Homeland Security

Ayman al-Zawahri issues videotaped statement on Afghanistan

Public Address

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationAs-Sahab
Means of CommunicationVideotaped statement
Issued June 22, 20061
Created May 30, 20062
ParticipantsAyman al-Zawahiri (Speaker) , Abu Hanifah (Facilitator)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAn unidentified person callimg himself Abu Hanifah posted links to a new video statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri on the website of the Islamic Renewal Organization, a U.K.-based Saudi dissident group, on June 22, 2006. The video was produced by Al-Sahab Media Productions, an underground media organization that produces Al-Qaeda tapes.

According to U.S. Central Command, the videotape begins with a screen caption: "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Warning: We do not allow airing this videotape with music, we urge everybody to abide."

Then, a screen caption reads: "Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri, may God protect him: The Crimes of the Americans in Kabul." The following Koranic verse is recited at the same time: "Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion." (Sura 2:120)

Then, a screen caption reads "Al-Sahab Media Productions, Jumada al-Ula, 1427 hegira." The month of Jumada al-Ula started on May 29, 2006.

The video then shows Al-Zawahiri wearing a loose, grey garment and a white turban, sitting, with a rifle behind him against a completely black background.

He says: "In the name of God, praise be to God, and God's peace and blessings be upon the prophet, his household, companions, and followers.

"Brother Muslims everywhere: God's peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you.

"I address my statement today to my Muslim brothers in Kabul, who lived the bitter incidents yesterday and saw with their own eyes a new proof of the US forces' crimes against the Afghan people.

"My Muslim brothers in Kabul, the latest US aggression against you was preceded by a long series of the killing of innocent people in Kabul, Khost, Uruzgan, Helmand, Kandahar, and Konar. This aggression was also preceded by torturing Muslims in Kandahar and Bagram and at the prison of darkness in Kabul. This was also preceded by insulting the holy Koran in Bagram and Guantanamo and by the Danish, French, and Italian mocking of the noblest prophet, God's peace and blessings be upon him.

"Yesterday's incidents were also preceded by (former US President Bill) Clinton's and (former British Prime Minister Margaret) Thatcher's honoring of (Satanic Verses author) Salman Rushdie, to reward him for offending the prophet, may God's prayers and blessings be upon him and his chaste household. Therefore, I appeal to Muslims in Kabul in particular and throughout Afghanistan in general to sincerely stand against the infidels' forces, which have invaded Muslim lands, for the sake of God. These forces filled Kabul's sky with their flags of every color and shape. I appeal to my Muslim brothers in Kabul in particular, and throughout Afghanistan in general, to (defend) Islam. I also appeal to them to glorify the great Koran and love the noble prophet, God's peace and blessings be upon him. I urge them to demonstrate chivalry, gallantry, and pride. I urge them to demonstrate the Afghan people's zeal and dignity, and their rejection of injustice. I also urge them to remember the history of their fathers in resisting invaders. I urge them to do that and to resist this infidel, oppressive, and unjust occupation of Muslim lands.

"I appeal to the young people of Islam at schools and universities in Kabul to carry out their religious duty in defense of their religion, honor, sanctities, and homeland.

"My Muslim brothers in Kabul: God says, ‘Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion.’ (Koranic verse, Sura 2:120)

"God also says, ‘Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can.’ (Koranic verse, excerpted from Sura 2:217)

"Do not trust those infidel invaders or their treasonous agents, who want to turn you into a humiliated and enslaved people in order to achieve their ambitions and gains.

"My Muslim brothers in Kabul in particular and throughout Afghanistan in general: Stand united by the mujahidin until the invading forces are expelled, Muslim Afghanistan is liberated, the glorious shariah is implemented, and sanctities are preserved and until security and justice prevail.

"God says, ‘Truly Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure.’ (Koranic verse, Sura 61:4)

"Our last prayer is praise be to God, Lord of the universe, and God's peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad and his household and followers.”1
1U.S. Central Command web site, 'What the Extremists are Saying' feed.
2When he says 'yesterday,' Al-Zawahiri may be referring to the anti-American rioting in Kabul that took place on May 29, 2006.
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