It has been almost a month since the top-tier Jihadi forums were taken down (with the exception of Hesbah–suspicious). Now the second-tier forums have been taken down: Faloja, al-Ma`arik al-Salafiyya, and Shura. Shumukh is hanging on and that’s where most of the hand wringing is happening at the moment. Some are accusing the Shia of shutting down the forums in retaliation for their websites being hacked; others believe the U.S. is behind it.
One member of the latter group, al-Hizbar al-Ansari (The Ansari Lion), proposes that American forums be “raided” in retaliation. He suggests that Jihadis sign up on highly-trafficked forums and post disturbing images of U.S. dead in Iraq and Afghanistan. This, he believes, will demoralize the enemy. To get the ball rolling, Hizbar says he signed up for one of them under the name “osama bin laden” and posted a picture of an American woman with a burned face looking for her husband.
Yesterday, a Shumukh administrator called on all members of the forum to get involved. He even issued an invitation to members of four other forums: Hesbah, Faloja, al-Ma`arik al-Salafiyya, and Shura. (This was before three of the four sites disappeared today.)
Hizbar responded to the call today by announcing the formation of the al-Ayyubi Brigade to coordinate the attacks. (al-Ayyubi is Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi, or Saladin.) He also listed the five American forums that should be targeted first:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/ (“This is an extremely large forum with millions of people that posts information about American states.”)
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=32 (“This forum has a section devoted to the war against Muslims.”)
http://forum.abit-usa.com/ (“A forum for American university students. It is very important.”)
http://forums.mtbr.com/ (“This is one of the large American forums. It has a video section.”)
- http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/index.php (“A military forum frequented by Europeans and Americans. It launches attacks on the mujahids and disparages them. I hope films will be posted on it. Be wary of its many Jewish members.”)
Document (Arabic): 10-3-08-shamikh-original-call-for-raids-on-us-forums
Document (Arabic): 10-6-08-shamikh-call-for-raids-against-us-forums
Document (Arabic): 10-7-08-shamikh-announcement-of-brigade-to-raid-us-forums
Document (Arabic): 10-7-08-shamikh-several-more-forums-down-and-members-suspect-shia-hackers