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Al Qaeda in Iraq Posts Recruitment Magazine to Internet

Posted: April 1, 2005

Al Qaeda in Iraq, an Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has posted a 43-page magazine on the Internet in an effort to recruit new fighters and spread its propaganda.  


The magazine, Zurwat al-Sanam (Arabic for "Tip of the Camel's Hump"), includes content previously posted on the Internet, excerpts of letters between Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden, and a section on the ideology and goals of the "Al Qaeda Organization of Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers [Euphrates and Tigris]," the full name for al-Zarqawi's group.

 Zurwat al-Sanam

The magazine, posted on March 2, 2005, also includes a communiqué from the sharia [Islamic law] council of Al Qaeda regarding the recent election results in Iraq.  The communiqué states in Arabic: "Democracy and parliamentarian parties, oh brothers, are part of the law of the kufar [nonbelievers] and their sects; to accept them is to enter their law and become adherents of their religion and to leave the Islamic faith."


Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, the "media coordinator" for Al Qaeda in Iraq, reportedly posted the magazine on the Internet two days after Zarqawi's group claimed responsibility for an attack in Hilla, Iraq.


Similar online magazines have been produced by Al Qaeda groups in Saudi Arabia, including the Sout al Jihad ("Voice of Jihad") and al Battar ("Sword of the Prophets"), as well as a magazine aimed at women Islamists.  These magazines included detailed information on various weapons. 


The regular production of the Al Qaeda on-line magazines in Saudi Arabia was disrupted by a series of raids by Saudi police in 2004 that resulted in a number of arrests and deaths of key members of the group.


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