Al-Qaida Releases New Video Of Sheikh Atiyyatullah

by Florian Flade

Sheikh Atiyyatullah Abdel Rahman in New Video Release

Sometimes one sentence says it all – “Maximizing the Sanctity of Muslim Blood” is the title of Al-Qaida´s latest video, a heavy politological-theological lecture by Libyan al-Qaida ideologue Sheikh Atiyyatullah Abdel Rahman, which was releases today in three language versions: Arabic, Urdu and Pashtu.

The 12-minute video release, in which the Libyan Atiyyatullah speaks about the war situation of the Ummah – comes just a day after al-Qaida´s media wing As-Sahab had presented a video speech by Abu Yahya al-Libi. Question is, if it is coincidence the terror network is releasing videos of their two highest ranking Libyan members right now when Libya is in flames and Muammar al-Gaddafi is fighting for his regime´s survival.

Also, it should be kept in mind, that Noman Benotman, a former member of the Libyan Jihadi organization “Libyan Islamic Fighting Group” (LIFG) and ally of al-Qaida, claimed Atiyyatullah was killed in a US drone attack in early October 2010. Either Benotman´s information did not come from a credible source – or al-Qaida is just putting out old footage of a already dead person. The latter is rather unlikely as al-Qaida never officially confirmed reports of Attiyatallah´s death. No eulogy statement, video or audio tape by a terrorist comrade has been released.

In the latest post by Al-Qaida´s As-Sahab Production it says “Atiyyatullahmay Allah preserve him“. Therefore it is fair to say – and with Attiyatallah´s last message about the Arab revolution in mind – : Attiyatallah is alive and roaming the villages of North Waziristan.

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