Issue 12 of the Tala’i` Khurasan (Vanguards of Khurasan) is out. Several big names have written pieces, including Atiyyat Allah (we have to learn from our mistakes), Abu al-Walid al-Ansari (how past jihads failed), Abu Yahya al-Libi (fighting to restore the Sharia is the only way forward in Palestine), and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid (the meaning of piety and patience). It also includes a 9/11 anniversary article on al-Qaeda’s strategic reasons for attacking the U.S., an article on Jihadis released from prison in Afghanistan, and a summary of the most important operations in Afghanistan over the last four months.
This month we also have a new journal published by al-Shabaab, the AQ-linked group in Somalia. Marisa thinks its publication means Shabab is growing stronger; that may be, but they can’t produce an attractive journal yet. The name of the journal, Millat Ibrahim (The Religious Community of Abraham), is an allusion to a Qur’anic verse and a book by Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi that have to do with shunning lukewarm Muslims. There’s even a blurb for Maqdisi’s book at the end of the periodical. Not surprisingly then, some of the content is devoted to exposing the evils of more compromising Somali opposition groups; for example, there’s a chart of differences between the Shabab and the Liberation Party of Somalia. Also of interest is a biography of slain Shabab leader Adam Ayro.
Document (Arabic): 10-4-08-shamikh-issue-12-of-talae28099i-khurasan-released
Document (Arabic): 10-4-08-faloja-shabab-publishes-new-journal-millat-ibrahim