended to pave the way for its entry, exactly as you fight the Crusader Abyssinian forces and those who stand behind them or supported their occupation. There is no difference between the two whatsoever. You, O mujahidin, and your supporters from the tribes that have faith and which believe in defending religion and the creed, are responsible for taking over authority in this country. Unless a decision is made by you and is based on your independent view, then it has no meaning, bearing, value, or respect. You must brush it aside and not heed it, even if it is acclaimed by others.
This is the path that you must adhere to and in defense of which you must ferociously sacrifice your lives as your leaders themselves sacrificed their lives, led by “the hero, which we consider to be a martyr, Adam Ero,” may God have mercy on him. I take this opportunity to offer condolences to the Islamic nation and the mujahidin of the (Al-Usrat) Army over his martyrdom. We say: This is how heroes should die, and this is how men should fight. This principle of martyrdom continues to be alive in our age and has been a bright page in the facade of jihad. The nation is proud of this bright page, which revives the entire nation.
The killing of hero Adam Ero [Aden Ceyro] will not change the march of jihad and will not change the path of sacrifice. Before him Commander Abu-Mus`ab al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq, Commander Abu-Ibrahim Mustafa in Algeria, Commanders Dadullah and Abu-al-Layth in Afghanistan, Shamil and Khattab in Chechnya and many other commanders of the nation. However, the beacon of jihad was never dimmed. Indeed, jihad`s vitality and brightness were enhanced by their martyrdom because it is genuinely the path of life. God said: “O ye who believe! Give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life.” (Koranic verse; Al-Anfal; 8:24).
Therefore, adhere to this path and you will find an obvious blessing and a decisive victory, and God will defend you. Do not accept less than an independent Islamic state that does not recognize any international legitimacy, accept earthly laws, or turns its face to the east or to the west, a state whose foundations it would not concede or compromise over, and whose motto will be: “Say: `Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.`” (Koranic verse; Al-An`am; 6:162). It will not be the United Nations, international legitimacy, nor any of the regimes of Al-Jahiliyah (Pre-Islamic days).
You must know that any concessions in terms of these constant principles is a dissipation of your efforts, free and with no compensation. It will be a waste of the blood of your brothers, and a betrayal of their sacrifices. Whoever wants to liberate the land and emancipate the people outside the path of jihad, which means fighting, will be like those who “stretch forth their hands for water to reach their mouths but it reaches them not.” (Koranic verse; Al-Ra`d; 13:14) or the one who chases a mirage to quench his thirst but to no avail.
There is no other way that is shorter than the path of jihad to take you to your aims, realize your desires, save your country, or establish your religion, even if those who are misguided think otherwise. Do not pay attention to anything but jihad and do not look at anything else and do not turn your attention from it for a single moment because by jihad you realize firmness. “And fight them until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.” (Koranic verse; Al-Baqarag; 2:193).
Our last prayer: God be praised, the lord of the universe.
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