Not much is available regarding Chiheb Esseghaier, the man charged with conspiring to derail a VIA passenger train in Canada. That is, until we began researching the Arabic and discovered a Tunisian Al-Qaeda operative’s facebook page in Arabic, all with the chilling details.
From western sources, the man’s Internet activities are summarized thusly, via National Post:
“[His] professional networking site LinkedIn that is illustrated with the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Iraqi insurgent groups affiliated with al Qaeda.”
That’s hardly a dossier.
Yet, his facebook page which was deleted minutes after our discovery (and after we saved it) is a different story. At the top is a detailed flowchart on Al-Qaeda’s plans, command and control, and methodology – from leadership to cell creation.
His favorites include several links to some of the most notorious terror groups including a facebook dedicated for the famed Abu Mus’ab Zarkawi. On that facebook page, it gives a glimpse of the Al-Qaeda recruitment in the Levant (Syria).
Esseghaier’s favorite Muslim preacher is Yaser al-Dawsari, who linked to another facebook page under that name; it too was scrubbed minutes after our discovery. Al-Dawsari is a major Saudi Imam who works for the Saudi government and is the relative of another terrorist, Khalid al-Dawsari, a U.S. home-grown Al-Qaeda terrorist who is in custody in the United States for attempting to assassinate president George W. Bush and plant weapons of mass destruction. Yaser Al-Dawsari even toured Esseghaier’s home country of Tunisia a couple of months ago, as part of a program to revitalize Wahhabism in that country:
Besides Al-Qaeda, Esseghaier’s other favorite terror organizations are Al-Nusra Front fighting in the Levant to oust Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, and also the Libyan based Ansar al-Sharia which was behind the Benghazi attacks. The web of links in these facebook pages has an array of statements and messages signed by code names that are typical for Jihadists. For example, Abu Ayham Al-Tunisi (Abu Ayham the Tunisian) posts statements like, “Why I chose Al-Qaeda” in hopes of enticing other young men to join their ranks.
Esseghaier’s favorite preacher is the firebrand Wahhabist Imam Shawqi Abu Batul, who wants to transform Tunisia into an Islamic Wahhabist state and is also linked to Al-Dawsari. He is the Imam of Malek Bin Anas in Al-Madina Al-Jadida in Tunisia:
These links, which show a much larger web of terrorism support from major Saudi and Qatari T.V. to firebrand preachers and terror organizations, are very alarming. For example, Esseghaier’s favorite Nasheed (Islamic song) that inspired him went viral in the Middle East titled “O Mother” by the famed Lebanese singer Fadl Shaker. It can even be viewed at Saudi Prince al-Walid Bin Talal’s Rotana Khalījīya TV:
The song, translated, goes as follows:
“O Mother, my religion calls me for Jihad and martyrdom.
O Mother I am going to eternity and I will not falter.
O Mother do not cry if I became one of the fallen.
Death does not scare me for my wish is to be martyred.
It’s ‘Allahu Akbar’, every time the bombs sing.
It’s Allahu Akbar, when the bullets announce their sound and chirp. It’s Allahu Akbar, the blood of my brothers is not in vain.
Victory is coming forth and righteousness has elevated its heat.
We refuse to submit and our concern is to erect our banner forever.
We refuse to bow to tyrants.
Death does not fear me and my wish is to be martyred.”
On Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal’s Rotana, Shaker’s entire conversion story is proudly aired:
If the name Al-Walid Bin Talal sounds familiar, it might be because he is the very influential second largest shareholder of Newscorp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel. He’s also the Prince whose money New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani turned down in the days after 9/11:
Shaker is no small-time singer; he was known as The King of Romance, probably the Pavarotti of the Middle East until of course, he repented from writing romance and opted to become the major inspirer for all Jihadists throughout the world gaining momentum as the main inspirational figure for Islamic Jihad as he is hosted all across the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“Music is forbidden,” he stated so now he resorted to Nasheed; Islamic songs that are devoid of any musical instruments since music is absolutely forbidden in Islam. “Our religion is the religion of love and forgiveness,” he told the host on Rotana’s Al-Khalijiyeh. He is wealthy and donates to causes that advance Jihad globally. He became so famous that he was given Palestinian citizenship by Mahmoud Abbas for simply requesting it on Al-Arabia TV:
Lest one think that a Muslim fundamentalist who glorifies suicidal jihad simply flew under the radar when he sang a Jihadist song on Rotana and was granted a lengthy interview by Rotana hosts for over an hour on-air, consider another stain on the network.
It was the same Rotana T.V. that hosted an interview via cell phone with another notorious figure we reported on, Mr. Homaidan Al-Turki, the Saudi slave owner who is imprisoned in Colorado for false imprisonment, rape and owning a slave in the United States:
So Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal is apparently able to pick up the phone, call Rupert Murdoch, and have Fox News change its news banner from “Muslim riots” to “civil riots” but Talal’s Rotana is allowed to feature and glorify Jihadists and hardened criminals.