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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 239 - Dispute in Islamist Circles over the Legitimacy of Attacking Muslims, Shi'ites, and Non-combatant Non-Muslims in Jihad Operations in Iraq: Al-Maqdisi vs. His Disciple Al-Zarqawi - 09/11/05

In the past two years a religious dispute has developed between Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and his spiritual mentor Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. 1 It has focused on the question of the legitimacy of certain Jihad operations in Iraq, and in particular on the question of the religious legitimacy of attacking Muslims, of attacking Shiites, and of attacking non-combatant non-Muslims. The dispute began with Al-Maqdisi criticizing certain methods of Jihad in Iraq. In a July 2004 ...

Y. Yehoshua

Special Dispatch No. 984 - An Al-Qaeda Love Story: From Morocco to Bosnia to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, Via New Jersey - 09/09/05

On June 17, 2005, the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an interview with Fatihah Mohammed Al-Taher Hosni, the wife of Moroccan Al-Qaeda member Abdel Karim Al-Tuhami Al-Majati, who was responsible for the May 2003 bombings in Riyadh and was killed last April by Saudi security forces. Fatiha herself was arrested along with one of her sons in an eye clinic in Saudi Arabia in March 2003. 1 In the interview, Fatiha, also a Moroccan, revealed how she influenced her husband to ...

Special Dispatch No. 974 - Turkish Professor and Former Intelligence Officer: ‘There is No Such Terror Organization as Al-Qaeda; Al-Qaeda is Code Name for a CIA Operation; The U.S. Government is Behind 9/11 and JFK's Assassination’ - 09/01/05

Nese Duzel, of the center-left, liberal Turkish daily Radikal, interviewed Turkish professor, former Turkish intelligence officer, and newspaper columnist Mahir Kaynak 1 on the subject of Al-Qaeda's global terrorism. 2 Kaynak claimed that the U.S. government was behind both 9/11 and the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. The interview was also quoted at length by columnists from other Turkish newspapers. The following are excerpts from the interview: There is No Al-Qaeda; It's a Code ...

Special Dispatch No. 945 - Iran's New President Glorifies Martyrdom - 07/29/05

The act of martyrdom is often celebrated by the Iranian theocracy. Most recently, Iranian President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, in his second TV appearance since his election victory, spoke July 25, 2005 on Iranian Channel 1 in praise of "the art of martyrdom." The day after Ahmadi-Nejad's TV appearance, the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published a report about his spiritual advisor, Ayatollah Mohammad Misbach Yazdi. The report advised Iranians on how to volunteer for the ...

Special Reports No. 37 - Arab and Iranian Media Reactions to the London Bombing – Part II: ‘The Attacks Were Anticipated Due to British Leniency to Extremists Acting in Britain’- ‘Expel Extremism Today’ - 07/12/05

The following are additional reactions from the Arab and Iranian press to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London. For Part I, see . For video clips on the reactions from MEMRI TV, visit http://memritv.org/clip/en/67.htm . "Expel Extremism Today" Under the title "Expel Extremism Today," Al-Arabiya TV Director-General Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed wrote: " For over 10 years now, I myself and other Arab writers have warned against the dangers of the reckless handling of the extremism that is now spreading ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 230 - Disarming Hizbullah: The Public Debate in Lebanon - 06/30/05

Since the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559, there has been public debate in the Arab and international arenas, particularly in Lebanon, on the future of the Hizbullah organization in southern Lebanon, and on disarming it in accordance with Article 3 of the resolution, which calls for the "disbanding and disarmament of all the Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias." Forces in Lebanon are divided over whether the organization should be disarmed. Some Christian opposition members as ...

H. Avraham

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 231 - ‘The Sheikh of the Slaughterers’: Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi and the Al-Qaeda Connection - 06/30/05

Introduction Shortly after the occupation of Iraq in April 2003, Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi emerged as a leading terrorist in that country. While a number of terrorist organizations are operating in Iraq besides the insurgency movement led by Saddam's former intelligence and loyalist groups, Al-Zarqawi's organization combines terrorist activities with an ardent anti-Shi'ite zeal designed to instigate a civil war between the Iraqi Sunnis and the Shi'ites. This paper explores Al-Zarqawi's words and ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 226 - The Upcoming Presidential Elections in Iran (Part II) - 06/16/05

As the June 17, 2005 presidential elections in Iran draw near, Iran's revolutionary regime grapples with a number of problems. There is mounting public apathy as well as calls to boycott the elections – whether due to the regime's corruption and tyranny, or due to the reformists' failure to make good on their promises under outgoing President Mohammad Khatami. There are also a large number of candidates – eight in total – most of whom intone empty slogans and lack any clearly defined, effective ...

A. Savyon

Special Dispatch No. 916 - Antisemitism in the Turkish Media (Part III): Targeting Turkey's Jewish Citizens - 06/06/05

The following is the third report in a series on the issue of antisemitism in the Turkish media. 1 This phenomena is directed not only against the Jews in general, it also targets Turkey's Jewish citizens, in the form of multiple attacks on Turkey's Chief Rabbi; insults to and offensive characterization of Turkey's Jews; and accusations of disloyalty, espionage, and treason. The media frequently accuse Turkish Jews of destroying the Ottoman Empire, carrying out the 'genocide' of Armenians, ...

Special Dispatch No. 885 - Qatari Religious Scholar Calls for A Moderate and Modern Islam - 03/25/05

In a two-part interview with the Qatari daily Al-Raya, Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari 1 , former dean of the Faculty of Shari'a and Law at the University of Qatar, expressed his unconventional views on a variety of religious topics. The interview is unique since Dr. Al-Ansari's point of departure in his call for change in Islam isreligious and not secularist. Dr. Al-Ansari attempts to "remove the concept of sanctity" from Islamic history and from the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad so that ...

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