Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula: "Toward a Dignified Life", New Video Aimed at Southern Movement, Leaders Call for Shari'a

AQAP amir, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi and AQAP deputy amir Abu Sufyan al-Azdi Sa'id al-Shihri.

Al-Qa'ida (Qaeda) in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video, "Toward a Dignified Life," on February 23, produced by its media outlet, the Al-Malahim (Epics) Media Foundation. Aimed in large part to the discontented people in southern Yemen (formerly South Yemen), it is built partially around a May 2009 audio message from AQAP's amir (leader), Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi (Wuhayshi), "Message to Our People in the South." Footage of Yemeni politicians and analysts, as well as others (including the editor-in-chief of the London-based Arabic-language daily newspaper, 'Abdul Bari 'Atwan), is interspersed throughout the video.

Contradictory taped statements from Yemen's president, 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh (Salih), are contrasted as well. Perhaps most notably, al-Wuhayshi and AQAP's deputy amir, Abu Sufyan al-Azdi Sa'id al-Shihri, address viewers in the new video, and they are even shown together. Absent is AQAP's senior military commander, Abu Hurayrah Qasim al-Raymi (Rimi). Both call for the primacy of Islamic law (Shari'a), as they interpret it.

Stills, the May 2009 audio message, and the embedded video are below.

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May 2009 audio message from Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi

"Dignified Life"

"We're coming, O' Aqsa" (al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem)

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