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A New Bin Laden Tape

CNN is reporting a new Bin Laden audio tape (with archive video images) that is in the process of being translated. I will post a link when one is available. The video is reported to last just over 19 minutes and was delivered through a jihadist website.

Update: Via Fox News.

Usama bin Laden praised slain Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as the "lion of holy war" in a new videotape posted on the Web on Friday.

The 19-minute message shows an old still photo of bin Laden in a split-screen next to images of al-Zarqawi taken from a previous video. A voice resembling bin Laden's narrates a tribute to the Jordanian-born militant, who was killed in a June 7 airstrike northeast of Baghdad.

"Our Islamic nation was surprised to find its knight, the lion of jihad (holy war), the man of determination and will, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed in a shameful American raid," bin Laden said.

It was the fourth message put out this year by Al Qaeda leader bin Laden. All have featured his voice in audiotapes. New video images of him have not appeared since October 2004.

Update II: For those wondering how long it will take leftwing conspiracy theorists to weigh in, wait no longer. They started before the tape was released.

In the next few days, the world will hear a new audiotape from Osama Bin-Laden. This five minute tape is said to be a tribute to fallen Iraqi terror leader Zarqawi.

With the July 4 weekend the timing is almost too perfect for the Bushies, and their fear-mongering allies on talk radio and in Congress, don't you think!

I can see it now- July 4 speeches and rallies, appearances with troops: "the war on terror is very real, and our brave men and women in uniform are there for us"... mention Osama..mention "emerging" Iraq democracy...keep America safe from terrorists and safe for the unborn and the true believers.

(Link via Sixers at NRO.)

Update III: More from Counterterrorism Blog including this from MSNBC:

Evan Kohlmann on MSNBC: Tape doesn't indicate that any incidents are on the horizon - OBL is jumping on Zarqawi's coattails and using his legacy - ironic since OBL always had problems and Zarqawi is more useful to OBL dead - the tape is subtitled only in arabic, so the intended audience are those primarily supportive of Al Qaeda in Mideast (tapes intended for the West are subtitled in English and American recruits are used in producing these tapes) - OBL is saying Zarqawi's death is only a bump in the road and a sign of moving towards victory, and Al Qaeda appreciates Zarqawi's role - Zarqawi is the "rock star" and Iraq became the front line since the US arrived there - Americans have nothing to fear from this but it was intentionally put out in time for July 4th, as OBL and Al Qaeda are very media-savvy.
Counterterrorism Blog also notes that this tape is audio only of Osama and that there have been no fresh videos of him since October 2004.

Update IV: In my column at Townhall today I discuss those who are honoring the threat of terrorism. Hint: Those who think the bin Laden tape is a Bush/Rove/Republican conspiracy, are not honoring the threat.


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Comments (10)

Apparently, OBL has taped a... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Apparently, OBL has taped a tribute to the US Supreme Court, I mean, to Zarqawi.

CNN is reporting a new B... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

CNN is reporting a new Bin Laden audio tape (with archive video images)

Oh, a narrated picture show?

What's the point? I can't believe no-one in his glorious army can't score a video camera. He's either dead, or severly crippled.

Get ten or twenty hours of ... (Below threshold)

Get ten or twenty hours of OBL's blather (and he seemed to be long winded, so there's likely a LOT more on tape to sample from) break it down into 30 second .wav files, and you could use Microsoft's Sound Recorder to cut&paste a speech of any length. Compress it severely, expand it out, fuzz it up a bit to hide the cuts, and bingo - you've got a new Osama tape!

Add in no pictures, and more and more I'm thinkin' he's worm food in Tora Bora.

Voice overs from a dead man... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Voice overs from a dead man really scare me. What a bunch of freakin nuts. Everyone knows they've lost the war except Osama's shadow and the dumocrats. No need to go in the mountains looking for them, Spray the mountains with ant and roach killer and it'll take care of them. Drop a few blocks of rat poison for the really tough guys wearing the dresses and sheets on their head.

Is there anything more cert... (Below threshold)
moflicky:

Is there anything more certain than the left "questioning the timing"? just as certain as death, and more certain than taxes.

Is there any time where they wouldn't question the timing?

can see it now- July 4 ... (Below threshold)
Wickedpinto:

can see it now- July 4 speeches and rallies, appearances with troops: "the war on terror is very real, and our brave men and women in uniform are there for us"... mention Osama..

Maybe, but they will only be mentioned in context of the troops, and the nation that they represent, which, in case you forgot, is the greatest nation this world has ever seen, but you can't see that through your crimson and sickled glasses.

I hate those people.

We watch old Europe become ... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

We watch old Europe become more and more Islamic,and scared of the Islamofacists.Now the left in this country wants us also to surrender our liberty's and freedoms to Sharia.I'm old now but I will fight if it comes down to it,Pray G-d that it never happens.That the voters in this country wake up and find who the real enemy is. Quisslings is what the Dems are,ready to sell us out because of Ideology,or the seeking of power.Discusting and Treasonous.

Just a thought--maybe the r... (Below threshold)
pjaykc:

Just a thought--maybe the reason there's no video is that he doesn't want to give any clues to where he's located. Isn't that how they figured out at least the general area where Zarqawi was?

The timing issue by the Democrats is so bugus. No matter what the President does, they can say something like that.

It was only last week that ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

It was only last week that I was reading comments from various lefties, stating that Zark was not really important, and they began to minimize him; implying that his death was not important to Al Queda.

Then once again, old Binny makes the trolls look foolish, by heaping praise on an 'insignificant' member of Al Queda.

I love it when the Left® go... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

I love it when the Left® goes into their "I question the timing" rant. Just like in 2004 when OBL released his tape just prior to the elections, the Left® thinks that this clearly is a Rovian plot. They don't realize that the terrorist nimrods don't really understand us. When OBL dropped the tape in 2004, he really thought that Americans would run right out and vote for Kerry to save their own hides. It didn't happen.

I believe that, once again, he is trying to scare people right before our biggest holiday. He hopes that Americans will be scared to go and do those things we always do on the Fourth of July out of fear of him. As before, it won't work.

This isn't some diabolical plot to give politicians something to crow about. This is a stunt by a guy who is too stupid to know that his crap doesn't work.




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