According to a member of the Shmukh jihadi forum, the media wing of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is making a cartoon. I haven’t seen anything like this before and I am very skeptical that it is a real product. But if it’s legit and anywhere near like the purported screen shots and promotional banner below, it would indicate that AQAP is becoming even more sophisticated in its efforts to reach out to youth. Now they just need some action figures. (If this is old hat or a rip-off of some other cartoon, please let me know and I’ll update the post.)

Update: Adam Rawnsley at Danger Room has dug deeper. His references to the Super Friends and Thundercats clinch his credibility.

Update2: Yammani, the Shmukh user who posted the pics, provides an update today.  He explains that the film is in the final stages and the “brothers” asked him to share the pics and the basic concept with the forum to elicit their feedback. The brothers will then edit as needed.

Update3 (July 21): Shmukh members have translated a Reuters story on the cartoons that mentions Jihadica. They are elated at the press attention and are calling on the cartoonists to hurry up and release the film.



  1. Keith says:

    I share your doubt, it almost looks too good to be true (in the sense of quality). If this did happen if would open up a whole other front in the propaganda/recruitment campaign. As always, I watch this space!

  2. [...] McCants at Jihadica pointed out that Al Qaeda may be creating a cartoon to recruit youth. McCants questions the [...]

  3. Juraj says:

    mmm, Osama bin Laden will be cartoon hero … interesting.

  4. ٌRafiq al-Akhdar says:

    There are spelling mistakes in the banners. I doubt this is serious.

  5. murmur55 says:

    Memeplexes must always frak with children’s brains if they are to get copied and spread. The memeplexes need copying devices, a cartoon in this case, to maintain fidelity. They also need to be defended against from other memeplexes in the memeosphere, hence the weapons. And of course, the manipulation of our inherent altruistic impulses to promote sacrifice to maintain them.

    TED 2008: Humans Are Just Machines for Propagating Memes, Susan Blackmore Says http://bit.ly/4pRuma

  6. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and US government counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

  7. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and US government counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

  8. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and US government counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

  9. [...] thus recently brought to light possible plans for an al-Qa’eda oriented cartoon in a recent post. If you check out further pics on the site, the Arabic title is meant to establish ownership [...]

  10. Whoever recruits children for war is not fighting Allah’s sacred war but only his own egoistic battle. Allah will give eternal life to those heroes to give their lives to protect Islam’s women and children. Those who send children to fight and those that use them as human shields like the cowards in Gaza, will burn in the same fire together with infamous pig carcasses.

  11. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and US government counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

    • Allahisashiteatingdog says:

      That McCunt is behind the times.

      These shit eaters will try anything to have sex with children. Even enticing them with cartoons and candy.

  12. AQ Cartoonists are doing focus groups before their big release, I love it.

    In the business (Hollywood or AQ, I’m not sure), I think they call this a “Soft Release”, maybe?

  13. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and USgovernment counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

  14. [...] McCants, a scholar of militant Islamism and US government counter-terrorism adviser, told readers of his Jihadica website he was “very sceptical” it was a real [...]

  15. Mark says:

    Let them have their cartoon. We still have G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to recruit our youths with. Let’s see who’s cartoon wins in a fight.

  16. “Real” or not, the trailer is now up.

    http://www.archive.org/details/CartoonFilm&reCache=1

    Posted today.

    Tammy

  17. Arabic Speaker says:

    I find it hard to believe that al-Qaeda’s media operatives are making cartoons subtitled with grammar mistakes that only a 1st year Arabic student would make… and certainly an Arab would never make at any age. I am happy to respond with a specific analysis, but this post is bogus Islamophobia and cage-rattling.

  18. Let them have their cartoon. We still have G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to recruit our youths with. Let’s see who’s cartoon wins in a fight.

  19. a says:

    A total lie. What kind of spelling is this? A 4 year old child will do better.

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  22. Mark Stout says:

    Did these cartoons ever come out? Or did this die on the vine?

  23. Animedude5555 says:

    What website did the news agency find this at anyway? Someone needs to post a link for this site.

  24. Animedude5555 says:

    I haven’t heard any more reporting on this story. Where’s the follow-up?

  25. Hans-Dampf says:

    Hahaha…. all this stupid and poor idiots following Sheiks and other idiots are the comit itself.

    Let us piss on them and their books, because thats all they will earn.

    Hahaha Muhummuuuu hahaha