Sunday, February 28, 2010

'Martyr' Video of CIA, Afghanistan Bomber Dr. Humam (Hamam) al-Balawi, Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani (Khorasani) Released by Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan

Hakimullah Mehsud (left) and Humam al-Balawi


This is a quick addendum to my EARLIER POST today. 'Umar Studio, the media outlet of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has released (a few hours ago) the full martyrdom video will/testament (wasiyah) of Humam al-Balawi, the Jordanian medical doctor who killed seven United States Central Intelligence Agency operatives and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer, who was also a member of Jordan's monarchical family, the Hashemites, in late December 2009. Al-Balawi wrote under the pseudonym Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani (Abu Dujana Khorasani) in the jihadi-takfiri Internet magazine Vanguards of Khurasan before his kamikaze operation.

Al-Qa'ida (Qaeda, Qaida) Central's media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, released a final interview with al-Balawi earlier today, which I wrote about at some length in my PREVIOUS POST. Please refer to it for a summary of the interview, multiple video stills, and embedded video (both in Arabic and with English voice-over).

A day before, a special supplement to the sixteenth issue of Vanguards of Khurasan was released with the new issue, "Letter on the Night of the Martyrdom Operation of the Lion, The Heroic/Gallant, Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani." See a link to it in the aforementioned post. Note the jihadi anasheed (songs) in the introductory segment of the TTP video.

Footage of Baytullah Mehsud begins the video

In the TTP video, the group's amir (leader), Hakimullah Mehsud, does most of the talking. Al-Balawi speaks in both English and Arabic, saying that his operation is in retaliation, among other things, for the August 2009 assassination of TTP's founder, Baytullah Mehsud, who succumbed to wounds suffered in a U.S. drone strike that month.

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