ISI Announces Composition of Its Government
On April 19, 2007, Islamist websites posted a five-minute video produced by the Islamic State of Iraq media company Al-Furqan, titled "The Composition of the Islamic State of Iraq [ISI] Government." The video shows a spokesman sitting behind a desk with a computer, wearing elegant traditional Arab clothing. The spokesman, his face blurred, announces the composition of the first ISI government. At the bottom of the screen appears an ISI flag, with the caption "Official ISI spokesman." The following are excerpts from the video:
"Now, after Allah, with His grace, has overcome the Crusaders and humiliated the apostates by means of the jihad fighters, it is incumbent upon your brothers in the Shura Council of the ISI to declare the composition of the first Islamic government that rejects the leaders of the infidels, believes in Allah, and fights for Him, in order to instate the Islamic shari'a, decades after the fall of the Islamic Caliphate...
"The ISI – the state of Islam and of the jihad fighters – hereby announces to the nation the appointment of its ministers, after Allah has enabled your brothers, the jihad fighters, who took the Oath of the Scented, to declare this state, and to appoint Sheikh Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi as Commander [of the Believers].
"The following is the current composition of the government:
1. Sheikh Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Falahi – Prime Minister;
2. Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir – Minister of War;
3. Sheikh Abu Othman Al-Tamimi – Minister of Justice;
4. Abu Bakr Al-Jubouri – Minister of Public Relations;
5. Abu Abd Al-Jabar Al-Janabi – Minister of General Security;
6. Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Mashhadani – Minister of Information;
7. Abu Abd Al-Qader Al-'Isawi – Minister for Shahids and Prisoners;
8. Engineer Abu Ahmad Al-Janabi – Minister of Oil;
9. Mustafa Al-A'raji – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries;
10. Dr. Abu Abdallah Al-Zaydi – Minister of Health.
"May Allah protect them all, and help them carry out their duties..."
The video can be viewed at: http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ClipMediaID=780943&ak=null
Below are images from the video: