Wow is it ever a shame that the Jamestown Foundation’s brand-new Terrorism Monitor newsletter isn’t online yet. The latest TM combs through the terrorist message board on al-ekhlaas.net — were you dumb enough to click through? FBI and NSA are now up on you! — and finds an al-Qaeda help-wanted ad for the Iraq jihad from a dude calling himself Abu Dakoon. Some highlights:
“„Before explaining the preparations phase, Abu Dakoon gives a briefing on the situation of jihadis in Iraq in the form of an alleged insider’s account of an active duty jihadi. According to Abu Dakoon, the mujahideen are fanned out almost all over Iraq but are especially strong in the Sunni areas. Their activities are not limited to engaging the enemy and setting up ambushes, but also include military, religious, media and intelligence operations requiring military and non-military cadres. The jihadis are in need of experienced preachers and religious judges to issue fatwas (religious decrees). Those trained in Islamic dogma and monotheism are especially needed to refute widespread polytheism and heresy. …
Iraq’s jihadis require skills necessary for maintaining and improving their ongoing media campaign in the areas of general computer programming, television montage, sound engineering, radio broadcasting and photography. …
The jihadis also need those with military, religious, media, security and financial management skills. They ask political and economic experts as well to join the ISI.
Typing skills not required. But seriously, it doesn’t appear that the recruiting call even nods in the direction of al-Qaeda’s recent troubles in Iraq. Tom Ricks said yesterday that his military sources have picked up al-Qaeda chatter indicating the jihadis want to make Iraq an "economy of force theater" and encouraging would-be terrorists to go to… you guessed it: Pakistan! And if John McCain is elected president, they’ll have a very, very easy time there.
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