Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Official Calls For The People Of Sudan To Rise Up Against Their Government And Attack U.S., Israeli Targets

November 7, 2020

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In a new video released by its media wing, Al-Malahim, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) urged the people of Sudan to attack U.S. and Israeli targets. The video, titled "And Incite The Believers," was released on November 5, 2020 and featured a message from AQAP senior official Ibrahim Al-Qousi, also known as Khubayb Al-Sudani.[1]

Al-Qousi, a Sudanese national, responded in his 20-minute message to the recent normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel, sponsored by the U.S. He called upon the Sudanese people to reject normalization with Israel, to rise up against their government for agreeing to it, and to carry out attacks on all U.S. and Israeli targets in Sudan and east Africa.

Al-Qousi began the video by denouncing "this grave transgression, perpetrated by the traitorous government of Sudan, the normalization and establishment of ties with the permanent enemy of Islam, the Jews – the usurpers, the occupiers of the third [holiest] mosque, [...] with the blessing of the head of unbelief, [...] the sponsor of war on Islam everywhere, America, and its tails, the tyrants of the Gulf."

He stressed that: "no Muslim should be silent on this matter," saying that the normalization of relations is a form of showing loyalty to the infidels and to Islam's biggest enemies.

Al-Qousi appealed to the "Youth of Sudan, who are zealous in their religion," and warned them that "the Jews and Americans" are trying to sway them from their Islamic faith. He urged them to defend their religion, in spite of the steep cost and suffering doing so might incur.  

He then said that all the Sudanese government wants is to get the country removed from the list of terrorism-supporting countries, in complete disregard of the country's religion. Yet, Al-Quosi pointed out, the U.S. did not remove Sudan from the list despite all the efforts of ousted ruler Omar Al-Bashir, who expelled Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his accomplices from Sudan.  

Al-Qousi addressed the Sudanese people, saying that the Sudanese government is afraid of them, knowing they adhere to their faith. The minimum response to the normalization deal with Israel, he said, is to rise up against this government, and protest the crimes of Israel.

Speaking to Sudanese youth, he urged them to "fight the Americans and the Jews and target their interests." He posited that "America is the source of evil" and that the U.S. is the sponsor of all tyrannical regimes in the region, and acts to prevent the implementation of Islamic law.

Al-Qousi stressed: "Oh youth, you must strike the Jews and the Hubal of our era, America,[2] by killing their citizens, and targeting their interests in Sudan and east Africa in general. Lie in wait for these enemies. This is a duty incumbent upon every Muslim, and every youth is commanded to do this, even if he is alone."

Al-Qousi urged the Sudanese people to follow the example of the Afghan people and the Taliban, who stood up to the U.S. and fought against it, despite their initial weakness.



[1], November 5, 2020.

[2] Hubal was an idol worshipped by the pre-Islamic Arabs. The phrase "America is the Hubal of our age" was coined by bin Laden.

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