Bin Laden: Message to the European Peoples
Osama bin Laden's awaited speech, titled "Message to the European Peoples," was released on the Internet this evening. It was first delivered to al Jazeera approximately 9 hours before its public distribution on the Internet and was also the second new as-Sahab product disseminated on November 29. This is bin Laden's fifth appearance in 2007 and since September alone.
"Message to the European Peoples" is the 90th video product produced by as-Sahab, al-Qaeda's central media wing, this year and actually comprises of three videos and a stand-alone audio file. The three videos are individually subtitled in German, English and Pashtu.
The videos were posted by "Ekhlaas Correspondent" on behalf of al-Fajr Media, which regularly posts communiques and messaging products on behalf of frontline al-Qaeda nodes. Al-Fajr, however, normally does not distribute as-Sahab materials, which represent al-Qaeda Senior Leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is best known for distributing content recorded in Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines and other theaters.
Interestingly, the method of distribution for the latest message also varies from normal practice for as-Sahab products and resembles methods used by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), which is considered the media wing for al-Qaeda in Europe. GIMF products are frequently produced in or subtitled in German.
"Message to the European Peoples" is the second bin Laden message that has been delivered to al Jazeera before its public release on the Internet. The previous bin Laden product, "To Our People in Iraq" on October 22, was also released to al Jazeera ahead of its Internet distribution. Since the intercept of a working draft of bin Laden's September 7 video by the private SITE Institute, al-Qaeda has varied its channels and methods of delivery and distribution, especially for products containing new material from bin Laden. As-Sahab features have been assigned longer and randomly generated passwords and have also been posted by different Jihadi forum users, which suggests that al-Qaeda has hardened its operational security.
[Editor's Note: We have begun posting the propaganda from al-Qaeda and others for the primary purpose of informing and educating both the general public and policy makers about the level to which the enemy has actively engaged in Information Warfare. Some of the messages contain graphic content. We at ThreatsWatch post these videos as evidence of the brutal nature of the enemy we face and the clear intent they have to kill those not aligned with them. Making the public aware of the nature of the enemy - as well as the often forgotten virtues of our own nation - is one of the primary missions of ThreatsWatch and the Center for Threat Awareness.]