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    Saturday, September 22, 2007

    Threats to the Jihad Media War

    September 22, 2007

    Internal and External Threats to the Jihad Media War

    ( the blood letting begins )c

    By Evan Kohlmann

    Several Sunni insurgent factions fighting in Iraq have recently released official communiqu├ęs addressing brewing conflicts over the jihad media war--including divisions that exist within the mujahideen community itself. On August 29, the Mujahideen Army issued a statement accusing their "dear brothers" from the Al-Furqan Foundation--the official media wing of Al-Qaida's "Islamic State of Iraq"--of distributing a video of a military operation that had already been claimed months earlier by the Mujahideen Army. In due course, the ISI's Al-Furqan Foundation issued a response acknowledging, "the operation had indeed been executed by one of the central brigades of the Mujahideen Army... However, following the establishment of the ISI, this particular brigade pledged its allegiance to Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi and, therefore, their media archives became the rightful property of the Al-Furqan Media Foundation." The ISI has also sparked controversy with the recent release of an audio recording by its leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, including accusations that several major Sunni insurgent organizations are now working in conjunction with U.S. forces. One of the groups singled out by al-Baghdadi--the Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front (JAAMI)--has issued its own letter firmly denying these allegations and demanding that "the gossiping cease from all those who posted harsh words on the Al-Hesbah web forum." Separately, Asaeb al-Iraq al-Jihadiya ("the Iraqi Jihad Union") has announced the expulsion of several prominent activists within its organization for unauthorized contacts with unspecified "outsiders." Finally, the ISI's Al-Furqan Foundation has released a statement condemning a series of recent electronic attacks by "crusaders" on notorious jihad web forums--including the Al-Hesbah network.

    - 7/29/07: Asaeb al-Iraq al-Jihadiya Declares Expulsions of Dissidents for Unauthorized Contacts
    - 8/29/07: Mujahideen Army Statement to ISI's Al-Furqan Foundation
    - 9/3/07: Al-Furqan Foundation Response to Statement from the Mujahideen Army
    - 9/13/07: Al-Furqan Foundation Statement Regarding Recent Attacks on Jihad Websites
    - 9/16/07: Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front (JAAMI) Response to Speech by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

    See also:
    - [CTBLOG]: "Operation Niche: The Conviction of Mohammed Atif Siddique"
    - Report: "State of the Sunni Insurgency in Iraq: August 2007"

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