Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Abu Yahya al-Libi: 'Eid al-Adha 1430 Sermon

Abu Yahya al-Libi in a screen still from the video of his 'Eid al-Adha 1430 sermon, produced by al-Qa'ida Central's media outlet, the al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, and released on Dec. 27.

I'm just beginning to take advantage of the opportunities BlipTV for Views from the Occident and its subsidiary blog, Occident 2. While on a semi-vacation, I've decided to upload a couple of videos and schedule them in advance for posting, beginning today.

The first video is the 'Eid al-Adha 1430 sermon (from a month or so ago) of senior al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) leader Abu Yahya al-Libi. A skilled orator and respected jihadi-Salafi theologian, Abu Yahya first gained renown in 2005 when he and several other prisoners escaped from the U.S. military base at Bagram in Afghanistan (which was also a former Soviet base). Since then, he has appeared in dozens of AQC video productions and has addressed jihadis across the globe from Somalia to East Turkestan to North Africa, though he is believed to be (or have been) operating out of Pashtun areas of Pakistan. It is believed that he pursued formal studies in Islamic law and other religious studies in Mauritania, though some analysts dispute this claim. Regardless, Abu Yahya is a respected "theologian" among AQC supporters and has even recorded aural exegesis (tafsir) of the Qur'an. Recent rumors of his assassination in a United States pilot-less drone strike proved to be untrue.


Josh McLaughlin said...

Just out of curiousity, why did al Sahab release a video of Abu Yahya that is over a month old? Why nothing more recent to dispel the rumors of his death?

إبن الصقلي said...

It's a good question. There was, however, a similar gap between the recording and release of Abu Yahya's 'Eid al-Fitr sermon. I know Leah at All Things Counter-Terrorism has argued that Al-Sahab is having some difficulties as of late, so perhaps it's related to that.

Josh McLaughlin said...

Good to know. Jarret Brachman also mentioned issues with poor production work back in December while analyzing a recent Adam Gadahn release.

Here's the link: http://jarretbrachman.net/?p=248

As always, I appreciate the discourse.


إبن الصقلي said...

Thanks for the link, as well as for the work you and your team do on Al-Sahwa.