On May 13 1981 Mehmet Ali Agca, a Muslim of Turkish origin, attempted to assassinate the late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. A lot has been written regarding the reasons behind this attempted assassination that was never fully investigated. Today, 25 years after, threats for assassinating the new Pope Benedict XVI have been transmitted through Internet. On a website used by rebel movements in Iraq, a message posted by the Mujahideen’s Army announced that members of the organization would “smash the crosses in the house of the dog from Rome.” The Internet statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, continued with the words: “We tell the worshipper of the cross that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya…We shall break the cross and spill the wine….God will help Muslims to conquer Rome….God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen”. The Iraqi militant group, an umbrella organization led by Iraq’s branch of al Qaeda, vowed a war against the “worshippers of the cross” in response to a recent speech by Pope Benedict on Islam that sparked anger across the Muslim world.
The Fifth Anniversary of Nine Eleven is another goode example of jihad communication managed by the jihadist network’s As-Sahab media branch, the al-Quaeda production organization, who announced in forums their realizations.
Scrivevo due giorni fa: “Ieri, 7 settembre 2006, al- Jazeera e CNN hanno messo in onda l’ennesimo video del jihad. La produzione è quella garantita da As-Sahab, uno dei più noti centri mediatici del terrorismo. Si tratta del medesimo marchio che sabato scorso 2 settembre 2006 si era presentato con un video di 41 minuti (…). Una serie di nuovi prodotti mediatici è attesa in occasione dell’anniversario del Nine Eleven e As-Sahab aveva annunciato nei forum una sua realizzazione.
Ieri, 7 settembre 2006, al- Jazeera e CNN hanno messo in onda l’ennesimo video del jihad. La produzione è quella garantita da As-Sahab, uno dei più noti centri mediatici del terrorismo. Si tratta del medesimo marchio che sabato scorso 2 settembre 2006 si era presentato con un video di 41 minuti: “As-Sahab Media Productions presents An Invitation to Islam by Sheikh Ayman Az-Zawahiri and brother Mujahid Adam Yahya Gadahn -‘Azzam Al Amiriki”.
On the 28 July 2006 the Russian Federal authorities updated their official list of entities which are officially proscribed by the Russian government as terrorists organisations. It contained several organizations, including Jamaah al Islamiya, the Pakistan based Lashar-e Toba, Hizb u Jahar, and the Muslim Brotherhood.It was noted that, despite the current conflict in Lebanon and Gaza, the Russian list omitted to proscribe HAMAS and Hezbollah.
On Thursday, August 10, the British police announced that it deterred a terrorist blow that would astonish international community with its intensity. The information speaks of a plan, that- if realised- it would exceed in deadly result the attack of September 11. The terrorists – passengers on board flights from London with destination cities of USA – would use simple daily electronic appliances in order to detonate explosive materials hidden inside bottles for example of sports drinks and blow up at least 10 airplanes above American territory in almost one simultaneous blow. The British authorities have arrested up to now 24 suspects and prosecuted 11, mainly British citizens of Muslim religion, some of Pakistani origin and aged from 17 up to 35 years.
Over the past two weeks, Israel has taken arms against two fronts, in the north and south, precipitated by kidnappings of its solders. The military operations of the Israeli army have resulted in an escalated war that brought again international attention to the sensitive area of the Middle East. Understanding the objectives and goals both on political and strategic level of the kidnapping organizations and state-actors behind them may help to comprehend essential parameters of the conflict and its importance in the international scene.
Ieri, 22 giugno 2006, il “secondo” e “il teorico” di al-Qaeda, Al-Zawahiri, ricompare nella
rete con un video di circa 3 minuti. L’iconografia è quella usuale: discorso diretto in
camera, dito alzato a minaccia e incitamento per sottolineare i punti chiave, fucile
automatico appoggiato alla sua destra, copricapo bianco e veste grigia (elegante e
ordinata). Lo sfondo scuro non è riconoscibile. La firma è quella conosciuta di uno dei
circuiti mediatici jihadisti: As-Sahab.
Tanto clamore per Zarqawi morto fa sicuramente parte del circuito mediatico che “giea attorno” al terrorismo di matrice islamica e non riguarda solo l’ “importanza” del leader di al Qaeda.
“Fifty-two peopole were killed in the terrorist attacks in Lonodn on 7 July 2005 and several handred were injured. We share the generale horro ans shock at this outrage and would like to take this poortunity to add our consolences to the families and friends of those killed, and sympathy to those injured, in these terrible attacks. We also extend our appreciation and gratitude to all those involved in the rescue and response effort.”
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La cronistoria di questi ultimi dieci giorni dell’aprile 2006 è drammatica. Il suo ripercorrerla è, tuttavia, un esercizio di utile analisi per chi studia il fenomeno terrorista.
Ecco dunque i fatti.
La vicenda delle vignette apparse sul quotidiano danese Jyllands-Posten ha goduto di un’ampia attenzione da parte dei media tradizionali.