Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia issued a 35:34 minute video presentation of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah on December 7, 2004, yesterday, April 9, 2006. This release follows over six months of advertising amongst jihadist forums, and a message last week containing a series of screenshots and announcing the film?s imminent release. Though the operation?s execution and aftermath are only depicted via photographs, footage is provided of the initial stage of attack, wills and advice from two ?martyrs? involved, Faez al-Samiri and Faez al-Judhi, and the blueprints and preparation of the mujahideen from the Fallujah Brigade.
The video constantly emphasizes an urgency of jihad incumbent upon the Muslim Nation, opening with a series of scenes of U.S. attacks and bombardments in Iraq, and images of dead children and women, and maltreatment of prisoners; a background voice incites Muslims to resist the U.S. presence in Iraq. Orated testaments of Faez al-Samiri and Faez al-Judhi are dispersed throughout the video, the content of which are both similar in advising Muslims to drive U.S. soldiers from their countries. A short lecture including a map of the Middle East and American army bases explains that the Saudi government is supporting these American forces, and from these locations they depart to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq: ?Here they are, the descendents of apes and pigs, making plans to wage war on Islam - from the land of Islam [Saudi Arabia]?.
Additional pictures from the Prince Sultan Air Base are shown, of which are images showing missiles that ?do not distinguish between a woman or a mujahid?. The narrator of the video explains that the U.S. consulate in Jeddah was targeted due to the Saudi cooperation with the American forces: ?Therefore, the lions of Al-Qaeda on this blessed land perused the news and collected information in order to find out from where these crusading wars are waged… After much effort, the Mujahideen found out what they sought. They found the abode of the [US] intelligence, they found the proselytizers for Christianity, they found the true rulers of the country… Afterwards the military plan was composed, and the Mujahideen underwent training - and evident victory was achieved at the hands of the lions of the Fallujah Brigade?.
The now deceased al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, Saleh al-Oufi, is shown going through the military plan of the consulate attack, explaining its security composition and then a detailed means of attack. Amidst the pictures of the attack, audio of the mujahideen is heard with their recurring call of ?Allah is the Greatest?. In addition, photos are shown of the mujahideen killed in the attack.
Interesting is a point from Faez al-Samiri?s (Abu Hamza Al-Madani) testament in which he advises it is preferable to fight Americans in Saudi Arabia, rather than Afghanistan and Iraq. He states: ?Why are you going to Afghanistan? Why are you going to Afghanistan and Iraq? Not in order to fight America? Not in order to fight America and its allies? By God, in Afghanistan the American soldiers are only scum… sons of whores, or poor people. As to the heads of the Americans, they are in the Arab Peninsula, and their bases are spread out from the East of the country to the West, from the North to the South?.
The video clip, a summary of the video and a translation of selected portions are provided to our Intel Service members.