Asbat al-Ansar, a Lebanon-based group, recently issued a 22:42 minute video titled: ?Troop of Islamic Martyrs Who Fell Confronting the Crusading Forces in the Land of Two Rivers,? describing four member of the group who died as participants in the Iraqi jihad. In late-2005, the group had issued statements announcing the ?martyrdom? of some of their members, two of which are featured in the video, Abu Mahmoud al-Kurdi and Nidal Abu Hudhayfa, noting that they had joined al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The video opens with scenes of Americans walking around in a demolished city, with a song in the background inciting Muslims to join their mujahideen brethren. This is followed by the crux of the presentation, which focuses on five of the Asbat al-Ansar martyrs though describing only four, with an image depicted headshots of each of the five. Narration tells of the men, including a short story about them and what they underwent, in addition to the extent of their willingness to fight for Islam. As each is described, their respective images are shown as they were in both life and in death.
As a propaganda piece, the video advocates Muslims to join jihad and join the mujahideen who ?drank, with appetite, the cup of death,? and refers to the current state of Islam and the need for its defense. Further, the video addresses the mujahideen, urging them to remain steadfast in the battle.
Asbat al-Ansar-the League of the Followers or Partisans? League-is a Lebanon-based, Sunni extremist group, composed primarily of Palestinians and associated with Usama Bin Ladin?s al-Qaeda organization. The group follows an extremist interpretation of Islam that justifies violence against civilian targets to achieve political ends. Some of those goals include overthrowing the Lebanese Government and thwarting perceived anti-Islamic and pro-Western influences in the country. The group was designated on March 27, 2002.
The video, a summary of the video and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.