Accession Number : ADA493788


Title :   CTC Sentinel. Volume 1, Issue 6, May 2008. Abu Yahya al-Libi's Human Shields in Modern Jihad


Descriptive Note : Journal


Corporate Author : MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY COMBATING TERRORISM CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Brachman, Jarret ; Warius, Abdullah


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a493788.pdf


Report Date : May 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 26


Abstract : In the course of defending al-Qa'ida against charges of unjustly killing innocent Muslims during his April 2, 2008 open interview, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri reintroduced Hukm al-Tatarrus (the law on using human shields) into the debate. A relatively unfamiliar term to non-Muslims and Muslims alike, al-Tatarrus refers to God's sanctioning of Muslim armies that are forced to kill other Muslims who are being used as human shields by an enemy during a time of war. Al-Tatarrus is a religiously legitimate, albeit obscure, Islamic concept that al-Qa'ida ideologues have been increasingly using in order to exculpate themselves from charges of apostasy. The method in which al-Qa'ida is promoting al-Tatarrus, however, seeks to facilitate the sacrifice of Muslim lives in contravention of 14 centuries of religious teachings. For instance, both al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula and the al-Qa'ida Organization in Yemen hid behind the protections offered by al-Tatarrus in their justification of terrorist attacks that resulted in significant Muslim casualties, al-Qa-ida's use of al-Tatarrus was also at the heart of Sayyid Imam Sharif's recent attacks against al-Zawahiri and al-Qa'ida.


Descriptors :   *SHIELDING , *TERRORISTS , MILITARY PUBLICATIONS , NONLETHAL WEAPONS , PERIODICALS , SMUGGLING , INSURGENCY , YEMEN , ISLAM , IRAQ , COUNTERTERRORISM


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE