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.
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello,
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.