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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

DIY Jihad Training Camp 

Al-Qaeda has taken another aspect of its operations into cyberspace, creating what may be the world's first 'virtual' Jihad training camp, al-Battar.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has a report on the new publication which bills itself as "A Magazine Published by the Military Committee
of the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula".

The publication emphasises that al-Qaeda considers the 'Jihad' to be Fard Ayn (a compulsory responsibility for every individual). This publication is intended to bring military training into the Muslim's loungeroom, redressing what al-Qaeda apparently sees as a tragic shortage of military-trained young Muslims.

Some people may doubt they could fit such activities into their loungerooms...

Al-Qaeda follows through and closes the sale:

I know Peter Bergen described al-Qaeda as a franchised international business enterprise, but I never expected them to go in for telemarketing home fitness kits...
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