Thursday, October 28, 2010

The German martyrs and the Turkish groups

Sometime this month (about October 14th or 15th) a new video was posted to Turkish jihâdi websites. The video is 06:54 minutes in length and shows operational footage by the "Deutsche Tâlibân Mujâhidîn" (German Tâlibân) as well as the burial of four (or three?) of their fighters, namely 'Abd al Ghafâr al Almânî (Eric B.) Salahudîn al-Turkî (Ahmad M.), Abû 'Abdullah al Almânî (Danny R.? - at least "Der Spiegel" says so) and Hizbullah al Uzbekî. I am not sure whether the last one belonged to their group.

Who are the "Deutsche Tâlibân Mujâhidîn"?

Sometime in 2006 and 2007 the first wave of young German Muslims (most of them converts) went to Pakistan in order to get trained to fight and help the Talibân in their war. Most if not all of them joined the "Islami Cihad Ittehad" (Islamic Jihad Union, also known as Islamic Jihad Group, IJU, IJG), a group that had splintered of the original Uzbek group "Islami Harakat Uzbekistan" (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, IMU) some time after 2001 (I have heard everything from 2001 to 2005 so no real idea when and why it happened).

This first group of Germans gained fame as some of them returned to Germany and tried to bomb US Army barracks in Germany. They are known as the "Sauerland Cell". Another German from the same "generation" became a suicide bomber in Afghânistân in a joint attack by the Tâlibân/Haqqâni faction and the IJU).

Suicide Bomber Cuneyt C. Sa'ad Abû Furqân in a IJU production (notice their media emblem on the right) - 2008

So to speak Eric B. was at one point the last German member of the IJU. In 2009 (?) he got permission from the IJU Amîr to form a new group with other new German recruits. The German Taliban were born. We have to see this group as just a handful of guys - I'd say about 20 who are just well known because most of them were German converts and thereby something new. We have not yet seen something similar for other non-Muslim majority countries.


Another thing that made these guys interesting is/was (?) "Elif Medya", a media organisation that cooperated and released footage for various groups among them the IJU (while the IJU got their own media group "Badr al-Tawhîd"), the Azeri/Turkish group Ta'ifah al Mansûrah (Taifatu'l Mansura), the Punjabi faction of the TTP and obviously the German Tâlibân. I am pretty sure that "Elif Medya" was active long before the German Taliban were founded. Salahudîn al-Turkî (Ahmad M.) was the one in charge of this media group.


An Elif Medya release (emblem on the right top) showing fighters from the TTP Punjâb - 2009


Now back to the video. The video is meant as a martyrdom video for the before mentioned. All of them were killed in an encounter with the Pakistani Army in North Wazîristân/Pâkistân on April 30th 2010. The video is patchwork, the quality is awful. It looks as if the short statements that are given by Salahuddîn al-Turkî and Abû 'Abdallah al Almânî are raw footage. The men are repeating the same sentences as if the cameraman had asked them to repeat or reword their appeals.


Screenshot of Salahudîn al-Turkî

[...] Brethren in Germany: Allah doesn't enable anyone to kill a kâfir (non-Muslim, disbeliever). It is a great favour from Allah to kill a kâfir. Therefore I call my dear brothers in Germany to come to us, to Afghânistân to fight with us against the kuffâr. (Salahuddîn al-Turkî)


While al-Turkî sits around 'Abu Abdullah is shown as a fighter on the ground:

Screenshot showing Abû 'Abdullah al Almânî

Dear brethren in Germany. Look how we shoot these BM rockets at the kuffâr. The kuffar shoot as if they were blind. They don't know where we are. Allah blinds them. May Allah destroy them and annihilate them [...] We are going to execute an operation with BM rockets here in the area of Murgha (no idea how to spell it but I think it is in Baluchistân/Pâkistân). There are the servants of the kuffâr. If Allah wills he shall destroy the kuffâr and give victory to the mujâhidîn (Muslim fighters). Brothers Germany please continue to support us in our jihâd so that we can fight the kuffâr so that they leave our lands and our lands are governed by shar'îah (Islamic law). (Abû 'Abdullah al Almânî)

Words are followed by actions and a number of BM rockets are shot. Then the video switches to the burial scenes. All four men are once again identified by name and are shown in their burial shrouds before they are actually buried. I think that one background voice talks about misk (musk), the smell of musk is seen as a sign of martyrdom in Islâm.

For further reading on this video see here and here.

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Now, what to make out of this video?

Well, we can be sure that the media network around the German Tâlibân and the small Turkish groups is heavily damaged. A martyrdom video was announced to be released merely days or weeks after the actual engagement. It took nearly half a year to produce a video that doesn't even show the most famous face of this group, namely Eric B. speaking or giving his martyrdom address. The other orations aren't martyrdom speeches either. There is no storytelling in this video and on top of all that the video quality is awful. On the one hand the death of their media director may have been a hard hit but on the other hand the increased drone strikes in Wazîristân take a heavy toll on all media groups operating in the region.

On a second note there is happening something with the Turks in AfPak. Contrary to this article there is a multitude of groups with Turkish membership there. There is the Ta'ifah al Mansûrah, the Jaishullah (Ceyşullah), the IJU, Jamâ'ah Bulghâr, and numerous Turks that are directly aligned to non Turkish groups like the Tâlibân or AQ as well as Turks who are not known to operate for a certain group, like the most famous Turk in AfPak, Abû Dhar (Ebu Zer see point 2).

The recent video was released by a new Turkish online group (jihadmedia) that is linked to two new Turkish groups, namely the Jamâ'ah al Islâm (Cemaatul Islam) and the Türk İslam Kurtuluş Cephesi' (TIKC, Turkish Islamic Salvation Front). Unfortunately I don't speak Turkish so if anyone knows someone who has an idea on the Turks please tell him or her to enlighten me about these recent developments.

And while the video was released by this new media entity the statement announcing the death of the four insurgents was posted by the Ta'ifah al Mansûrah group. Basically we really don't have an idea on who is who over there unless "they" tell us. The best example for this mess is the fourth killed insurgent Hizbullah al Uzbekî. He could belong to any of the before mentioned groups we just don't know.



Appendix: 

1. The video release information in German:

Das erste Mal bei jihadmedia.net; Äußerungen und die Beerdigungen, der im selben Kampf gefallenen Märtyrer Abdulgaffar Almani, Selahaddin Turki und anderen Brüdern. Die in der deutschen Presse mehrere Tage lang erwähnten Konvertierten Abdulgaffar Almani und Selahaddin Turki, die an der Front des Cihads gekämpft haben, sind in der Nähe von Miranshah von Marionettensoldaten verraten und in den Hinterhalt getrieben wurden. Nach einem lang anhaltendem Gefecht wurden erlangten sie den Märtyrertod. Die Aufnahmen zu der Beerdigung, werden das erste Mal über jihadmedia ausgestrahlt.


2. The original martyrdom statement in German:

die vertreter der Taifatu'l Mansura Deutschland gratulieren den am 30.04.gefallenen deutsch stämmigen Märtyrern nach dem heutmorgigen nachrichteneingang haben wir erfahren das die aus deutschland am cihad teilnehmenden ELIF MEDYA leiter  Selahaddin Türki und an seiner seite Abdulgaffar Almani märtyren gefallen sind. bei der selben ausseinander setzung sind auch unsere brüder Hizbullah und Ebu Abdullah gefallen. 
in der gegend von Miranşah-Mirali , in der nacht vom 30.04.wurde das Fahrzeug von unseren brüdern von pakistanischen ungläubigen angegriffen.selahaddin turki schaffte es in seiner verletzten weise die bombe in seiner hand platzen zu lassen und somit 4 ungläubigen Pakistanern ums leben zu bringen.nach diesem vorfall ist Selahaddin Turki gefallen .
eine weitere nachricht des Taifatu'l Mansura fürstentum ist das 8 weitere brüder aus unserer gemeinde während der angriffe in den letzten 10 tagen gefallen sind. Wir sind dabei ,diese brüder angehende ,videos zu erhalten. über die brüder die aus deutschland teilgenommen haben werden wir die angehenden videos unter alcihad.com veröffentlichen. als Taifatu'l Mansura veranttwortlicher für die deutschland region ist es angebracht mittzuteilen das in letzter zeit aus europa , vor allem aus deutschland grosse teilnahme am cihad festzustellen ist. wir hoffen geduld für alle famielenangehörigen der Märtyrern . wir wollen eindeutig festlegen; wir akzeptieren unsere märtyter nicht als verlusst sondern als gewinn. nach jedem gefallenen märtyrer öffnen sich wege für unängstliche mitglieder der islamischen jugend, diese werden die aufgaben mit stolz und willen fortsetzten.diese nachricht möchten wir allen, ob freund oder feind, mitteilen. die besetzter kuffar in afganistan sind auf dem weg zu verlieren.im gegensatz zu derren leeren versprechen kommen sie nicht vorran sondern im gegenteil, die soldaten geraten immer tiefer in derren kriese.dagegen ist die laune und die multivation der cihad angehörigen lobenswert. während die kuffar nach jedem verlorenen soldaten trauern, sind die cihad angeörigen nach jedem gefallenen bruder in der hoffung der nächste märtyrer zu sein. wir sind auf alle cihad kämpfer und auf unsere märtyrer stolz. wir bitten alle muslime für die cihad angehörigen zu beten und die hoffung auf sieg festzuhalten. der sieg ist von Allah Allahuakbar

Ebu Esila El Almani 
Afghanistan İslam Kommandatur
Taifatu'l Mansura Gemeinde

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