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A Message from Sheikh Hamed al-Ali Addressing the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Video Speech: “A Message to the People”
By SITE Institute
May 2, 2006

A message issued by Sheikh Hamed bin Abdullah al-Ali today, May 2, 2006, and titled: ?Even if al-Zarqawi Fails!!!,? argues that the path of jihad that Zarqawi plowed through Iraq, and the constant attacks by the mujahideen on America for three years, has allegedly weakened its military and will soon bring it to defeat. Describing the video released by the Mujahideen Shura Council last Tuesday, April 25, 2006, which featured Zarqawi, Sheikh al-Ali believes him to be aware of how to face the ?American?s preferred way of Rambo? in dealing with the world around them, in addition to striking a blow to America?s heart.

According to the message, the fact that Zarqawi, a man with a high bounty on his head, appeared on camera and taunted the American military, is as if he directly said: ?You are ignorant, you don?t know what you are doing, you are unable and incapable to do anything, you are confused, you are nothing.? Further, in terms of long term consequences of the jihad in Iraq, the sheikh states: ?He [Zarqawi] registered with his blood a curve in the nation?s history. And he has carved pages also from the great dreams, which history registered with blood. This can not be forgotten.?

Sheikh Hamed bin Abdullah al-Ali was acquitted by a Kuwait judge Tuesday, December 27, 2005 of suspicion of forming a fundamentalist group in Kuwait that plotted to execute terrorist attacks in the country and for alleged complicity in four shoot-outs between Islamic militants and Kuwait security in January of this year. Sheikh al-Ali is a former secretary general of the Salafi Movement who received a two-year suspended sentence for publicly opposing Kuwait?s support for the US-led war on Iraq in 2003.

A translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.

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