Text of report by Qatari government-funded, pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 8 September
Al-Jazeera has obtained a copy of a new video production issued by Al-Sahab Foundation, media wing of Al-Qa`idah Organization. The tape is titled Harvest of Seven Years of Crusader Wars. The video sums up the struggle waged by Al-Qa`idah Organization in a number of Arab and Islamic arenas. It devotes a large part to what it termed the Iranian-Crusader alliance, which targets the Islamic nation, as the video put it.
[Begin video recording] [Al-Jazeera correspondent Hamid Hadid] The video production of Al-Sahab Foundation, which is about an hour and a half, begins by asserting, through Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qa`idah`s second-in-command, that the Islamic nation is facing a military, ideological, and media Crusader campaign whose instruments are Arab and Muslim rulers and their media agencies. The video production then moves among the arenas of the struggle, beginning with Afghanistan and ending with Lebanon. The video production talks about what it termed the Iranian role in this campaign. It emphasizes what it described as the Iranian-Crusader alliance, which was embodied in Iran facilitating the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. The second-in-command of Al-Qa`idah Organization appears on the tape to launch an attack on Iran and its revolution guide, Ali Khamene`i.
[Al-Zawahiri] The guardian of the Muslims in Tehran cooperates with the Americans on the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. He recognizes the two agent governments in them. Meanwhile, he makes serious threats and warns of dire consequences if anyone touches the soil of Iran.
[Hadid] The video production moves to the Afghan arena to stress, through Abu-al-Yazid al-Masri, third-in-command of Al-Qa`idah and the person in charge of the organization in Afghanistan who was reported to have been killed, that the Karzai government is becoming weaker and is retreating. He then notes the fate of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
[Abu-al-Yazid] Praise be to God who humiliated the agent and traitor Pervez Musharraf, who is now reaping the fruit of his treason of the Islamic nation by carrying the biggest banner of the apostates behind the bearer of the biggest cross in his war against Islam and the mujahidin and his treason against the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. After taking off his military uniform and giving up the army command against his will, he finds no way other than quitting the presidency of the republic.
[Hadid] The video production then moves to the struggle arena in Iraq to stress that the jihad project is still fine. The video presents a lengthy interview with Shaykh Atiyatallah, one of the theorist of salafi jihadist ideology, in which he says that the plan of the [Iraqi] awakening movements, which he described as treasonous, is on its way to disappearance. The arena of the Arab Maghreb, which has recently seen an escalation in the attacks of Al-Qa`idah Organization, also had a share in the video production. Abou Mousaab Abdelouadoud, leader of Al-Qa`idah in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, accused America of building military bases in southern Algeria and stealing the resources of the country. While the video production asserts that jihad is the only path to the liberation of Palestine and setting up an Islamic state in it, it condemns the positions of the Arab and Islamic countries towards the siege imposed on the Palestinians, especially the closure of crossings with Gaza. As for Somalia, whose arena is witnessing a rise of the Mujahidin Youth Movement, the video production, through Abu-Yahya al-Libi, a leader in the Al-Qa`idah Organization, praised what it termed victories achieved by the mujahidin, as it described it. It then refers to the situation in Chechnya and the recent confrontation between Russia and Georgia.
[Abu-Yahya al-Libi] It is foolish then that the leaders of Russia should brag that they managed to wipe out the mujahidin in Chechnya because, according to their materialistic standards, they should not take pride in that as something that is not normal. However, they realize that they are not fighting a Georgian soldier, and not even an American army. They are fighting soldiers whom they tried before. They tried such soldiers in Afghanistan and found them to be people of determination, perseverance, resolve, strong will, and people who embrace death in its most dangerous places.
[Hadid] The video production refers to what it termed double standards and contradiction of Iranian positions in Iraq and Lebanon. Al-Zawahiri lashes out at the Velayat-e Faqih [the guardianship of the jurisconsult] system and the [Shi`i] religious authorities.
[Al-Zawahiri] The truth was revealed to all Muslims when no Shi`i religious authority, inside or outside Iraq, issued a fatwa [religious ruling] about the obligation of jihad and carrying weapons against the US-Crusader occupier and invader in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, their contradiction has been exposed. The jihad they consider to be permissible in Lebanon and Palestine is impermissible in Iraq and Afghanistan.
[Hadid] The video production concludes its tour of the places of struggle with the Lebanese arena. It says that Hezbollah and its leaders have not achieved victory in their war with Israel, and that the results of the war protect Israel and its security.
[Al-Zawahiri] The strange and astonishing thing is that Hasan Nasrallah marks victory every year. Victory over what? Over his retreat 30 km, disarming in that area, and accepting 15,000 Crusaders who stand between any mujahid in Lebanon and Israel.
[Hadid] Al-Zawahiri did not spare Lebanese Sunni leaders, accusing them of following Washington and some Arab regimes, which he described as agents of America. He recalled their support for the Lebanese Army in its battle with the Fatah al-Islam organization in Nahr al-Barid. [End recording] [Video shows various clips from Al-Sahab video production, including Al-Zawahiri and other Al-Qa`idah leaders speaking, with English subtitles]
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Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 1210 gmt 8 Sep 08 WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW ??? ONLY GOD KNOWS !!! GOD BLESS AMERICA !!! LILREBELXXX