Al-Qaeda Video Calls For Jihadist Nuke Attack …Update: A Prank?
UPDATE: The Jawa Report has much more on the video including an odd set of digits at the end of the video:
The video also quotes Osama’s ranting against the Mohammad cartoons as justification to nuke the West.
Rusty says the code may mean a WMD attack in September.
This screen shot taken from the militant Islamic Internet forum El-Ekhlas on May 16, 2008 shows an old photo of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with the caption, “A Message to the Peoples of the West, From Sheik Osama bin Laden”. (CBS News)
A new video called “Nuclear Terrorism” has been posted on the worldwide web calling for jihadists to use nuclear or chemical weapons to strike the west.
A simple jihadi propaganda video or a dangerous message to a sleeper cell in the west? That is the question raised by the video and no-one has yet claimed responsibility for it.
“Strike civilians in the west without mercy using weapons of mass destruction” is one of the calls made in the 39-minute video.
The question now being asked is whether the video is presenting a coded message or signalling an imminent terrorist attack.
Before the video was posted on the Arab internet forum Ekhlas a banner headline appeared on the website that said: “Pray, pray, Allah is great. America is destroyed by a fatal jihadist nuclear strike.”
Clicking on the banner gives the viewer access to a documentary which shows diverse images – from al-Qaeda speeches to western documentaries and other Islamist videos.
The objective appears to be to incite followers of al-Qaeda to use weapons of mass destruction to strike the west, but there may be more to it.
The video opens with two verses of the Koran that emphasise “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. It then says “Fight them until there is no more persecution and Allah is the only object of worship. If they desist, there will be no hostility, except against those who are dishonest.”
al-Ikhlas jihadi forum [http://ekhlas.com/forum] posted an online book laying out Al-Qaeda’s military strategy through 2020 in March 2005.
UPDATE 2: Counterterrorism Blog thinks the story is most likely a hoax.