February 23, 2009

Video: Full Zawahiri Video "From Kabul to Mogadishu"


Think there isn't a connection between Afghanistan and Somalia? Think again.

The latest propaganda from al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is embedded below. Thanks to Laura Mansfield for the heads up and for Howie for embedding it. Laura has the video transcribed for members.

This video is different from other recent al Qaeda videos which attempt to focus jihadi attention on the Horn of Africa only inasmuch as it is subtitled.

In it Zawahiri can be heard praising their Somali affiliate, the al Shabaab Youth Mujahdeen Movement, for fighting the infidels and for instituting Islamic law. He also praises the group's refusal to cooperate with the so-called "moderate Islamists" of the new "government". The government which controls no territory and is pretty much in exile, just like the previous government.

As we've been constantly reminding every one, Somalia is the new Afghanistan. It is a country where large swaths are now controlled by al Qaeda allies. Training camps will only be the beginning.

Video below.

In related news, the Shabaab who are the stars of the video, killed 11 African Union peacekeepers as they attended church on Sunday. Their "crime"? Attending church.

Also, is it just me or does the translation seem Gadahanesque? I wonder who did the voiceover, too?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:37 AM | Comments |