Tomorrow is Friday prayers in Islam -- the point at which violence traditionally explodes. Imams incite and ignite devout religious fervor, and tomorrow analysts expect the Middle East to explode -- inshallah, of course.
Prominent Shumoukh Member Calls To Burn Down U.S. Embassy In Egypt With All Staff Inside In Order To Pressure U.S. To Release Blind SheikhNasser Al-Qaeda, a prominent writer on the Jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam suggested burning down the U.S. embassy in Egypt with all workers inside in order to pressure the U.S. to release Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman aka the Blind Sheikh. Posted at: September 07, 2012
This MEMRI JTTM report was released four days before the demonstration in Cairo, on September 7.
On September 7, 2012, Nasser Al-Qaeda, a prominent writer on the Jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam suggested burning down the U.S. embassy in Egypt with all workers inside in order to pressure the U.S. to release Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman aka the Blind Sheikh. In the post, titled "How can the U.S. embassy remain in Egypt while [the U.S.] imprisons Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman," Nasser Al-Qaeda wrote: "Oh people of Egypt, it is time [to launch] a powerful movement to liberate the mujahid Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman. Click here to read the full report.Responding To Intense Campaign On Jihadi Forums, Jihadis Join Protest Outside U.S. Embassy In Cairo, Tearing Down U.S. Flag And Replacing It With Al-Qaeda Banner Thousands of protesters, angered by a movie depicting the Prophet Muhammad, expected to be released today, marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11, attacked the U.S. embassy in Egypt, tearing down and burning the building's American flag and replacing it with Al-Qaeda's black and white banner. The demonstration, which took place today following Al-Asr prayers, was organized by a number of political parties, revolutionary groups, jihadis, and even Coptic activists objecting to the film, which was produced in the U.S. by two Coptic leaders Click here to read the full report.
Protesters In Egypt Call For "Demonstration Of Millions" Tomorrow, Say: "Our First Demand Is To Burn The Embassy And Expel The Ambassador" At a demonstration held yesterday (September 12) outside the US embassy in Cairo, participants called to hold a "demonstration of millions" outside the emabassy tomorrow in protest over the film insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The demonstrators said: "Our first demand is to burn the embassy and to expel the ambassador." Click here to read the full report.
Demonstrators Storm U.S. Embassy In Cairo And Replace Star-Spangled Banner With Black Flag Of Al-Qaeda
Following are excerpts from news reports on the storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012, following news of the release of a U.S.-produced film that affronted the Prophet Muhammad. The reports aired on Al-Tahrir TV and Al-Hayat TV and were posted on the Internet. Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV.
Spokesman For Ansar Al-Sharia Brigades In Benghazi: Our Response Is Taken From The Teachings Of Our Prophet
In a video statement that aired September 12, 2012, the spokesman for Ansar Al-Sharia Brigade in Benghazi hailed the burning down of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi by Libyan protestors angered by a film negatively depicting the Prophet Muhammad, which resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats. Click here to read the full report.
Salafi-Jihadi Movement In Jordan Calls For "Protest Of Rage" Outside U.S. Embassy In Amman
The Jordanian website alsabeel.com reported that the Salafi-jihadi movement in Jordan called for a "protest of rage" to be held on Friday, September 14, in front of the U.S. embassy in Amman. In an annoucement it issued, the movement condemned the film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, and said that the entire West is responsible for the outrage. It praised the Muslims who stood up to defend the Prophet's honor "in words and deeds," and called upon Muslims everywhere to act to defend the Prophet's honor "even if it will cost us our lives." Click here to read the full report.
Ansar Al-Shari'a Commander In Abyan: "The Mujahideen Worldwide Have Undertaken To Fight The U.S. And Its Supporters With All Their Might, Everywhere And At All Times" The September 2012 issue (#24) of Madad, the magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), features an interview with Jalal Bal'edi (aka Hamza Al-Zinjibari), commander of Al-Qaeda's front group in Yemen, Ansar Al-Shari'a, in Abyan governorate. Al-Zinjibari states that Yemen's latest armed attack on the mujahideen in Abyan was supervised by the U.S. and funded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He attacksnthe Yemeni government saying that, instead of addressing the dire problems of the Yemeni population, it decided to declare war on the mujahideen, and to eliminate the Islamic model of governance that they were implementing in Abyan for the benefit of its people. He also directs criticism at the Saudi government, saying that, instead of attacking the Jews, "who have stolen Al-Aqsa," and Bashar Al-Assad, "who is murdering Muslims," it chose to fund the attack on the mujahideen and even sent its war planes to participate in it. Click here to read the full report.
Here's the latest on the jihad against freedom:
Hundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in the capital Sanaa, chanting “death to America,” setting tires ablaze, smashing windows and pelting the compound with rocks. They brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it and replaced it with a black Islamic banner.
Yemeni security forces rushed to the scene, fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. They were able to drive them out of the compound after about 45 minutes, sealing off the surrounding streets. Yemen’s president apologized to President Barack Obama for the attack that he said was aimed to derail Yemen’s close relations with Washington.
Protesters clashed with police near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row. Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and the two sides pelted each other with rocks. Sixteen protesters and 13 policemen were wounded in the clashes, which broke out overnight. Twelve protesters have been arrested, the Interior Ministry said.
Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi vowed during a visit to Brussels not to allow attacks on foreign embassies in Cairo, saying the Egyptian people reject such “unlawful acts.”
The ruling Muslim Brotherhood called for demonstrations after Friday prayers to protest against the movie that ridicules Prophet Muhammad.
Hundreds of followers of the anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad — the largest American diplomatic mission in the world — because of the film. Thousands marched in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in northeast Baghdad and shouted, “No, no, to Israel! No, no to America!” and “Yes, yes for Messenger of God.”
An Iran-backed Shiite militant group threatened U.S. interests in Iraq with its militia’s leader, Qais al-Khazali, telling the AP that the amateurish movie was unforgiveable. He called on all Muslims to “face our joint enemy.” An estimated 15,000 employees work at the U.S. embassy.
Large protests were expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second largest city, Basra, after Friday prayers.
The government in Kabul has sought to avert protests, given that anger over perceived insults to Islam has triggered violence in the past. President Hamid Karzai canceled an official visit to Norway and spoke by phone with Obama to convey his condolences for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats. He also discussed the “film and the insulting of holy Islamic values.”
A Shiite cleric condemned the film during a sermon in a mosque west of Kabul. Sayyed Eisa Hossaini Mazari told about 200 worshippers in a mosque west of Kabul that a “dirty American made a movie and it was put on YouTube.” Mazari did not directly call for demonstrations in Afghanistan, but told the AP there will be protests if there is no “U.S. action against the movie.”
About 50 protesters gathered in Tehran outside the Swiss Embassy, which looks after U.S. diplomatic interests, shouting “Death to America” and condemning the film. The embassy is heavily guarded by riot police and there were no reports of violence.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the United States to punish those who were involved in making and financing the film, calling it “a grave and unforgivable sin” and a “dirty crime.”
Authorities have called for protests after Friday prayers.
About 150 Muslim clerics and lawmakers from the ruling Hamas movement stage a protest outside the parliament building in Gaza City to condemn the film. They accused Israel and the West of stoking up sectarian tensions in the region and pitching Muslims against Christians.
Hamas and the smaller militant group Islamic Jihad are calling for large protests across Gaza on Friday.
Israeli police said they were stepping up security ahead of Friday prayers in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that “tensions have been felt.” He said a larger number of officers would be deployed around Jerusalem’s Old City, where the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, is located.
Calls by several Muslim opposition groups for protests at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Amman went ignored. A banned extremist Islamic movement with links to al-Qaida called on its followers to attend a demonstration outside the American embassy compound after Friday prayers.