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al-Qaida Says 2nd Bin Laden Video Coming

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  1. Rocky

    Rocky New Member

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    Sep 10 02:02 PM US/Eastern
    Associated Press Writer

    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden will appear for the second time in a week in a new video to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, presenting the last will and testament of one of the suicide hijackers, al-Qaida announced Monday.

    Each year, al-Qaida has released videos of last statements by hijackers on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks, using the occasion to rally its sympathizers.

    But this year's releases underline how bin Laden is re-emerging to tout his leadership—whether symbolic or effective—of the jihad movement. While past anniversary videos featured old footage of bin Laden, the latest appears likely to include a newly made speech.

    Bin Laden had not appeared for nearly three years until a new video was released over the weekend. In that video, he addressed the American people, telling them the war in Iraq is a failure and taking on a new anti-globalization rhetoric. He urged Americans to abandon capitalism and democracy and embrace Islam.

    Al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, announced the impending second video Monday with an advertising banner posted on an Islamic militant Web forum where the group often posts its messages.

    The video was likely to be released within 24 hours to coincide with Sept. 11, said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a U.S. group that monitors and analyzes militant messages.

    "Coming soon, God willing, from the testaments of the martyrs of the New York and Washington attacks: The testament of the martyr Abu Musab Waleed al-Shehri, presented by Sheik Osama bin Laden, God preserve him," the banner read.

    Al-Shehri was one of the hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center's north tower.

    The Web banner included a still image of bin Laden from the upcoming video. Shown raising his finger, he wears the same dyed-black beard and the same clothes—white robe and round cap and beige cloak—that he had on in the video posted on the Web on Saturday.

    Saturday's video was probably filmed in early August and it is likely "that the (upcoming video) shows bin Laden in the same setting," Venzke said.

    Al-Qaida's media operations have become increasingly sophisticated, as have the anniversary videos.

    Last year, al-Qaida released a 55-minute documentary talking about the planning of the attacks that hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

    The video included old but previously unreleased footage showing bin Laden strolling through an Afghan training camp where the attacks were apparently planned and chatting with top al-Qaida lieutenants. Among them were Mohammed Atef, who was later killed in a November 2001 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, and Ramzi Binalshibh, who was captured in 2002.

    The documentary also included the last testimonies of two Sept. 11 hijackers, Hamza al-Ghamdi and Wail al-Shehri, brother of Waleed al- Shehri. The video was accompanied by another with an address by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri.

    On Sunday, President Bush's homeland security adviser, Frances Fragos Townsend, sought to play down bin Laden's new appearance in a video and questioned his importance, calling the al-Qaida leader "virtually impotent."

    But terrorism experts say al-Qaida's core leadership is regrouping in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. The latest National Intelligence Estimate says the network is growing in strength, intensifying its effort to put operatives in the U.S. and plot new attacks.

    Bin Laden's video Saturday was his first message in over a year—since a July 1, 2006, audiotape. The images came under close scrutiny from U.S. intelligence agencies, looking for clues to the 50-year- old's health and whereabouts.

    In the video, bin Laden tells the American people his fighters are duty bound to "escalate the fighting and killing against you" in Iraq. But he adds that there is a solution to the bloodshed: "I invite you to embrace Islam."
  2. Rocky

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    That's right, Old Dirty OBL releases his latest...
  3. Rocky

    Rocky New Member

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    Nothing a little HGH won't fix.
  4. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Here's hoping it's better than his recent efforts, it's d*mn near impossible to dance to any of them... no beat at all...

    Maybe he can get Phil Spector to help him with his next release... I don't think he'd be able to relate to any of the hip-hop moguls...
  5. Rocky

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    A NEW video purportedly featuring al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden appeared on the internet today - the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US, CNN reported.

    The video reportedly shows a still image of Bin Laden with a voice identified as his praising September 11 hijacker Walid al-Shehri, who was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Centre.

    The authenticity of the video was not immediately confirmed, the television network said, adding that the video did not appear to show any moving images of bin Laden.

    Bin Laden appeared in a video on Friday, his first since October 2004 when he threatened new attacks against the US just days before the US presidential election.

    Al-Qaeda's media arm, As-Sahab, had said yesterday that it would release a second video of the group's leader.

    CNN said the video released today appeared to be purely a eulogy of Shehri, who like bin Laden hails from Saudi Arabia.

    There is also no indication of when it was recorded, the US news network said.


  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Is he going to be wearing a jacket that says Hall of Fame 2??? on it?
  7. Rocky

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    Sounds like you're not down with OBL. Things aren't going too well for him, or his label, Caveman Records, as people seem to be unimpressed with his rehashing of prior events. I think his best day are behind him if this is the best he can do.
  8. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I don't think he'll ever be top 40 again...
  9. Rocky

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    WASHINGTON - Al-Qaeda will release a third video marking the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, this time showing its top leader in Afghanistan, US monitoring groups said Wednesday.

    After releasing two videos featuring Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in recent days, the terror network will now show a video "presenting reasons and motives for the attacks on New York and Washington," the SITE Intelligence Group said in a press release.

    The new video will show Al-Qaeda's chief in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, also known as Sheikh Said, said SITE, which monitors extremist websites.

    The tape also features a montage of images showing the burning World Trade Center towers in New York and individuals such as Saudi King Abdullah, SITE said.

    Another US-based monitoring group, IntelCenter, said it expected the video to be released by Al-Qaeda within 72 hours.

    IntelCenter said the new video's upcoming release was announced by Al-Qaeda's media arm, As-Sahab.

    Al-Qaeda released videos featuring Bin Laden on Friday and Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.

    Bin Laden more popular than Musharraf in Pakistan

    Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is more popular in Pakistan than President Pervez Musharraf, according to a poll released Wednesday.

    Nearly three-quarters of Pakistanis also oppose unilateral US military action against Islamic insurgents in Pakistan's tribal areas, said the poll for Terror Free Tomorrow, a US-based organisation.

    The survey "may help explain why Osama bin Laden remains at large in Pakistan and why both Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have regrouped there," the group said in a statement.

    It said it polled 1,044 people across Pakistan between August 18 and August 29.

    Military ruler Musharraf, facing the biggest political crisis of his eight years in power and increasing pressure from Washington to tackle extremism, is the biggest in from the poll.

    It said his approval rating was 38 percent behind 46 percent for bin Laden, the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks who is believed to be hiding on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

    Bin Laden's ratings jumped to 70 percent in the North West Frontier Province.

    Meanwhile only 13 percent of people said they would support US military strikes without Islamabad's cooperation -- a threat issued by several US officials in recent months.

    But a majority back the Pakistani military, without US support, pursuing Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters inside Pakistan, the poll showed.

    Terror Free Tomorrow is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose advisory board includes Republican US presidential candidate Senator John McCain, according to the group's website.

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