A seventeen-minute speech featuring Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri introducing a poem and reciting it in honor of fallen mujahideen was issued today, January 20, 2006. This release, produced by al-Sahab, follows an advertisement earlier this weak promoting the message, and contains poetry titled: ?Tears in the Eyes of the Time,? written by the ?poet mujahid? Maloy Moheb al-Qandahari, who was known with the jihadist circles since the Russian invasion of Afghanistan into the ?Crusuder? war. The voice, which sounds to be that of Zawahiri, delivers an emotional interpretation of the poem to the Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, in which he states the verses evoke memories of Abu Hafs al-Masri, ?the symbol of nobleness and high quality character and fine politeness,? and Abu Obeida al-Banshiri, Isam ad-Din al-Qamri, Khalid al-Islambuli, and Yahya Hashim.
Each of the aforementioned individuals Zawahiri mentions are Egyptians, like the al-Qaeda deputy leader, and were associated with him in al-Jihad Organization and some later moved to al-Qaeda. Abu Hafs al-Masri AKA Muhammad Atif, a former Egyptian police officer, was responsible for al-Qaeda?s security and that of al-Qaeda?s military commander until his death during a U.S. air raid on his house on November 16, 2001, near Kabul. Abu Obeida al-Banshiri, a powerful man with al-Qaeda, served as the military commander until his death in a ferry accident in Lake Victoria in May 1996. Another leader within al-Jihad, Isam al-Qamri, was one of the main military leaders. Khalid al-Islambuli, is the convicted assassin of Anwar Sadat and was executed following a public trial in 1982. Yahya Hashim, a public prosecutor in Egypt, formed a group of 300 people from Alexandria and attempted to storm the prison where a militant leader was held. Hashim was killed in 1975 during a clash with police.
The Arabic audio clip and a translation of the introduction are provided to our Intel Service members.