Schlagwort-Archive: Tahir Yuldashev

Emir der IBU stirbt bei US-Drohnenangriff

von Florian Flade

Usman Adil – IBU Anführer getötet im April

Im August 2009 verlor die „Islamische Bewegung Usbekistans“ (IBU), die wohl aggressivste Terrorgruppe im afghanisch-pakistanischen Grenzgebiet, ihren langjährigen Anführer Tahir Yuldashev durch einen US-Drohnenangriff. Monatelang schwieg IBU zum Tod des Gruppen-Mitbegründers, dann erklärten die Islamisten ihn offiziell zum „Märtyrer“

Knapp drei Jahre später ereilt Yuldashevs Nachfolger das gleiche Schicksal. Der IBU-Emir Usman Adil ist nach Angaben der Terrorgruppe im April von den Raketen einer amerikanischen Drohne getötet worden. Vermutlich starb Adil am 29.April nahe Miranshah in Nord-Waziristan als ein Drohnenangriff auf ein leerstehendes Schulgebäude stattfand in dem sich Dschihadisten unterschiedlicher Gruppen getroffen hatten. Den Anwohnern zufolge starben bei dem Luftangriff insgesamt vier Personen, darunter Usbeken und Tadschiken.

Adil trat in mehreren Propagandavideos der IBU als Prediger auf. Er galt als enger Vertrauter von Tahir Yuldashev und pflegte Beziehungen zu pakistanischen Taliban-Führern wie Hakimullah Mehsud. Sein Nachfolger wurde bereits ernanntn: Usman Ghazi.

German Jihadi Brothers Met Anwar al-Awlaki

by Florian Flade

For the first time, the Chouka-Brothers, two German militants fighting in Waziristan, are telling their journey from Bonn to Yemen and finally to Pakistan. In Yemen the two met preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and later thought about joining al-Qaida in Pakistan but instead ended up with an Uzbek terror group.

Yassin Chouka – IMU Leader Tahir Yuldashev – Mounir Chouka

The Chouka-Brothers known as „Abu Ibraheem“ and „Abu Adam“ are amongst the most popular Jihadi celebrities, featured in numerous videos produced and published by the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU) in recent years. Mounir and Yassin Chouka, German citizens of Moroccan descent born and raised in the former German capital Bonn, have joined the Jihadi group operating in the Afghan-Pakistan tribal areas in 2008 and are now fighting Pakistani troops in the battles of Waziristan. Several German-language propaganda videos were produced by the Chouka-Brothers, in which the two called whole Muslim families from Germany to make „hijrah“ to Pakistan and live a life of Jihad.

For years German journalists and counter-terrorism officials have examined the biographies of Yassin and Mounir Chouka from Bonn to try to understand their way of radicalization and the path to Islamic extremism. No other militant from Germany had a greater effect on German Islamists than the Chouka-Brothers. Though most facts about the brother´s lives prior to their move to the Pakistani terror camps are widely known – they were enthusiastic football players, graduated from school, did their military service, started a apprenticeship at the Federal Statistical Office – the precise details of when, how and on what route the brothers came to the Pakistani tribal areas remained a mystery or at least unconfirmed.

A very amateurish written biography of the Brother´s lives in Germany and Yemen was released a few years ago. In it, the Chouka´s path from German town of Bonn to Yemen was described for the first time. Some sources indicated the two Islamists lived in the Yemeni village of Dammaj and were students of the well-known Dar ul-Hadith School. None of that information was confirmed.

Today the IMU released a part of the Chouka Brother´s biography, highlighting „Our Way to the IMU“. Author of this latest IMU document release is Yassin Chouka alias „Abu Ibraheem“, the younger of the two brothers. He tells about how he and Mounir decided to leave Germany on the path of „hijrah“ to a land of Jihad. They wanted to fight against the infidels but did not prefer any specific country.

„It did not matter to us if the journey would take us to Somalia, Palestine, Chechnya or Indonesia“, Yassin Chouka writes. Eventually the two Islamists traveled to Yemen. „After several months, when we were familiar with Yemen and the environment, we joined a group in the Hadramaut region called Al-Murabitoon“, the Jihadi from Bonn explains, „This group is armed and fights alongside al-Qaida with the aim to overthrow – with Allah´s help – the traitor government in Yemen.“

Jihad in Yemen began for the Chouka Brothers, and both were now involved and not only observers of combat. One of their close friends was allegedly a „former bodyguard of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden.“

„During our incredible adventure in Yemen, we had the great pleasure of meeting a truthful scholar of our times, Sheikh Al-Imam Anwar Awlaki“, Yassin Chouka states, „We spent precious hours with him. Our friend Anwar Awlaki, who owned a honey factory in Yemen, gathered some virtuous, great businessman to finance the Jihad in Somalia and to sent brothers into Iraq, to Somalia and to Afghanistan.“

One of Awlaki´s affiliates allegedly told the Choukas to go to Afghanistan for Jihad. Yemen, he said, was not a safe place for foreign mujahideen. „With our German passport“, Yassin Chouka writes, „we had a good chance of reaching Afghanistan, he said.“ The militant than explained to the German Jihadis, they could bring their families, as the „mujahideen in that region wanted whole families to come.“

„We received this information on a Wednesday evening“, „Abu Ibraheem“ highlights, „and five days later, after consulting our Amir, we were on board a plane taking us to Khorasan.“ The journey took one month and was very well-planned and organized according to Yassin Chouka. Only a few days before they reached the Waziristan region of Pakistan, Mounir and Yassin Chouka were told by one of the trip organizers that the group they would join is the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.“ Videos of this – unknown – group were shown to the Chouka Brothers. Their trip organizers were members of IMU and explained the group was one of the first Jihadi movements to pledge allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. IMU they were told, were the first to start Jihad in Pakistan.

„For the first time since the long journey began, we were faced with the question which group we should join“, Chouka remembers, „We asked the brother what was planned for us and which group we would end up. He answered it is up to us which group in Khorasan we want to join (…) The IMU he said, was fighting for the cause of the Ummah and not to expand their own ranks or gain new members.“

The brothers thought about the upcoming decision. „Our hearts were keen on joining the familiar brothers of al-Qaida“, Yassin Chouka writes, „but we were afraid Allah would not make the path an easy one for us.“ They did not leave Germany, to meet Osama Bin Laden (whom they admire), the German militant says, and they did not travel to Pakistan to join specifically Osama´s al-Qaida, or a Arab or German group. Finally the brothers from Germany joined IMU, a militant group they hoped was fighting for Muslim causes and not for its own agenda.

„After about three years in the ranks of IMU, we feel honored and more than happy about this decision“, the newly released IMU document reads. Jihadi militants coming from 20 or more nations allegedly joined IMU in recent years.

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.