< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://bokertov.typepad.com/ btb/" >

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Special Alert from MEMRI:

Al-Qa'ida Fighters On Attacks Against Americans
A few weeks ago, Al-Qa'ida's website [1] declared it would publish the wills of the May 12, 2003 suicide bombers in Riyadh. A couple of days ago it released a new videotape [2] which includes an audio recording of the actual attack as was apparently transmitted through a cell phone, excerpts from past speeches by Osama bin Laden, songs of incitement, a speech by Sheikh Abu Omar Muhammad Al-Seif, and the wills of the attackers, reportedly recorded on April 29, 2003, less than two weeks before the attacks.

The following are excerpts from statements by Hazem Al-Kashmiri and Muhammad bin Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Maqit which were recorded in English. To view these English video excerpts, go to http://memri.org/video/alqaida. You will need Real Player to view the video.

The film was produced by the Sahhab Institute, which has produced past Al-Qa'ida films, including wills of two September 11 hijackers. Two of the attackers who read their wills in the current film (Hazem Al-Kashmiri, also known as "Abu Umar Al-Ta'ifi" and Muhammad bin Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Maqit), address an English message to "the American soldiers" and to "the West." Al-Kashmiri introduces himself as the son of a retired high-ranking officer in the Saudi domestic intelligence apparatus, General Muhammad Said Abdallah Al-Kashmiri.

Another member of the cell, Ashraf Al-Said, calls on Saudi pilots to attack American aircraft carriers or American "settlements" in the Arabian peninsula and urges members of the Saudi military "to kill Americans."
Hazem Al-Kashmiri: "For the American soldiers, we say you have to know that your government has become a big evil killing innocent people, destroying homes, stealing our money and holding our sons in jail. We promise that we will not let you live safely and you will not see from us anything else - just bombs, fire, destroying homes, cutting your heads. Our Mujahideen is coming to you very soon to let you see what you didn't see before."

Muhammad bin Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Maqit: "I invite you to accept Islam by saying 'Ashhadu Anna La Ilaha Illa Allah Wa-Muhammad Rasul-ul-Allah' 'I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.' …and you will be my brother in Islam. And it doesn't matter what your nationality or your color is until you accept Islam - if any enemy attacked you, I will do what I can even if it cost my life to save you. We want from all Christians and Jews to go out from our Islamic countries and release our brothers from jails and stop killing Muslims or we will kill you as you are killing Muslims. We will continue in your fighting until we get what we want. The real Muslims they mean what they say. Very soon all the world will see what we will do. You will not enjoy in your life forever Allah Akbar and glory to Allah."
MEMRI will be publishing extensive excerpts of the wills shortly.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[1] http://www.cybcity.com/image900/index.htm

[2] http://1.anwar-islam.com/v/11/6.rm