Fizazi Letter Published

Posted: 29th October 2009 by Thomas Hegghammer in Germany, Morocco, Retractions

Der Spiegel has just published a full version of Fizazi’s letter, as well as a good article by Yasin Musharbash and Andreas Ulrich.

Upon reading the letter it seems to me that Fizazi is speaking primarily about terrorism in Germany and by extension about terrorism in Europe. His statements do not amount to a renunciation of violence, but to a moderation of his previous views regarding where and against whom violence can be used. By saying that Germany is not a legitimate area of operation, he is implicitly rejecting al-Qaida’s global jihad doctrine.

Unfortunately Fizazi does not elaborate on his views on violence elsewhere. I am speculating, but I suspect he still views attacks on Western targets in Afghanistan and Iraq as legitimate, not to mention the jihad in Palestine. It is not clear what he might think about attacks in the US or attacks on Arab regime targets. While all this makes Fizazi less of a moderate than many would have hoped, it makes his statement seem all the more genuine.

  1. Osint76 says:

    I have great difficulty to believe Fizazi wrote this himself. Some of the things he alledges are downright shocking for a radical Muslim cleric. For instance the way he endorses Angela Merkel and dismisses allegations of Taghout. Like this, he not only distances himself from violent action within Germany, he also renounces the principle of Tawhid. And that makes this letter in my opinion difficult to digest and less credulous

  2. Ben says:

    “By saying that Germany is not a legitimate area of operation, he is implicitly rejecting al-Qaida’s global jihad doctrine”. What about having some tactical explanation ?

    For me, Fizazi’s letter is a way to protect and save the reputation of al-Qaïda, which has not been able to carry attacks in Germany after their internet campaign… In order to not make al-Qaïda looks stupid and , it’s easier to say that jihadist should not carry attack against Germany or Europe…