Al-Qaeda Publishes Urdu-Language Jihadi Magazine On U.S. Version Of Amazon Cloud, Available For Free Download Via Link

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September 10, 2019

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a branch of Al-Qaeda focused on South Asian countries, has published the latest issue of the Urdu-language jihadi magazine Nawa-i-Afghan Jihad ("The Voice Of Afghan Jihad") and posted it to the U.S. version of Amazon Cloud. The location of the jihadi magazine...

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Pro-Al-Qaeda Writer Praises Taliban Following Cessation Of Negotiations With U.S.

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September 10, 2019

On September 9, 2019, following the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that he had called off negotiations with the Taliban, an Al-Qaeda supporter published a post on Telegram praising the organization. The author, who calls himself Abu Al-Darda' Al-Hashemi, described the Taliban as a source...

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September 10, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8268

'Rai Al-Yawm' Daily: U.S. Has Admitted Defeat In Afghanistan; The Taliban's Islamic Emirate Is Coming Back

September 10, 2019
Afghanistan | Special Dispatch No. 8268
On September 8, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump suspended the talks between the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban movement, following a September 5 suicide bombing perpetrated by the Taliban in the capital, Kabul, in which a U.S. soldier, a Romanian soldier and at least 10 local civilians were killed. In his announcement Trump disclosed that the Afghan delegation had been on its way to the U.S. for a meeting with him at Camp David, at which an agreement was to be finalized.[1]At present it is unclear whether negotiations will resume; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is still interested in a peace deal with the Taliban, but not before the Taliban demonstrates that it can deliver on its commitments under a potential agreement.[2] The U.S.-Taliban negotiations, which were taking place in Doha, Qatar, were the topic of a September 1 editorial by the London-based online daily Rai Al-Yawm. The editorial stated that the U.S., recognizing its defeat and wanting a withdrawal from Afghanistan at any cost, is the weak side in the talks, whereas the Taliban has emerged as a strong and unbending rival able to reject the American demands. The daily therefore assessed that the Taliban's Islamic emirate in Afghanistan is likely to reemerge. The following is a translation of the editorial.[3] Taliban representatives at the Doha talks (source: Raialyoum.com, September 1, 2019)   "The 18th round of talks between the Taliban movement and the U.S. in Doha ended without the issuance of a concluding statement confirming that an agreement had been attained. The U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, sufficed with mentioning that an agreement had been drafted and that encouraging progress had been made. Leaks regarding this 'encouraging progress' and its details are still few, but the most prominent point [that has reportedly been discussed] involves a gradual U.S. withdrawal over an 18-month period, during which the 14,000 U.S. troops will [all] return to the U.S., as an implementation of President Trump's policy. The Taliban movement has not yet disclosed the concessions the U.S. is demanding, which [are known to] include only a full ceasefire, the launching of negotiations [between the Taliban] and the government of [Afghan President] Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, and the provision of binding guarantees that Afghanistan will not become a launch pad for attacks by extremist organizations such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS inside U.S. territory. "The absence of a written document on negotiations to be held between the Taliban and the Ashraf Ghani government in Kabul means that the U.S. has abandoned the latter, and perhaps has even accepted the Taliban's chief demand, involving the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which the Taliban founded and which was toppled during the U.S. invasion in October 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. "The absence of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton from [the negotiations] over the Afghanistan issue, and his exclusion from the meeting at Trump's New Jersey resort, which was chaired by Trump and attended by the [U.S.] secretaries of state and defense, the vice president, and the director of the CIA, reflects the extent of the American administration's weakness on the Afghan issue and its willingness to withdraw [from Afghanistan] at any cost. [Bolton's exclusion is due to] his firm objection to the withdrawal of the U.S. troops. "The Taliban is unlikely to succumb to all the American demands, chief of them [the demand] that it hold negotiations with the Ghani government. Nor will it risk coming out against the armed groups that use Afghanistan as a launch pad for attacks on the U.S. and its interests... or a war with the Balochistan isolationist movement. Perhaps this is the reason that no agreement was announced following the [latest] round of talks in Doha, on September 1. "The Taliban displayed excellent negotiation abilities, on a par with the U.S. and its representatives. It forced itself [on the U.S. as a partner for negotiations] after 18 years of brutal resistance that cost the U.S. nearly $2 trillion and 3,000 fatalities. The Taliban's Islamic Emirate is coming back with a vengeance, with or without an agreement with the Trump administration – and this for the simple reason that the U.S. has admitted defeat and wants [only] to minimize its losses."        [1] Twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, September 8, 2019. [2] Edition.cnn.com, September 8, 2019. [3] Raialyoum.com, September 1, 2019.

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ISIS Claims Deadly Raids In Nigeria

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September 10, 2019

On September 10, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Nigerian army in Borno State, northern Nigeria. In a statement posted on Telegram, the organization declared that it had ambushed a Nigerian army convoy between the villages of Damasak...

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Sep 07, 2019
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Spokesman of Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Behrouz Kamalvandi: We Are Starting Experiments with New Centrifuges despite JCPOA Restrictions; They Will Have Ten Times the Capacity of Current Centrifuges

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Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said in a September 7, 2019 interview on IRINN TV (Iran) that a plan has been presented to the Supreme National Security Council for Iran to have centrifuges that will be able to produce between 272,000 and 1 million separative work units (SU) of centrifuges when the JCPOA expires in 2030. Kamalvandi said that this plan would not rely on IR1 centrifuges, which he said are going to be retired and replaced with newer IR2M and IR4 centrifuges. He explained that the JCPOA would enable Iran to use new centrifuges starting in 2025, but that, as part of the third stage in its reduction of commitment to the nuclear deal, Iran has started reactivating centrifuge chains that the JCPOA had required it to deactivate. Kamalvandi said that it would cost roughly a billion dollars to build new enrichment structures in the Natanz enrichment facility, and that it is therefore better to install advanced centrifuges with a capacity of 10 SU. In addition, Kamalvandi said that Iran has begun experiments that involve injecting gas into IR6 centrifuges, even though the JCPOA stipulates that Iran would only be allowed to do this in November. He added that experimental stages with new centrifuges increase Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium.

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Behrouz Kamalvandi: What we planned along with [AEOI Chief] Salehi for the Supreme National Security Council… Since the Leader wanted the Security Council to confirm that in the end of 15 years [when the JCPOA expires], a minimum of 190,000 SU [centrifuges] will be feasible. We presented a plan with a minimum of 272,000 SU, and it can even reach one million SU. We saw 272,000 SU as a certainty, but at this level, we will not rely on IR1 [centrifuge] machines. The IR1 machines have served us well and provided us with much knowledge and experience. However, their life has almost ended. The prediction that was made with the JCPOA is that we would, in stages, have new machines starting in the tenth year. Regarding new machines, we have the IR2M and the IR4. One of the actions that we are taking in the framework of the third stage [to reduce our nuclear commitments] is beginning to use a chain of centrifuges that we had stopped using. It is true that we have finished researching it, but continuing this research is to our benefit.

 

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[At the time,] we agreed for these centrifuge chains to stop working. We are now in the process of re-activating these chains. Each one has 164 centrifuges. [There is atotal of] 328 centrifuges, with a capacity of approximately 5 SU… This is equal to 1500 IR1 centrifuges.

Interviewer: This means that with the new generation of centrifuges with 10-SU capacity, only 19,000 centrifuges would be needed, instead of 190,000.

Behrouz Kamalvandi: Exactly. In other words, let's say… If we want to use IR1 machines, the capacity of Natanz is 40,000 to 50,000 centrifuges. But if we bring, say, 50,000 new machines, we will be able to produce [what equals] half a million SU [in IR1 machines] in Natanz alone. If we build such a structure in Natanz, it would cost roughly a billion dollars. Therefore, it wouldn't pay off the build such a structure with less-capable machines.

 

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We have injected gas into ten IR6 machines. According to the JCPOA, we were supposed to inject gas into 20 machines in November, but we already started with this yesterday. We were supposed to inject gas into 30 machines 8.5 years after [signing the JCPOA], but we have three chains: one of ten machines, one of 20 machines, and one of 30 machines. They will start working in less than two months.

 

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When the [chains] are in experimental stages, they still produce [enriched uranium], so this process in and of itself will increase our stockpile. I already said this. Starting approximately next month, our stockpiles will grow quickly and exponentially.

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Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki: Gulf Countries Led by "Midget-State" UAE Are Interfering in Our Affairs, Invading North Africa; We Have a Right to Defend Ourselves

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Source: Libya Al-Ahrar (Libya)

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, who is running for president in the coming elections, said in a September 5, 2019 interview with the Turkey-based Libya Al-Ahrar TV that Tunisia cannot be a safe and stable country as long as the UAE is present in Libya. He accused the UAE and other Gulf countries of attempting to destroy the Arab Spring and of interfering in the domestic affairs of Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya. He asked what gives these countries the authority to interfere in Tunisia's elections and to act as the "police force" of the Arab Maghreb Union and said that a "midget state" like the UAE should not be allowed to dictate terms in the Maghreb. Marzouki added that the North African countries "have the right to defend themselves" against this "invasion" from the Masriq.

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Moncef Marzouki: Tunisia cannot be a safe and stable country when the United Arab Emirates is present across its southern border [in Libya]. Impossible. [The UAE] wants to destroy the Arab Spring, and it interferes in the affairs of the Algerians and of all the countries. For me, our foreign policy was – and still is – that we do not interfere in the affairs of other countries, but, at the same time, we do not allow other countries to interfere in our affairs. Who gave these people the authority to decide who would be the president of Tunisia? Who gave them the authority to come and destroy Libya? Who gave them the right to become the police force for the Arab Maghreb Union? The Arab Maghreb Union… We are 100 million human beings, and we constitute a hub of civilization. How come we allow a midget-state to come here and dictate its terms upon us?

 

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We will not interfere in the affairs of somebody who does not interfere in ours. But they are the ones who have interfered in our affairs. What is the UAE doing in Libya? What is the UAE doing in Yemen? Is this even conceivable? Have we interfered in their affairs? Did we give weapons to the supporters of Sheikh Whatever who is fighting Sheikh Zayed? This means we have the right to defend ourselves. We have the right to defend the independence of this country.

 

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Interviewer: Are countries from the Mashriq invading North African countries?

Moncef Marzouzki: Of course. The Arab Maghreb Union is facing a fierce onslaught from certain Gulf countries that want to have a foothold here and act as if this region is open to all. No, this region is not open to all.

 

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We do not constitute a danger to any person. Tunisia does not constitute a danger to any country. It is a peaceful country that is not involved in violence or in the arming of others. This country has the right to build a democratic regime, and we will be the ones to decide how to deal with our Islamists. They like to say: "We want to get rid of political Islam." Get rid of political Islam in your own country. We will deal with political Islam in our country the way we see fit.

 

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We must fight this foreign intervention. We must fight it using our own means. In Tunisia, our methods are democratic, peaceful, and legal. Unfortunately, we are facing a violent attack and must defend ourselves. Every people must defend itself until this stupid policy changes, and until these people keep their evil away from us. We don't care what happens in their [countries]. We do not claim to be exporting revolution or democracy. All we want is to mind our own business and for them to mind theirs. We want them to leave us alone. Once again, we are willing to reach out to anyone reaching out to us, but if anyone wants to impose their views upon us… We are the descendants of [Mohamed] Daghbaji and many other heroes who fought French colonialism, and we won't accept new colonialism or people interfering in our affairs. This is stupid behavior that has no future.

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Iraqi Academic Dr. Akeel Abbas: Iranian Influence Is Preventing a Unified, Democratic Iraq; Israel Hasn't Posed a Threat to Us in Almost 20 Years

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Source: NRT TV (Iraqi Kurdistan)

Iraqi academic Dr. Akeel Abbas said in an August 30, 2019 interview on NRT TV (Iraqi Kurdistan) that conspiracy theories tend to thrive in societies that are replete with indoctrination and sacred narratives about absolute truth, and he said that since Iraqi society does not have a long traditional of serious analytical critique, it does not properly understand the roles that Israel and Iran play in the region. Dr. Abbas said that Iran has strategic advantages for cultural and geographic reasons and because it has proxies that are willing to fight on its behalf. In contrast, he said that Israel is far more successful than Iran and other Middle Eastern countries in developmental and economic parameters, despite psychological, moral, religious, and political barriers between it and Arabs and Muslims. He said that Israel's success is also why Arabs have a tendency to attribute Israel's preeminence to conspiracies and Western support. In addition, Dr. Abbas said that Iranian influence in Iraq has prevented the emergence of a unified and democratic Iraq, partly because Iran insists on dividing Iraq along sectarian and racial lines. In contrast, he added that Israel has not posed a threat to Iraq in almost 20 years.

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Dr. Akeel Abbas: I believe that conspiracy [theories] thrive in societies that are replete with indoctrination, sacred narrative about absolute truths, and a very absolute understanding of life. Our society does not have a long tradition of serious analytical critique, and this reflects on our way of understanding the Iranian role or the Israeli role in the region, for example. In the region today, two major forces are in a state of conflict – or in a state of declared war. These are Israel and Iran. Iran enjoys many strategic advantages for reasons that are connected to culture and geography. It has many proxies that are willing to wage proxy wars and that are very talented in this. Iran has extensions in the region. Israel does not have the same capabilities because there is a psychological, moral, religious, and political barrier in the region between Arabs and Muslims and Israel. It's a long and complicated story. However, Israel is a successful country in all parameters of development, and this is opposite from the case in Iran. It is true that Israel is incapable of spreading in the region, but it has many internal sources of power. Israel's gross national income surpasses Iran's by approximately $196 billion per annum. Israel does not have oil and it relies on industry. It is a small country with a population of only 6 million, but they produce more than 6 or 7 Arab countries. Israel's success comes from within. But we have a tendency to give Israel's preeminence a moralistic and conspiratorial interpretation. In other words, we attribute it to a Western conspiracy, to Western support, and to these kinds of things.

 

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Iraq does not need external wars in order to build itself. We need to concentrate on building ourselves from within after decades of external wars and proxy wars. There is definitely Iranian influence in Iraq. This influence is problematic and weakens the chances that a unified Iraqi state will emerge. I believe that for the past 15 or 16 years, Israel has not been a real threat to Iraqi democracy. Iran's behavior is the real threat to Iraqi democracy. Iran insists upon dividing Iraq along sectarian and racial lines. They call it "consensus democracy," but this "consensus democracy" that is based on race and religion, which Iran has been supporting since 2003, has thwarted the emergence of true democracy [in Iraq].

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Calls On Fighters With Military Experience To Join Its Liwa Al-Shamal Division, Provides WhatsApp Number

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September 9, 2019

On September 8, 2019, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published an announcement calling on fighters with: experience in operating anti-tank and anti-aircraft machine guns; with knowledge in conducting air surveillance; building fortifications; making explosives; firing mortar shells; and sniping, to...

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Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Houston Man From Minneapolis Communicates With Known Jihadis, Complains Of Facebook Bans, Posts Content From Jihadi Clerics Including Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril

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September 9, 2019

The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating engagement with jihadi clerics and ideology. Platform: Facebook Account Name: Muhammad Spencer[1] Additional Information: Muhammad Spencer is a Facebook user who appears to be based in Houston, Texas....

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September 9, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8267

Afghan Taliban React To President Trump's Cancellation Of U.S.-Taliban Talks, Warn: 'This Will Harm America More Than Anyone Else'; 'We Shall Continue Our Jihad'

September 9, 2019
Special Dispatch No. 8267
The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement after U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled the U.S.-Taliban negotiations and a secret meeting that he was to hold at Camp David on September 9, 2019, with the Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Following is the text of the statement: "It Will Damage Its Reputation, Unmask Its Anti-Peace Policy To The World Even More, Increase Its Loss Of Life And Treasure" "We held productive negotiations with the U.S. negotiation team and finalized an agreement. The American team seemed content with the progress up until yesterday as we ended our talks in good atmosphere and both sides began making preparations for the announcement and signing of the agreement. "Intra-Afghan negotiations were scheduled for the 23rd of September following the announcement and signing of the agreement. Regional and international countries and organizations had also shown support for this process. "Now, as President of the United States has announced suspension of negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, this will harm America more than anyone else. It will damage its reputation, unmask its anti-peace policy to the world even more, increase its loss of life and treasure and present its political interactions as erratic." "Such A Reaction Towards A Single Attack Just Before The Signing Of An Agreement Displays Lack Of Composure And Experience" "The Islamic Emirate proved to the world through continuing negotiations that this war has been imposed upon us by others and if talks are given precedence over war, we will follow it through till the end. Such a reaction towards a single attack just before the signing of an agreement displays lack of composure and experience. This even, as attacks by the U.S. and their domestic supporters prior martyred hundreds of Afghans and destroyed their assets. "Invitation of a visit to the United States by President Trump was extended by Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad at the end of August and we had put it off until signing of the agreement. The Islamic Emirate has a solid and unwavering policy. We called for dialogue 20 years earlier and maintain the same stance today and believe America shall return to this position also. "Our previous 18-year resistance should have proven to America that we will accept nothing less than the complete end of occupation and allowing Afghans to decide their own fate. And we shall continue our jihad for this great cause and maintain our strong belief in ultimate victory, Allah willing." Source: AlemarahEnglish.com (Afghanistan), September 8, 2019.

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