Friday, December 18, 2009

Jaysh Abi Bakr al-Siddiq's Lackluster Videos

The Iraqi insurgent group Jaysh Abi Bakr al-Siddiq ["Army of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq] frequently releases short videos of its purported attacks on Iraqi government and foreign military forces in the country. As of late though, its videos have been of rather lackluster quality. Usually filmed at night in near pitch black conditions, it's impossible to tell what is actually happening in the videos, making it difficult to verify, even if just visually, that the group's often grandiose claims are true or not. The group's logo (in the video intro) reads, "No Glory/Pride Except [with] Struggle [al-Jihad]."

Jaysh Abi Bakr al-Siddiq is named after the successor to the Prophet Muhammad as head of the Muslim community, Abu Bakr, who is revered by Sunni Muslims and reviled by Shi'i Muslims.

An example of one of the group's recent videos, purporting to show, "Firing a C5k Rocket on Occupation Forces in Babil" (released Dec. 13):

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