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In a statement on the reelection of U.S. President Barack Obama, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government) demanded that the U.S. quickly withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Following is an excerpt of the statement:
"The American people elected [Barack] Obama by voting once again, and helped him reach the White House. The Islamic Emirate notes the following points:
"1. Obama should take full advantage of this opportunity, and the American governing machine should abandon [the task of] protecting the world, focus on resolving its people's problems and difficulties, and not push America further into the flames of international hatred..."
A Yemeni security source told a Yemeni newspaper that an Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operative had confessed to overseeing a surveillance operation tracking U.S. intelligence officers in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.
In its first communiqué about its activity in Waziristan, the jihadi group Millat Ibrahim reports that two of its members, both of them German women jihad fighters, have died in a car accident in the region. The communique was issued by the jihadi media company Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) and is signed by Austrian mujahid Muhammad Mahmoud, aka Abu Osama Al-Gharib, on behalf of Millat Ibrahim.
On November 6, 2012, Al-Qaeda's media company, Al-Sahab, released an audio message from the organization's leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in which he urged Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen to stand firm against the "Crusaders' invasion of Somalia." He also urged Muslims in general to support their Somali brothers with manpower and weapons in the face of this invasion. In the message, 7:10 in duration, Al-Zawahiri says that the multi-national military campaign against Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia, which began in October 2011, is a clear Crusader attack on Muslim land, which he says renders jihad a duty incumbent upon every capable Muslim in Somalia and elsewhere.
On November 3, 2012, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a 37-minute video documenting its operation against an Algerian army post in the northeastern Algeria. The video carries a theme similar to another video AQIM published in August 2011, describing the Algerian army's role in suppressing the nation-wide anti-government protests in the wake of the Arab spring, as well as the widespread presence of Algerian army posts in close proximity to residential areas, as the reasons behind AQIM's decision to target them.
Slain ABM leader Ibrahim 'Aweida Nasser Brikat
On November 7, 2012, the Sinai based jihadi group Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis (ABM) released a video titled "The Way of the Merciful One and the Way of the Devil." In the 24-minute clip, the group accuses the Israeli Mossad of killing its leader, Ibrahim 'Aweida Nasser Brikat. This marks the first time the group has revealed Brikat's identity.
Three video clips pertaining to a new jihadi group in Syria, Liwa Al-Mujahideen, were circulated on YouTube during October 2012. The first was an announcement of the group's establishment; in the second, the group's commander explained its raison d'etre; and in the third, the group announced that it had formed the Al-Sahaba Battalion, which would operate in the rural region around Damascus.
In a 353-page book titled "Dreez" (The Stand), the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government in the country) restates its known positions regarding the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and presents again various Taliban commanders' interviews and statements. The book, titled in full as "The Stand Of The Islamic Emirate On Occupation," is published and disseminated by the Cultural Affairs Commission of the Islamic Emirate. It carries messages and statements issued by Mullah Mohammad Omar, the fugitive leader of the Taliban's Islamic Emirate, and various Taliban spokesmen since 2008, as well as interviews of the Taliban deputy chief Mullah Baradar Akhond (who is in the Pakistani custody), Jalaluddin Haqqani, head of the Haqqani Network, and Taliban spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi. The book recounts the achievements of the Taliban government before and after the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.