New Iraq map dd May 16, 2016
By Thomas van Linge
A new issue of Inspire published on May 14 2016 by al-Malahim media
pdf : Inspire Spring 2016
On Friday May 13 analyst Michael Horowitz published a series of tweets concerning the bombing of a Jabhat an-Nusra meeting in Abu adh-Dhuhur airbase in Idlib province. Who conducted the bombing is unknown yet there are reasons to believe the attack was conducted by the US air force. In the tweets Mr. Horowitz, translating an authentic Arab source on Twitter, pointed out about 15 senior ranking Jabhat an-Nusra leaders were killed in the airstrike.
Abu Hajar al-Urdani, a senior Jabhat al-Nusra operative was killed by a possible US airstrike in
The airstrike targeted a meeting of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group, and killed 15 in the Abu Adh Duhur air base
The original tweet in Arabic concerning Abu Dawoud al-Belgiki:
تأكيد خبر مقتل الأخ ابو داوود البلجيكي في غارة صليبية على
#مطار_ابو_ظهور تقبله الله وباقي الاخوة في عليين
The death of the Belgian Jabhat an-Nusra member was confirmed to me in private via a contact who talked to a Belgian or Dutch Jabhat an-Nusra member. It was also partly corroborated by Reuters by the publication of a very brief report on the event: (See Reuters)
An air strike hit a Nusra Front meeting in northwestern Syria, killing 16 senior members of the al Qaeda-linked group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
It was not clear if the air strike, targeting the disused Abu al-Duhour air base, had been carried out by Russia or the United States, which have both mounted strikes against the group in Syria, said Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman.
He said the air base had been heavily bombed in the attack.
Via contacts in The Islamic State I found out that the attacks were most likely targetting the actual top of Jabhat an-Nusra. An Ahrar as-Sham defector calling himself Siraj ad-Din, considered to be a reliable source on the events on the ground, tweeted that the attack “came half an hour late”. He implied that the entire leadership of Jabhat an-Nusra at one point was present at Abu adh-Dhuhur airbase:
الاجتماع الذي كان مقرر استهدافه بالقصف يضم الجولاني وابو احمد حدود وابو الفرج المصري وابو عبدالله الشامي وسامي العريدي وجميع الكادر الشرعي.
نصف ساعة فقط كانت الفاصل بين القصف الامريكي ومغادرة القيادات للمكان .!
He mentioned al-Julani himself, Abu Ahmad Hudud, Abu al-Faraj al-Misri, Abu ‘Abd Allah ash-Shami and Sami al-‘Uraidi and the whole Shura council were actually meeting at that same spot in which Abu Dawoud al-Belgiki was killed. In a second tweet he stated it was just half an hour after the entire leadership left, the spot was hit by the airstrike.
Another Twitter user reacted on the tweets pondering on the fact whether this was just a warning by the US led coalition to Jabhat an-Nusra or indeed an error in the modus operandi.
Whatever the nature of the attack; this would mean that the Belgian fighter involved was a high-ranking Jabhat an-Nusra member. Maybe not an actual Shura member but indeed linked to the very top of al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.
We actually do not know a lot about this Belgian Nusra leader. He was first mentioned by the Belgian Syrian “Mediawerkgroep Syrië”, a website run by Syrian regime supporters living in Belgium with an excellent source base. (See website) The video that was supposedly approved by Abu Dawoud and got published on YouTube on May 27, 2014 (and as to now is stille online) is to be seen here:
Another source contacting me told me Abu Dawoud was a security leader within Jabhat an-Nusra, what would explain why he was still at the scene when the rocket actually hit. (See printscreen of private conversation below)
Whoever the man might have been, it is clear, based on all previous postings this Belgian Jabhat an-Nusra emir had a very important function within the core of the organisation.
It is most likely more news on this attack will be spread by Jabhat an-Nusra related social media accounts. If so, this post will be updated accordingly.
Published by all-Maqalat
The Muslim Revolutions – Breaking the chains of despair
1. Did the revolutions fail?
Imagine if the Jihaad in various fronts including Shaam will fail to achieve victory. Does this then mean that the Jihaad in and of itself failed? Does this mean that it was all for nothing? There were Prophets who did not have any followers, or they had just a few followers, the Prophet (saws) even said that there will be Prophets on the Day of Judgement who will be accompanied with only one or two or three followers. So does this mean that these Prophets failed in their mission? Does this mean that their Prophethood was for nothing? If you look at it with an objective eye which only considers this materialistic worldly life then yes indeed they did fail. But Muslims do not look at the world with one eye like the Dadjaal Al-Hamdulilaah. Muslims look with the depth of two eyes, one looking at the world and one at the Hereafter. Come to think about it, Jihaad with the worldly eye is loss and nothing else. Because you sacrifice your life children, your wife, your relatives, your belongings, and even your life! So what is there to gain if we would only look at it with a worldy eye? Rather it is all loss. But we Muslims do not look with this eye. Lets take the people of the Ditch as an example, they were thrown in pits or fire and the oppressive king at that time killed them all when they declared their faith in Allah. So what did they gain? They became Muslim and were all killed? But nevertheless Allah describes their victory in Surah Al-Burooj as a major victory! Why did Allah call it The Major Victory (Al-Fawz Al-Kabeer) while they were all killed? A Muslim knows why.
Looking at the Arab revolutions we must first approach the issue from this perspective. Second, even if we would look at it from a worldly eye, then they did not fail. A baby did not fail because he learned crawling before walking, he did not fail because he learned baby gibber before talking. Life consists of steps, some small, some big. So if a single simple human being needs all of this time developing and learning before growing up into an adult, then what about something major like the revolutions of millions of people? Be realistic, first and foremost. But lets look at what the revolutions already achieved, and how small or big the achievements are, before it will reach its main goal inshaAllah. However keep in mind what we said before, even if it does not reach this main goal, then did it really fail? No, like we explained, it did not. But lets look at the achievements.
The tyranny of Mubarak came to an end after thirty years, the tyranny of Ben Ali after twenty years, and the tyranny of Al-Qadaffi after forty years. After all the victims they made, the dead, the tortured, the widows, the orphans, the oppression, their end came like with any tyrant. This was without a doubt a victory against these tyrants, this was justice. This was the first step of the revolutions, and it could be considered as a major achievements. Rather we have seen nothing like it in the history of human kind, we have never seen four tyrants get deposed in one year! In Tunesia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. And a fifth tyrants soon followed in Iraq. Never have we seen such a victory in human history. Yet some Muslims doubt the victory of Allah because the revolution did not reach its end goal, despite them witnessing this clearcut miracle.
Those who are eager to see the end goal of the revolution must keep one thing in mind. Their fall was the result of the supplications made by the oppressed in the prisons, the widows who lost their husbands, the mothers who lost their sons. The Prophet (saws) explained to us that the supplications of the oppressed are answered, even if they were made by a Kaafir. But these oppressed, the widows, mothers, and prisoners, did they all witness the fall of the tyrants? No they did not, many of them died before seeing the end of these tyrants. But their supplication is answered. So would it be correct for them to think that their supplication was all for nothing? Would it be correct for them to think that their supplication was not answered? Many Prophets made supplications which were answered after several years, some of them did not witness this supplication getting answered, like the Prophet Ibraheem (as). In conclusion we must say that we can not choose to witness the victory of Allah before it is destined. The results are in the Hands of the Allah, He destines them when, where and in which speed He wants. We however are selected by Allah to witness the outcome of the supplications made by those who are not able to witness. We must be grateful that He has chosen us to witness this great moment in history. Likewise another generation will be selected to witness the supplications made by us. So do not despair, give the coming generations something that will please them and increase your efforts and supplications. Let the downfall of the tyrants be a lesson for us, and let the miraculous signs of Allah increase our Imaan in His coming promise and victory, which comes gradually and not in one flood.
These were just some quick notes.
We will continue this series inshaAllah if there is more time left
2. Prolonged war
We often hear people ask why the war in Shaam for example is taking so long. They hope and ask for a quick victory, sometimes they even request the West to intervene on their behalf against the regime, and they even become sad if the West doesn’t intervene. But if they understood the reality of the conflict and the wisdom behind this war, they would look at it differently inshaAllah. So let us explore this view in this small article. Lets us first begin with an example from recent history.
Despite their victory against the Sovjets, if you would ask the average Mujahid veteran or military leader who experienced the Jihaad in Afghanistan against the Sovjets, he will without a doubt say that it would have been of great benefit if the war against the Russians was prolonged even further. The war against the Russians lasted about ten years and martyred more than one million and displaced more than five million Muslims. But this war was nevertheless very beneficial for the Muslim Ummah. Many other fronts were opened through Afghanistan; fronts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Dagestan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, etc. The Ummah was mobilized, the youth was trained, the spirit of Jihaad was revived, etc. Until this very day we are still benefiting from the Jihaad in Afghanistan on various fronts. The Jihaad in Afghanistan was without a doubt the solid fundament on which the global modern day Jihaad was built. The military knowledge that was spread, the experience, the leaders that were created, the fronts that were opened, etc. Many good came from the Jihaad in Afghanistan, and its impact can still be felt until this very day on various fronts on the world. So imagine what the great impact of the Jihaad in Shaam would be for the future of this Ummah, if this war would prolong and evolve? And Shaam, unlike Afghanistan, is situated in the heart of the Muslim Ummah, right next to Bayt Al-Maqdis.
Furthermore, a prolonged war does not give the chance for the enemy to pause and catch his breath; so that he could reengage the fight against you in the near future, like the Russians are doing at this moment in Shaam after their defeat in Afghanistan before. We should not hope for a quick victory which gives us a half-way solution. Moreover, the enemy could be even stronger if he comes back the next time. From this perspective it not wise to hope for a quick victory. As guerilla movements we do not have much to loose, rather prolonged war is in our advantage and in the disadvantage of the superpowers who are fighting us. It is our strong point, and their weak point. There is no benefit for a country with large armies and expensive weapons to prolong any kind of intervention or war. Sun Tzu said: “What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations. Where the army is, prices are high; when prices rise the wealth of the people is exhausted. There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.”
So time is on our side. Like Allah said in the Quran: “Indeed the unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder people from the path of Allah, so they will continue to spend, but in the end they will have only regrets and anguish, then they will be conquered.” (8:36)
Consider this equation; an IED worth less than 100 dollars destroys an armored vehicle worth millions of dollars. A jerrycan with a couple of litters of gas worth a couple of dollars burns down a truck convoy of military supplies worth tens of millions of dollars. Superpowers can be destroyed with such simple guerilla tactics depending on how long the war lasts. If ten years of war against the Sovjets brought Russia to the brink of collapse, and it took them two decades to rebuilt their economy, until they caught their breath and revived the chance to reengage in a military aggression against the Ummah in Shaam. Imagine what the result would have been if the war was prolonged in Afghanistan?
Think about it, why did Russia announce its withdrawal from Shaam so quick? Because they understand that they can not prolong the intervention in Shaam, especially considering the minimum progress and advance it gave them against the Mujahideen and the opposition, and the minimum loss it inflicted on the Mujahideen and the opposition. The US likewise understood very well that it could not prolong the war in Afghanistan and Iraq any further, they pushes as much as they could, until the US and the world were overpowered by a financial crisis in 2008, so they had to take the time to rebuilt and take a breath. But look at Afghanistan and Iraq after all these years since the US intervention, did the Jihaad decrease or increase? So what did they achieve, and who really benefited from the war?
With the Wisdom of Allah, the passive non-intervention stance, the US took after their new political course in 2009, was of perfect timing. If the US intervened against the regime in the beginning of the uprising in Shaam in 2011 then this would have been in the disadvantage of the Muslims. Look at Shaam at the moment, the spirit of Jihaad is very much alive after being absent for decades. The Ummah is armed and mobilized in a popular Jihaad against the Russian-Safawid-Nusayri -Western backed- alliance. Territories are liberated, the Rule of Allah is implemented, military training bases are built, Islam is being spread, etc. A new free generation is being prepared and trained to confront the future superpowers, like it happened before in the Afghan-Sovjet war. This would all not have been possible if the US intervened against the regime in the beginning of the uprising in Shaam, and it would not have been possible if the war didn’t last this long.
Allah said: “Warfare is ordained for you, while it is hated by you. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, while you do not know.” (2:216)
If the US would have intervened, they would have deposed the regime and imposed their political will, and the cycle of subordination would have continued. But Allah prevented this, the US thought that their passive stance would let the uprising get crushed, but they plan and Allah plans, and the plan of the Shaytaan is very weak.
Allah promised us in the Quran: “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of evil (Taghut). So fight against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the strategy of Satan is always weak.” (4:76)
These were just some quick notes.
We will continue this series inshaAllah if there is more time left.
Audio message released on May 8, 2016
March Forth To Sham!
Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri (May Allah Protect Him)
Jumadi al-ulaa 1437
Equivalent to May 2016
English translation by:
Abu ‘Amr al-Ansari
Abu ‘Abdu al-Ansari
In the name of Allah. All praise is due to Allah. May prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, and his allies.
To my Muslim brothers everywhere, may peace and the blessings and mercy of Allah be upon you. To proceed.
Sham today is the hope of the Muslim Nation, because it is the only peoples revolution of the revolutions of the ‘Arab Spring’ that took the right path. The path of dawa and jihad to establish and rule by the Sharia, and striving to establish the Caliphate upon the Prophetic methodology and not the Caliphate of Ibrahim Badri. The Caliphate upon the correct methodology and not the Caliphate of al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf.
As a result of that, the great international criminals united to prevent the Mujahidin in Sham, the land of garrisoning and jihad from establishing their Mujahid state. Thus, the conspiracies, plots, pressures and seductions began. However, Allah, the Glorified willed for a group of mujahidin from the best Mujahirin and Ansar to remain steadfast upon the truth without shaking. Thus, the Muslim Nation gathered around this group in Sham, realizing the difference between its correct ideology and the false ideology of the new extremist, takfiri khawarij. Those who brought the Muslim Nation glad tidings of the inheritance of al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf. Those who shall carry the burden of the Muslim blood they have spilled on the Day of Resurrection.
To my Muslim and Mujahid brothers in Sham, the land of garrisoning and jihad and everywhere, it is our obligation today to defend the jihad in Sham against the conspiracies contrived against it. Those enacted by the state of the al-Saud family and its appendages from the other regional nations, under the command of Britain’s stepdaughter, America.
All of these conspiracies aim to wipe Islam from Sham, presenting in its place a false Islam that conforms with the secularists, nationalists and the regime of the great international criminals. Forsaking the blood of hundreds of thousands, those who cried out in according with their fitra (natural predisposition) during their protests, “Our leader for eternity, our Master Muhammad (PBUH)!”
The greatest problem for the international criminal regime and our apostate governments and their institutions, is that the Mujahidin of Sham are standing on the borders of Palestine, threatening what is known as ‘Israel’, or the 51st state of the USA, or the largest American military base outside of the USA.
Thus, it is essential for them to strike this jihad, to bury it and to deviate its course to that of secularism and nationalism and entering into the regime of the great international criminals.
Thus, they progress from conspiracy to conspiracy, from one scheme to another. From Geneva to Riyadh, to the truce to the decision of the (UN) Security Council of the great international criminals. A chain of unending deception, lies, defamations and fraud.
It is our obligation today to support the jihad in Sham with all that we are able, and to march forth, light and heavy!
It is our obligation today to incite the Mujahidin in Sham to unite, so that they may free themselves from the secular Alawite regime and its allies from the Safavid Shia, the Russians and the western Crusaders, and so that they can establish a rightly guided, Mujahid, Islamic state.
To my brothers the Mujahidin in Sham, the land of garrisoning and jihad from all over the world. The issue of unity today is a matter of life and death for you. Either you unite to live as Muslims in honor, or you will differ and be disunited and be eaten one by one.
There remains another matter that many have delved into, in an attempt to deviate the eyes of the Muslim Mujahid Nation in Sham away from their real enemy. The issue of the links of the beloved, beneficent, defiant Jabhat al-Nusra – whom we are honored to be linked to, and whom we ask Allah to increase in steadfastness and success – to al-Qaida.
Thus, I will address the matter clearly and in brief.
We have repeated over and over than the Muslims of Sham – and at the heart of them the brave Mujahidin – if they formed their Muslim state and chose their Imam, then whoever they decide to choose is their choice.
We, by the grace of Allah, are not striving for authority, rather we are striving for the rule of the Sharia. We do not wish to rule over the Muslims, rather, we want to be ruled as Muslims by Islam.
We have and continue to call for the unification of the Mujahidin in Sham and their uniting to establish a rightly guided, Islamic, Mujahid government. That which spreads justice, spreads shura (consultation), restores people’s rights, helps the oppressed and revives jihad, thus opening the lands, and strives to liberate al-Aqsa, and restore the Caliphate upon the Prophetic methodology.
By the will of Allah, the association to an organization (i.e. al-Qaida) will never be an obstacle in the face of those great hopes. Those which the Islamic Nation longs for, that which we are a part of, and we are not a trustee over it, nor have we jumped upon it with a pledge of allegiance to people that no one knows, nor a surprise Caliph.
Furthermore, will the great international criminals be pleased with Jabhat al-Nusra if they sever ties with al-Qaida? Or will they force them to sit at the table with the murderous criminals, then make them submit to concessions of disgrace and appeasement, to submit to the governments of corruption and servitude, then to enter into the dirty game of democracy. Then after all that throw them in jail, like they did with the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Allah, the Magnificent spoke the truth when he said:
“Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with you until you follow their religion. Say, verily Allah’s guidance is the only guidance. If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge you would have against Allah no supporter or helper.”
Verily, we in al-Qaida do not accept any pledge of allegiance except that which is made willingly, and we do not force anyone to pledge allegiance to us, nor threaten to decapitate them, nor do we excommunicate those who fight against us, like the blather of the modern Khawarij.
To our Muslim Nation in the Heartland of the Believers, and to our noble brothers, the lions of Sham, we are from you. Our efforts are for you and we are a part of you. Even if we are separated by many lands, we are united by our creed and our religion. We are with you, fighting a united battle across many fronts against the great international criminals, the Crusaders and their allies the apostates. Your victory is our victory, your honor is our honor and your consolidation is our consolidation.
Remain steadfast, servants of Allah, against this vicious attack! That in which the eastern and western crusaders have aligned with the secular Alawites and the apostate Shia. Be patient, resilient and remain garrisoned. Do not be silenced by the war machines of the Crusaders, because they have been defeated previously in Afghanistan and in Iraq! Remember the words of the Emir Mullah Muhammad Umar (RA), who put his trust in Allah (as we recon him), when he said, “Allah promised me victory and Bush promised me defeat, so we will see which of the two promises is truer”. Remember his words when he said, “The case of Osama (RA) is not the matter of one man, rather it is a matter of the honor of Islam!” and when he said to his brothers, “If you surrender Osama, then tomorrow you will surrender me”.
That very trust in Allah and dependence upon him – without depending on any others – is what destroyed the war machines of the eastern and western Crusaders in Afghanistan. Then they were destroyed in Iraq, and they will be destroyed in Sham, by the will of Allah.
Do not be anxious about the apostate, agent, subservient governments, those who do not wish for you freedom or honor, because the one who does not possess something can never give it. Let your actions be true to your words, when you said, “Death before disgrace!”
“If you have patience and fear Allah their plot will not harm you at all. Verily , Allah encompasses what they do”.
Aal Imran 3.120
Our final prayer is all praise is to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May Allah send prayers and peace upon our Master, Muhammad, and upon his family and companions. May peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.