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SITE Publications
“The Voice of the Caliphate” – A Weekly News Format Video by the Global Islamic Media Front
By SITE Institute
September 22, 2005

A 16:11 minute video issued yesterday, September 21, 2005, by the Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaeda mouthpiece, titled: ?The Voice of the Caliphate,? follows the format of a network news program in reporting events from the past week in Iraq, Palestine, and in American of Hurricane Katrina. The video depicts a masked man sitting at a desk amongst a Qur?an and gun, reading from documents as footage of what he describes is played in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Segments include the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which the anchor comments: ?would like to congratulate the Muslim Ummah on the issue of the end of the Zionist occupier withdrawal from the Palestinian lands,? audio passages from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s latest speeches, indicating the war upon the Shi?ites and those Iraqis who support the Iraqi government; claims of responsibility for attacks in Iraq by the Mujahideen Army, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and Khattab Thawrat 20 (Twentieth Revolution Brigade), the latter of which distributed their announcement in Baghdad mosques of killing more than 90 American soldiers in 120 operations. In addition, the newscaster highlights Hamas? announcement of their condemnation of American and Shi?ite attacks in Tal Afar.

Further, the program includes a piece about the destruction that Hurricane Katrina wrought in Louisiana, to which the anchor comments: ?[w]e would like to congratulate the destruction of America done by one of Allah?s soldiers… Happiness had surrounded the Muslims with the news and destruction of Hurricane Katrina in parts of America.?

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


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