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“Impediments to Jihad” – A Video Tape from Ayman al-Zawahiri about Fear and Hesitation of Jihad by the Muslim People
By SITE Institute
December 12, 2005

A forty-eight minute video featuring Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda?s number two, subtitled in English and titled: ?Impediments to Jihad,? was disseminated across several jihadist forums yesterday, December 11, 2005. The video, produced on the occasion of the four-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, in September, expounds on the preference of the Muslim people to ?cling to the earth,? rather than yearn for the hereafter. According to Zawahiri, this ?disease? engenders the primary defeat of the jihad cause, as fear, hesitation, and ignorance of warfare and fighting by the Muslim people will allow the leaders of the UN Security Council, America, England, France, Russia, and China, to operate puppet governments in Muslim lands and steal their oil: ?Would the Crusader West have stopped stealing the Muslims petrol at the paltriest of prices??

Zawahiri seeks to inspire a desire for jihad within the Muslim Ummah, referencing alleged victories of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Muslim assistance to the Iraqi insurgency groups that is causing the enemy to reel by the blows of the mujahideen. He spends a considerable amount of time in his speech discussing Afghanistan and the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, pledging allegiance to him despite any catastrophe that may befall Afghanistan. In addition, he cites historic accomplishments of the mujahideen vis-ŕ-vis Palestine, Somalia, and fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. Zawahiri also argues that the Muslim people should embrace the mujahideen and not condemn their actions or question jihad, referencing the abandonment of Khalid Islambuli after the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

The video clip is provided to our Intel Service members.

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