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Al Qaeda Issues New Audio Tape

As we were told. Reuters is reporting:

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq called for the kidnapping of Westerners to swap for a Muslim cleric jailed in the United States, according to an Internet audio tape issued on Thursday.

"I call on every holy fighter in Iraq to strive during this holy month (Ramadan)... to capture some dogs of the Christians so that we can liberate our imprisoned sheik," said the speaker, identified as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.

He accused U.S. jailers of "torturing" Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, held over links to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

The speaker also called for attacks on U.S. military camps in Iraq using "unconventional bombs such as biological and dirty bombs".

The tape's authenticity could not be verified but it was posted on major Web sites used by militants.

Laura Mansfield has the original tape and is translating it now. Andrew Cochran at Counterterrorism Blog links to Site Institute, which has analysis:

A new audio message from the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was issued to the Internet today, Thursday, September 28, 2006, by the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq. The speech, 20:31 in length, is titled: "Come to a Word that is Just Between Us and You," which is taken from the Qur'an, Surah al-Imran, verse 64. On the occasion of the month of Ramadan, al-Muhajir calls upon every "free Mujahid" to come to Iraq and engage in jihad, which the emir hopes to increase in ferocity. He states: "It pleases me at the end of my speech to announce the beginning of a great militaristic campaign by the name of the clear conquest, by it we will eradicate the limb of the infidel and the apostate".

In the middle of the speech, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir reminds of the "Blind Sheikh," Omar Abdul Rahman, and encourages the Mujahideen to capture some of the "Roman dogs" so as to secure his release from the "darkness of his prison, gratitude, loyalty and love." He then calls upon the sheikhs of the Sunni tribes in Iraq to not slacken in their support for the Mujahideen and thanks them for their public stance, finance and men.

This is a pretty convincing argument that, once we get our hands on these terrorists, they should be executed after they outlive their usefulness. Even if they're imprisoned in the most secure place in the world, they are still dangerous to all of us.

Update: Maybe many of Wizbang readers knew this already but I didn't. The Corner's Andy McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor and prosecuted the Blind Sheikh.

Update II: Al Qaeda is now acknowledging how many terrorists it has lost:

CAIRO, Egypt - In a new audio message Thursday, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq called for explosives experts and nuclear scientists to join his group's holy war against the West. "We are in dire need of you," said the man, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir -- also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri -- the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

"The field of jihad (holy war) can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them."

He also said that more than 4,000 foreign militants have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 -- the first apparent acknowledgment from the insurgents about their losses.

It was unclear why al-Masri would advertise the loss of the group's foreign fighters, but martyrdom is revered among Islamic fundamentalists, and could be used as a recruiting tool. The Arabic word he used, "muhajer," indicated he was speaking about foreigners who joined the insurgency in Iraq, not coalition troops.

"The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight," al-Masri purportedly said on the 20-minute tape. The voice could not be independently identified.

Blue Crab Boulevard responds:

I read this as an act of desperation. Al Qaeda is losing, and losing badly. They know it even if some of our own politicians don't.

Update III: Here's a jihadi twist on a well-known lawyer joke:

Question: What do you call 4,000 dead terrorists?

Answer: A good start.

I just made that up. I know, I'm very talented.


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Comments (26)

He also mentions that the j... (Below threshold)

He also mentions that the jihadists have lost 4000 foreign fighters in Iraq. No word on how many domestic fighters...but if he's essentially calling for reinforcements, things are going a little rough for them.

What a quagmire, for Al-Qaeda.

He accused U.S. ja... (Below threshold)
He accused U.S. jailers of "torturing" Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, held over links to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

Does anyone else find this accusation utterly surreal considering the source?

Not really, heralder. ... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

Not really, heralder.

Just as any comment besmirching Islam is to be condemned, including by threats of bodily harm to those who might criticize Islam.

It's merely another expression of faith by the acolytes of double-standards.

This is a pretty convincing... (Below threshold)

This is a pretty convincing argument that the Republican policies regarding terrorism are making matters worse, not better.

How so Lee?... (Below threshold)

How so Lee?

Lee, Since you're ... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:


Since you're enunciating the same lines as the Muslim terror-bots, I now charge you with being nothing more than a terrorist shill.

Get thee gone, America-hater.

If we can't get information... (Below threshold)

If we can't get information out of the terrorist prisoners, execute them. After they give us the information, execute them. They are a liability alive.

Someone should remind the S... (Below threshold)
Big D:

Someone should remind the Shias that Al Queda considers them "apostates".

"...to capture some dogs of... (Below threshold)

"...to capture some dogs of the Christians"

Either his definition of Christians is anyone that is in the U.S. led coalition.....or Christians everywhere might want to take note of this line.

Honestly, I thought it was the "evil West" that was making this about Islam? Can you imagine if Blair or Bush went on television and said, "We plan to capture and kill the Muslims?" Yet this guy is allowed to blanketly define his enemy as Christians.

If some here would have bee... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

If some here would have been adults during WWII..your response to the torture and killing of Allied Troops
by Japan and Germany would have been simple. We should torture and kill our enemies as they do to us.
.....and please don't respond with torture and killing other humans who are not part of an establish country is different.
...I have accepted Jesus as my savior..I have accepted when Jesus told us that what we do to the least so we do to him...
Now Jesus was tortured, humiliated and killed..I am sure the Romans believed it was necesssary..after all to them he did not represent a nation...please do not say that I am comparing my savior to others...I am just saying that my savior would not condone what posters here condone..
...and that is ok..I respect the decesion of posters who have not accepted Jesus as their savior...your time will come...

This is a pretty convinc... (Below threshold)

This is a pretty convincing argument that the Republican policies regarding terrorism are making matters worse, not better.

Fortunately for you, the universe doesn't punish tautology the way it does a violation of the Schwarzschild radius, else you'd just have disppeared in a blinding flash of irony.


Seriously Lee, do you have ... (Below threshold)

Seriously Lee, do you have any independent thoughts or are they all just given to you at democratic underground and daily kos?

and please don't respond... (Below threshold)

and please don't respond with torture and killing other humans who are not part of an establish country is different.

nogo postal....uh...hmmm...so torture and killing other humans who ARE a part of an established country is ok?

I could not respond to understanding of your post.

Well, nogo postal, there ar... (Below threshold)

Well, nogo postal, there are "Christians" and then there are Christians. Christ Himself that many will be surprised when they stand before Him. And He also didn't come to the pious, but to the Lost.

I don't know, but your little diatribe ended with "your time will come..." which sounds a little haughty, cocky, and judgmental.

Maybe you should read more of the Bible to get an idea of God's sense of Justice.

Yes, God is merciful. He is also holy and just, and He wants government to enforce laws of justice and to protect its citizens. I don't recall God ever saying, "Well, since I do forgive (but only when sincerely asked to do so), I'd like you governments to quit prosecuting all criminals. Don't punish anyone who steals or even kills. After all, you should just love one another."

No, in fact, God Himself established capital punishment. Why? To show how serious the crime of murder is (along with some other crimes).

In fact, all Christians should know that the reason Christ was beaten to a pulp, then hung in excruciating pain on a cross, crucified, for hours, in addition to paying a price no human can pay, was to show us how serious sin is.

If God is that serious about sin, and He wants governments (and therefore, the enforcers of governments, ie, soldiers, etc) to both protect their citizens and carry out His justice, then any "God is Love" argument is naive, at best.

The problem with this is th... (Below threshold)

The problem with this is that Israel is right this minute teaching Al Qaida that kidnapping pays.

A terrorists calling for th... (Below threshold)

A terrorists calling for the capture of foreigners (how different from the past) and a trade for a murderer that was caught, tried, convicted, and sentenced in a court of law. That proves the smart terrorist was killed in the bombing attack and replaced by an idiot. A trade ain't gonna happen on President Bush's watch. Maybe in two years if the anti-american democrats take over. They have already sold their souls for politics, so right or wrong means nothing to them anymore.

The con on Iraq by the lefties continues. The won't admit the truth, that no matter how many murders take place in Iraq, they can't come close to the murder and mayheim that takes place in the U.S. on a daily basis due to the liberal laws passed in the 90's. Turn on the TV there's a murder, rape, kidnapping or two at that moment. Children raped and killed in school, two cops shot is the rant of the moment in the U.S. In 30 minutes there'll be another disaster. All the result of the liberal laws that treat a mass murderer as a poor little misguided soul. Now they want to treat the terrorists and mis-guided children.
Why shouldn't everyone be ashamed to associate with a democrat these days. They have became more dangerous to America and the life of Americans than the terrorists. All for political purposes and to soothe a wounded ego. You can curse, rant and rave but you know this is the truth.

...once we get our hands... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

...once we get our hands on these terrorists, they should be executed ...

But instead the libs want to give them show trials like the one O.J. got ... and expose military secrets in federal court ... wacko!

It's good to see that the j... (Below threshold)

It's good to see that the jihadists have not abandoned their slavish devotion to the Geneva Conventions.

4000 dead scumbags?<p... (Below threshold)

4000 dead scumbags?

Is that a grim milestone?

More likely an understateme... (Below threshold)

More likely an understatement.

OK, fine. Let's send Ramsey... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

OK, fine. Let's send Ramsey Yousef and the Blind Sheik to back them.

In bodybags.

That seems to be a pretty popular way of dealing with "prisoners" with AQ in Iraq--binding, torturing, murdering and dumping their prisoners across Baghdad. I'm sure AQ in Iraq would get the message.

Thanks for the joke, Kim! G... (Below threshold)

Thanks for the joke, Kim! Gave me my first laugh of the evening. :)

Sque,Happy to obli... (Below threshold)


Happy to oblige.


the leader of al-Q... (Below threshold)
the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq called for explosives experts and nuclear scientists to join his group's holy war

Doesn't this sort of rule out UBL having a nuke ?

There are three key points ... (Below threshold)

There are three key points to consider. One is the Insurgency's point of view. They see 4000 deaths in comparison to the grand toll worldwide, i.e. 9/11, Breslan, Spain England etc. when counting the death of their enemies. Hence they think they are winning. Two, Iran thinks it can control the world with its oil and nukes. Three, however this ends it will end badly.

Hello all,All t... (Below threshold)

Hello all,

All three Faiths of Abraham spawn violence and hypocrisy

Christians and Jews can smugly lecture and chastise Muslims about violence, because followers of Islam are poorer, more oppressed, and thereby forced to defend themselves in cruder fashion. On the other hand, the rich and powerful nations of the west can fund, train, and equip state of the art militaries and intelligence services to do their bidding, by proxy. Likewise, smooth-talking politicians expertly equivocate about acceptable collateral damage to the homes, and lives of poor people in other lands. With so many dollars spent, why don't Muslims and others simply shut up and accept being exploited, oppressed, and massacred for such nobly expressed western ideals?

Those in representative democracies tout their governments as extensions of the citizenry. Accordingly, so are the militaries, intelligence services, corporations and other proxies used to expand and maintain the Judeo-Christian Empire. By extension, the citizens of western nations are much more responsible for the actions of criminals, killers, and torturers paid for and authorized by democratic institutions than people who live in less democratic nations who have much less control over the actions of their leaders.

It is undeniable that the Bush administration, its cohorts, and supporters are mostly Christian. Without the blind support of so many Judeo-Christians, the Bush administration would not now be embroiled in the current struggle to retroactively legalize torture, illegal domestic spying, and other crimes. By US law, hiring a proxy to murder or assault someone is still prosecuted as murder and assault. It is undeniable that the militaries and intelligence services of the west that kill and torture at the behest of democratic representatives are hired proxies of Judeo-Christian citizens.

Regardless of attempts to shift blame, history clearly records the widespread crimes of Christianity. Whether we're talking about the abominations of the Inquisition, Crusades, the greed and genocide of colonizers, slavery in the Americas, or the Bush administration's recent deeds and results, Christianity has always spawned great evil.

So, the next time any Christian, Jew, or Muslim, whether president, prime minister, religious leader or follower decides to chastise others for their failings, stop to consider that the logs in your own eyes have blinded you to the full truth about all three faiths of Abraham. Religion has utterly failed to solve humanity's problems because it is a strong delusion that spawns error and evil instead. The sheep's clothing of duplicitous ideals is an obvious deception used to hide the truth. Nonetheless, the veil is readily pierced by discerning the fruits of their deeds.

Here is Wisdom...






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