May 21, 2007 Special Dispatch No. 1588

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 101

May 21, 2007
Special Dispatch No. 1588


ـكلمة صوتية للشيخ أبي مصعب عبد الودود حفظه الله

ربيع الثاني 1428هـ// ماي 2007م

Emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls On Algerians to Boycott May 17 Elections

On May 15, 2007, Islamist websites posted an audio message by the Emir of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abu Mus'ab 'Abd Al-Wadoud, titled: "Boycott the Ongoing Farce of the Elections." 'Abd Al-Wadoud devotes the beginning of his message to undermining the legitimacy of the Algerian parliament. He accuses the parliament, which he labels "an insignificant parasite institution," of representing the government, not the Algerian people who elected it, and thus of aiding the government's "corrupt" policies. More specifically, he denounces the fact that the parliament has kept silent although the "government made an alliance with the American enemy... at a time when [the latter] is still launching a military campaign to exterminate Muslims in many places." In addition, he blames the parliament itself for initiating "despicable cooperation with the French parliament, which enacted recently several laws... prohibiting [the wearing of] the hijab in French schools."

After listing the parliament's numerous "crimes," 'Abd Al-Wadoud appeals to the Algerian people, saying: "Our country does not need anyone to enact laws pertaining to that which is permitted and prohibited. [Instead, our country] is in need of someone who will apply what Allah has prescribed. God has perfected a religion for us, and thus, aside from the religion of Islam, Algeria does not need the infidels' experience, codes of law, theories, and philosophies." He warns the Algerian people: "If you participate in their elections, you vote for hindering the shari'a... and for giving priority to the infidels' laws... Had you asked the sincere among the religious scholars about these legislative councils or parliaments, they would have told you that Islam does not legitimize [such institutions], since it is forbidden to rule but with what Allah has revealed... and that only Allah possesses power and authority and not the nation..." He concludes his message by calling on the Algerian people to resist "the deceptive media campaign" and all the political pressure so as to "prove to the world... that your nation neither submits nor bows to anyone but Allah, and that it neither accepts corruption nor assists corrupt people. You should express your rejection of these elections, and the fact that you wash your hands of it. You are requested to boycott and to refrain from voting."

Taliban Leadership Eulogizes Mullah Dadallah, Threatens Painful Revenge

On May 16, 2007, Islamist websites posted a communiqué from the Taliban leadership following the death of Mullah Dadallah, in which they offer their condolences to all of the Afghani mujahideen, praise Dadallah as a role model for all Muslims in the world, and warn that "the enemies will pay a high price in revenge" for his death "in accordance with Afghani custom." The following are excerpts from the communiqué:

"The martyr Mullah Dadallah was a true model of a tireless fighter – a revolutionary fighter [and model] of rectitude and courage, not just for the jihad-fighting Afghani people, but for all of the Muslims of the world…

"Nonetheless, in the martyr-hero Mullah Dadallah's caravan of mujahideen there are thousands of fellow travelers, and now his worldview, ideology, and way in jihad will pick up pace... in order to fill the void that he left, and each one [of the thousands of fellow travelers] will turn into a thorn in the eyes of the enemy, just as this daring hero [was]...

"It can be said with absolute [certainty] that the death of Dadallah will strengthen the force and the resistance of the ranks of our jihad. Wounds and martyrdom are not considered defeat in Islam's dictionary... Whenever a void appeared, the Muslim attackers filled it in a proper manner.

"Today as well, the enemies of Islam and Afghanistan should not rejoice in the death of the martyr Mullah Dadallah. To the contrary, it should sadden them, since the mujahideen will make the enemies pay a high price in revenge... The enemies will shed many tears for many of their loved ones... The enemy will soon see [the mujahideen's] revenge for this barbaric action, in accordance with Afghani custom and with the orders of the Islamic Emirate...

"[Signed:] The Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades Threaten France with "Bloody Jihad Attack" Following Sarkozy's Victory

On May 15, 2007, Islamist websites posted a communiqué from the Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades[1] titled "Message to the French People," in which they warned that they would carry out "a bloody jihad attack" in France in reaction to the "Crusader-Zionist" Sarkozy's elections victory:

"After you took your stance and placed in your leadership the Crusader-Zionist Sarkozy, who thirsts for the blood of Muslim children, women, and elderly, and yearns to carry out the mission of his masters in the White House, we in the Martyr Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades warn you that the coming days will be [days of] a bloody jihad attack and a murderous war in the heart of Sarkozy's capital [i.e. Paris] against all those who let themselves be enticed into following the policy of the despicable people in the Black House…

"Abu Hafs Al-Tikriti

"The Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades

"European Division

"May 15, 2007."

[1] This organization has in the past published a number of threats that it did not in the end carry out. In 2004, MEMRI published an assessment based on an analysis of the threats and additional materials, that called into question the credibility of the threats and the organization's very existence. See MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 185, "Assessing the Credibility of the 'Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades' Threats," August 10, 2004, Assessing the Credibility of the 'Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades' Threats.

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