November 15, 2006 Special Dispatch No. 1358

Islamist Websites Monitor No. 21

November 15, 2006
Special Dispatch No. 1358

"Voice of the Caliphate" Presents Video on Islamic State of Iraq

On November 6, 2006, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) [1] ran a 13-minute video on its online TV channel Sawt Al-Khalifa ("The Voice of the Caliphate"), which has aired some programs in the past but has been inactive for about a year. The video ( ), on the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq, is in the format of a news broadcast and is subtitled in English.

The masked announcer reports that the Shura Council of the Jihad Fighters in Iraq has announced the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq, and gives a "preliminary analysis" of the country's current events. He says that the "Crusaders" and their Shi'ite allies have met with defeat in Iraq, and are therefore spreading lies in a last-ditch effort to weaken the mujahideen. For example, he says, they are claiming that Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir is not an Iraqi so as to propagate the myth that the Iraqi people welcome the occupation, and that only a handful of foreign fighters are opposing it. The announcer adds that the Crusaders had also, as part of their "psychological warfare" against the mujahideen, reported that Iraqi tribal heads had met with Iraqi President Al-Maliki, when in fact those who had met with him were merely "puppets" controlled by the occupiers. Also mentioned is the video of Abu Osama Al-'Iraqi, [2] which is likewise claimed to be a forgery.

The announcer then states that the Islamic State of Iraq was established in order to counter this "fierce attack," and that it will spearhead the war to liberate Palestine. Finally, he declares that Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir is calling on all clerics and professionals in Iraq to participate in the establishment of the Islamic State.

Throughout the film, a screen behind the news presenter shows scenes from the fighting in Iraq.

The following is an image from the video:

Video of Female Suicide Bomber's Last Message

On November 12, 2006, an Islamist website posted a three-minute video ( ) featuring the last message of Mirfat Amin Mas'ud, a 19-year-old woman who carried out a suicide bombing at an IDF checkpoint in the Gaza Strip on November 6, 2006.

In the video, Mirfat Amin stands in front of a black Islamic Jihad banner holding a rifle. On the table in front of her are a Koran, a pistol, and what appears to be a hand grenade. The sounds of children playing are heard clearly in the background.

After asking her parents to forgive her for undertaking martyrdom, Mirfat Amin addresses her extended family, saying: "My desire [to serve] Allah and His Messenger and to spill my blood for the sake of this homeland is much greater than my love for you." Amin also calls upon the mujahideen throughout the world "from Iraq to Chechnya and from Palestine to the Philippines" to "persist in the way of resistance." She asks her family to distribute sweets upon hearing the news of her death, and to adhere to the Koran and the Sunna.

The video ends with Mirfat Amin posing for the camera with a rifle in one hand and a Koran in the other.

[1] The GIMF is an Islamic organization that posts materials dealing with jihad fighters on the Internet. It denies any connection with Al-Qaeda.

[2] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1340, "Islamist Sheikh Abu Osama Al-'Iraqi Denounces Al-Qaeda in Iraq for Atrocities against Sunnis," October 31, 2006, Islamist Sheikh Abu Osama Al-'Iraqi Denounces Al-Qaeda in Iraq for Atrocities against Sunnis.

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