Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bin Laden Audio Montage Released today

PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS:

Earlier today, an audio taped message was released on various Arabic language message board and through at least 4 Al Qaeda sympathetic mailing lists containing a montage of clips from messages by Osama Bin Laden, interspersed with anthems and Qu'ranic readings. Towards the end of the tape, the neighing of horses can be heard. This is presumably an analogy to the horses of jihad.

The tape, which is approximately 14 minutes, 20 seconds in length, does NOT appear to contain any new material. Among the many clips included is an excerpt from the tape Bin Laden released prior to the November 2004 US Presidential Election where he warns the US that they will be chosing their fate in the election.

The audio file is named "OSAMA_AlBattar_restored". Al Battar is the name of the online training magazine that was formerly published by Al Qaeda. It is also a reference to the Sword of the Prophets, which is believed to be an ancient weapon used by King David to slay the giant Goliath.

Clearly there is a considerable amount of symbolism in this tape. At this point, it is not known if the symbolism is significant or not.

The extensive and rapid distribution may indicate that the tape is of some strategic importance.

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