As we were told. Reuters is reporting:
DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq called for the kidnapping of Westerners to swap for a Muslim cleric jailed in the United States, according to an Internet audio tape issued on Thursday.
“I call on every holy fighter in Iraq to strive during this holy month (Ramadan)… to capture some dogs of the Christians so that we can liberate our imprisoned sheik,” said the speaker, identified as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.
He accused U.S. jailers of “torturing” Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, held over links to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.
The speaker also called for attacks on U.S. military camps in Iraq using “unconventional bombs such as biological and dirty bombs”.
The tape’s authenticity could not be verified but it was posted on major Web sites used by militants.
A new audio message from the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was issued to the Internet today, Thursday, September 28, 2006, by the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq. The speech, 20:31 in length, is titled: “Come to a Word that is Just Between Us and You,” which is taken from the Qur’an, Surah al-Imran, verse 64. On the occasion of the month of Ramadan, al-Muhajir calls upon every “free Mujahid” to come to Iraq and engage in jihad, which the emir hopes to increase in ferocity. He states: “It pleases me at the end of my speech to announce the beginning of a great militaristic campaign by the name of the clear conquest, by it we will eradicate the limb of the infidel and the apostate”.
In the middle of the speech, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir reminds of the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdul Rahman, and encourages the Mujahideen to capture some of the “Roman dogs” so as to secure his release from the “darkness of his prison, gratitude, loyalty and love.” He then calls upon the sheikhs of the Sunni tribes in Iraq to not slacken in their support for the Mujahideen and thanks them for their public stance, finance and men.
This is a pretty convincing argument that, once we get our hands on these terrorists, they should be executed after they outlive their usefulness. Even if they’re imprisoned in the most secure place in the world, they are still dangerous to all of us.
Update II: Al Qaeda is now acknowledging how many terrorists it has lost:
CAIRO, Egypt – In a new audio message Thursday, the leader of al-Qaida in
Iraq called for explosives experts and nuclear scientists to join his group’s holy war against the West. “We are in dire need of you,” said the man, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir — also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri — the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
“The field of jihad (holy war) can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them.”
He also said that more than 4,000 foreign militants have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 — the first apparent acknowledgment from the insurgents about their losses.
It was unclear why al-Masri would advertise the loss of the group’s foreign fighters, but martyrdom is revered among Islamic fundamentalists, and could be used as a recruiting tool. The Arabic word he used, “muhajer,” indicated he was speaking about foreigners who joined the insurgency in Iraq, not coalition troops.
“The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight,” al-Masri purportedly said on the 20-minute tape. The voice could not be independently identified.
Blue Crab Boulevard responds:
I read this as an act of desperation. Al Qaeda is losing, and losing badly. They know it even if some of our own politicians don’t.
Update III: Here’s a jihadi twist on a well-known lawyer joke:
Question: What do you call 4,000 dead terrorists?
Answer: A good start.
I just made that up. I know, I’m very talented.