Schlagwort-Archive: scientist

New Al-Qaeda Video by Abu Yahya al-Libi

by Florian Flade

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Weeks and even months have passed without any video or audio release of al-Qaeda´s prominent Libyan battlefield preacher Abu Yahya al-Libi. Today As-Sahab Media released a new tape by the Jihadi ideologue who has been labeled by terror experts such as Jarret Brachman as „The Next Bin Laden“. The new video is titled „Aafia Siddiqui…captured and where are the Heroes?“ and deals with the case of the Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui („Lady al-Qaeda“) who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for allegedly killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

Al-Libi´s new tape, released in Arabic language and a version in Urdu, is the latest attempt by al-Qaeda to use the case of the Pakistani female terror suspect to steer up violence and cause Muslims to act aggressively in Pakistan and maybe even the U.S. to protest Siddiqui´s imprisonment. Al Qaeda´s No.2 Ayman az-Zawahiri talked about Aafia Siddiqui in a November tape.

The main message, given by al-Libi in his video sermon is that captivity is not a fixed situation that cannot be changed. Abu Yahya himself was once a prisoner of the United States, an inmate of Bagram Military Prison in southern Afghanistan after he was captured by US forces.

On July 15th 2005, Abu Yahya al-Libi and three other al-Qaeda militants successfully escaped Bagram prison and rejoined Jihadi militants in Afghanistan and later in Pakistani Waziristan. In the newest al-Qaeda tape, old footage is shown of al-Libi and the other Ex-Bagram prisoners – Omar al-Farooq (Iraqi), Muhammad Jaffar al-Qahtani (Saudi) and Abu Abdullah ash-Shami (Syrian) – sitting somewhere in the Afghanistan-Pakistan tribal area and talking about their escape. +

While Abu Yahya al-Libi is still at large in the Pakistani tribal region, his former prison mates are not in the Jihadi-business any longer. Al-Farooq, a Kuwaiti national of Iraqi origin who was captured 2002 in Indonesia, entered Iraq in fall of 2006 and was killed by British troops in Basra on September 26th 2006. The Saudi Muhammad al-Qahtani alias „Abu Nassir al-Qahtani“ was re-captured by US forces in Afghan Khost on November 6th 2006. Before his arrest he appeared in several propaganda times produced by al-Qaeda after the Bagram-escape. In July 2007, a US airstrike in Afghanistan killed the third Bagram-escapee, Syrian militant Abu Abdullah ash-Shami. Al-Qaeda released a statement saying its Commander ash-Shami was „martyred with a group of his companions.“

„Who will defend Scientist Aafia Siddiqui?“ – New Zawahiri Tape

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaeda´s media production wing presets a new audio message of Osama Bin Laden´s deputy, Ayman az-Zawahiri, titled „Who is defending Aafia Siddiqui?“

Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist, was sentenced to 86 years in prison by an American court for trying to kill a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Pakistani was suspected of being an al-Qaeda member and interrogated by U.S. forces in 2008. During interrogation Siddiqui grabbed a gun and tried to kill one of the Americans in the room.

Labeled „Lady al-Qaeda“, the case of the Pakistani scientist is the cause for angry protest in Pakistan, where many see her as a victim of America´s wars and demand her release.

In the new four-minute audio tape, which was released in Arabic, Urdu, Pashtu and Farsi, covering the main languages of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, Zawahiri addresses the U.S. and the Muslims, saying as America judges, it will be judged. To the Muslim Ummah, Zawahiri asks who is willing to defend Aafia Siddiqui and fight for her release.

Transcript of the video here:

„Lady al-Qaeda“ sentenced to 86 years in prison

by Florian Flade

Media calls her „Lady al-Qaeda“. Aafia Siddiqui, a female Pakistani scientist, was convicted today in the USA of being affiliated with terror network al-Qaeda and sentenced to 86 years in prison. After her arrest Siddiqui was interrogated by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and tried to kill a U.S. soldier after grabbing a gun.

The investigation came to a result that Aafia Siddiqui was closely allied to al-Qaeda, also being married to „Ammar al-Baluchi“, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad´s cousin.

Read the AP piece on the conviction and the reactions in Siddiquis homeland of Pakistan.


KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistan’s prime minister called a female scientist convicted of trying to kill U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan „the daughter of the nation“ on Friday and vowed to campaign for her release from an American jail.

Police fired tear gas to disburse rock-throwing protesters trying to march to the U.S. Consulate in the country’s largest city, Karachi, in one of several demonstrations against the 86-year sentence given to Aafia Siddiqui by a New York court on Thursday.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s comments appeared to be an attempt to manage public anger over the case of the American-trained scientist and mother, which has struck a chord among Islamist groups and ordinary Pakistanis, many of whom are convinced of her innocence.

Gilani said he had lobbied U.S. officials for Siddiqui’s release to „improve the U.S. image in Pakistan.“

„We all are united, and we want the daughter of the nation to come back to Pakistan,“ he told parliament, which unanimously adopted a resolution demanding Siddiqui’s repatriation.

„I fought for her, my lawyer fought for her and now I will take up this matter on a political level,“ he said.

Most of the protesters were from Islamist political parties opposed to the government. They criticized the country’s leaders for failing to somehow secure her freedom.

One of the largest protests was in the northwestern city of Peshawar, where around 8,000 people gathered.

In Islamabad, 100 people attempting to reach the U.S. Embassy scuffled with police near a five-star hotel, witnesses said.

„Down with America! Jihad, Jihad!“ the protesters shouted.

In Karachi, where Siddiqui’s family lives, around 400 people briefly battled with police officers who fired several rounds of tear gas, said police Chief Javed Akbr. There were no reports of any injuries.

Siddiqui, 38, was detained in Afghanistan in 2008. She was found guilty of seizing a weapon from one of her captors and trying to shoot U.S. authorities who were interrogating her there.

Many Pakistanis believe claims by Siddiqui’s supporters that the U.S. abducted her long before that and kept her in a secret prison for years as it pursued its fight against global terrorism. U.S. officials deny those claims, though they had listed Siddiqui as a suspect wanted for alleged links to al-Qaida before her arrest.


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Al-Qaeda responded amazingly quick on the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui by posting a video of a mortar attack on a Pakistani military camp in Northwest Pakistan.

The media wing of al-Qaeda, As-Sahab, titled the short clip „Battle of Aafia Siddiqui“, saying the shown attack is the revenge for the deportation of Mrs.Siddiqui by Pakistani troops to the U.S.