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Jihadis convert YouTube into terror-recruiting tool
Posted By Drew Zahn On 05/23/2010 @ 12:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Screen shot of Tahrik-i-Taliban Pakistan YouTube video
Islamic terrorists plotting attacks in the U.S. are recruiting, taking credit for bombings and calling for even more violence – all with the help of a popular U.S.-based website: YouTube.
In fact, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan – a group White House counterterrorism czar John Brennan said is “closely allied with al-Qaeda; they train together, they plan together, they plot together” – maintains a YouTube channel for posting news and violence-inciting rants.
“Today, dated 19th April 2010, through media I want to convey an important message to the Muslim ummah,” states a video still viewable on the group’s YouTube channel, reportedly with the voice of leader Hakeemullah Mehsud to the “ummah,” meaning the spread of Muslims throughout the globe.
“America, which is the biggest evil of this world, [has] savagely massacred millions of innocent Muslims,” the video continues. “From now on, the main targets of our fidaeen are American cities.”
The video, which begins with the words “A message to the Muslim ummah and a warning to USA and NATO allies … step back or get ready to be destroyed,” then shows a map of the U.S. with explosions erupting throughout.
“America/NATO, you will pay for your crimes,” it concludes.
The Middle East Media Research Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit group that translates and analyzes Middle Eastern communications for Western nations, also discovered a video on the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan page claiming credit for the fizzled bomb scare in New York City’s Times Square.
The video, since removed, but still viewable elsewhere on YouTube, declares, “We Tehreek-e-Taliban with all the pride and bravery, take full responsibility for the attack on Times Square. We also congratulate the Muslim ummah with all the pleasure and happiness.”
The message appears beneath the words, “Allah (swt) is with the steadfast and patient ones. We will break the jaws of Satan’s USA.”
MEMRI has also been tracking YouTube posts of U.S.-born Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Al-Awlaki, who has been labeled in the Saudi media as “the Bin Laden of the Internet,” has also been linked to Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Christmas Day “underwear” bomber and the attempted Fort Dix bombers.
According to a MEMRI report last year, Al-Awlaki’s lectures, sermons and compilation videos supporting his jihadist philosophy were viewed on YouTube nearly three million times and counting.
“These clips include Al-Awlaki calling Muslims to jihad, expressions of support for martyrdom attacks and encouragement to kill American soldiers,” writes MEMRI Executive Director Steven Stalinsky.
A YouTube lecture by terrorist-inspirer, Anwar Al-Awlaki
One popular YouTube clip, which claims to be based on the work of Al-Alwaki, lists “The 44 Ways of Supporting Jihad.”
Set against a backdrop of sword-wielding Muslims, the clip contends, “When the rule of the law of Allah is absent from this world and when Islam is being attacked in order to uproot it, jihad becomes obligatory on every Muslim, man and woman.”
Among the 44 ways are “praying to Allah to award you with martyrdom,” fundraising for the “mujahideen” – a term that means “freedom fighters,” but often includes terrorists acting under such a name – “praying for the mujahideen and preserving their secrets,” “the issue of fatwas supporting the mujahideen” and “arms training.”
A Stalinksy report from earlier this month also found Chechen jihadists on YouTube claiming credit for a subway bombing in Moscow, accused American terrorist Colleen LaRose aka “Jihad Jane” maintaining over a dozen YouTube pages devoted to violent jihad, the Shabakat Al-Mujahideen Al-Iliktroniyya posting jihad training videos on the website and hundreds of YouTube videos of cleric Sheikh Meraj Rabbani, who has been denounced by the Mumbai-based Muslims Against Terrorism for “spreading poison … [and] spreading terrorism in the name of religion.”
YouTube, ranked by Alexa as the third-most popular website on the web, is owned by Google Inc., based in San Bruno, Calif.
YouTube’s guidelines specifically prohibit videos guilty of “inciting others to commit violent acts.” Members of the site can “flag” videos as inappropriate that violate the guidelines.
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