by Florian Flade
You love the iPhone, iPad and all the other communication devices designed by Apple? So does al-Qaida. For the first time last week the terror network´s media wing “As-Sahab” has published a preview-banner of a new, soon-to-be-released propaganda tape – in the shape of a new iPad 2. The GIF-animation features screenshots from the upcoming video, including stills of late al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and American convert Adam Gadahn aka “Azzam al-Amrikki”.
Why al-Qaida choose an iPad image to announce the new tape´s release? I don´t know. But al-Qaida used similar preview banners in recent years, mostly using the shape of iPhones. For example al-Qaida´s branch in Iraq – the “Islamic State of Iraq” – posted a iPhone4-style banner on the Jihadi forums last year to promote it´s “Battle of the Prisoners Part II” video.
The first intention in using the Apple products seems to be a very plain and simple one: Look! We are adapting to modern Western technology! We are not stuck in the 7th century but instead use devices like smart phones and portable computers to spread the message of Jihad.
In addition to that, al-Qaida is expanding its reach on the sympathizer and fan-side by providing video and audio files that can be played, streamed or even downloaded onto a up-to-date smart phone like the iPhone 4. Within the community of Western Jihadis in Europe and North America or even just those interested in the propaganda material without supporting the organization or ideology, there are for sure more than a handful of smartphone users. So it should not be surprising al-Qaida & Co are entering the world of modern portable technology. In fact numerous terror groups have been providing 3gp-format files of their video releases for years now – especially meant to attract those spreading the propaganda on their mobile phones.
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by Florian Flade
A prominent Jihadi Online Forum announced it on Friday with an unofficial post linked to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – Al-Qaida fighters have taken control over the South Yemeni city of Zinjibar the statement said without giving any details – “The Mujahidin are patrolling the streets”.
Over the course of the weekend, this report was confirmed by mainstream media, including CNN and Reuters. The media outlets quoted residents of Zinjibar, the capital of Yemen´s Abyan Province as saying “hundreds of militants” came into the city on Friday and occupied the town. Masked Islamists “suddenly arrived and in large numbers. There were no clashes when they arrived on Friday night. We tried to complain to security forces but could not find them”, one Zinjibar resident told CNN.
Yemen´s government confirmed that about 200 al-Qaida men took over control in Zinjibar on the weekend. According to government officials, the Yemeni military is meanwhile involved in heavy fighting in the town, up to a dozen Yemeni soldiers have been killed in the past two days.
Video from Zinjibar shows destroyed Yemeni military vehicles
Xinhua News Agency reports al-Qaida fighters read a statement to the residents of Zinjibar, declaring the town official being part of the “Islamic Emirate”. Al-Qaida militants attacked to police stations according to Xinhua and seized 30 police cars on Saturday.
A police convoy was ambushed by al-Qaida on the outskirts of Zinjibar, leaving four police men dead, Yemeni security officials said. Eyewitnesses also tell of Yemeni airforce bombing al-Qaida positions in the eastern part of the city.
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