May 17, 2013 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact
Al-Qaeda’s main internet voice has been silenced, again. An ‘enemy’ attack has succeeded in bringing Shumukh al-Islam down. As it was from May 12th to the 13th and then again from May 14th (and so far until today) the site is not functioning. Shumukh al-Islam is the primary source of messages from al-Qaeda. (SITE)
This attack on the jihadist site comes just after it published, for members only, a comprehensive plan for al-Qaeda (embodied by al-Nusrah front) in Syria. The site is password protected. Cole Bunzel’s translation, on Jihadica, provides insight into their goals, thinking, and planning.
The document takes a pessimistic tone. They believe the West, Crusader, i.e. the U.S., and Israel, as well as Iran) are prepared to seal Syria off in the attempt to crush the al-Qaeda fighters. In response to this threat they are calling for a rapid influx of fighters, before the borders are closed to them. The Syria conflict is seen as a protracted affair requiring much patience on the part of al-Nusrah and its allies.
It rejects attacks on Israel at this time because of the danger of blowback that will add more allies to the anti-jihadist effort. It also takes the time to lambast Al-Jazeera as lying criminals who seek to brainwash viewers so that they will oppose the struggle in Syria.
Chilling in its organization and detail, the document illustrates an intelligent attempt at orchestrating the efforts of al-Nusrah and its allies in Syria. Its repeated calls for more fighters to cross the border quickly should not be ignored by Syria’s neighbors.