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“The Battle of the Captured Sheikh, Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman” – A Film by al-Qaeda in Iraq Depicting the Preparation, Suicide Bombers’ Farewells, and Executing of an Operation Targeting al-Hamra Hotel in Baghdad
By SITE Institute
January 12, 2006

The Information Department of al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat Al-Jihad Fi Bilad Al-Rafidayn] issued a 17:29 minute video today, January 12, 2006, titled: ?Battle of the Captured Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman,? of the suicide car bombings targeting al-Hamra Hotel and Ad al-Zohoor Hotel in Baghdad. The video contains a brief biography of Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, the blind sheikh, describing his three arrests and depicting footage of him inciting Muslims to jihad. In addition, a video clip of Usama bin Laden is played over shifting images of Abdul Rahman, in which the al-Qaeda leader states that the alleged ill-treatment of the blind sheikh is an ?assault on Islam and the Muslims.?

Audio messages from Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Abu Anas al-Shami, a former advisor to Zarqawi, provide the backdrop for scenes of the preparation for the suicide bombings operation, with each terrorist leader lauding the mujahideen for their might and condemning America as having ?no courage for death.? The video then goes into detail about the three suicide bombers, Dr. Abu Ayub al-Iraqi, Abu Abdul Malik al-Najdi, and Abu Samir al-Tunisi, whereas each reads their respective will and describes their motivation for martyrdom. Before boarding his car, Dr. Abu Ayub al-Iraqi states: ?No God but God, I didn't offer my sole to the country but only to Allah and my religion."

The video features satellite imaging of the site of attack in central Baghdad, where the targets, al-Hamra Hotel and Ard al-Zohoor Hotel, the ?den of foreign intelligence? and Ghadr Brigade members were residing. The narrator states that Dr. Ayub al-Iraq led the attack, followed by al-Najdi and al-Tunisi in a second truck carrying two and a half tons of explosives, and ?in a moment of Allah's anger, the car exploded to kill the enemies of Islam and to please the Muslims.?

Media reports indicate that the car bombings were executed in the al-Jadriyah section of Baghdad on November 18, 2005. The explosions destroyed several apartment buildings within proximity and caused heavy damage to the hotels, killing at least six and wounding fourty.

The video clip and a summary of the narration and on-screen text, and translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.


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