Roundup 9/7: Hizb-ut-Tahrir Gearing-up in US

News & Opinion on Terrorism & Strategic Communication — September 7, 2007

Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Activities in the United States. “HTA’s online presence reveals that their membership has blossomed beyond New York, Orange County, Chicago and Milwaukee.” (Jamestown, 9/6)

US Obtains, Analyzes, Downplays bin Laden Tape. “Chertoff told CNN’s Jeanne Meserve, ‘I do think the tape — if there is a tape — is tied to an anniversary.'” (CNN, 9/7).

Hardliners Control British Mosques. “Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to ‘shed blood’ for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.” (the Times, 9/7).

Syria & Iran Working to Ignite Middle East. “Al-Sheikh Muhammad wrote that Assad and Ahmadinejad were sabotaging all attempts to reduce tension in Iraq and Lebanon, and were even threatening to ignite the entire region in order to divert world attention from the Iranian nuclear issue and from the issue of the international tribunal for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri.” (MEMRI, 9/7)

Islamists battle Islamophobes on YouTube. “Video-sharing websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and MySpace contain a large amount of racist and violent material, including both Islamophobic videos that defame Islam and incite against Muslims, and jihadist videos that praise and promote terrorism against the West.” (MEMRI, 9/6)

AQI Fuels US Info Op. “A new piece takes a look at the hows and whys of the exaggerated role of AQI in the ongoing narrative.” (Swedish Meatballs Confidential, 9/6).