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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
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.
- "The basic idea is to spread military culture among the youth with the aim of filling the vacuum that the enemies of the religion have been
seeking to expand for a long time. Allah willing, the magazine will be
simple and easy, and in it, my Muslim brother, you will find basic
lessons in the framework of a military training program, beginning with
programs for sports training, through types of light weapons and guerilla
group actions in the cities and mountains"
Some people may doubt they could fit such activities into their loungerooms...
Al-Qaeda follows through and closes the sale:
- "Oh Mujahid brother, in order to join the great training camps you don't have to travel to other lands. Alone, in your home or with a group of your brothers, you too can begin to execute the training program. You can all join the Al-Battar Training Camp."
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...