Taliban magazine Ihyae Khilafat delayed due to bombardment of media office
The words “Je Suis Charlie Hebdo” has been repeated hundreds of thousands of times, perhaps millions in recent days as France and supporters around the world condemned the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine in Paris, by brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi and their associate Amedy Coulibaly. The public were outraged at the killing of the cartoonists in response to the offensive nature of illustrations mocking the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and what they saw as the stifling of freedom of speech. See,
“Charlie Hebdo attack: Three Days of terror” (BBC),
What you didn’t see anywhere in western media was reporting of a full scale assault on the media offices of the TTP JA Tehreek-e-Taliban with “jets, drones, gunship helicopters as well as the ground troops” on the 2nd December 2014 which killed and injured several people. Why was this not reported… media bias? Fear that knowledge of this assault might spark retaliation attacks?
Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP JA) have just released a statement to media announcing a delay to the publication of its English language publication due to this bombardment on Taliban freedom of speech. However distasteful the contents of the magazine might be to many, it is the words of those living under occupation having had their legitimate government ousted when foreigners invaded. These are the articles of those that have seen their children bombed, droned, their women assaulted, their men tortured, imprisoned and killed.
It is likely that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular, AQAP (allegedly linked to the French attacks) knew of this assault on the Taliban media office via jihadist websites due to Al Qaeda alliances with the Taliban over recent years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. There is nothing openly to suggest the French attack is linked to the attack on Taliban media, however France had a very active role in the War in Afghanistan since late 2001 and trained thousands of ANF, Afghan National Forces.
In a statement released after the Charlie Hebdo attack, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) stated,
“Oh people of France, it is better for you that you cease your aggression against the Muslims, perhaps you may then live in safety. But if you refuse except to be at war, then take glad tidings, for By Allah you will never have the pleasure of safety for as long as you wage war against Allah and His Messenger and continue fighting the Believers”
TTP JA released the following statement regarding the delay of their magazine publication stating the reasons for this delay,
“TTP is going to present the second edition of English magazine Ihyae Khilafat. After the success of previous English magazine. We tried very hard to present the second edition of English magazine Ihyae Khilafat on the demand and wishes of readers. But because of jihadi situation and difficulties and the martyrdom of relevant companions. The presentation of second edition of English magazine was delayed. The office really apologize the readers and want the readers to remind us in their prayers”
Mawlana Saleh Qassam – Supervisor Ihyae Khilafat Media one of those killed in an attack on media offices on 2nd December 2014.
Tribute (taken from Ihyae Khilafat English magazine) regarding those who died and were injured in US and allies attack on media
“There is something special about issue 2, Ihyae Khilafat English magazine that some of its contributors are not in this world anymore. While this issue was having its final revisions before release, our media centre was attacked by Americans and their apostate Pakistani and Afghani servants on 2/12/2014. The attack involved jets, drones, gunship helicopters as well as the ground troops. We had to then place our pens and keyboards to one side and picked up our guns to repel enemies attack.
Ahamdullilah Mujahideen of Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamaat -ul-Ahrar fought with great courage and the evil alliance of Kuffar and Murtadeen left the battlefield after only 6 hours of fight. We observed great evidences of Allah’s help in this battle like rockets and bullets being fired on enemy helicopters and personnel from the place where no mujahideen were deployed. Enemies sustained heavy losses and some of our Mujahideen were also selected by Allah SWT as martyrs. Following members of our Ihyae Khilafat media team were included among the Shuhada.
1) Mawlana Saleh Qassam – Supervisor Ihyae Khilafat Media
2) Qari Khalid Saifullah – Ihyae Khilafat Pashto Department
3) Mujahid Omar Khorasani – Graphic Designer
4) Syed Jarrah al Hindi – Hacking Department
In addition two other members Bilal and Ibrahim Khorasani sustained serious injuries but Alhamdulillah, their condition is now out of danger. We pray to Allah (SWT) to accept the Shahadah of our beloved brothers and compensate our losses. All the Kuffar and their helper Murtadeen should know that we Mujahideen only bow our heads to our creator Allah SWT and we shall remain defiant in front of false Gods and deities. This fight will continue until Allah’s Deen is established over the whole world or our souls are separated from our bodies InshaAllah”
In contrast to those who supported the Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris, the story in Afghanistan was very different. Hundreds of people that had suffered for years under US, British, French and other NATO forces gathered to praise those that carried out the killings and celebrate men they saw as defending Islam. France should take time perhaps to reflect on the often violent actions of the French Resistance when under occupation from the Nazis something which many citizens applauded at the time and to this day!
“Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) release statement on Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks”
“France: Charlie Hebdo attack and hypocrisy on freedom of speech”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.