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As-Sahab: Ambushing a Convoy of Apostates in Zabul

As-Sahab, al-Qaeda's central media wing, released its 91st video this year and the sixth installment of "American Holocaust/Hell for the Americans in the Land of Khorasan (Islamic Emirate)" today on the main al-Qaeda message forums. The video, which is billed as "Ambushing a Convoy of Apostates in Zabul," lasts a total of 9 minutes and 21 seconds and features footage of an attack on an Afghan government pick-up truck and lecture by a masked Taliban commander about Taliban strategy against American targets in southern Afghanistan.

It was posted in 3 video formats and 3 different file sizes and seeded across a total of 466 free file transfer sites on December 3, including cocoshare.cc, filefactory.com, hostupload.net, files.to, savefile.info, youuploadit.com, megaupload.com, rapidshare.com and archive.org. Some of the seeds are stamped with "mirrorit.de," a Web site that facilitates three uploads at once.

File Name Format Size (MB) Seeds
4.rar MPEG 274 109
4Q.rar RM 46.9 181
4V.rar RM 6.69 98
4Z.rar 3GP 2.94 78

The video itself, however, was last modified on December 2. Following standard operational security, the files are zipped in the RAR format and protected with the randomly-generated password "Z*b5td#nk,sdfvBT!h^5ZJvf5&6s#faZ."

As-Sahab's banner for American Holocaust: Ambushing a Convoy of Apostates in Zabul.

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.]