Ghazwa-e-Hind revisited: Husain Haqqani

[ by Charles Cameron — a highly recommended article on an often overlooked topic ] . ** Amb. Husain Haqqani has a new piece up on the Hudson Institute site, Prophecy & the Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent, which deals with the Ghazwa-e-Hind. I have quoted Haqqani before on this topic, since he is an […] Read more »

What We Are Reading… November 7, 2014

International News Coverage MENA Why Barack Obama is writing letters to Iran’s Supreme Leader David Blair / The Telegraph Analysis: The real aim of the correspondence is to reassure Iran’s leader that “regime change” is not America’s goal Iran stalls probe into nuclear weapons research, U.N. report says Reuters Iran is failing to address suspicions […]

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New mag: now there’s a Brit preaching the Ghazwa e-Hind

[ by Charles Cameron -- we've ignored the apocalyptic aspect of Khorasan for years, now we're admitting it, but still overlooking the second prong ] . ** Introducing the first English language issue of Ihya-e-Khilafat — which is in effect a new magazine, since it has a new intended readership — Tufail Ahmad, director of […] Read more »

The new AQ magazine: Ghazwa e-Hind & more

[ by Charles Cameron -- while one prong of the AQ jihad marches on Jerusalem, the other has its sights set on India ] . ** Well, you only need to get as far as page 5 in the new, 117-page magazine Resurgence from As-Sahab Media (Subcontinent) — AQ with an eye on India, in […] Read more »

Language as tripwire: the Khorasan Group and the active and passive voices

[ by Charles Cameron -- first in a series in which the language makes a difference ] . Can we just call this grouping what it is… Al Qaeda. Pure and simple and not fricking new. — Leah Farrall (@allthingsct) September 23, 2014 ** There is this business of the so-called “Khorasan Group”. Two paragraphs […] Read more »

Those black banners / AQ flags, revisited

[ by Charles Cameron -- don't let's go overboard, eh? ] . I’d like to note up front that Liz Sly was talking about a pro-Morsi rally, and Leah very possibly about an anti-Morsi event… In any case, these two tweets between them remind me that my own interpretation of “black banners” in terms of [...] Read more »

Apocalyptic Fire in Azan #2

[ by Charles Cameron -- on end-times rhetoric and having no need of sun or moon ] . ** On the whole, the “signs of the end times” described in the installment of Maulana Asim Umar‘s Third World War and Dajjal, pp. 23-31, and now posted in the second issue of Azan on pp 83-89 [...] Read more »

Sisyphus on the treadmill of memes

[ by Charles Cameron -- Khorasan, black banners, the Ghazwa-e-Hind -- when will the updating ever stop? ] . ** It looks as though I first realized that “the black banners of Khorasan” was a meme I should be “eyes out” for was in July 2007, when John Robb pointed us to a piece by [...] Read more »

Early notes on the first issue of the jihadist magazine, Azan

[ by Charles Cameron -- more of some familiar ZP themes, now in a new container ] . There are several matters of special interest to me that I’d like to draw your attention to in the new magazine, Azan, just issued from the Afghanistan / Pakistan region: . ** First, Azan has a major [...] Read more »

Tamerlan Tsarnaev end times videos I: the Mahdist video, pt 2

[ by Charles Cameron -- the Jewish Afghans -- part 2 of a series on two end times videos that Tamerlan Tsarnaev "liked" ] . At this point, we are about a quarter of the way into the Mahdist video I was describing in the first part of this post, and you’d be well-advised to [...] Read more »