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As-Sahab: Shelling a British Base

As-Sahab, al-Qaeda's central media wing, released its 96th video this year and the 50th installment of "American Holocaust/Hell for the Americans in the Land of Khorasan (Islamic Emirate)" December 23 on the main al-Qaeda message forums. The video, which is billed as "Shelling a British base with 82 mm mortars in Helmand province, Afghanistan," lasts a total of 2 minutes and 45 seconds and features footage of a Taliban mortar attack.

The "Hell of the Americans in the Land of Khorasan" series features short operational clips of Taliban and al-Qaeda attacks on American, British and Afghan targets in Afghanistan. The messaging strategy mimics tactics used by al-Qaeda and Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq, which compete in the information theater for financing and recruits, and signals that al-Qaeda, itself, is fully engaged in guerilla warfare in Afghanistan. Short clips of operations also serve as an effective morale booster for the rank and file.

The video was posted in 3 video formats and 4 different file sizes and seeded across a total of 389 free file transfer sites on December 22, including depositfiles.com, filefactory.com, badongo.com, cocoshare.cc, speedshare.org, files.to, megaupload.com, savefile.info, 4filehosting.com, heyupload.com, zshare.net, rapidshare.com, fastuploading.com, netload.in, archiv.to, egoshare.com, uploaded.to, sendspace.com, upitus.com, and l5s.net. Some of the seeds are stamped with "mirrorit.de," a Web site that facilitates three uploads at once.


File Name
Format
Size (MB)
Seeds
nh61.rar
aaaaaa12.rar
MPEG
80.1
205

nh62.rar
nh620.rar

nh621.rar

nh622.rar

nh623.rar

nh624.rar

nh625.rar

nh62_1.rar

nh62_2.rar

RM
10.0
80
nh63.rar
1e51e0533c.rar
RM
2.0
52
nh64.rar
125a78f555.rar
3GP
1.0
52

The 80 Meg video was last modified on November 5, however, the smaller files carry a December 21 timestamp. Following standard operational security, the files are zipped in the RAR format and protected with the randomly-generated password "mhf*($df893fymj9bfD@Jgg*(KDJm."

As-Sahab's banner for American Holocaust: Shelling a British base.





[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.]