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Jihad in Pakistan – Notes On IMU´s Latest Video

by Florian Flade


Two weeks ago, the Pakistan-based terrorist organization „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU) released its newest German-language propaganda video. According to IMU it is only the first part of a several new videos dealing with life and Jihad in the Pakistani tribal areas.
Though the 50-minute long piece of Jihadi propaganda – which of course featured German Jihadi brothers Yassin and Mounir Chouka – does not contain much new information about the situation in Waziristan or the current stage of German militants in the terror training camps, there is some quite interesting content worth mentioning. Here is what I noticed watching the new IMU-video:

The New German


IMU claims there is a steady stream of German nationals – including whole families and single women – coming to Pakistan to join the group in the Jihad against the Pakistani military and NATO-forces in Afghanistan. In reality, the number of those Islamists migrating from Germany is far lower than IMU wants its Internet supporters to believe. Nevertheless the latest video from Waziristan indeed shows a new German recruit named „Abu Laith“.

The man´s face is blurred but from his speech one can tell he is probably from among the second or even third generation of Muslim immigrants – born and raised in Germany. At the moment German counter-terrorism officials are trying to figure out if the real identity of „Abu Laith“ is known.

IMU and the Tehrik e-Taliban


Of course it is not a secret that the Uzbek-founded IMU and the Pakistani Tehrik e-Taliban (TTP) are close allies, sharing training camps, fighters and resources. In the newest IMU-video three high-ranking TTP leaders are featured, two of them seen alongside IMU-fighters and leadership.

Wali ur-Rehman, TTP´s No.2 man, is seen giving a speech to a group mixed up with Taliban and IMU militants somewhere in the mountains of North Waziristan. He was choosen by the TTP Shura as the deputy leader of the organization.

Ur-Rehman´s boss, Hakimullah Mehsud, the Amir of TTP and Pakistan´s most-wanted terrorist, is seen in the new IMU footage, visiting the IMU´s new Uzbek leader Uthman Adil. Hakimullah Mehsud even tells some personal anecdotes on how he met and experienced the late IMU-leader Tahir Yuldashev (alias „Qari Tahir Jaan“), who was killed in a US-drone attack in 2009.
„The mujahideen of Tahir Jaan“, Hakimullah says, „have taught us the meaning of Jihad, long before I had ever heard of it (…) The blood of Tahir Jaan will awake thousands of new Tahir Jaans.“

Jihad in Tajikistan

IMU-Trainingcamp November 2010

A prison-break set free a number of IMU-members in Tajikistan last year. Only a few weeks later, on September 19 2010, militants attacked Tajik military targets including an army convoy in the Rasht Region, near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 23 Tajik soldiers.

IMU´s streaming in to North Afghanistan has been described by many observers. From Waziristan the group tries to infiltrate Afghanistan and then declaring Jihad against the state governments of the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia – IMU´s Jihad is coming back to it´s birthplace.

The German militant Mounir Chouka confirms for the first time IMU´s Tajikistan agenda.“We have an army at the service of the Muslims, Chouka says, „Right now it is taking part in the Jihad of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.“

Qari Hussain´s Face


For the first time ever, the IMU´s German propaganda tape reveals the face of the Pakistan Taliban´s chief trainer for suicide bombers – Qari Hussain. The notorious militant ranks high on Pakistan´s most-wanted list and has avoided cameras and the media spotlight in the past. Hussain contacted Pakistani journalists several times via phone but refused being filmed.
IMU´s German spokesman Mounir Chouka describes Qari Hussain as „one of the heroes of the Jihad in Pakistan“.

IMU´s Arab Propaganda Chief?


During one scene of the new IMU video – labeled as a history lessons about Jihad in Waziristan – a militant named „Sheikh Abu Ahmad al-Madani“, with his face hidden under a Keffiyah scarf, appears sitting in front of a laptop computer. He is allegedly part of IMU´s media staff. The name reference „al-Madani“ is not a clear indicator of where this Arab IMU fighter is from, but usually „al-Madani“ refers to someone originating from the Arabian-Peninsula, often from Yemen.

Question is: How many Arabs are among IMU? It seems not all Arab Jihadis coming to Waziristan are ending up in al-Qaida.

„Islamic Emirate of Waziristan“

Gun Shop in Waziristan

German-born Jihadi Mounir Chouka tells the viewer of a fairytale Islamic Emirate being build by the mujahideen in Waziristan at this very moment. „We have our own treasury, doctors, hospitals, schools, judges, pharmacies, our own intelligence agency (…) there are gun shops“, Chouka claims, „We even have our own unit responsible for the well-being of the Muhajiroun, about 30 brothers tasked only with this work.“

IMU fighting German Troops in Afghanistan

German Spy Drone – Shot Down (?) in Kunduz

At least since IMU released a video in 2010, showing their members fighting in the North Afghan province of Kunduz fighting German troops, the presence of IMU in that region of Afghanistan is known and confirmed.  IMU it seemed from the propaganda tape, was responsible for one of the deadliest attacks on German soldiers in Afghanistan. The so-called „Good-Friday Incident“ was a bloody ambush on a German military convoy in the Char Darrah district of Kunduz in which three German soldiers were killed when an IED exploded next to a DINGO military vehicle.

In the latest IMU-video a German military drone is seen, allegedly shot down in summer of 2010. Worth noting is: German military admitted it had lost a drone during a survaillance flight due to technical failure. The spy plane was later discovered and taken by Taliban forces.

Western Jihadis


Last but not least – IMU presents a trailer for the next part of the video series, featuring a Western Jihadi training in Waziristan. The masked man has a strong English accent and my guess is he is most likely a Asian immigrant from either the United States or Australia.

U.S. Adds Taliban Trainer Qari Hussain to Terror-List

by Florian Flade

Trainer of Teenage Suicide Bombers – Qari Hussain Mehsud

Qari Hussain Mehsud is probably the most feared and mystical figure of the Pakistani Taliban movement „Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan“ (TTP). He is known as the „teacher of the martyrdom-seekers“, a trainer of child suicide bombers and chief of the suicide bombing operations of the Pakistani Taliban. Numerous attacks by the TTP, including deadly bombings against Pakistani military, government and police compounds as well as against Pakistani religious minorities were orchestrated by Qari Hussain´s terror cells. A US$ 600,000 bounty was placed on his head by the Pakistani government, which considers the Taliban´s chief suicide bomber trainer to be among the Top 3 Terrorists in the country.

Today the US State and Treasury departments followed the Pakistani example and added Qari Hussain (Executive Order 13224) to the list of designated global terrorists. Only two other members of the TTP – the group´s leader Hakimullah Mehsud and his deputy Wali ur-Rahman – had been on that list. Now all known assets of Qari Hussain are frozen and he is banned of using financial institutions and travels.

„Qari Hussain is one of TTP’s top lieutenants and also serves as the trainer and organizer of the group’s suicide bombers. Training camps organized by Hussain are notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers, and Hussain has gained particular notoriety for his heavy recruitment of children“ – today´s press release states.

The US suspects Qari Hussain to be the mastermind of several high-profile operations including the suicide bombing on a CIA base in Khost which killed seven agents – „Furthermore, Hussain is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Muhammad Abu Mulal al-Balawi – the double-agent whose suicide mission on December 30, 2009, in Khost, Afghanistan, killed seven Americans.“

Faisal Shahzad, the US citizen who tried to detonate a car bomb at New York ´s Times Square in May 2010 is suspected of being one of Qari Hussain´s students, trained and advised by the TTP commander.

Qari Hussain remains a mysterious figure among Pakistan´s Taliban because of the lack of pictures and video footage that actually shows the face of the terrorist. Only recently there has been a short video appearance in which Hussain is seen without a blurred out face.

The notorious suicide bomber trainer was born into the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan and is said to have family connection to the former Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. In the South Waziristan region Qari Hussain ran a number of schools for teenage suicide bombers prior to the Pakistani military´s intervention and occupation of South Waziristan. After the army offensive Hussain fled to North Waziristan and today is most likely hiding somewhere in that area or in the agencies of Bajaur, Khyber or Mohmand.