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.