Now you can get Al-Qaeda training online. MEMRI reports that “recently, Al-Qa’ida published the first issue of its online magazine ‘Al-Battar Training Camp — A Magazine Published by the Military Committee of the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula.’
“‘Al-Battar’ is an alias of Sheikh Yousef Al-Ayyiri, formerly an Al-Qa’ida leader in Saudi Arabia and Osama bin Laden’s personal bodyguard who was killed last year in a clash with Saudi security forces. The magazine focuses on military matters, and complements ‘The Voice of Jihad,’ the other online magazine published by Al-Qa’ida in Saudi Arabia, which focuses on ideology. The first issue features articles by Seif Al-‘Adel and Abd Al-‘Aziz bin ‘Issa bin Abd Al-Mohsen, also known as Abu Hajer.”
This publication contains the teachings on jihad that I have pointed out in Onward Muslim Soldiers as being used by radical Muslims to recruit and motivate terrorists: “Preparing [for Jihad] is a personal commandment that applies to every Muslim even when Jihad [itself] is a commandment applying [only] to all Muslims as a community, and all the more so at this time, when [Jihad] has become also a commandment applying to every Muslim personally with the aim of repelling the aggressive enemy who has invaded the Muslim land.”
The jihad that applies only to Muslims as a community is, according to Islamic law, offensive jihad to establish the hegemony of the Sharia and the subjugation of non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians, as dhimmis.
“Because many of Islam’s young people do not yet know how to bear arms, not to mention use them, and because the agents of the Cross are hobbling the Muslims and preventing them from planning [Jihad] for the sake of Allah — your brothers the Mujahideen in the Arabian peninsula have decided to publish this booklet to serve the Mujahid brother in his place of isolation, and he will do the exercises and act according to the military knowledge included within it”¦
“These are times of Jihad and preparation for Jihad. In the time of the Mongol invasion, it didn’t help the residents of Baghdad that most of them were clerics and educators”¦”
Abu Thabit Al-Najdi writes in an editorial: “The Al-Battar Training Camp is a new magazine of the military committee of the Al-Qa’ida organization in the Saudi peninsula “¦ and it is given as a gift to the youth of Islam whose hearts burn in support of the religion by means of Jihad for the sake of Allah. . . .
“The basic idea is to spread military culture among the youth with the aim of filling the vacuum that the enemies of the religion have been seeking to expand for a long time. Allah willing, the magazine will be simple and easy, and in it, my Muslim brother, you will find basic lessons in the framework of a military training program, beginning with programs for sports training, through types of light weapons and guerilla group actions in the cities and mountains, and [including] important points in security and intelligence, so that you will be able “¦ to fulfill the religious obligation that Allah has set upon you”¦”
Mu’aadh Mansour contributes an article entitled “The Importance of Military Preparedness in Shari’a.” It says: “The Islamic nation is today in acute conflict with the Crusaders, their collaborators from among the Jews, and the apostates. The enemies of the religion have united to fight the Mujahideen by all ways and means — through the military, intelligence, logistics, economics, and the media — and there is no stratagem to fight the Mujahideen that they have not employed”¦
“The Muslims today love this world, hate death, and abandon Jihad, and therefore Allah has subjugated them to the infidel nations that humiliate them. This is the divine punishment meted out to anyone who abandons Jihad”¦
“Accordingly, out of belief in the importance of preparedness, this [virtual] training camp has been created. The camp is named after [Al-Battar], for the great efforts of Sheikh Yousef Al-‘Ayyiri [also known as Al-Battar] in support of Muslims in several lands of Islam. One of his last blessed deeds was to establish several training camps in the land of the two holy places [i.e. Saudi Arabia], from which several of the hero Mujahideen have come”¦”
There is also an article by Abu Hajer (Abd Al-‘Aziz bin ‘Issa bin Abd Al-Mohsen), saying: “Just wars, waged by a group or people whose will has been plundered and who is repressed and oppressed, against the invading and plundering force or against a tyrant. The goal is to remove the oppression and the aggression and to fight for the sake of Allah in order to impose Shari’a law and so that the word of Allah will reign supreme. Examples of this type of fighting are [in] the land of the two holy places, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir, the Philippines, and so on.”
Abdallah Al-Badrani, in his article “The Crusader War,” says: “Know, brother, if you wish to be saved in the next world “¦ that anyone helping the infidels against the Muslims in any way, shape, or form is apostate even if he prays and fasts, and even if he gets up at night [to pray]”¦”
The magazine concludes: “Oh Mujahid brother, in order to join the great training camps you don’t have to travel to other lands. Alone, in your home or with a group of your brothers, you too can begin to execute the training program. You can all join the Al-Battar Training Camp.”