Skip to comments.Al-Zawahiri criticises Afghan elections
Posted on 09/19/2005 7:32:54 PM PDT by Calpernia
Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has dismissed the legitimacy of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in a new tape broadcast by Aljazeera.
In the tape, Al-Zawahiri played down US accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying it had just managed to move Taliban's government from Kabul to the mountains and countryside.
The tape aired by Aljazeera was produced by al-Sahab Productions which usually distributes al-Qaida's videos.
The taped interview of al-Zawahiri had appparently been conducted to commemorate the fourth anniversary of September 11 attacks on Washington and New York.
"What did they do, they drove Taliban's government out of Kabul, but it has been active in the mountains and countryside, where the real power of Afghanistan lies, " al-Zawahiri said.
The Al-Qaida deputy chief dismissed the legitimacy of the just-concluded Afghan parliamentary elections.
"The elections have been conducted under the terror of [Afghanistan's] warlords," al-Zawahiri said.
He added that northern Afghanistan and Kabul had become "an area of chaos, plundering, theft, violations and drug business" under American occupation.
"The elections were a masquerade more than anything else, as various regions of the country are under the control of highwaymen and warlords, and international observers ... cannot cover more than one tenth of the (electoral) districts," al-Zawahiri said.
He added that "the international mercenaries (UN observers) had seen only staged polls in some cities".
Dressed in a black turban once again, but this time in front of a white backdrop, Al Qaeda second in command Dr. Ayman Zawahiri bragged to the world that "The London attack is one of the many such attacks that al Qaeda has the honor of carrying out against the British arrogance, the aggression of the crusader British against the Muslim nation for over a hundred years".
The statement, aired on Al Jazeera this afternoon, was the second such tape from Zawahiri in less than a month.
Al Jazeera claimed that the tape was produced by Sahab Enterprises, the media production arm of Al Qaeda, which has produced many other videos in recent years.
The video included subtitles in English. Al Jazeera claims that they were informed the tape was made to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
That spot on his forehead is for target practice.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Mighty tall words for a feller who strains soup through his beard and a bunch of guys who saute grubs in caves. Yep, they rule the country all right. Square meters of it.
Out of 6,270 voting booths in Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, combined, were only able to shut down 12 this week.
Yet they can make a video claiming that they are the ones in power.
< Rolls Eyes >
I bet the guys at the CIA appreciated that.
"I am not afraid to go and vote. I want to vote. It is how we can fight this terrorism. I want to be able to choose who represents me in our government," said Saifullah Haqmal, an Afghan student from Khost province. "I think it is important for everyone to participate in the vote for national and local parliament. This election will bring a bright future for us."
Do he and Howard Dean share speechwriters?
"The Americans will not enter Iraq!"
He's got a lot of gall criticizing an election.
Democrat talking points?
the difference between them that i can see is this knumbskull seems to have lips.......if you put howeird dean and clift together you couldn't find a lip between them.
I'm sure they have publicity agents with a lot in common.
I think they are twins separated at birth.
Zawahiri was one of the foreign leaders who wanted Kerry to win the election.
Crosslinked to TM.
And I have the dent in my forehead to prove it!
Close, Democrat talking points merely change a few words:
""played down US accomplishments in Louisiana "an area of chaos,plundering,theft, violations and drug business" under American occupation. The election in 2000 was a masquerade more than anything else
Hey! Z-man. Eat me! Jackass.
The sooner the better and the same goes for the other mass murderer in Iraq, Zarqawi.
More observations on the Zawahiri tape of 9/19/2005
A few more observations from the tape:
Background is different - the last few tapes have had a darker brownish background
He isn't wearing his black vest that we've seen in his recent tapes.
He doesn't have a weapon visible in the portions of the tape that I've seen.
The tape appears to be several segments put together. I can't tell if Al Jazeera did that or if Sahab did that when they created the tape. It does look consistent with previous tapes where Al Jazeera has cut portions out.
The English subtitles are interesting - clearly oriented towards an English speaking audience.
In this tape he appears to be answering questions, as opposed to the monologue seen in his other recent tapes.
The tape makes a clear reference to an article published on August 11, making it possible to limit the date when the tape was made a little more closely - i.e. between August 11 and September 18.
The last tape was done outdoors; you can see the wind clearly whipping things around.
This tape appears to have been made indoors, with artificial lighting.
"The tape aired by Aljazeera was produced by al-Sahab Productions which usually distributes al-Qaida's videos."
That's most interesting as the al-Sabah family in Kuwait is part of the Kuwaiti royal family.
Time to follow the money.
Laura, do you have any more info in your database on Sahab Productions for Roaddog?
Sahab Enterprises is the Media Production arm of Al Qaeda. (Yes, terrorists have press secretaries too!)
Sahab Enterprises was originally run by a man with the nom de guerre of Abu Osama - Abu Osama Al Otaibi. Abu Osama seems to have faded into the woodwork about a year and a half ago - rumors on the forum in early 2004 indicated he had been killed in Afghanistan while on a special mission for Al Qaeda.
The major video productions of Al Qaeda have been put together by Sahab Enterprises. Among these are the Badr al Riyadh video in early 2004 where Abu Hajar Abdel Aziz Muqrin made his first entry onto the international stage outlining the planning of the Ramadan attacks in Saudi Arabia in November 2003. (Muqrin was killed in Saudi Arabia in July 2004 shortly after he and his group murdered American hostage Paul Johnson near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
I have more information on Sahab Enterprises, including a complete timeline of videos they have released, that I'll post later this evening.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the info.