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Al-Jazeera Aires Video of Hekmatyar Pledging Support to Usama bin Laden
By SITE Institute
May 4, 2006

A videotape appearing today on the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera, featuring Afghan warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, voicing support to Usama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. In the five minutes of the film shown, Hekmatray states that the Americans and Europeans have declared war on Muslim, already igniting hostility in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. He believes that offers for peace and security extended by Muslims are not welcomes by the ?Western occupiers,? and were it not for the assistance of Pakistani or Iranian support, Afghanistan and Iraq would not have fell as easy. To bin Laden and other jihad leaders, he states: ?They fought with us and made sacrifices we, and our generations, will never forget. And we pray to Allah that he helps us and guides us to pay them back for their support and sacrifices. We hope that we can take part in battles which they lead and have flags in their hands. And we are standing with them as their supporters.?

His speech also touches upon Hamas as the governing institution in Palestine, praising them and advising that jihad is the only solution to the problems faced by Palestine.

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


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