Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jihadi Nasheed Video of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Leader Hakimullah Mehsud

Hakimullah Mehsud (center), with the commander of the "Mehsud tribal forces" Waliur Rahman (Wali al-Rahman) Mehsud (left).

I have written previously about the importance of anasheed (singular: nasheed), themed songs, as a form of jihadi media HERE and HERE, with more examples HERE. Embedded below is a new example of a nasheed video montage, dedicated to the amir [leader] of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, who you can read more about HERE.

It is interesting that the nasheed used in the video below is in Arabic. In the not-so-distant past, Leah, writer of the excellent All Things Counter Terrorism blog, had a brief exchange about the use of anasheed in Pakistani and Afghan jihadi media. There are certainly Urdu and Pashtu anasheed, but (it seems to me) Arabic anasheed seem to be almost as prevalent in Pakistani, Afghan, and non-Arab jihadi media. Videos produced by the Iranian Baluchi insurgent- group Jundullah have also included some of the more popular transnational jihadi-type anasheed. This perhaps says something about the intended audience.

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