March 31, 2007 Special Dispatch No. 1519

Islamist Websites Monitors #77-79

March 31, 2007
Special Dispatch No. 1519

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 77

The Islamic State in Iraq Announces Its "Policy and Principles"

On March 15, 2007, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) published a document titled "Policy and Principles," setting out 19 guiding principles of the ISI. The same 19 points were originally presented in a March 13 audio recording by ISI leader Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi. The following are some of the main principles:

1. Shi'ite Islam is a form of polytheism and apostasy.

2. A Muslim believer who commits a sin is not an apostate.

3. All legal proceedings must be according to shari'a, and must be conducted by a shari'a court.

4. All secular ideologies, such as nationalism and Communism, are a form of heresy, since they replace God's law.

5. Any person who assists the occupation in any way is an infidel who must be targeted.

6. Evading jihad in the present circumstances is the gravest sin after the sin of apostasy.

7. A region ruled according to the laws of the apostates is regarded as the abode of apostasy, even if its population is mostly Muslim. However, this does not mean that all its inhabitants are regarded as apostates.

8. The policemen and soldiers of an apostate country must be fought, and all facilities used as bases by the apostate regime must be destroyed.

9. The "People of the Book" (meaning primarily Christians and Jews) living in Arab countries today are not protected by the dhimma laws (which regulate the status of non-Muslim minorities under Islamic rule), since their conduct violates these laws. If they wish to receive protection, they must enter into a new contract with the ISI, based on the Laws of Omar.[1]

10. The ISI is not bound by any agreement formed by the occupiers with any individual or group in Iraq. The occupiers are therefore warned not to form an agreement with any party in Iraq without the ISI's approval.

The Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad Brigades in Somalia Claim Responsibility for Mortar Attacks on Somali Presidential Palace and Mogadishu Airport

In a communiqué posted March 16, 2007 on Islamist websites, a group calling itself the "Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad Brigades in Somalia" claimed responsibility for the March 13, 2007 mortar attack on the Somali presidential palace, and for the March 6, 2007 mortar attack on Mogadishu airport.

The communiqué states that the attack on the palace was a message to Somali president Abdallah Yusuf that his life is in danger as long as he insists on staying in Somalia.

As for the attack on the airport, which took place during a welcoming ceremony for the peacekeeping forces, the message says that it had two purposes: to drive away the foreign invaders, regardless of the nature of their mission, and to avenge the alleged rape of Suban Maalin Ali Hassan, "one of the many Somali women raped by soldiers of the occupying forces." The message then informs Somali women that many men are ready to fight the invaders to the death, and that "many others enlisted for martyrdom attacks after hearing about [the women's] predicament."

Finally, the message calls upon Somalis to fulfill their personal duty of participating in the defensive jihad against the invaders, warning that shirkers will be regarded as apostates: "It will be permissible to kill them, and their property will be given as booty to Muslims." The message also warns the Somalis not to cooperate with the government in any capacity, whether civilian or military.

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 78

Taliban: Afghan Government Freed Prominent Taliban Members to Secure Release of the Italian Hostage

In a communiqué posted on Islamist websites on March 20, 2007, the Taliban announced the names of five of its members who had been released from the Afghani prisons as part of the deal negotiated by the Afghan government to free Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo.

According to the message, the released members held important positions with the Taliban regime: "Mufti Latif Hakimi (former official spokesman of the Taliban regime), Muhammad Yasir (former head of the cultural committee of the Taliban regime), Mulla Akhtar Muhammad, Hafiz Hamdallah, and Mulla 'Abd Ghafur (all of whom had an important role in planning and executing military missions under the Taliban regime)."

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 79

Global Islamic Media Front Denies Using Its German Cell for Posting Ultimatum Film

On March 21, 2007, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) denied accusations that a film pertaining to the ultimatum issued recently by the mujahideen to Germany and Austria had been posted on the Internet by the front's German cell.[2] According to the message, the accusations, which are purportedly from German sources, are a lie, as proven by the fact that "GIMF's German blog is still active" and has not been shut down by German authorities.

Below is the home page of GIMF's German blog:

The GIMF statement referred to a six-minute video accompanied by German subtitles presented via the "Caliphate Voice Channel."

To View This Video, Visit: .

[1] The dhimma laws are based on regulations attributed by Muslim scholars to the second Caliph, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (d. 644 CE).

[2] For more on the film, see MEMRI Special Dispatch 1500, Islamist Websites Monitor No. 75

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