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„…not to hide it“ – Anwar al-Awlaki´s Newest Video

by Florian Flade

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The latest Anwar al-Awlaki video titled „To make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it” was kind of surprise for those following the Jihadi Internet propaganda regularly – not so much because of the message delivered by the US-Yemeni preacher but for several other reasons.

Why was the video not released by Al-Malahim, the official media wing of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula?

If this footage was not recorded by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, who did it?

Anwar al-Awlaki got awarded by the media the title „Most Dangerous Terrorist“ or „Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen“ – why is he not using this image to his advantage and presents himself as the one others say he is?

The key to Awlaki´s fame is with no doubt the influence on Western Muslims – So why not preach to them in English instead of Arabic (a language not spoken by British Muslim Youth of Pakistani origin for example)?

Awlaki´s message in general is covering several issues, among them the Sunni vs. Shia fight and the attack on corrupt Arab traitor regimes. The title of the video message hints to a Quranic Verse Surah 3:187

„Allah took a covenant from those who received the scripture: „You shall proclaim it to the people, and never conceal it.“ But they disregarded it behind their backs, and traded it away for a cheap price. What a miserable trade.“

The Yemeni government and Ulama, Awlaki claims, are acting as friends and allies of the U.S. and the Jews. According to the Jihadi preacher they have become „more Crusader-like than the Crusaders, and more Jewish-like than the Jews“.

Somalia´s Shabaab militants and the Afghan Taliban are titled „brothers“ by Awlaki, naming them as true actors according to Sharia.

Awlaki also attacks Shia Iran, saying the Iranian nuclear program does not serve the Ummah and the establishment of the Kalifat but only „the Persian, the Shia project“.

Most importantly Anwar al-Awlaki calls for the killing of Americans without waiting for religious justification by any of the Ulama. „Do not consult anyone in killing the Americans. Fighting Satan does not require a jurisprudence. It does not require consulting. It does not need a prayer for the cause. They are the party of Satan…“

See the Arabic transcript of Awlaki´s latest time here

Coming soon … Jihadi Anchorman Anwar al-Awlaki

by Florian Flade

“The responsibility lying on the shoulder of the Ummah is heavy. The Ummah is in severe need to be guided in these dark times in which the Muslims are exposed to fateful dangers”

– Anwar al-Awlaki in new video release

Sitting on what likes look a newsdesk, a wooden curtain in the background, US-born Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki is featured in a new video soon to be released on Jihadi internet forums. The weekend´s release of a small clip, an excerpt of a larger tape, is a clear sign to expect the full video in the coming days.

A few weeks back, still images of the new Awlaki tape were posted in a Jihadi forum, hinting the wanted Yemeni Ideologue will appear in a new major video release, probably produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Awlaki, born in 1971 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a US-citizen and has lived in the United States for years until he fled to Yemen via Great Britain. In the US, Anwar al-Awlaki, gave lectures at several mosques around the country, among them an Islamic Center in Virginia and a San Diego Mosque. At least two of the 9/11 hijackers attended Awlaki´s sermons.

Since he was chosen to live in Yemeni exile, the fluent English-speaker has risen to a prominent figure within the Jihadi circles, making him a leading ideologue influencing especially Western Muslims, often Non-Arab speakers.

The United States are on the hunt for Awlaki, as the CIA and FBI believe he was highly involved in the Ford Hood Shooting of Major Nidal Hassan in 2009. Awlaki exchanged e-mails with Hassan, convincing him attacking US soldiers is his duty as a Muslim, eventhough he is living in the USA and is a member of the military.

Soon after the Nigerian Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, trained and prepared by al-Qaeda in Yemen, tried to blow up an US airliner over Detroit in December 2009, again indications emerged, the failed suicide bomber has met Anwar al-Awlaki during his time in Yemen. The preacher had influenced the young Nigerian, giving him spiritual advice and religious justification for his action.

Labeled as „Bin Laden of the Internet“, Awlaki has become a prime target in Obama´s war against al-Qaeda. The US president issued the order to capture or kill Awlaki – a controversial decision as the Islamist Imam is still a natural-born American.

Years ago Awlaki was an al-Qaeda supporter, a blogger and internet-preacher spreading spiritual poison, sometimes via Live video conference into European, Australian or North American mosques, speaking in English to Muslim audiences in the West.

Today, there is no doubt in my mind, Anwar al-Awlaki is a full-time al-Qaeda member, using his charisma and influence to support the organization and spread its ideology. Al-Qaeda in Yemen´s media wing, Al-Malahim Media, interviewed Awlaki earlier this year, marking the first time the American and American-hater was granted full-length propaganda video bearing the logo of al-Qaeda.

It is no coincident an administrator of a large Jihadi forum posted the trailer-like video example of the new Awlaki video at the same time, news was spreading the Pentagon had invited Anwar al-Awlaki for launch just weeks after 9/11.

The meeting apparently was part of an effort to reach out to the Muslim community, the US authorities say. Awlaki had been visited and questioned by the FBI about the alleged connection to the hijackers of the 9/11 attacks.

Asked if Awlaki has actually attended the launch at the Pentagon, spokesman Col. David Lapan told ABC News, „We believe that to be true.“
„We believe it was hosted by a small group within (but not including) the Department of Defense General Counsel’s staff,“ a Pentagon spokesman told ABC.

The FBI, US media reports, was quite „impressed“ by the English-speaking preacher and decided to reach out to him. From today´s viewpoint the situation is an embarrassing mistake made by US officials. Sleeping with the devil would be an accurate description of the event.

Nine years after launch at the Pentagon, the friendly, „impressive“ Imam is America´s top enemy, one of the most-wanted man alive and the rising star in the al-Qaeda world. Lectures by Awlaki are uploaded on Youtube every day, audio tapes are spreading in the internet forums, Awlaki´s „44 Ways of Supporting Jihad“ is a Jihadi bestseller since the US focus is on the Yemeni preacher.

The new video will very likely be released in the coming days and it is – from what you can tell from the short clip – all in Arabic. In it Awlaki mainly talks about the corrupt Arab leaders and their responsibility for the situation of the Muslim Ummah.

More to come…