Sunday, May 23, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's Video Interview with Radical American-Muslim Ideologue Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki)

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahim (Epics, Epic Encounters) Media Foundation, released its full video interview with the radical American Muslim ideologue Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki) last night. Clips of the interview were released to various media outlets in April. The subjects discussed center on "today's war" on Muslims by a "Crusader-Zionist" coalition led by the United States. Al-'Awlaqi is a former imam (prayer leader) at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia near my hometown. The mosque has been frequently covered and is just as frequently caricatured in news stories and analysis by some "terrorism experts."

The amir (top leader) of AQAP, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi (sometimes transliterated as "al-Wahayshi"), pledged his group's support for him and threatened severe retaliation against the U.S. if he was assassinated, as the presidential administration of Barack Obama has authorized, in an audio message released by Al-Malahim.

The video is embedded below. A transcript is available via my Scribd account HERE.

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