Monday, January 18, 2010

Islamic State of Iraq's Newest Video, "Vanquisher of the Peshmerga"

Advertising poster for "Vanquisher of the Peshmerga" featuring photographs (on the left) of kamikaze bombers and al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) senior leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and the late founder of al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers (AQI), Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi (on the right). Prominent Kurdish leaders are shown at the bottom, including Iraqi president Jalal Talabani and Masoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Continuing my use of the advantages of BlipTV for blogging, below is an embedded copy of the Islamic State of Iraq's (ISI) most recent video, "Vanquisher of the Peshmerga," which was produced by its media outlet, the Al-Furqan Media Foundation. The ISI is an umbrella for several of the most militantly radical transnational jihadi-Salafi groups operating in Iraq, chief among them al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI). "Peshmerga" is what Kurdish militias in Iraqi Kurdistan are collectively called.

The video is composed of two main parts: (1) a narrative that condemns the participation of some Iraqi Kurds and their leaders with the U.S. and British-led invasion and occupation of Iraq and their alliance with Iraqi Shi'i socio-political movements, and (2) a segment featuring the last testaments and attack footage of kamikaze "martyrs" striking at the aforementioned Kurds, epitomized by the Peshmerga loyal to the two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Popular Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party. The first segment includes visual and audio clips of al-Qa'ida Central senior ideologue Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri reminding the Kurds that they have produced some of Islam's greatest figures, including the famed medieval military leader Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn al-Ayyub (Saladin). The kamikaze bombers are described as "heroes."

The production quality of the embedded video below is quite a bit less than the highest available, but it is the highest quality available in a format (at least that I could find) that is uploadable to BlipTV.

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