As-Sahab, an al-Qaeda production company, issued today, April 26, 2006, the complete 51:38 minute audio message of Usama bin laden, of which al-Jazeera aired only 5:45 minutes this past Sunday, April 23, and provided commentary on those parts of the speech untelevised. The message appears as a video format, with English subtitles beneath a static image of bin Laden peering down the barrel of a gun. In the speech, bin Laden talks at great length about the insults towards the Prophet Muhammad, expressing much anger for the cartoonists, in addition towards Denmark, the United States, and European nations which allowed the images to propagate within their lands. He believes this incident to be another example of the West's alleged war on Islam, the others being those which al-Jazeera had aired: disapproval of Hamas, rejection of his truce, and acts of aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya, and UN agreements in Sudan.
A separate file containing the complete english transcript was also provided by as-Sahab.
The video is provided to our Intel Service members.
A three-minute sample is available here .