The Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaeda mouthpiece, recently provided twelve different audios clips containing excerpts from speeches Abu Musab Al-Suri held in 1999 in the course of a lecture series called ?Jihad is the solution,? to a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forum. These audio clips, totaling over one-hour in length, concern a variety of aspects of jihad such as the goals of jihad, the definition of the enemy against whom jihad must be launched, how to treat collaborators, and strategies that should be employed in jihad.
Al-Suri, in the clip titled: ?We Must Drag the Enemy,? explains that to resolve the alleged psychological complex the Muslim Ummah suffers, the ?infidels? must be dragged into the Muslim countries in an exposed battle, and to expose the foreign militaries already present in these countries. Suri, in another audio, ?Who Must be Fought First?,? argues: ?It is incumbent to fight the Jews and their interests; And the crusaders, and their interests; and the renegades and their interests, in every place.? The sequence of which group is to be fought first is dependent upon the country in question. Further, in the audio clip titled: ?Who is the enemy? Who are we? And What are We Fighting For?,? Suri delineates the four enemies of Islam: the Jewish nation, the ?crusading nations? of the United States, England, France, and tohers, ?infidel renegade rulers of the Islamic countries,? and finally, the ?hypocrites? within Islamic states.
Abu Musab al-Suri, AKA Mustafa Sitmaryan Nassar, or Umar Abd al-Hakim, is an al-Qaeda operative who ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and instructs in poison and chemical warfare. On November 18, 2004, the U.S. State Department offered a $5 million for information leading to his arrest. Al-Suri, meaning ?The Syrian,? was indicted in Spain in 2003 for allegedly training al-Qaeda sleeper cells for deployment in Spain, Italy, and France and is believed to have masterminded the Madrid train bombings in March 2004.
A summary of four selected speeches is provided to our Intel Service members.