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An al Qaeda spokesman released a video message in English offering condolences to its “unintended Muslim victims” killed in attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, appeared in a 17-minute video released on Islamist online forums late Friday.
Al Qaeda “have condemned and continue to condemn” all attacks by Western powers or “secular political forces,” Gadahn said.
“We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim men, women and children killed in these criminal acts,” he said in the video. “And we ask Allah to have mercy on those killed and accept them as shohadaa (martyrs).”
“We also express the same in regard to the unintended Muslim victims of the mujahedeen’s operations against the crusaders and their allies and puppets, and to the countless faceless and nameless Muslim victims of the murderous crusades” in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Waziristan regions and Swat Valley, and elsewhere, he said.
It is a rare example of al Qaeda offering condolences to the families of those killed in the group’s own attacks.
The video comes nearly two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, as part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and stabilize the country’s government.1
The Mujahideen Don’t Target Muslims
As-Sahab Video Productions
[In Arabic:] Praise be to God, blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of God, and upon his righteous companions and followers.
As the Americans and their allies drown in desperation and defeat and clutch at straws in Afghanistan, and as the Pakistan Army continues its ultimately futile operations in Waziristan, Swat, and the tribal belt, and as the mujahideen resolutely defend their strongholds and continue to deal crushing blows to the pillars of the regimes in Islamabad and Kabul, we have also begun to see an increase in random bombings and attacks that target innocent Muslims, often in known centers of support for the mujahideen. These criminal acts usually result in large number of casualties, especially among women and children. And invariably the enemies of Islam and Muslims pin the blame for them on the mujahideen. The mujahideen’s denials of responsibility fall on deaf ears. Whereas the uncorroborated allegations of the regimes are carried without criticism and in a one-sided way by the so-called independent media in Islamabad, Kabul, and other world capitals. Why? Because these media are now willing weapons of propaganda in the pockets of the crusaders and their puppet governments and armies allied with them.
Not only do these immoral and biased media organizations shamelessly slander the mujahideen, they also conspire with the regimes to cover up the true extent of the losses suffered by the apostate puppets of the crusaders and even describe those killed as martyrs. If there is any irony to be found in all this tragedy, it is that the very same media and governments which once wanted you to believe that the blessed operations of September 11, 2001, uh, were actually carried out by the CIA or the Mossad and not the mujahideen are today telling you that the Mujahidden and not agents and mercenaries of the ISI, RAW, the CIA or Blackwater, are the real culprits behind these senseless and un-Islamic bombings which target Muslims in their markets, mosques, schools, shops and streets.
The hypocrites want you to believe that the same mujahideen, who as everyone has seen and attested to, are by the grace of Allah, subhanahu wa t’ala (“Glorious and Most High”), able to strike deep within the headquarters of the apostate regimes, uh, intelligence organs and military establishments, and are able to infiltrate the residence and offices of their foreign infidel sponsors…they want us to believe that these same mujahideen are now so at a loss for targets that they have been reduced to bombing innocent Muslim shopkeepers, shoppers and commuters, and killing and maiming defenseless men, women, and children without mercy and without regard for morality principles and the laws of Allah.
But I ask every intelligent and thoughtful Muslim to ask himself: Who are the likelier culprits in such brutal, heartless, and unjust attacks? Are they the mujahideen who have sacrificed everything to defend and liberate weak and oppressed Muslim peoples, uh, wherever they might be, and who have dedicated their very lives to the implementation of Islam and its Sharia which forbids the taking of even one innocent life? Or are the real culprits the armies and spy agencies who answer to no god other than money and no law other than the law of the jungle, and who massacred innocent women and children previously in Lal Masjid (the “Red mosque” in Pakistan), Shindand (in Afghanistan), Kunduz (former Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan), and elsewhere in the region, and even as we speak in Waziristan? And then tell me, what possible benefit could there be for the mujahideen that would make them perpetrate such ugly incidents? On the contrary, the perpetration of such deplorable acts and the opinion of responsibility for them on the mujahideen only serves the enemies of Islam and Muslims who are today staring defeat in the face by the grace of Allah first and foremost and then by virtue of the mujahideen’s resolve and the help they have received from the supporters, mujahid Muslim public who are now being targeted.
As we have seen, after such incidents the real killers of Muslims and the destroyers of Muslim homes, Mosques, schools and markets Afghanistan, Swat, Waziristan, Peshawar, Baluchistan, and elsewhere in the, uh, Pak-Afghan region…in other words Obama, Clinton, Belore [sic, Blair?], Kharzai, [Pakistani General] Kayani, [Pakistani Prime Minister] Gilani, [Pakistani President] Zardari and the rest of the lot…these people are able to stand up and mouth platitudes and hypocritically state that they are the defenders of Muslims against the so-called Islamic militants and extremists…uh…who supposedly planted, uh, these bombs. But what the puppet media don’t tell you is that the mujahideen have condemned and continue to condemn all attacks the kill and wound innocent Muslims in the markets, mosques, streets, schools and homes. The mujahideen declare themselves innocent of these attacks and pronounce them part of a cynical, calculated, and clandestine international campaign by the secular political forces, devious intelligence agencies, and obedient puppet media, designed to drive a wedge between the mujahideen and the same Muslim public which has for more than eight years backed and supported them in their victorious jihad against the crusaders and their allies in the Pak-Afghan region.
We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim, uh, men, women and children killed in these criminal acts and we ask Allah subhanahu wa t’ala (“Glorious and Most High”) to have mercy on those killed and accept them as martyrs (shuhadda) and quickly heal the wool–and to quickly heal the wounded. We also express the same to the unintended Muslim victims of the mujahideen’s operations against the crusaders and their allies and puppets, and to the countless, faceless, and nameless victims of the murderous crusades, uh, or murderous crusader sponsored and directed, uh, campaigns of terror, uh, currently, uh, underway in Waziristan, Swat, uh, Afghanistan, and elsewhere…in the region. These victims are victims whose suffering and losses you don’t and won’t see and hear about. Why? Because the puppet media has been ordered to refrain from showing you the real face of the enemies of Islam who claim to be acting in defense of you.
My Muslim brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India, Bangladesh, and the region: The corrupt puppet armies and the affiliated intelligence agencies who fight and kill their own populaces and displace them and leave them homeless for a few billion dollars of crusader bribes, they aren’t your friends and protectors. The atheistic, uh, ethnic and tribal nationalists who murder their own learned men (Alam) to advance their evil ideologies and please their polytheist-idolater (mushrik) patrons and paymasters, they aren’t your friends and protectors. The apostate secular regimes who oppress, rob, and imprison you and sell-out the sovereignty of your countries for personal profit, they aren’t your friends and protectors. The opportunistic political parties who ask for your votes and money in the name of Islam and then break all their promises once they come to power, they aren’t your friends and protectors. The corrupt police forces which get fat off the bribes they extract from the poor and helpless Muslim masses, they aren’t your friends and protectors. The anti-Sharia judiciaries who judge according to un-Islamic constitutions and statutes instead of the Quran, and occupy their time with regulating sugar prices instead of going after the criminals who plant car bombs in your midst and destroy entire cities and villages in the tribal belt in Pakistan, they aren’t your friends and protectors.
Your true friends and protectors are the Muslim mujahideen, who have risen up to defend YOU and YOUR RELIGION from these criminals, uh, whether individuals or institutions, and from the foreign infidel powers which support and direct them in their war against Islam and Muslims. So, my mu-Muslim brothers and sisters, don’t be deceived by their evil plots. And don’t let them dissuade you from CONTINUNING to support the Muslim mujahideen, morally, physically, and financially. On the contrary, such plots and such spilling of innocent blood, as we have seen in Peshawar and elsewhere, should only increase your resolve and determination to stand by the mujahideen in their battle against the aggression of the crusader occupation forces and their local allies. Because after Allah subhanahu wa t’ala (“Glorious and Most High”) they are your only hope for deliverance from these foreign invaders, and the criminal apostate regimes, apostate political parties, and apostate armies who see absolutely nothing wrong with sacrificing their sovereignty, security, and Muslim citizens in exchange for a few billion dollars worth of American kickbacks.
In closing I address all those associated with or belonging to these regimes, parties and armed forces whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or elsewhere in the region. Those who have made the FOOLISH decision to stand with America and its allies and their losing war against Islam–and I address along with them the members of the irresponsible puppet media, which have agreed to be the, uh, loyal mouthpieces and pawns of these criminals in the, uh, propaganda war being waged, uh, parallel to the military campaign. With the face–fateful choice you made to side with the unbelievers and their crusade, you have not only betrayed Islam and Muslims and left the fold of faith, but you have also caused the destabilization of nations, and the displacement and death of thousands of weak and oppressed peoples. The BLOOD of countless innocent Muslims is on YOUR hands, and the future and security of the very countries you claim to defend and serve has been places in jeopardy because your external enemies are taking advantage of your heedlessness as you fight and kill your fellow countrymen for American dollars. Keep these facts in mind as you listen to the words of Allah subhanahu wa t’ala (“Glorious and Most High”) in Surat an-Nisa (Chapter Four – “The Women”), verses 17 and 18:
[Recitation of the verses in Arabic (sounds like the late Egyptian Shaykh al-Husari)]
[Gadhan translates the verses into English:] “Forgiveness is only incumbent on Allah towards those who do evil in ignorance and then turn quickly in repentance toward Allah. Those are they toward whom Allah relents. Allah is all knowing, all wise. Forgiveness is NOT for those who do evil deeds until death comes upon one of them he says: Now I repent. Nor for those who die while they are disbelievers. For such We have prepared a painful punishment.”
This is a severe warning from Allah to every unbeliever, apostate, and sinful Muslim and anyone with an ounce-weight of goodness in him cannot help but be affected by it. So isn’t it about time that you face up to your mistakes and repent of your apostasy and other deadly sins? Repentance is still possible as long as one is still alive. But if one chooses to continue such a futile fight, one may not have much long–mmmm, may not, may not have much longer to live because history and experience shows that death often comes suddenly to people like you who wage war against, Allah, his Messenger, his religion, and his believing slaves. So repent today before your death rattle signals that your time is up, at which point regret and repentance will no longer be of any benefit.
[In Arabic:] All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.
- CNN. Al Qaeda offers ‘condolences’ for innocent victims. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/12/afghanistan.alqaeda/index.html [↩]