On September 18th, 2009,
alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Talha al-Almani (”The German”),
or as he's known in real life "Bekkay Harrach",
implicitly threatened an attack on Germany within two weeks if Germany does not
withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.
Here is a rough translation of what Bekkay Harrach said:
“For the Muslims in Germany I say, Peace and God’s mercy and blessing be upon
you: My beloved brothers in God, al-Qaeda requests that you keep away from
everything that is not necessary in the two weeks following the elections if the
German people do not decide to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan. Keep your
children close to you during this time. Ask God to protect you, your children,
and all the children.”
He goes on to say, “To the people of Islam I say: My brothers in God! If the
jihad in Germany begins, then leave al-Qaeda to work. If there were the need to
move to the second level, then we will inform you of what you can do to
participate in the German jihad. No matter how long the conflict lasts, the city
of Kiel will remain safe. This is a promise from me.”
A Faloja forum participant named Qaher commented on Abu Talha’s remarks and
suggested that Kiel would not be attacked because of a new Islamic center
located in the city.
Additionally, the video does not appear to be an official al-Qaeda production.
The beginning of the video states that it is an “al-Qaeda statement”,
something the organization generally does not do.
Rather, the production entity will put its name on the very first section that
warns others not to attach music to the video.
The video also may indicate that Bekkay Harrach is acting alone, since he
noisily turned the pages of his speech while speaking instead of having someone
turn cue cards.
While Bekkay Harrach’s threat may be real,
it is possible that he is operating either alone or in a very small group.
The video is not up to normal al-Qaeda standards,
which may indicate that any attacks Bekkay Harrach attempts to perpetrate will
be equally sloppy and, hopefully,
easier for German security forces to prevent.
It is also noteworthy that he promised not to attack Kiel.
(Perhaps he is from Kiel or has a goat in the city?)
Bekkay Harrach (AKA Abu Talha al-Almani)
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