Al-Qaeda Is Losing It
No really, Al-Qaeda is losing it. Its mind, that is. And, if you read between the lines, it’s losing the battle too.
First of all, I’d like to say that I really enjoy getting it right. C’mon people, show the love.
It is really gratifying when mass murderers corroborate all my contentions about them, and in such a timely manner.
All joking aside, today’s message from Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is very, very fascinating.
Al-Baghdadi is the head of the Islamic State of Iraq, which was established on October 15, 2006. Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia was the driving force behind the formation of this state, and then proceeded to pledge allegiance to it and dissolved itself into it. Thus, there is no entity that describes itself as Al-Qaeda operating in Iraq anymore; there’s only the ‘Islamic State of Iraq.’
This is al-Baghdadi’s second publicized speech.
Here are the main highlights:
-Al-Baghdadi declares the beginning of the ‘Dignity’ offensive, which will only cease after President George Bush signs the surrender papers.
-It seems that he sees his fighters despairing of the battle, and he needs to cajole them with threats from Allah.
-He accuses those other mujaheddin who have yet to pledge allegiance to him of recalcitrance, but seems to see the need to tell his own fighters to take it easy when dealing with the holdouts. Clearly, there's some inter-jihadist strife going on. Add a new ‘war’ in Iraq to your lists: jihadist on jihadist.
-He wants to rile up the French, the Russians and the Chinese against America. Are these the countries Al-Qaeda views as potential allies, or at least fellow America-haters?
-Al-Baghdadi seems to think that Belgium is a world power. Huh?
-Al-Baghdadi claims that the jihad has resulted in the death of 75,000 American soldiers.
-Al-Baghdadi would like the leaders of North Korea to give him some credit for allowing their nuclear program to go through.
-He warns the Ba’athist regime in Syria against striking a deal with the Americans.
-He claims to know exactly how America’s strike against Iran is going to go down.
-Al-Baghdadi calls the leaders of Hamas “a bunch of idiots” for working with the Iranians.
-He wants to resettle Palestinian refugees in the place of displaced Shi'as.
Al-Baghdadi’s speech is actually only 17 minutes long, but there is an opening segment that lasts for 6 minutes at the beginning that contains gunfire sound effects, and features highlights from the speech. This segment is also interspersed with Islamic chanting, and refrain of the song goes something like this: “Patience, patience, Oh Baghdad, the invading army will be annihilated, and we will kill all the bastards.”
Here’s my rough translation of al-Baghdadi’s speech, with some commentary here and there:
[Translations of all Koranic verses are from http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/, specifically the Yusufali versions]
The al-Furqan Institute for Media Productions is pleased to present the speech by the Prince of the Faithful, Abu Omar al-Qurayshi al-Husseini al-Baghdadi, the Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq, titled ‘Glory from Allah and an Imminent Victory’:This verse is from the Anfal sura, no. 15.
“O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers in hostile array, never turn your backs to them.”
“(O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe!”This verse is also from the Anfal sura, no. 19. I think it refers to the battle of Badr; the first pitched battle waged by the Muslims against the ‘infidels.’ The significance of choosing this verse follows the theme put forward in earlier pronouncements by al-Baghdadi; that the Islamic State of Iraq is following in the footsteps of the nascent Muslim city-state founded by the Prophet Muhammad at Medina.
It should be [known] that one of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon the mujaheddin is to unify them under [the banner of] monotheism and [to allow them] to build, with their blood, the State of Islam anew, after the winds of Communism and Nationalism and Secularism had stormed the ummah, which led to the endurance [by the ummah] of the harshest torture, and the deepest repression, and its purity was pillaged…to be abducted by the wolves of the [Crusaders] and the foxes of the Jews, and for their entrails to be torn by the serpents of the tyrants and the scorpions of the majus.
The ummah would be the global community of Muslims. The majus in this context would be Iranian Shi'as: majus is a derogatory Islamic term denoting all non-Muslim Persians such as the Zoroastrians.
Until Allah prepared for this ummah some men who will not sleep after injury and who despise laxity, and in whose veins run the blood of their ancestors, the companions [of the Prophet Muhammad] may Allah look kindly upon them…
…Until Allah [bestowed victory] upon [them] and they laid the foundations of the State of Islam anew in the land of al-Rashid,
Al-Rashid refers to Haroun al-Rashid, an 8th century Abbasid Caliph whose reign, in Baghdad, was considered one of the golden epochs of Islam—by the Sunnis that is; the Shi'as remember him as a usurper and a tyrant.
And [through their deeds], [good] tidings [arrived] that lighten the chests and soothe the hearts, and that spite the hateful enemy, and make the friend happy, but the Crusaders gathered their malice and spewed its vengefulness, and declared several times that their war against us is a Crusading ideological war, and just recently it was said by their idiot leader Bush that “this is an ideological war” and it was repeated by one of their sages, the former head of Israeli intelligence, who said, “a third world war has started between the West and radical Islam.”
So after fighting us through their agents and acolytes for years, here they are leading the war openly, and this way we got what we wanted and what we planned for, because war with the agents does not deal with head of the evil, and to destroy the beast we had to draw it from its lair, and so it happened.
And thus the idiot [Bush] led his army to where we can ambush it, and lay bombs [in its path], and when his feet have sunk into the muck and the ropes of our sons have been wound around his neck, and they closed off the roads, and shut all the doors in his face, and secured the net around him, and when he saw that he’d been surrounded, he conjured up all his demons, be they humans or genies, consulting them and asking for help.
The [consultants] realized that there is no salvation for those [arrayed against him] were the soldiers of Allah, [who are aided] with angels…So they gathered their malice, and they hooted and drummed, and they declared their new-old security plan.
And as such, we herald to our people, the Sunnis, that today we are declaring a plan called the ‘Dignity Plan’ that will be wider and more secure, with Allah’s will and strength, and it won’t include Baghdad solely but will rather encompass all the lands of the State of Islam, where we will enlarge the battles, and [this plan] will end when Bush declares his failure and signs a treaty of defeat, from which he will walk away humiliated and dejected, Allah willing.
The goals [of the plan] are:
First, to protect our people and our honor.
Second, to excise the wherewithal of the apostates and to pounce on what remains of their enclaves and the bases of their heresy.
The ‘apostates’ in this context would be the Iraqi government and the Iraqi state.
Third, to slit the throat of the Crusader giant and to seize the opportunity presented by the collapse in morale of its soldiers and their leaders.
Fourth, to gather the ranks of the mujaheddin and to cement the foundations of the State of Islam, may Allah preserve its glory, so oh ye Muslim youths, put before your eyes the [images of] infant corpses, and the voices of [mourning mothers], and the sighs of elderly men, and ignite the volcano of rage, and burn the land from under the feet of the Jews and their underlings, and annihilate their army, and destroy their machines, and shoot down their plans, and lay in wait for them. Ambush them in homes, in valleys, around corners. Use nightfall as your cover, and turn their mornings into fire, and know that your ancestor, ‘Abadeh ibn al-Samit, said to Jebleh ibn al-Ayhem, the agent of the Romans, “Oh Jebleh, do you not know how Allah has made us victorious over you, and your tyrant has fled, and we know that those who remain with you are going to be easy for us to overcome, and we do not fear them, and we have waded through much blood and have come to find that Roman blood is the sweetest, so do not miss out on it, for they shall leave tomorrow and you will regret it.”
‘Abadeh ibn al-Samit was one of the early Muslims, he died in 654 AD, and the above oral tradition is attributed to him. The term ‘Romans’ refers to the Christian Byzantines whom the early Muslims pushed out of Egypt and the Levant.
Roast their flesh with IEDs! Tear out their limbs with bombs! And rip out their hearts out with the fear of snipers, and know that the best defense is offense, and don’t dare to put aside your weapons until the war is over, and “And slacken not in following up the enemy: If ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering similar hardships; but ye have Hope from Allah, while they have none” and know that victory comes with patience, so do not waver or be saddened for you are [the chosen ones] if you are faithful.
The Koranic verse that is cited is from Al-Nisa sura, no. 104. This verse was revealed at the Battle of Uhud, where the early Muslims were roundly defeated. This connotation seems to indicate that al-Baghdadi sees the recent setbacks suffered by Al-Qaeda as only temporary.
Allah had counseled you in war and He said, “O ye who believe! When ye meet a force, be firm, and call Allah in remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper, And obey Allah and His Messenger; and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere,”
These verses are from Al-Anfal, no.s 45 and 46.
And may your battle-cry be “Allah is Great, Allah’s Religion is Victorious” and raise your voices with it, and remember its meaning in your hearts, for we do not fight for nationalism, but [we fight] to make the word of Allah supreme.
And I would like to emphasize the following facts to my brothers among the mujaheddin who have yet to pledge allegiance to the State of Islam:
First, they are brothers to us, and we will defend them with our selves and tongues, and we do not accuse them of [being] infidels or pagans, but we do find recalcitrance in their tardiness in taking [upon themselves] the duty of our time, which is [to strive for] unity under Allah, by joining their brothers in the State of Islam, especially since we see the infidels are gathering their malice and are advancing [upon us] as a single front, then shouldn’t we fight [the infidels] as a single front too? Allah adores those who fight in His cause as a single front.
Second, I say to my brothers the soldiers of the State of Islam, protect your brothers the mujaheddin, and don’t let them hear from you anything but good things and see good things, since we are still in the phase of establishment, and the laws of the State of Islam are unknown to many, and I am certain that the sincere monotheists are surely coming [our way], so be tender, be tender, with the flock of Allah.
Oh free men, the world today lies under the cruelty and tyranny of a nation of slaves who inadvertently became stronger than their masters, [who gained] an economic strength and a martial strength, not through their brains and efforts, but by stealing the riches of [other] nations whether they be brainpower or resources. Oh free men, that nation of slaves and drugs, America, looks harshly and condescendingly upon all the nations of the earth, and not only the “Muslim terrorists” as they say, for the new masters of the White House have shown recently a seething and exposed hostility against the French-German-Belgian alliance.
I had a moment when I first heard this: Belgium? Why Belgium? When did Belgium get to be important?
France owes its freedom to [America] and for this it must always pay a price, first in its dignity [by showing] subservience, and second, [to pay a price] in its economy, and third, to reduce its military influence in any means, and [for this] they kept [France] away from the military council of the NATO alliance, and they did not rest until they sabotaged the European rapid reaction force project. The American lance would not sit idle as its currency falls in a major way before the euro, and the economies of many countries have switched [to the euro], and in a short period of time the dollar has lost more than 40 percent of its value.
If al-Baghdadi doesn’t win this year’s Noble Prize in Economics, then that’s it, I’m boycotting all Swedish products in protest. He should at least be hired as a CNBC analyst.
And not much needs to be said about [America’s] hostility to China, for it is so rude to the point of being bizarre, and we all remember the crisis over the American spy plane over Chinese territory and how [the Americans] forced the Beijing government to hand it back in mint condition, and not only that but forced them to sign a treaty allowing America to spy on China if this [activity] was done from nearby international waters.
And then there was Bush’s grand insult to the Beijing government when he said, regarding the crisis in Taiwan, that “we will help Taiwan to defend itself.”
As for the Russians, well, they have lost everything. The allies of yesterday have turned into the foes of today.
And America treats its agents, the Arab rulers, in humiliating and disdainful manner, so humiliating and disdainful that it begs one to wonder, for Saudi Arabia is now the incubator of terrorism, after the monk’s garment that was being worn by the House of Salool to [deceive] the faithful into worshiping the tyrant has stopped [being useful] to the American master.
The jihadists refer to the Royal House of Saud as the ‘House of Salool’—I don’t understand the background to this.
And Musharref’s insanity and his unbridled lunge towards Uncle Sam has turned against him, for “he does not cooperate sufficiently” according to Cheney. And what [Musharref] got in return was [America giving] generous nuclear deals to the erstwhile enemies of his country, the Indians.
Oh ye oppressed in the world, we call upon you to halt a [reckless] leviathan that only feels those with heavy feet.
I don’t know what that is supposed to mean.
Allah has enabled us to kill more than 75,000 soldiers and many multitudes more have been wounded and disabled, many of whom are mercenary gang members who are running after a green card, and their reward was to be dumped into the valleys, rivers and seas after their secret mass graves in the Iraqi desert were uncovered.
So now Al-Qaeda is alleging to have killed 75,000 Americans soldiers and that the US government is covering up this fact by disposing of the corpses. Hmmm, I see another Lancet report in the works, citing al-Baghdadi’s numbers without hesitation.
And let North Korea know that it owes its nuclear tests to the mujaheddin in Iraq, for [Korea] is one of the points in the alleged axis of evil.
Al-Qaeda would like a free nuclear bomb from North Korea in recognition of its efforts. Isn’t that grounds for going after North Korea?
In addition, the Persians have gathered more [cards] through which to maneuver, even though we hate this fact.
And the Ba’athists of Syria need to know that had it not been for the jihad of the sons of Mesopotamia, then they would have been hanging from the scaffolds today. Thus, we advise and warn them not to fall into the same trap that was set for Musharref, and to shake hands with Washington in order to halt the jihad in Iraq, because this is not beneficial for them on all counts.
Wow, this is a very interesting threat to the Syrian leadership: “there but for the grace of Allah go I.” He’s basically warning them of a fate similar to Saddam’s—the hangman’s noose. Al-Baghdadi is also clearly perturbed that the flow of recruits, funds and maybe even arms across the Syrian border may be disrupted.
Oh ummah of Islam! We stand at the same point that was stood upon by the companions with the Prophet, peace and prayers be upon him, at the start of the Medina phase, and our battle with the Persians has started as it has with the Romans, but the matter of the Persians is easier and more banal than that of the Romans, and it will especially be so after the impending limited American nuclear strike against Iranian military and nuclear facilities, which will come after the anticipated failure of Bush’s security plan for Iraq that will force Bush to draw up a treaty by which he will withdraw from the State of Islam, and that will give him the opportunity to halt the expansion of the Persian Empire after the Americans had come to realize that a conventional war is useless—especially after their bitter experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The American Congress has reached a conclusion that entering a long struggle with the Iranians will anger their allies, and thus the Americans will loose many of their cards, thus a limited nuclear strike against reactors and Iranian military facilities would be best, and hereby I ask the Sunnis of Iran from this day hence to stay away from large Iranian military bases and especially the nuclear ones, and [I ask them] to coalesce around one another and unite their ranks for the day when their enemy is to be broken is at hand, Allah willing.
Somebody needs to tell Patrick Fitzgerald that someone’s gone and leaked America’s Iran war plans to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi! Quick, hurry! The Romans in the context above would be the West.
Oh ummah of Islam! My beloved ummah! The majus have profited off of our people in Palestine, and they were aided in doing so by a bunch of idiots who threw themselves into the lap [of the Iranians],
Al-Baghdadi is calling the leaders of Hamas a “bunch of idiots.” Hmmm.
But by Allah’s wisdom and ability, He exposed the malice and cruelty [of the Iranians] for their grandsons and sons among the rafidha of Iraq are visiting all sorts of torture and murder upon the Palestinians [residing] in Iraq, and are forcing them to flee to the borders of the nearby countries, where they sleep on the ground under the stars, and have fallen between the hammer of Iraq’s rafidha, and the anvil of Syria’s Alawites, and Jordan’s Jews.
Rafidha is a derogatory term for Shi'as.
And today, as part of the responsibility I bear, I call upon my people, the Palestinians, to return to the Islamic State of Iraq and especially to [the provinces of] Anbar, Salahuddin and Diyala, for we have prepared tens of villages for them with the best houses and farms and fields, crisscrossed by rivers, and protected by the men of the State of Islam, that were awarded to us by Allah [as booty] from the sons of Ibn al-Alqami, and to Allah be our thanks…
“The sons of Ibn al-Alqami” is another derogatory term for Shi'as; al-Baghdadi is referring to the Shi'a villages that have been ethnically cleansed in these predominately Sunni provinces.
…Rejoice oh our people in the State of Islam, and know that your prayers are the firmest arrows in our quiver…
Your brother, Abu Omar al-Qurayshi al-Husseini al-Baghdadi
14 Muharrem 1428 AH [February 2nd, 2007]