Archive for October 2008

Taliban attack on German army

October 20, 2008

Well, jihadi statements and media statements just have a tendency of being quite different. Today the Taliban announced to have committed an attack against the “German occupational army” in Afghanistan in the province of Qunduz in the north of the country. “One of the heroic mujahidin for the Islamic emirate, Islam ad-Din, attacked them by a suicide operation” and the Taliban claim to have killed 12 German soldiers – DER SPIEGEL (http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,585258,00.html) reports that two Germans had been killed in the attack, when the assailant blew himself up while riding a bike and killing five children who were playing at the side of the road when the German army convoy passed through.
The usual statement within the forums – at least on the ones that are still up and running; the flow of information has so far not been influenced by the Saudi take down of three major forums.
The tendency to exaggerate on actual casualties of – in the interpretation of the Taliban / jihadis – Western occupants is mostly higher than being stated in the mainstream media and mostly serves the propaganda purpose of these statements.

The Return of ‘Azzam, the American

October 5, 2008

On a recent posting in the various online forums, a new as-Sahab video has been made available: a speech given in English by Adam Yahiya Ghadan, who gained a questionable fame after threatening the West and the US in particular in his native mother tongue, namely American-English, and who disappeared for some time leaving rumors that he might have been killed in an attack that had left one of the leading ideologues, Abu ‘l-Layth al-Libi, dead.

The video, entitled “The Believer Isn’t Stung From The Same Hole Hole Twice ]” ( I did not make this up!), it is “a Message From the Mujahid Brother” where he takes new stances agains the West and perhaps even India with a look on Pakistan’s recent events.

There will be an update next week on the video, that is online in English and Arabic – anyway Ghadan looks quite healthy and I guess we all can dismiss the rumors of his death now which also explains that the recent as-Sahab videos had – as mostly previously – English subtitles.

Cheers!