Breaking: Zarqawi Video Posted on Internet

posted at 1:50 pm on April 25, 2006 by Allahpundit

Updates are being added at the end of the post.

Not much info yet, but MSNBC has a report. “As far as we know, this is the first video.”

If anyone’s seen it, please tip us to the URL.

The Counterterrorism Blog already has commentary.

UPDATE: Debka has a brief analysis. “The combination [of the video and the bombings yesterday in Egypt] may herald a fresh al Qaeda cycle of terrorist attacks.”

UPDATE: CNN has a longer report. Still looking for video and or transcript, but thus far it sounds like standard jihadi wanker boilerplate.

UPDATE: CNN video is here. Thanks to John Stephenson of Stop the ACLU for the tip. Still looking for a transcript.

UPDATE: Ian says someone may be sending him the video. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Bareknuckle Politics has the video and screenshots.

UPDATE: Walid Phares analyzes the tape at length at the Counterterrorism Blog.

UPDATE: On a somewhat related note, here’s Rumsfeld on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show discussing media realities:

[SECRETARY RUMSFELD:] [T]here have been far fewer journalists [lately] who have stepped up to become embedded.

LIMBAUGH: Why do you think that is?

SECRETARY RUMSFELD: Well, it’s a funny thing. I asked one reporter about that, and there was kind of the impression left that, “Well, if you got embedded then you were really part of the problem instead of part of the solution and you were almost going over to the other side,” argument. I think that’s an inexcusable thought, and I don’t know if that’s the case.

UPDATE: Rusty has a (very) rough translation of the tape. Click and scroll down until you get to the screenshots.

It is, indeed, the standard jihadi wanker boilerplate.

CORRECTION: Rusty e-mails to say it’s not a transcription of the tape, it’s from a press release — yes, a press release — put out today by the filth who made the tape.

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Did he explain why his triumphant insurgency hasn’t been able to stop, or even slow, a single election in Iraq?

withoutfeathers on April 25, 2006 at 2:01 PM

They say it’s a rare appearance by Zarqawi. I recall a time when we seemingly saw this monster 24/7 on The Terrosist Network CNN, I mean Al-Jazeera.

Now it’s a rare appearance. Did he just finish rehab?

JammieWearingFool on April 25, 2006 at 2:02 PM

Yeah, withoutfeathers…

Because those elections have been a gateway to such a successful democracy. So far, they’ve proven to be nothing more than ceremonial icing on a burnt cake.

mxmat2 on April 25, 2006 at 2:03 PM

Good News! Now we will know what he looks like these days.

Wouldn’t want the wrong guy in the scope.

Wander on April 25, 2006 at 2:04 PM

Sour grapes mxmat2?

Would you be so dismissive if your guys had actually managed to stop one of them?

withoutfeathers on April 25, 2006 at 2:09 PM

“the most ferocious of crusader campaigns” is a compliment to US troops, aye? Let’s see how this shakes out – power struggle?

BillLalor on April 25, 2006 at 2:11 PM

Trackback didn’t work?

Jay on April 25, 2006 at 2:13 PM

I wan’t to see how Zaarqawi looks in a box, like I mean when he assumes room temperture.

birdman on April 25, 2006 at 2:28 PM

Ceremonial icing on a burnt cake, eh? No matter that three ethnic/religious groups with long histories of hatred and conflict hashed through the selection of a Prime Minister acceptable to all three. No matter that they have assembled a functioning government in a quarter of the time it took the US, and with far deeper divides between factions.

Maybe the level of violence is what leads you to conclude that democracy is a failure in Iraq? If that’s the case, then it must also be a failure in the US, right?

skydaddy on April 25, 2006 at 2:30 PM

this isn’t a video. this is cnn propaganda. there’s no audio. it’s just a couple of talking heads giving us their useless views………………

patrick neid on April 25, 2006 at 2:37 PM

I’m not too sure democracy will ever really take over there, but I am confident Zarqawi will find himself at the wrong end of a missile one of these days. Better yet, a video of someone cutting HIS head off.

right as rain man on April 25, 2006 at 2:49 PM

You’d need a transcript anyway unless you speak his language.

Jay on April 25, 2006 at 2:50 PM

mxmat2, are you suggesting that Iraqis are somehow incapable of having a successful democracy?

Achmed on April 25, 2006 at 2:59 PM

Nice to see his ego is still high…looks like he does not want to be outdone again by Bin Laden or any other al-Qaeda higher ups (the list is getting smaller every week) in the media.

If we ever do catch this slime bag, I believe it may be time to reinstitute an old but effective form of punishment: drawn and quartered

Anyone feel like seconding that?

Terlizzi999 on April 25, 2006 at 3:07 PM

Achmed, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Maybe Saddam knew something we, the arrogant US, didn’t. That ruling with an iron fist is the only way to keep three violant factions of Islam from destroying the entire Middle East. We’re learning the lessons of our actions, simple as that. I say put Saddam and his Republican Army back in. It’s politically incorrect to say that, but I think some un-girly man Saddam brutality is what the region needs.

mxmat2 on April 25, 2006 at 3:43 PM

Looks like there may be a real struggle for power within the various terrorist groups that use the Al Qaeda tm umbrella. It will be interesting to see if Zwarahiri also comes forward with a tape. I am not one to believe in coincendence like Agent Gibbs of NCIS. Somebody needs to be tracking onto Al Sadr also. He normally doesn’t make the public announcements like these guys but if the pattern holds there will no doubt be some sort of incident in Iraq to a Shi’ite Holy Site or village which Sadr will attempt to use to rally his forces, expecially now that Al Jafari is out as PM.

LakeRuins on April 25, 2006 at 3:44 PM

mxmat2: Huh?

While there has been talk (just that–talk) recently of splitting Iraq up into separate countries, I fail to see how returning a murderous lunatic to power would help in any way.

You obviously harbor some hatred for the “arrogant” US and/or its people. What gives?

IrishEi on April 25, 2006 at 3:56 PM

NO…no hatred for the US. Just hatred for arrogance. And we have been arrogant…thinking we can stampede into any third world country, briefly take it over and impose our version of democracy. The problem with conservatives is they don’t pay attention to the obvious. This has failed. These factions of Muslims HATE each other. This will NEVER change. Saddam was a cruel SOB, no doubt, but he knew what would happen if he didn’t rule that country as such: it would be thrown into its own civil war and the populous would go into a frenzy. That’s what we’re seeing now. Shame on us.

mxmat2 on April 25, 2006 at 4:00 PM

Is it just me, or does it seem that the worse things get for Al-Qaida (in Iraq or without) the more frequent their audio and video tapes?

And perhaps this is the first video tape because Zarqawi (your spelling may vary) isn’t in Iraq any longer, or is so far removed from the “action” that he now has time for making home movies?

darkpixel on April 25, 2006 at 4:09 PM

So mxmat your solution is to simply allow brutal dictators to rule countries with violence to quell violence.
My answer is to make these people act like human beings. Murder for any reason is not acceptable whether you try to rationalise it as a way to control people to inflict your belief system on them. We are not trying to make Islamic people act like the western world all we are trying to do is to get them to quit resorting to violence as an answer to any grievance they have. Whether it is cartoons, books, music, or religious symbols they only have one response. we have ignored this behavior and kicked it down the road for too long. Allowing this behavior, no matter if it is visited upon their own, or those with who they disagree must simply stop.
Sadly in todays culture where all of life’s problems can be solved in a 30 minute sitcom, most civillized peoples do not have the persistence to see this through to the end.
The ant hill has been kicked over and it is time to stop it now.

LakeRuins on April 25, 2006 at 4:16 PM

You sound like a bleeding-heart liberal there, LakeRuins…
Since when have conservatives cared about brutal dictators? Oh, wait…it fits into their partisan political dialogue that backs up ALL of President Bush’s actions.

mxmat2 on April 25, 2006 at 4:23 PM

“NO…no hatred for the US. Just hatred for arrogance. And we have been arrogant…thinking we can stampede into any third world country, briefly take it over and impose our version of democracy.”

But that’s exactly what we’re not doing. We’re not imposing anything, and what is being adopted is most certainly not an American version of democracy. But then, as a conservative, I suppose I’m overlooking something obvious.

Uncle Mike on April 25, 2006 at 4:31 PM

Liberals are simply upset because President Bush put into action the Clinton doctrine.
Whenever something catastrophic happens whether it is a natural disaster or even war liberals can be counted on to do one thing, demand a study. Liberals have conducted studies on everything from global warming, (the sun is getting hotter), to the mating habits of 3 toed green eyed tree frogs. What have they actually done? Well since the 1940’s when Roosevelt instituted all of his grand goverment programs. . . nothing. They have whined and griped about everything but they have been very limited in any action. It is conservatives who finally take action, normally in an attempt to shut up the liberals.
Social Security reform good example. We are plagued every election cycle by what a mess SS is in and how something must be done. Finally this president tried to do something and who stood in the door of the school, the Dems.
The libs need to just sit down and shut up on the war on terror, more appropiately named the war on Islamofascism. Once this global war is over come on back out begin your screeching once again about how wrong it was. Just don’t forget which country it is that allows you to act that way.

LakeRuins on April 25, 2006 at 4:42 PM

Zarqi knows he’s losing. They tried fighting us, it didn’t work, it only led to dead jihadis. They tried fighting the new Iraqi Army. Same results. They tried to export the war to Jordan, it didn’t work. They tried to start a civil war, it didn’t happen. They tried killing civilians but it led to (formerly simpathetic) tribes fighting back against them. Now the Sunni insurgents are fighting Al Qaeda and I read somewhere that Zarqi got “fired” for all of his above listed failures. Which begs the question: Who gives a crap what he says???

Tony737 on April 25, 2006 at 5:18 PM

The US is arrogant? I suppose some commenters here want the US to be weakened and vulnerable to domination by another country. Just like former SOS Albright said once (paraphrasing we can’t be the only superpower. I don’t see how promoting democracy makes the US arrogant. I suppose some commenters here think it was alright for Communism to spread throughout eastern Europe and not think of it as being arrogant. I think it’s arrogant to assume that people do not long to be free, do not want to be under the thumb of an oppressive dictator who shredded people who were his political enemies. Maybe some commenters here wish they lived under a totalitarian regime like Saddam Insane’s Iraq. Then they could enjoy the benefits of living in a non-arrogant country.

geekrunner on April 25, 2006 at 5:31 PM

He didn’t say he hated us more than before did he?? Ouuuu

Volpe on April 25, 2006 at 6:04 PM


“Achmed, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Maybe Saddam knew something we, the arrogant US, didn’t. That ruling with an iron fist is the only way to keep three violant factions of Islam from destroying the entire Middle East.”

“I say put Saddam and his Republican Army back in.”

So, those swarthy folks just aren’t capable of having a functioning democracy, so let’s just bring back the strong man to keep ’em all in line. That is what you’re saying mxmat2, right? If a bunch of them get killed by the strong man so what? It’s not like they’re on an even footing with their betters who are capable of maintaining a democracy, is that it? That’s just plain contemptable. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Achmed on April 25, 2006 at 6:07 PM

Maybe mxmat2 deserves some consideration. After all, at least he has come up with a “plan,” as opposed to the usual liberal diatribe…Bush lied, culture of corruption, etc. ad nauseam.

Crikey. ;)

IrishEi on April 25, 2006 at 6:12 PM

Well, “Put Saddam Back” is at least a bit more clear than “Do exactly what Bush is doing only with a better result”.

Clarity ain’t everything.

Pablo on April 25, 2006 at 6:36 PM

I don’t agree with the statement above that democracy won’t work over there. The point is that the three groups are TRYING to work together and get a government going. I think the level of cooperation the fledgling government is showing has got the terrorists worried, and should be encouraging to us (if the MSM would ever report on it, that is).

Jezla on April 25, 2006 at 7:07 PM

Spot on Jezla. The fact that these three groups are even giving this democracy thing a go is a huge deal. There is bad blood to spare and scores to be settled between these groups, and yet they’re trying to make their new government work. The fact that there are those who do not see this as anthing other than encouraging truly puzzles me.

Achmed on April 25, 2006 at 7:59 PM

Is anyone else as disgusted by mxmat2 sick racism as I am? How can anyone hate those “brown” people so much that they would force them to be ruled by a genocidal dictator?

Capitalist Infidel on April 26, 2006 at 12:24 AM

I think mxmat2 has taken two many shots to the head, liberals are always great entertainment

birdman on April 26, 2006 at 2:44 AM

Mxmat2 certainly is cavalier about the idea of Iraq reverting to life under a brutal tyrant. Doesn’t sound too bad when you’re leading a nice life over here, eh?

right as rain man on April 26, 2006 at 7:31 AM