An English translation (via subtitles) of the video of al-Qa'ida preacher Abu Mansur al-Shami's 'Eid al-Adha (Holiday of the Sacrifice) 1430 (2009) sermon has been released by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a major transnational jihadi media outlet and translation hub. The original Arabic video was released by al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, on November 29, 2009. Before the release of the video of his 'Eid al-Adha sermon in Afghanistan or Pakistan, Abu Mansur was featured in an audio tape, "Advice to the People of Jihad," released by Al-Sahab in August 2009, and he had penned several articles in jihadi Internet magazines.
After this was originally posted, I was told that Abu Mansur, whose real name is Mahmoud Mahdi Zaydan (Zaidan, Zeidan), was killed in a U.S. missile strike in Waziristan, Pakistan on January 10, 2010. Unfortunately, I missed this news while on the road and away from daily access to the Internet from December 28-January 14. Abu Mansur was from a Palestinian refugee family in Jordan.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan ("AFPAK") theater of operations has been the backdrop for the emergence of a number of new AQC-connected jihadi-Salafi preachers, among them Abu Mansur, the charismatic senior leader and rising (or risen) star Abu Yahya al-Libi, and the strangely humorous Khalid bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Husaynan. Abu Mansur and al-Husaynan have emerged fully via video and audio tapes produced by Al-Sahab in 2009. In recent months, a number of full-length books and monographs on juridical and theological subjects related to jihad written by al-Husaynan have been published via transnational jihadi-Salafi web forums.