What appears to be a new videotape from Ayman al-Zawahiri, produced by As-Sahab and dated June 6, has been posted on one of the websites frequently used by al Qaeda. The rough title of the video, which is three minutes and 44 seconds long, is "America's Crimes in Kabul."
According to Ben Venske of the Intel Center, a government contractor that tracks Arabic websites, this is the sixth video statement showing al-Zawahiri to be released in 2006. Venske says the release of the video is part of ongoing messaging levels from al-Qaeda that are higher than at any point in the group's history and that began to pick up towards the end of 2005 and are continuing to increase.
The following is a rough translation of the video:
"My speech today is directed to the people in Kabul who have witnessed the bitter experience yesterday and watched new evidence of the crimes of the Americans against Muslims in Kabul. The new aggression against you was preceded by a series of killings of the innocent in Kabul, Khost, Kandahar....etc. and torture of Muslims and humiliation of the Qur'an and the humiliation of the prophet and it was preceded by the honoring of Salman Rushdi who mocked the prophet. Therefore I call on Muslims in Kabul in particular and the Muslims in Afghanistan in general to stand in the way of the invading forces. The flags of these forces are all over. I call on Muslims in Kabul and in all of Afghanistan to follow Islam, the Qur'an and the prophet and to be proud. I call on them to remember the history of their fathers in resisting the invaders. I call on them to resist this occupation. I call on the youth in the schools and the universities in Kabul to defend their religion. Don't believe these invaders or their agents, the traitors, who want to humiliate you for their interests. Stand as one with the mujaheddin until the invaders are kicked out and Afghanistan is liberated and the Islamic sharia is applied and there's security and justice."