Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Video in Series, "Lord of the Ka'bah, I Have Succeeded!"

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics, Epic Encounters) Media Foundation has released a major new video, the second, in its series "(By the) Lord of the Ka'bah, I Have Succeeded! 2," part of a video martyrology series. The new video centers around 'Abdullah Hasan al-'Asiri, also known as "Abu al-Khayr," the attempted assassin of the deputy Saudi minister of interior, Prince Muhammad bin Nayyef, in August 2009. It also includes newly-released footage of al-'Asiri bidding goodbye to friends and colleagues in AQAP including the group's senior military commander, Qasim al-Raymi, also known as "Abu Hurayrah al-San'ani."

Much has been made in the media about "new" threats by AQAP leaders against Saudi government officials. Most of the footage, however, in which the threats are issued is not new (some is newly-released) but rather seems to have been taken from previous shoots. Parts of these previous shoots were previously released as part of other AQAP videos.

The first installment of the series, released on June 26, 2009, was centered on the video martyrdom wills of two young Yemeni kamikaze bombers, 'Abd al-Rahman bin Mahdi ("Abu 'Ubaydah bin al-Jarrah") and Khaled al-San'ani ("Shamel al-San'ani") both teenagers. Ibn Mahdi targeted South Korean tourists in the city of Shibam in the eastern province of Hadramaut (Hadramawt) and al-San'ani targeted South Korean visitors on the airport road in San'a.

The video series' name is taken from a hadith (tradition) attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The video may be downloaded via:

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(133 MB)

The password to unpack the video is: mnb98hHNJ8uBvc5xhu8Jhgvc

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