The seventh issue of the al-Qaeda magazine Sawt al-Jihad (The Voice of Jihad) was posted to the internet yesterday. The magazine is published by sympathizers of the al-Qaeda author and webmaster Yousef al-Ayeeri, who was killed by Saudi security forces in June 2003. Ayeeri’s death inspired his media disciples to begin publishing the magazine. Some of the authors of articles in Sawt al-Jihad are al-Qaeda leaders who write under pseudonyms.
On the first page of the seventh issue is an editorial entitled, “Signs of Victory,” written by an al-Qaeda leader under the pseudonym Suleiman Al-Dosary. The piece expresses the al-Qaeda members’ happiness for the latest Ayman al-Zawahiri’s audiotape, released last Friday. Demonstrating the importance to al-Qaeda’s supporters of these propaganda tapes, Al-Dosary wrote the following:
“We have rejoiced much due to the good word that was delivered by the Jihad leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that reminded Muslims of the blessings of God upon them, and how God disgraced the Americans and humiliated them since the Tora Bora battles two years ago, and we hope that these words are an incentive to the Mujahid, and an instigator to the continuation of the Jihad against the Crusaders.”
Invoking the language of assassinated al-Qaeda ideologue Abdullah Azzam, the editorial also calls upon Muslims to “join the caravan” in their fight against the “Crusaders,” driving them out of Muslim countries everywhere, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Arabian peninsula, by promising them with tremendous victories.
The magazine also published the second part of an interview with one of the Saudi al-Qaeda ideological leaders Louis Attiyah Allah, who seems to be the successor to Yousuf al-Ayeeri. In his interview, Attiyah explains the great role that Ayeeri played within the al-Qaeda organization and calls for the continuation of suicide operations. He also asks Muslims to bless Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and the rest of the Mujahideen in their war against the U.S., and then promises them, “Your fights against the Americans are coming to an end, for America is falling, and the question is just a matter of time.” Attiyah also indicates that it is the al-Qaeda victories against the American troops in Iraq that motivated al-Zawahiri to announce his new commitment.
The latest issue also contains a detailed biography of Turki bin Nasser Mash’al Al-Dandani, one of the al-Qaeda members who participated in the Riyadh bombings this past May. Al-Dandani was killed on July 3 when cornered by Saudi security forces storming his hideout, the al-Khashim mosque in the Jawf province. Three other suicide bombers exploded themselves during the same clash, which also led to the death of Abdul Rahman Jabarah, a Canadian whose brother Mohamed Jabarah is in U.S. custody and stands accused of organizing terrorist activities in Southeast Asia.