Confidential letter from al-Qaeda told jihadists in Mali to hide their global caliphate agenda

al-qaeda-in-maliA confidential letter from Abdelmalek Droukdel, the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, to his fighters in northern Mali shows that the group sought to use the country to wage a global jihad. But Droukdel instructed his followers to mask their operations and pretend to be a ‘domestic’ movement so as not to draw international attention and intervention.

Long War Journal  The lengthy letter from Droukdel, who is also known as Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, was found by The Associated Press at a compound in Timbuktu that had been occupied by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Large portions of the letter are missing, but the existing pages provide valuable insight into Droukdel’s view of the situation in Mali. More importantly, they show how al Qaeda seeks to use local Islamist insurgencies to further its international goals of establishing a global caliphate and waging jihad against the West.

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Droukdel begins his letter with a prediction that the West is likely to intervene in Mali. “[T]he great powers with hegemony over the international situation, despite their weakness and their retreat caused by military exhaustion and the financial crisis, still have many cards to play that enable them to prevent the creation of an Islamic state in Azawad ruled by the jihadis and Islamists,” he says.

“And so, It is very probable, perhaps certain, that a military intervention will occur, whether directly or indirectly, or that a complete economic, political and military blockade will be imposed along with multiple pressures, which in the end will either force us to retreat to our rear bases or will provoke the people against us …” he continues.

The graphic below shows the governance areas for the caliphate that al Qaeda has claimed it is in the process of creating through the jihads of its branches. The exact boundaries of these areas are open to discussion, but the names and general territories are as described by al Qaeda.

The graphic above shows the governance areas for the caliphate that al Qaeda has claimed it is in the process of creating through the jihads of its branches. The exact boundaries of these areas are open to discussion, but the names and general territories are as described by al Qaeda.

France ultimately intervened in Mali last month after the al Qaeda-led jihadist alliance launched an offensive to take central and southern Mali. The jihadists likely would have succeeded had France not intervened, as the Malian military was in retreat.

Later in the document, Droukdel urges his followers in Mali not to draw attention to al Qaeda’s international intentions lest it invite Western intervention.

“As for foreign policies, you must adopt mature and moderate rhetoric that reassures and calms,” he writes. “To do so, you must avoid any statements that are provocative to neighboring countries and avoid repeated threats. Better for you to be silent and pretend to be a ‘domestic’ movement that has its own causes and concerns. There is no call for you to show that we have an expansionary, jihadi, Qaeda or any other sort of project.”

Droukdel then notes the importance of keeping Mali under al Qaeda’s sphere of influence in order to keep it as a “refuge” and a base for operations.

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Droukdel then outlines a plan to mask AQIM’s use of Mali as a base for global jihadist operations. He tells his followers to cooperate with Ansar Dine, the local jihadist group in northern Mali. And he orders AQIM in Mali to split into two groups: one that would fall under operational control of Ansar Dine in order to administer northern Mali, and the other which would handle “external activity.” This, Droukdel says, will shield Ansar Dine from foreign scrutiny and allow it to retain control of northern Mali.

“In external activity, connected to our global jihad, we would be independent of them (Ansar Dine),” Droukdel says. “We would ensure that none of that activity or its repercussions is attributed to them, as care must be taken over negative impacts on the project of the state.”

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Al Qaeda has also sought to mask its operations behind the aegis of local jihadist groups in Yemen and the Middle East as well as elsewhere in North Africa. Ansar al Sharia in Yemen was formed to serve as a political front for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, while Ansar al Sharia groups have sprung up in Libya, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Egypt over the past few years. Similarly, the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant was formed in January 2012 as a front group for al Qaeda in Iraq. Longtime al Qaeda operatives serve in leadership roles in all of these groups.

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18 comments on “Confidential letter from al-Qaeda told jihadists in Mali to hide their global caliphate agenda

  1. Steve S,
    Please allow me to highlight your signature para:
    “Muhammad himself predicted that Islam would die horribly. “Surely the faith will return to Al Medina like the snake returns to its hole.” And that someday the rise of apostasy in Islam would be so great that most people who would call themselves Muslims would not have a trace of the religion within them.”

    I agree with you wholeheartedly…

  2. What? Most of Iran is not included in the Caliphate, but India, a predominately Hindu country is? I thought the goal of the Caliphate was to first unify all Islamic countries under one rule, and then from there conquer and subjugate all non-Muslims. Even though Iran is Shiite Islamic, you would think that when it comes to Caliphate, everyone would be on board.

    The truth is however, that the Caliphate is a pipe dream. You have so many factions and sub factions within the Islamic world that they would immediately go to fighting and killing each other even before such a Caliphate could be realized. Some Caliphate!

    The history of bloodletting in Islam fills volumes! Yet all Muslim groups want the same things! One Caliphate under that particular group’s rule!

    What baffles me is how the Islamic world could remain in existence for so long. Remember, “A house divided cannot stand.” How does it continue to remain in existence being so fragmented and divided? How does it maintain any sort of control over people when it is so inconsistent both with itself and with others outside?

    Muhammad himself predicted that Islam would die horribly. “Surely the faith will return to Al Medina like the snake returns to its hole.” And that someday the rise of apostasy in Islam would be so great that most people who would call themselves Muslims would not have a trace of the religion within them.

    • S., Xenophobia is what keeps these 57 hell hole muslim countries of the oic together in their evil cult of islam. They teach and set up an irrational fear of of Israel or the US and so on. By taqiyya and keeping all non muslms as the enemy they keep their savages together with an irrational hate for all infidels. If we got out of all of the hell hole muslim countries they would be so busy with shia killing sunni, killing kurds, killing alawaites and so on as they had been doing before we sent in our troops to act as referees and to do police types of activities. This why we have to stop trying to keep them from killing each other and let the savages have at their murdering ways. We should have stayed out of every onflict in the middle east except Israel, the only democracy in the middle east. We should have let the murdering savages kill each other in libya, egypt and so on. All we had to do was give the Christians, Jews and so on, who wanted it, safe passage.

  3. The deceit and misdirection the Islamists engage in on a consistent and ruthless basis is proof enough that the power behind Islam is none other than the devil, the father of lies and liars!.

  4. Peoples China has 500+ H Bombs that say that east turkistan is never going to happen. The People’s Armed Police keep things well in hand. CCP 1 al queda 0.

  5. That will be our last cruzate against islamofascists!!!!!!!!!!! The next one will finish with the last bullet in head of the last muslim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Okay, boys and girls, let’s do a review, since it seems you have STILL NOT learned the lesson! Can you say: “Lying deceitful treacherous lowlife muslim maggats”?!!…..Oh,and this lesson is for the asshat dhimmis who STILL buy the Muslime line of sh– about Islam being a “Religion of Peace”!!…Pull your heads out, so you can see the Light!!

  7. When governments raid jihadists, there is a wealth of intelligence that helps to find the next terrorists. Who knew that Bin Laden LOVED PORN? Most of the jihadists do…they’re looking for a XXX pornographic paradise.

  8. 65% of Moslems want a CALIPHATE TYRANNY and Sharia law. The other 35% are so secularized, they couldn’t care less about Islam (350 million people…a large group of apostaste).

    We have to worry about the 650 million!

    CAIR is implementing a GRADUAL approach, first telling us that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’, now ‘Islamophobia’, next something equally false.

    Islam appeals to AUTHORITY, rather than logic, then claims critics are ‘mentally ill’ if they think Mohammed is a prevaricating, psychopathic, pedophile pirate.

  9. These EVIL MUSLIM SAVAGES want Mali’s gold, so they can use it to conquer the world. It’s just unbelievable that our “powers that be” don’t have a clue what these terrorist demons are up to – at least FRANCE figured it out.

    Mali Gold Mines Safe For Now French Army Says
    http://www.dailysquib.co.uk/world/3748-mali-gold-mines-safe-for-now-french-army-says.html

    Unfortunately, France in its stupid backing of “rebels” in Africa apparently ARMED these vicious pieces of garbage.

    But according to the despicable dhimmi leftards, apparently, we should have just let them have the gold mines – after all, if we stop them, we’re RACIST ISLAMOPHOBES! Never mind that these light-skinned ARAB INVADERS were slaughtering, torturing and raping the local MUSLIM BLACKS – it is WE who are “racist Islamophobes” if we stop them.

    And one wonders how, oh how, did this African country become Islamized in the first place? Did the Arabs offer them flowers of love? Or did their own leaders sell them to the ARAB SLAVETRADERS, who enslaved, beat, tortured, raped and worked them to death, after cutting off their limbs? Who wouldn’t convert with such evil overlords around? I’m sure the native Malians would flee Islam like the Iranians would, if they could. Hundreds of millions globally undoubtedly leave Islam, if they weren’t under the death penalty.

    Qaradawi: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today”
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/qaradawi-if-they-had-gotten-rid-of-the-apostasy-punishment-islam-wouldnt-exist-today.html

    Yes, you stupid piece of crap, no one would follow your vile cult of demons if you didn’t threaten them with violence. Such a religion of peace!

    I’m soooo disgusted with humanity, I awake feeling like spitting nails. I cannot believe “sane” people are allowing and helping this absolute evil to spread. Thank goodness for brave and thoughtful individuals like you, BNI. I appreciate the forum where I can express myself frankly without fear of repercussion.

    So, thank you a million times. I don’t have much hope that we can defeat this evil cancer spreading through the world like wildfire, but at least I can sleep at all, knowing that SOME people have the morality and courage to speak out.

    • You state: “I cannot believe “sane” people are allowing and helping this absolute evil to spread.”

      American, British, European, and other Western ruling elites are actively aiding and abetting Islamic conquest and enslavement of the Free World by DELIBERATELY colonizing our countries with many millions of Muslims – the soldiers of Allah.

      Our leaders are evil. They HATE God, the Bible, Judaism and Christianity. They worship the cruel god of Islam. They give this god a different name, but SAME god, different name.

      In the end, God will divinely intervene. God’s divine intervention will take place when the nations attack Israel.

      Bible, Zechariah 12:9 I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

      God will save not only Israel, but the world – ALL who look to God for help.

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