Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Newly Released Video Interview with Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan's Amir, Hakimullah Mehsud

"The Amir, Hakimullah Mehsud, may God protect him, Taliban Amir in Pakistan," in front of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's contested Old City.

Embedded below via my BlipTV account, which I've found to be incredibly useful for blogging, is the first part of a video interview with the amir (leader) of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (Taliban Movement of Pakistan; TTP), Hakimullah Mehsud (Hakeemullah Mehsud). The video was released by TTP's media outlet, 'Umar Studio, a couple of days ago in order to "prove" that Hakimullah was not killed, as has been reported, in a United States drone strike. The video release is entitled, "Operation Rah-e-Nijat and the Actual Facts."

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

'Umar Studio recently released the full video of Hakimullah's message alongside Dr. Humam al-Balawi, the Jordanian kamikaze who killed seven U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operatives and a senior Jordanian intelligence officer in late December 2009 on a U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan. Al-Balawi, whose name means "gallant" or "heroic," was a jihadi-takfiri essayist who wrote under the pseudonym Abu Dunajah al-Khurasani (Khorasani), "one from Khurasan," an area which includes modern day Afghanistan.


Anonymous said...

are the videos on your blip account coming from your computer or direct from the jihadist sites, personally I wouldn't want to touch those sites.
Thanks and great work.

إبن الصقلي said...

They're not coming directly from those sites. Since I am a grad student researching Muslim political groups, including radical ones, I collect such primary materials. I have found BlipTV to be a great emhancement to my blogging. Thanks for your kind words and for reading.