Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Afghanistan & Pakistan Jihadi Video Songs

"O' God, protect your soldiers, the mujahideen ["warriors of faith"], in the Caliphate [state] of Pakistan"

Map of Afghanistan with photos (from bottom, left) of jihadi leaders Abu Yahya al-Libi, Khattab, Ayman al-Zawahiri, 'Abdullah 'Azzam, and Usama Bin Laden

Anasheed (singular: nasheed, religious and in this case political/ideogical songs) are an integral part of the media produced by transnational jihadi groups. In visual media productions the anasheed used supplement the images. However, even for those supporters of these groups who may not understand the lyrics, melody and other aural motifs act to reinforce a release's narrative.

Below, view an example of two Urdu nasheeds and a third nasheed with visual montages:

Urdu nasheed and visual montage of footage from all over the world, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraq and North Africa, as well as from the September 11, 2001 attacks. The video opens with images of five major jihadi leaders: Usama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal, 'Abdullah 'Azzam, and Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. A clip of a younger al-Zawahiri speaking at a mass trial of Egyptian Islamists following President Anwar al-Sadat's assassination in 1981 is then shown, followed by images of martyrs and jihadi leaders. Around the 2:40-mark, the late Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah, assassinated in 2007, is shown. The figure in the center of the closing shot is 'Abd al-Rashid Ghazi, the deputy imam of the Lal Masjid, who was killed by Pakistani military forces in 2007. About 30 second later, Sa'id al-Ghamdi, one of the September 11 hijackers, is shown.

Nasheed dedicated to the Afghan Taliban, which opens with footage of Taliban martyrs

Popular Urdu-language nasheed, "Sabiluna"

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