A new al Qaeda video and an audio tape have been broadcast on al Jazeera.
The first is a previously unseen video of Osama Bin Laden meeting with some of the 9/11 hijackers.
From the AP:
Al-Jazeera broadcast Thursday what it called a previously unshown video in which al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is seen meeting with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. The station did not say how it obtained the video, which was produced by As-Sahab, al-Qaida’s media branch.
The video showed bin Laden sitting with his former lieutenant Mohammed Atef and Ramzi Binalshibh, another suspected planner of the Sept. 11, suicide hijackings.
Atef, also known as Abu Hafs al-Masri, was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in 2001. Binalshibh was captured four years ago in Pakistan and is in U.S. custody, and this week President Bush announced plans to put him on military trial.
In the video, bin Laden was wearing a dark robe and white headgear walking in a mountainous area. He smiled as he greeted several men, which the tape said were Sept. 11 hijackers.
The audio tape** is of al Qaeda’s new leader telling Muslims to join forces with the insurgents in Iraq.
Al Qaeda’s new leader called on Muslims to unify ranks with insurgents in Iraq, according to an audio tape aired by Al Jazeera television on Thursday.
“Place your hands in our hands … our enemy has unified his ranks, now is the time to unite,” said the speaker, identified by Al Jazeera as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.
Muhajir, also believed to use the name Abu Ayyub al-Masri, became the group’s leader after the killing of his predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. air strike in June. He has vowed to avenge Zarqawi’s killing.
Al Qaeda makes up about five percent of Iraq’s Sunni Arab insurgency but its suicide bombers have been responsible for some of the worst violence, often killing over 100 people in a single attack.
Iraq’s south is dominated by Shi’ites who took power in the country after the 2003 U.S.-led war while central and northern cities are chiefly Sunni areas, where insurgents have been active against the Shi’ite-led government and U.S.-led forces.
Hmm. Lots of al Qaeda video and audio just days before 9/11.
**The Abu Hamza al-Muhajir tape is audio only. I corrected the text of the post to reflect that.