Friday, February 26, 2010

Recycling, Al-Qa'ida Central Style: Al-Sahab Heeds Usama Bin Laden's Call to Protect the Environment & Stop Global Warming

Shaykh Khalid bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Husaynan (right)

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) media outlet, the Al-Sahab (The Clouds) Media Foundation, has apparently taken to heart the AQC chief's sincere concern for the environment and global warming, as expressed in a January audio message, "The Way to Save the Earth," which I wrote about in a recent post, "An Inconvenient Truth (err, Endorsement)."

In a short video released by Al-Sahab on February 25, part of its "AFPAK" series, "Holocaust of the Crusaders and Apostates in the Land of Khurasan," the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," following a brief introductory segment, the firing of a rocket in Farah Province is shown. The "Islamic Emirate" is what the Afghan (Quetta Shura) Taliban and AQC call Afghanistan. One of the individuals shown in the video is the Kuwaiti, Shaykh Khalid bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Husaynan, one of AQC's new wave of religious jurists who first appeared in a comedic, melodramatic video, "A Quiet Dialogue with Obama," last summer. Since his unveiling, a number of his writings have been released via transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlets. Other new AQC jurists include its "mufti" (chief jurist), Abu Yahya al-Libi, and the recently killed Mahmoud Mahdi Zaydan (Zeidan), who was known by the nom de guerre Abu Mansur al-Shami (he was killed in January in a United States drone strike).

The rocket launch sequence, however, is simply a recycling and repackaging of previously released Al-Sahab footage, in slightly longer form, having first been included as an introductory segment for a video teaching-lecture session by al-Husaynan, "Discussion/Chat with a Seeker of Knowledge," which was released by Al-Sahab on November 3 (2009).

First part of the Nov. 3 video

This is not the first time in the past 12 months that Al-Sahab has recycled video clips, as Australian terrorism expert and doctoral candidate Leah Farrall has noted. Are things that bad at Al-Sahab headquarters?

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