SEE AN ADDENDUM POST ABOUT TEHRIK-I TALIBAN PAKISTAN'S ISSUING OF THE MARTYRDOM "WILL" VIDEO HERE.
Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC; Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released its lengthy video interview with Dr. Humam Khalil Muhammad al-Balawi (also transliterated as "Hamam" though it's spelled with a damma), who wrote jihadi-takfiri essays under the nom de guerre "Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani" (Abu Dujana Khorasani), taking as his nisbah (adjectival "surname" of sorts usually but not always denoting one's place of origin) "one from Khurasan", a region that encompasses present-day Afghanistan and part of present-day Iran.
Al-Balawi carried out a kamikaze bombing, termed a "martyrdom operation" ('amiliyya istishhadiyya) by AQC, in late December 2009 on a United States military base in Khost, Afghanistan which killed seven United States Central Intelligence agents and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer, who was also a member of the Hashemite ruling family of Jordan.
The release of the video and its transcripts, in original Arabic and English (voice-over) versions, come just a day or so after the release of al-Balawi's final letter, entitled, "Letter on the Night of the Martyrdom Operation of the Lion, The Heroic/Gallant, Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani," as a special "gift" (hadiya) with the sixteenth issue of the jihadi-takfiri cyber magazine, Vanguards of Khurasan, which he wrote in for many years. The English voice-over (of the al-Balawi parts) is performed by Adam Gadahn, also known as 'Azzam al-Amriki (The American), an American convert and AQC poster boy, though his readings and video statements are often so oafish as to be ridiculously comedic. The transcripts, Arabic and English, were released, as is often done, in both PDF and Word versions.
AQC dubs his operation as the "Expedition of the Martyr-Amir (leader), Baytullah (Baitullah) Mehsud," after the assassinated founder and former amir of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP; Taliban Movement of Pakistan), who in August 2009 succumbed to wounds suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike earlier that same month. In clips of al-Balawi's martyrdom will video, produced by TTP's media outlet, 'Umar Studio, the Jordanian medical doctor states that his operation is in part in revenge for Mehsud's killing. In the video, he sat next to Baytullah's successor, Hakimullah Mehsud.
Update: 9:35 p.m., Feb. 28: I have written about al-Balawi's martyrdom will, with TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, in a later post HERE.
Most of the interview is about the doctor's views about the necessity of AQC's jihad and martyrdom operations, as well as the crimes of the Crusaders (the U.S. chiefly) and their allies, the apostate tyrants (Tawagheet Murtada) of the Muslim, and specifically the Arab Muslim, world. Personally, I found a reference al-Balawi made to 'Imad Mughniyya, the former military commander in the Lebanese Shi'i political party and paramilitary guerilla organization Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah) to be particularly interesting. He alleges that Jordanian intelligence played a role in Mughniyya's assassination in February 2008. Al-Balawi expresses no respect for Hizbullah, calling it "Hizbullah al-rafidi", "rejectionist," using a derogatory term for Shi'i Muslims. At the end of the video, al-Balawi is shown in the field, in one segment with a masked jihadi. The doctor walks with a distinct limp and appears to have a black eye.
An essay Balawi wrote which he references in the interview, "When will My Words Drink from my Blood?," is available via my Scribd account HERE.
Al-Balawi also notes that the massive Israeli military campaign in Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 shocked him, particularly the celebratory observation of the carnage by some Israelis. He then had a dream about the late founder of Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'l Jihad (Group of Absolute Monotheism and Struggle), which morphed into Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI) in the autumn of 2004, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in June 2006. Al-Balawi mocks the Jordanian security and intelligence services, saying they use idiotic arguments to persuade "mujahideen" (warriors of faith), such as claiming that the autocratic Jordanian king, 'Abdullah II, is from the family of the Prophet Muhammad (Ahlul Bayt). The doctor retorts, "What does Ahlul Bayt have to do with anything, Abu Lahab (a reviled opponent of the Prophet), was also from Ahlul Bayt." Al-Balawi also accuses the Jordanian intelligence services of carrying out the assassination of 'Abdullah 'Azzam, the Palestinian religious scholar who was a chief ideologue of transnational jihad in Afghanistan during the 1980s, as well as of al-Zarqawi.
The interview is preceded by a short introductory segment showing the corruption and collaboration of Muslim regimes, including the Jordanian monarchy and Pakistani government. A clip of a longer video released months ago showing Pakistani military and security forces torturing Pashtuns in the Swat Valley is included. Al-Sahab has also slightly changed its "This is jihadi material...musical accompaniment is not permitted" intro screen to a more absolute statement about the banning of music. Jihadi anasheed (songs) are not considered to be music as they do not include instruments, but rely solely on vocal harmonies.
Both videos and the Arabic and English transcripts are embedded below and stills from the videos are included after them. Be forewarned: In the English voice-over version of the video, one loses the intonation and delivery style of the original Arabic, which is often revealing.
For previous posts about al-Balawi, including a statement from Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) claiming his attack, a nasheed (religious, politically-themed song) video dedicated to him, and an essay praising him by a cyber jihadi, see HERE.
English, featuring Adam "Clown" Gadahn
Interview With the Hero, Abu Dujanah Al-Khurasani (Feb. 27) ARABIC
Interview With the Hero, Abu Dujanah Al-Khurasani (Feb. 27) ENGLISH