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"Diary of a Mujahid," a jihadi YouTube channel that highlights the life of the mujahideen in Syria, continues to publish videos featuring local and foreign fighters documenting daily jihadi activities and reiterating calls for Muslims to support jihad and join the mujahideen.
Abu Ali Al-Shabwani, Abu Zuhair Al-Suri and Khattab Al-Otaibi
The channel, which is managed by a young Syrian fighter named Abu Zuhair Al-Suri, who always appears with a Yemeni fighter who grew up in Saudi Arabia named Abu Ali Al-Shabwani, has been active since May 3, 2018, and has over 5,800 subscribers.
In the most recent video, which was published on March 20, 2019, Al-Suri apologized to the fans of the channel for not having posted a new video since December 29, 2018, and introduced Saudi fighter Khattab Al-Otaibi and Abu Ali Al-Shabwani, who competed in shooting at fixed targets. Before shooting, Khattab reminded viewers of the importance of shooting and the rewards Allah has for those who learn it for His sake.
In a December 29, 2018 video that showed Al-Suri and Al-Shabwani with a group of fighters in a microbus returning from ribat ("guard duty"), one of them said that he had participated in an operation in which 20 Syrian soldiers, whom he described as "pigs," were killed. After praising the fighters for the operation, Al-Shabwani, who was the microbus driver, asked one of them to address the channels' fans, saying: "What message would you like to send to those who follow you?" a fighter named Abu Omarah then said: "You will find happiness while waging jihad. You will get closer to Allah. Jihad is a great act of worship. Those who know its reward would carry out a martyrdom operation and would not wait."
Abu Zuhair Al-Suri and Abu Ali Al-Shabwani
Al-Shabwani then recited a pro-Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) nasheed encouraging the "lions of the religion to march forth for jihad," and calling on the U.S. to come fight them in the battlefields and urging the fighters to "cut off its head."
Another video, which was published on October 26, 2018, shows the three fighters at a guard duty station. Al-Otaibi narrated a story of a man named Abu Saeed, who moved to the city of Manchester after fighting in Afghanistan. According to Al-Otaibi, Abu Saeed was unhappy in Manchester and missed being on guard duty with the mujahideen. At the end of the video, Al-Suri asked his viewers to post their questions and promised to answer them in the new video.
In a May 7, 2018 video, Al-Shabwani and Al-Suri played and recited a jihadi nasheed encouraging fighters to carry out martyrdom operations and mentioned Al-Qaeda in Iraq's attacks against U.S. troops in Anbar and Kirkuk. With 448 thousand views, this is the most-viewed video on the channel.
Source: YouTube/Mujahid Diary April 15, 2019.