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AZAN: The EXPLOSIVE new jihadi magazine

Last updated on: May 7, 2013 11:35 IST

AZAN: The EXPLOSIVE new jihadi magazine

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B Raman

Jihadis in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come up with another explosive terror journal that attacks Pakistan government for turning its back on 'traditional enemy' India among other things, B Raman points out.

SITE, an Internet monitoring group, has drawn attention to a new web-based jihadi magazine in English called "Azan".

According to SITE, the magazine is believed to have been started by jihadis in Afghanistan and Pakistan and its first web issue appeared on May 5.

The English jihadi magazine, which is apparently meant to cater to English-literate Muslims in South Asia, including Afghanistan, is similar to "Inspire", the English jihadi magazine of Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula operating from Yemen, which has a readership among the Muslims of South India.

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Image: The cover of the first edition of Azan


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Some Muslims arrested by the Bangalore police last year were alleged to have been motivated by the articles carried by "Inspire".

It is not yet clear who has started "Azan". One suspect is the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. The other suspect is Al Qaeda headquarters in the South Waziristan area of Pakistan.

An article in the magazine attacks the Pakistan army for turning its back on traditional enemy India to fight in the tribal areas. It appeals to young Pakistani soldiers to turn away from the military.

"Azan" says it considers the entire Pakistani state apparatus -- from the army to police to intelligence agencies -- as the enemy. It also carries an article on the evils of democracy.

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Photographs: Parwiz/Reuters

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'Muslims must come up with an answer to drones'

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It appeals to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into or manipulate drones. It said the drones were affecting the jihad in the Waziristan area of Pakistan and represented a challenge to the Ummah.

It says: "With the death of so many Muslim assets, this is one of the utmost important issues that the Ummah must unite and come up with an answer to. Any opinions, thoughts, ideas and practical implementations to defeat this drone technology must be communicated to us as early as possible because these would aid the Ummah greatly in its war against the Crusader-Zionist enemy."

The magazine carries extracts from past speeches of the late Osama bin Laden and Mulla Mohammad Omar, the amir of the Afghan Taliban, and carries articles on the state of the jihad in Syria, Mali and other places.


Image: A Jamaat-e-Islami supporter protests during an anti-drone demonstration in Karachi
Photographs: Athar Hussain/Reuters

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