A message from the Commander Muhannad, who recently assumed the leadership of the Arab Mujahideen in Chechnya following the death of its previous commander, Abu Hafs al-Urduni, addressing Muslims participating in the Greatest Hajj [al-Hajj al-Akbar], was posted to the Arabic website of the Chechen jihad and distributed to jihadist forums today, Thursday, December 28, 2006. Muhannad?s message is similar to those made in the past by Urduni and another commander, Abu Abdullah al-Turki, urging Muslims to support the Mujahideen in Chechnya both financially and morally. He asks Muslims making the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to pray for the Mujahideen, as they have been deprived of the celebration of Eid al-Aha by the Russians, who ?substituted it with killing, fear and misery?.
Muhannad additionally states: ?I give the good news to our Muslim brothers everywhere that your brothers, the Mujahideen in Chechnya, are still resisting the Russian occupier and their painful operations make the Russian bear suffer till the day - Allah willing - they will announce its withdrawal and defeat in Chechnya?.
A translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.