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New Osama Video?

***Updated***

Technically it's not new. Laura Mansfield reports that what was released today is a portion of an older video. Here are the details:

He himself said 'By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to attack and be martyred, then attack again and be martyred, then attack again and be martyred.'

Those are the words of Osama Bin Laden in a short clip from a longer As Sahab video obtained this morning by LauraMansfield.com.

The Bin Laden clip appears to be a short portion of an older video of the Al Qaeda leader speaking to his followers about martyrdom. There are no indications as to the date when the clip was filmed.

This might fuel speculation that bin Laden is still alive, but CNN also reports this video is nothing more than reused clips from an older video:

The videotape was made in the last four weeks, but the clips appear to be old, said Octavia Nasr, CNN's senior editor for Arab affairs. There is no indication of where it was shot, and CNN cannot verify its authenticity.

Some seem to think that the Zawahiri tape that was recently released could be a signal to attack, and, as Allahpundit notes, Bin Laden's "new" video repeats lines just like Zawahiri's did:

It's also worth noting that the quote in the middle here is repeated three times, just like the quote at the end of the Zawahiri tape that's got the feds nervous. It comes from Volume 4, Book 52, Number 54 of the Bukhari translation of the hadith; Zawahiri's quote came from Mohammed's last sermon. Whether any of that is significant in and of itself, I have no idea.

Update: Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has solved the mystery of the video:

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Osama Bin Laden appears in a new Al Qaeda video clip (on left Mansfield) and from a release in May 2002 scratching the noggin (La Republicca).

NOTICE-- The background- The patch over his left shoulder and the mountain in the background. Today's clip was definitely from that filming.

Update II: Captain Ed on the possibility of Osama being alive:

However, one could conclude that Osama has gone on to his 72 virgins. Zawahiri has no trouble making public statements, but Osama has not issued any recordings in over a year -- and this looks like a poor substitute. If that's the best AQ can do, it's suggestive that Osama has joined Zarqawi for whatever reward will come to both terrorists.

I'd say that's absolutely right.


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Comments (13)

"Blue" will question the ti... (Below threshold)
marc:

"Blue" will question the timing!

And Ron Paul.

And every democrat.

Jimmah Carter will want to "negotiate," via an offer to build Osama a "home for humanity" in Waziristan.

Ed has it about right, this... (Below threshold)
marc:

Ed has it about right, this Osama tape is a K-Tel's Osama' Greatest Hits package.

Ed has it about right... (Below threshold)

Ed has it about right, this Osama tape is a K-Tel's Osama' Greatest Hits package.

That is HILARIOUS!

I think I've had to rethink... (Below threshold)
marc:

I think I've had to rethink my previous position.

Osama's not dead, he's hold up in his plush second floor office overseeing his Bumper Sticker operation.

John Edwards was unavailable for comment on this assertion.

Track 1: Kill all Infidels<... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Track 1: Kill all Infidels
Track 2: Joooos
Track 3: Durka, Durka

Of course, if Osama really ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Of course, if Osama really wants to prove he is alive, all he's gotta do is make a cell phone call to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Of course, he has to go outside, in view of the satellites and Predator drones in order to do that (cell phone reception is really crappy in caves)...

No more Osama!

C-C-G:Of cours... (Below threshold)
marc:

C-C-G:

Of course, he has to go outside, in view of the satellites and Predator drones in order to do that (cell phone reception is really crappy in caves)...

Nah... we both know he quit using cell phones after the WaPo leaked Osama's calls were being monitored.

And this week we learn Zawahri won't be using VoIP to communicate after ABC's Brian Ross blew another asset.

Marc, that's why he can use... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Marc, that's why he can use them to prove he's alive.

Of course, after we track his position and send a drone or two over to confirm, it's simply a matter of dropping a bunker-buster onto his front doorstep.

Sorry, won't be any forensic identification of the remains, tho... what's left of him will have to be picked up with a stick and a spoon.

So the left can believe he's still alive, just like they do with Elvis, Bigfoot, Nessie, and Castro.

Sorry, won't be any fore... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Sorry, won't be any forensic identification of the remains, tho... what's left of him will have to be picked up with a stick and a spoon.

They can do great things with DNA sampling these days...

True, but you'll still have... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

True, but you'll still have Lefty True Believers (tm) saying that Osama is alive.

I imagine if they thought it would gain them political traction against the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Wepubwicans, they'd claim Saddam is still alive too.

Osama releases more tapes t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Osama releases more tapes then Steely Dan.

The lame liberals tried to get us all afraid and reminded about Osama. But, our great internet friends shot another attempt down. ww

WW,Funny thing, UB... (Below threshold)
taz:

WW,

Funny thing, UBL has had just as many tour dates as Steely Dan!

Bin Laden has been dead for... (Below threshold)
John S:

Bin Laden has been dead for years. Other than a dubious appearance when he "conveniently" endorsed John Kerry for president three days before the 2004 election, there hasn't been verifiable footage of him being alive since he was buried alive in Tora Bora. In the Kerry tape he kind of looked like a character in Shrek. (Possibly the same animators created the tape.)




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