Al-Qaida’s style of jihad may be about to change, because of the loss of several of the terror group’s key leaders including Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, and the fact that they may be replaced in a fashion by several chiefs released recently by Iran and Syria.
The New Leaders:
1] Saif al-Adel
2] Suleiman Abu Ghaith
3] Abu Hafs al-Mauritani
4] Abu Musab al-Suri (a.k.a. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar)
5] Abu Khalid
It was reported earlier this month that Iran had granted greater freedom to five al-Qaida leaders on its soil. The most prominent official is Saif al-Adel, a key operations chief. According to the 9/11 Commission, he disagreed with the 9/11 attacks.
The newly released leaders also have expressed criticism of the previous strategies that included the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.
It was in 2002 when Saif al-Adel wrote, “We must completely halt all external actions until we sit down and consider the disaster we caused. During six months, we only lost what we built in years.”
Suleiman Abu Ghaith :
In 2010, he published a book titled, “Twenty Guidelines on the Path of Jihad.”
Ghaith implicitly criticized his colleagues for promoting a “culture of killing and destruction” instead of a “culture of life and building.” Like Saif al-Adel, he said that jihadists need to focus more on building an Islamic state.
Abu Hafs al-Mauritani:
another al-Qaida leader who opposed the 9/11 attacks, also has been let loose by Iran. He wrote the introduction to Suleiman Abu Ghaith’s book.
Abu Musab al-Suri (a.k.a. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar):
Like the others, al-Suri says the 9/11 attacks were counterproductive and “put a catastrophic end to the jihadi current.” His book, “The Global Islamic Resistance Call,” was published on the Internet in December 2004 and argues that jihad should be focused first on establishing an Islamic state while calling Muslims to “individualist jihad.”
He also warns against al-Qaida’s attacks on other Muslims, non-combatants, women and children.
Top aide to Abu Musab al-Suri (a.k.a. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar)
Possible Target for these new leaders:
It is thought that they are looking at carrying out a strike in Europe, causing speculation about an attack at, or around the time of, the Olympics in London between July 27 and August 12.
The release of the al-Qaida leaders by Syria and Iran may be connected to this joint terrorist plot.