Thursday, July 21, 2011

'Al-Qaeda jihadist animation targets children' -- Who really made the film?

Al-Qaeda supporters say they are making an animated children's film aimed at inspiring them to take up armed struggle with the militant group.

Stills were published on the Arabic-language al-Shamouk jihadist website, reported Qulliam, a London-based "counter extremism" think tank.

It said the movie would show "heroic acts" including "armed engagements".

But a US government adviser on counter-terrorism expressed doubt that such a cartoon was really being made.

The post on the al-Shamouk website was authored by someone calling himself Abu al-Laith al-Yemen, Quilliam said.

It quoted him as saying: "The cartoon movie al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a very exciting story that tells the facts about who let down the Islamic religion and the Prophet...

"It aims to catalyse the youth and the children to follow the steps of Islamic jihadist figures. It includes real incidents and features heroic actions by the mujahideen in the Prophet's peninsula.

"These incidents include raids, armed engagements and assassinations."

The film was an "alternative to the poison that is broadcast by other TV channels to our children and youth", he added. (more)