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“We are Coming” – A Video Speech from Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, Emir of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) in Algeria
By SITE Institute
January 8, 2007

Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the Emir of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat [GSPC], a terrorist group in Algeria which allied with al-Qaeda, is featured in a 22:36 minute video issued by the GSPC today, Monday, January 8, 2007, including an Arabic-language transcript. The speech, ?We are Coming,? spoken by Wadud and dated January 3, 2007, contains three messages: one directed to the Emir of al-Qaeda, Usama bin Laden, another to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the third to Muslim Algerian people. Predominant across the message is a palpable anger towards not only Bouteflika, but America and France for encroaching upon Algeria culturally, militarily, and politically. Wadud also focuses in each address to what he terms as ?theft? by foreign companies of Algerian natural gas and oil, placing this within the broader charge of the enemy subjugating Muslims, forcing them into poverty, and attacking their religion. He also requests of bin Laden instructions for the ?next stage?.

The GSPC Emir opens with congratulations to Muslims everywhere on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, and the alleged defeat of the ?Crusader alliance? in Iraq. He then addresses Usama bin Laden, assuring him of the obedience of his soldiers in Algeria and their dedication to jihad so as to indicate a readiness to receive instructions and guidance for the ?next stage?. Achievements by the Mujahideen against Algeria forces and the failure of the Bouteflika administration as it relates to the failed reconciliation initiative and alleged media smear campaigns are also presented as information in bin Laden. Wadud states: ?We are hurting our enemy as he is hurting us… We fight them and exhaust them, according to a well-studied plan… Their [Algeria] soldiers are suffering torture at the hands of the Mujahideen every now and then, and the bombs and bullets of the Mujahideen kill numbers of them every month?.

To Bouteflika, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud warns that as his ?Crusader masters? were defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq, they will soon abandon their allies. The Algerian President is encouraged to cease his war on Islam and govern by the Shari?a or Allah, and the Algerian Minister of Interior is also called upon to accept the truth as proffered by the GSPC. Else, Wadud indicates that the Mujahideen are coming: ?In spite of our deep wounds, we are coming. In spite of our eviction, and our casualties, which we bury daily in the sand, in spite of the sounds of pain of the mothers who are deprived of their children and the tears of the orphans who were left behind us... We are coming?.

Wadud then calls upon the Muslims in Algeria to join and support the Mujahideen, offering as reasons the aforementioned crimes of Bouteflika and the alleged war on Islam waged by the West. He reminds of fighting the French for independence, and today?s actions of France and America in Algeria. Further, Wadud states that he observes no difference between Bouteflika and Nuri al-Maliki in Iraq, Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, and Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) in the Palestinian Authority.

Concluding the message, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud sends greetings to Usama bin Laden, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Yahya al-Libi, and the Mujahideen in Iraq, of the Islamic State in particular, and to the Mujahideen of the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, ?who are standing in honor facing the international presumptuousness and its men of the apostate government?. Greetings are also made to the Mujahideen in Chechnya and the Arabian Peninsula, before Wadud closes: ?Mujahideen, congratulations to you, your fastening to your jihad, congratulations to you on your patience. Rejoice, victory is coming, dawn is smiling, and the breeze of the winds of conquest have started to blow?.

The video and transcript are provided to our Intel Service members.

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