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October 30, 2014 Special Announcements No. 338

JTTM Reports About Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) English-Language 'Ihya-e-Khilafat' Magazine

October 30, 2014
Special Announcements No. 338

The following are reports this week from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, about first issue of the jihadi magazine 'Ihya-e-Khilafat', which is published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The JTTM translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs (to view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to[email protected] with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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As Per 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine 'Ihya-e-Khilafat,' British Youth Joins Pakistani Taliban Group, Says: 'I… Was Born And Raised In The UK'; '[Pakistan] Army Is Not An Islamic Army But Is An Army… Enslaved To The West'

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According to a new magazine launched by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, a British youth who was born and raised in the United Kingdom has joined the Taliban.

The magazine, Ihya-e-Khilafat (Revival of the Caliphate) was published previously by the Pakistani Taliban faction owing allegiance to Commander Omar Khalid Khorasani, but this is the magazine's first issue in English. The magazine is edited by Dr. Abu Obaidah Al-Islamabadi, a former Pakistan Army doctor whose real name is Dr. Tariq Ali.

1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine 'Ihya-e-Khilafat' Praises 9/11 Hijackers, Reveals Realignment Of Pakistani Taliban Groups, British Youths Joining Jihadists In Pakistan

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The cover page of Ihya-e-Khilafat

A Pakistani Taliban organization that was recently expelled from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP or the Movement of Pakistani Taliban) has released a new English-language magazine that aims at recruiting Muslim youths from the West, praises the 9/11 hijackers, and indicates that some British youths have recently joined the group in the Pakistani tribal region.

In 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat, Statements By Four Influential Taliban Leaders Present The Split In TTP As 'Re-Structuring' And Explain Formation Of TTPJA

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In the inaugural issue of the English-language jihadi magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat (Revival of the Islamic Caliphate), Pakistani Taliban commander statements reveal the differences within Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that led to several of its commanders leaving the organization and forming a new group called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTJA).

The TTPJA leaders are primarily led by Omar Khalid Khorasani, who had been the TTP's emir for Mohmand Agency, a Pakistani tribal district. However, the TTPJA's formal emir is Maulana Qasim Khorasani. Omar Khalid Khorasani was recently expelled from the TTP along with his supporters for challenging the leadership of TTP emir Maulana Fazlullah.

The magazine, Ihya-e-Khilafat, presents itself as the voice of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and providers statements by four key TTPJA leaders from a meeting where they discussed the formation of the TTPJA. In the statements, the TTPJA leaders present the split as "re-structuring" of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and note that they are still part of the TTP.

Statement Of Maulana Qasim Khorasani, Emir Of TTPJA

"We Created A New Organization By The Name Of Ahrar-ul-Hind [Which Later Transformed Into TTPJA]"; "Mujahideen Had Realized That Their Demands, Intentions, Ideology, Objectives And Aims Were Not Being Fulfilled [In The TTP]"

"Mujahideen brothers in Islam! You who are willing to sacrifice yourself for the Deen [religion] of Allah you surely know that there are many different movements in the world. Some organizations have an aim and some are aimless. The organizations that are working for an aim again adopt different means to achieve their aims. But the Deen brought by Messenger Muhammad is in the form of Koran and Hadith. When Allah sent the Messenger for this Deen to prevail, he and his companions gave many sacrifices for its propagation. Eventually the Deen has reached your and my era. When we study the Koran and the biography of our prophet, we come to know how our master fought and gave sacrifices. We too are the spiritual inheritors of these prophets especially the last Prophet Muhammad. So we have also decided that till our soul is in our body and blood is flowing through our veins, we shall struggle for the same system that Allah sent and the prophet sacrificed for. They left their homes and also left Mecca and became a muhajir [immigrant] in Madina.

In 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat, Taliban Commander Omar Khalid Khorasani's Interview: 'Our 1,500 Mujahideen Are Performing Their Duties In About Ten Provinces In Afghanistan'

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Following are excerpts from an interview of Taliban commander Omar Khalid Khorasani, the emir of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTPJA), who talks about his upbringing and career in jihad in Pakistan-Afghanistan region.

Omar Khalid Khorasani and the TTPJA were recently expelled from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for challenging the authority of TTP emir Maulana Fazlullah, who is the first leader of the organization who is not a member of the Mehsud tribe. He took over the organization following the assassination of Hakimullah Mehsud in November 2013.

The interview was published in a monthly magazine called Ihya-e-Khilafat (Revival of the Islamic Caliphate), in its first English-language issue. Previously, this magazine has been published occasionally in Urdu. A second part of the interview will be published by the magazine in later issues. Following is the text of the interview:

"I Was Born At Azad Kor Of Qandaharo Village Of Safi, A Tehsil Of The Mohmand Agency [Tribal District Of Pakistan] In 1400 Hijra, On 5 Ramadhan-ul-Mubarak, 18 July, 1980"

Ihya-e-Khilafat: "Respected Ameer! Ihya-e-Khilafat is very thankful to you for sharing your time with us."

Omar Khalid Khorasani: "First of all I thank Ihya-e-khilafat for coming here and I pray to Allah to make you successful and aggrandize his Deen [religion of Islam] through your efforts, Amen."

Ihya-e-Khilafat: "Would you like to tell readers about your birth, education and training?"

Khorasani: "Well, I was born at Azad kor of Qandaharo village of Safi, a Tehsil of the Mohmand Agency [tribal district of Pakistan] in 1400 Hijra, on 5 Ramadhan-ul-Mubarak, 18 July, 1980. I learned Nazra [Koran recitation], Hifz [Koran memorization], translation of the Noble Koran and some fundamental books related to Islam from my father. I got academic education from the Lakharo higher secondary school and then to get more Islamic knowledge. I studied at different Madaris in Karachi."

In 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat, Editorial States: 'After Defeating Pakistan Army, We Won't Just Stop In Pakistan; Rather We Shall Continue Our Advance Into Kashmir And India'

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Following is the text of an editorial from the first issue of an English-language magazine launched by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.

The magazine, Ihya-e-Khilafat (Revival of the Islamic Caliphate), was released by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTPJA), whose leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was expelled from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recently for challenging the authority of TTP emir Maulana Fazlullah.

"When The Present Crusade Was Launched In 2001 CE [After 9/11], Jihad Was Mainly Confined To Afghanistan Only; But 13 Years Later, This Blessed Revolution Has Spread To Places Like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya And Mali"

"We are living in a time when the war between Islam and Kufr [unbelief] is in full swing. On one side is the alliance of Kuffar [infidels] Crusaders that is the strongest in history in terms of manpower, financial resources and sophistication of the weapons. On the other side are the mujahideen that are fighting against this Satanic alliance with great courage. They may not have advance weaponry like the Crusaders but their main reliance is upon the help from Allah. All the defenses of Kuffar have been rendered ineffective by the martyrdom-seeking mujahideen who strap the explosives to their bodies and rush deep into the ranks of the enemies.

In 1st Issue Of Jihadi Magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat, Taliban Commander Describes Public Opinion As Major Challenge For Pakistani Jihad, States: 'People Of Pakistan, You Need To Understand That Sharia Will Be Implemented With Or Without You'

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The cover page of Ihya-e-Khilafat

In the first issue of the newly launched English-language jihadi magazine Ihya-e-Khilafat (Revival of the Islamic Caliphate), a leading Taliban commander describes public opinion as a major challenge for the jihadi movement underway in Pakistan.

In an article, titled "Public Opinion – Major Challenge Faced In Jihad of Pakistan", Ehsanullah Ehsan, who is the central spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTPJA) argues that the Sunni jihadis enjoy public support in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria but that such public support is missing in Pakistan.

The magazine, Ihya-e-Khilafat, has been previously published in Urdu but has now published its first issue in English aimed at recruiting youths from the West. The magazine is published by the TTPJA, a militant group steered by Omar Khalid Khorasani, who along with his supporters was expelled recently by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for challenging the leadership of TTP emir Maulana Fazlullah.

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