The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), an al-Qaeda-linked media organization, released a posthumous video, titled “The Story of the American Muhajir,” featuring Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha (AKA Abu Hurayra al-Amriki), the American jihadist who carried out a suicide bombing in Syria in May of this year. The video was released just three days after al-Nusra Front released their own 17-minute posthumous video of Hurayra on July 25 through their al-Manara al-Baydha’ Media Foundation.
Exactly two months after the suicide bombing by American jihadist Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha (AKA Abu Hurayra al-Amriki) in Syria’s Idlib governorate, the al-Nusra Front released a video focusing on the operation in which he participated.
As previously reported by SITE Intelligence Group, the Anon Ghost Team hacking group announced on July 3 the creation of Operation Save Gaza, a campaign scheduled to take place on July 11 against Israeli websites in response to recent violence in Gaza. The campaign was widely accepted by various hacking groups and developed into a massive cyber-attack, with over 2000 websites being affected.
As I noted in a post last week, al-Qaeda’s failure to respond to the declaration of the Caliphate by the Islamic State (IS)—formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)—has been rather puzzling. Given the seriousness of the dispute between the two organizations and the challenge that the new state poses to al-Qaeda’s dominance of the global jihad, it would seem incumbent upon the more established group to answer the declaration in some convincing way. This week, at long last, al-Qaeda has issued a short newsletter that contains at least the beginning of a response to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s announcement.It also allows us to see that al-Qaeda might have been setting up this response over the past few weeks.
UPDATE: Both al-'Itisaam Foundation and al-Hayat Media Center’s accounts have been taken off of Quitter. Remaining on both pages is a world peace-promoting artwork, quote by Mahatma Gandhi, and link to ebooks by the figure.
UPDATE: As of August 20, 2014, all Islamic State accounts on Diaspora have also been taken down.