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SITE Publications
“A Message to the People” – The First Video Speech by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Issued by the Mujahideen Shura Council
By SITE Institute
April 25, 2006

The first ?visual issue? of the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was issued today, April 25, 2006, by the Mujahideen Shura Council. A thirty-four minute video containing an approximately twenty minute oration by Zarqawi, footage of him leading mujahideen in training on the battlefield and in a war room, and seated amongst local leaders of al-Anbar province. His speech touches upon a variety of topics, including the purportedly victorious and successful state of the mujahideen in Iraq, waging jihad in Iraq while steadying eyes on Jerusalem, and Usama bin Laden?s proposed truce with the West. In fact, the video proper opens with an excerpt of a speech by bin Laden urging Muslim youth to jihad. On the refusal of the proposal, he warns U.S. President George W. Bush, his allies of the ?Crusaders, Shi?ites and the converters? that they will never enjoy life as long as blood courses through the veins of the mujahideen.

Zarqawi also speaks of the alleged lies of the administration and the true state of the American soldier in Iraq. He states: ?Why don't you tell about the reality of your soldiers and their failure to fight...why don't you tell your people about the soldiers who commit suicide, why don't you tell your people that your soldiers can not have any sleep without taking drugs which makes them like animals… and they are driven by your generals, who are like the Crusaders and evangelists, to the slaughterhouse.? He also condemns the Iraqi political process, and those who speak falsely of being one of the mujahideen, trying to convince Muslims that the government is an attempt to apply Shari?a law.

Concerning the Mujahideen Shura Council, which appeared on the Iraqi land following the seeming disappearance of Zarqawi, he admits to ?being one of them? and continues to hold title as the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, part of the umbrella for the mujahideen in that state. ?They all stretch their hands and stand on the same line,? Zarqawi argues. Other portions of the video show Zarqawi inspecting local areas, using a rocket with a range of 50 kilometers, and a final image of him firing an automatic weapon, and stating: ?American will go out of Iraq, humiliated, defeated.?

The video, a summary and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.


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