Al-Furqan: IED Targeting American Humvee
Al-Furqan, the media wing of al-Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), released a new video today, December 10, through the al-Fajr Media Center. The video, called "IED targeting an American Humvee in Hor Rajab, south-west of Baghdad," is part of the ongoing ISI propaganda series "Hell of the Romans and Apostates in the Land of Mesopotamia." The video is the sixth product produced by al-Furqan since November 24.
The video was released in three file sizes and two formats across a total of 366 file transfer Web sites, including filefactory.com, depositfiles.com, badongo.com, cocoshare.cc, megaupload.com, rapidshare.com, savefile.info, 4filehosting.com, zshare.net, primeupload.com, youploadit.com, maxishare.net, upitus.com, uploadpalace.com, picshome.com, fastuploading.com, theonlinedatastorage.com, archive.org, viprasys.com, uploadpower.com, netload.in, archiv.to, uploadpak3.com, mercuryupload.com, egoshare.com, and uploadcomet.com. Two of the 9.3 MB high-quality files were posted as compressed RAR files. The video, itself, was last modified on December 9.
Al-Furqan, al-Qaeda's media network inside Iraq, has been heavily targeted by coalition forces since the surge peaked in June. Its operations in Mosul were dismantled over the Summer and in the past week nearly 30 of its operatives in Samarra have been killed and captured by coalition forces. Al-Furqan perviously maintained a large output of propaganda products but it practically went silent between September and late November. The sudden appearance of video releases suggests a renewed effort by al-Qaeda to dominate the market of operations videos produced on a daily basis in Iraq.
Underscoring the importance of propaganda for al-Qaeda's current strategy in Iraq, al-Furqan designed and developed two logos for the Ghazw military campaign announced by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the notional leader of the ISI, on December 3. The logos, which are posted on the major jihadi Web forum on the Internet, are reproduced below.
Warning: Video contains graphic scenes.
[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, such as this one, 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.]