An 1 hour 14 minute audiotape by the Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was posted to the internet on January 20, 2005, on the occasion of Eid al-Adha [Feast]. The message was posted by the Group?s official spokesperson Abu Maysara al-Iraqi. In the message, Zarqawi admits that the jihad is stressful and Muslims participating in it will go through difficult times. However, Zarqawi cites the stories of several Biblical and Qur?anic Prophets who have also faced great difficulties but triumphed in the end. He reasons that God has made the jihad painful to separate the believers from the non-believers.
Members of our Intel Service received a partial tranlsation of the message and a audio clip of the speech.