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London's Extremist Radio Tajdeed Off the Air
By Nick Grace
July 10, 2005


London-based Party for Islamic Renewal, a Saudi exile group sympathetic with and widely believed to be tied to the Saudi branch of al Qaeda, has pulled its Radio al-Tajdeed (Radio Islamic Renewal) off the air. Clandestine Radio Watch (CRW) noted the removal of the audio feed on July 9.

An announcement on the group's Web site, tajdeed.net, and translated from Arabic by CRW states:

"In the Name of Allah, the Benificent, the Merciful.

"And the prayer and greeting on the militants' master and the inexperienced leader, auspicious Mohamed Bin Abdullah, peace be upon him.

"Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

"And till now... We wish to draw the attention of our noble pioneers that the site of the Tajdeed forum and Islamic recordings is closing because of an artistic failure in some server issues and not, as it has been spread, because of the recent events that befell Britain or because of the intervention of the authorities. The matter does not exceed that it is an artistic failure.

"The site will return during the coming hours, God willing, just after the change of the damaged pieces with new ones.

"The Renewal site administration"

While the live Internet feed remains offline the Tajdeed audio recordings section and forum message board are accessible. In fact, CRW notes, the a message posted to the forum message board on at 5:14 am on July 7, 2005, is an announcement of a new 46-minute video from "the Media Department of al-Qaeda."

http://www.tajdeed.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?s=3856c4cc1b989a3c7d7eec24fbc25457&threadid=36346

The video is hosted on multiple servers and Web sites and begins with archival footage of Usama bin Laden, footage of warfare from Iraq and an Arabic-language statement of a kidnapped government official inside Iraq. Among the sites that host the video is http://www.alaflam.net/Wdkl/index.htm.

Shortly thereafter a post titled "A series of explosions shake London" announces initial media reports of the explosions and asks "Did Abu Musab (al-Zarqawi) execute his threat?"

http://www.tajdeed.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?s=3856c4cc1b989a3c7d7eec24fbc25457&threadid=36716

Later in the morning another post states "(T)he British are extremely spiteful and have a hatred of Islam and Muslims and are from the colonial power that had the most negative influence on the Islamic Nation..." It goes on to discuss the history of Israel and Palestine.

http://www.tajdeed.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?s=3856c4cc1b989a3c7d7eec24fbc25457&threadid=36724

CRW could not find condemnation of the terrorist strike anywhere on the Tajdeed message board or Web site.

Radio al-Tajdeed, which is transmitted to the Middle East over the French Eutelsat Hotbird satellite from studios in London, is sponsored by Mohammed al-Massari and funded through donations collected from listeners. The station was raided on May 6 by British authorities in connection to an investigation of suspected ties with the kidnappers of an Australian national inside Iraq. On May 21 it broadcast a speech by "Sheik" Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Al-Massari is a vocal critic of the West despite his legal residence in the U.K. Since the 1990's he has fronted several organizations in the U.S. and Europe that had ties to al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden. In 1996 he helped Khalid al Fawwaz, who participated in the 1998 African embassy terror attacks, set up a press office for bin Laden in London.

Among his associates is Saad Rashed Mohammed al-Fagih, whose own radio program, Sawt al-Islah (Voice of Reform), returned to the airwaves on July 7 from the same Eutelsat satellite used by Radio al-Tajdeed. Al-Fagih was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the U.S. Department of State in December 2004. In fact, the widely reported declaration of responsibility for the London terror strike by the "Secret Organization of al Qaeda in Europe" was posted on Al-Qal3ah (The Castle), which is run by al-Fagih.

Another close associate of al-Massari is Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, who runs al-Muhajiroun (The Immigrants), an extremely vocal group in London and New York City that advocates international jihad for "the worldwide domination of Islam" and declared the UK "immune" from Islamist terror. Richard Reid, the Trans-Atlantic shoe bomber, and Zacarias Moussaoui, widely believed to have been the 20th September 11 hijacker, were members of the group.

Authorities in Pakistan, according to local press reports, have detained and are interrogating Zeeshan Siddique, a 25-year old British national, as a possible link to Thursday's attack. Siddique is reportedly a member of al-Muhajiroun.

Both al-Fagih and Bakri Mohammed have appeared on Radio al-Tajdeed programs.
 
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Radio Al Tajdeed (Renewal Radio)
Radio Al Tajdeed is run by the London-based Party for Islamic Renewal, a Saudi exile group sympathetic with and widely believed to be tied to the Saudi branch of al Qaeda. The satellite radio program and the group's Internet campaign incite violence against non-Muslims, promote Holocaust denial, and publicize videos of the murder and beheadings of non-Muslims in Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. In May 2005 its studios were raided by British authorities during a live broadcast.
 
 
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