This is from a video release on 01.24.2009
The Global Islamic Media Front
“From Here We Begin…and at Al-Aqsa We Meet”
Addresses of the Commanders of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
From Here We Begin… and at Al-Aqsa We Meet
Narrator: In this fierce Christian Crusade being waged against the Islamic Ummah, with the clear and shameful participation of the agent rulers of the region, Allah made a way out for your brothers from the Mujahidoon from the prisons of the Crusaders, Guantanamo, and the prisons of the tyrants. They came out even more determined to continue their path of Hijrah and Jihad, the path of honor and resi-lience, so that all of the religion be for Allah alone. They arrived from the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, setting out for Yemen, the land of Faith and Wisdom, to bring victory to the religion of Allah, that land about which the Prophet () said:
“There will be 12,000 who set out from Aden-Abyan to bring victory to [the religion of] Allah and His messenger. They are the best of people from my time until theirs.”
It is the land from which will come aid, it is the land of Faith, and the land of the helpers of the religion of Allah against this Crusade, which has come and filled the Arabian Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and the Red Sea with its battleships and aircraft car-riers to take control over the Muslim world, its seas to its lands, to support the Jews, the thieves who have occupied the Noble Aqsa Mosque, and to encircle our brothers in Somalia.
For this reason, they united and pledged allegiance to Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhaishi, may Allah protect him, to combine the efforts of the Mujahidoon, in de-fense of the Muslim world, and to liberate the Noble Aqsa Mosque.
The Deputy Commander of Al-Qaedah in the Arabian Peninsula
-Abu Sufyan Al-Azdi Saeed Al-Shihri, may Allah protect him-
All praise is for Allah, the Lord of all that exists, the Helper of the weak and op-pressed, the Savior of the believers, and the Reliever of hardships. All praise is for Allah, the Breaker of the idolic tyrants and the criminals, and there is no aggression except against the unjust oppressors. And may peace and blessings be upon our leader, Muhammad, who commanded his nation to free the prisoners, and upon all his family and companions.
To my noble Ummah, the good and charitable Ummah, the Ummah of Jihad and Martyrdom: I ask Allah on my behalf and the behalf of my brothers in Guantanamo to give you the best of rewards, for during those days you were the best of suppor-ters, after Allah, standing by our sides, sharing our pain and praying for us - the effects of which were seen in our patience and steadfastness as well as in the Jihad and martyrdom of your sons in the Land of the Haramain, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya and other Muslim lands, as well as their efforts to bring victory to the religion and free the prisoners. We ask Allah to have mercy on our brothers who have been killed wherever they may be.
We say to our brothers in the Land of the Haramain (Makkah and Madinah) that the ripened fruit which was produced by the souls of our brothers Muslih Al-Shamrani, Abdul-Azeez Al-Ma'tham, Riyadh Al-Hajiri, and Khalid Al-Saeed, and wa-tered with the blood of our brothers Abu Hajar Abdul-Azeez Al-Muqrin, Salih Al-Awfi, Fahd Al-Dakheel, Abdul-Kareem Al-Yaziji and their brothers who were killed for coming to the aid of their religion and their imprisoned brothers everywhere; we swear by Allah besides whom no deity is to be worshipped, that only we will pick the fruits which grew from the trees watered from the blood of our brothers. We will tread their path until we establish the Islamic State, the Prophetic Cali-phate, until we establish the laws of Allah, or until our blood mixes with theirs.
We would also like clarify to the Ummah the true role played by these traitorous governments in Cuba, that they aided the Americans by sending intelligence agents to question us, extract information, force admissions from us, and to accuse us, which led to further torture. Allah is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.
We would also like to reiterate to our leaders and elders, Sheikh Osama bin Laden and Sheikh Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri – may Allah protect them, that we are still fulfilling our promise and Jihad. By Allah, imprisonment has only increased our determination and steadfastness upon our beliefs for which we set out, fought Jihad and were imprisoned. Here we are today O sheikh, favored by Allah by setting out to the land of aid, the land of Jihad - Yemen, the land of Faith. We have pledged allegiance to our brother, Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhaishi - may Allah protect him and guide him, so that we may be the aid of the cause of Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula for Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all other Muslim lands, in defense of our lands and holy sites, to make the whole religion for Allah alone. I remind my Ummah of the Saying of Allah, after seeking refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan:
﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَا لَكُمْ إِذَا قِيلَ لَكُمُ انفِرُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ اثَّاقَلْتُمْ إِلَى الأَرْضِ أَرَضِيتُم بِالْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا مِنَ الآخِرَةِ فَمَا مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا فِي الآخِرَةِ إِلاَّ قَلِيلٌ إِلاَّ تَنفِرُواْ يُعَذِّبْكُمْ عَذَاباً أَلِيماً وَيَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْماً غَيْرَكُمْ وَلاَ تَضُرُّوهُ شَيْئاً وَاللّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ﴾
“O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world more than the Hereafter? Little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter. If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.” [Surah Al-Tawbah (9):38-39]
My Noble Ummah, indeed your brothers in Gaza today are tasting the worst tyranny, punishment, massacre and displacement by the hands of the spiteful Zionist Jews, in front of the eyes and ears of the entire world. The Zionist Jews would have never dared attack Gaza if it was not for the support of the Crusader battleships which sail up and down the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the Red sea under the protection of the traitorous rulers of the region.
So set out O nation of Jihad! Beware of listening to the traitorous rulers, the agents of the Jews, who have besieged Gaza for decades and continue to do so, showing their loyalty to the Jews. Be careful of their numerous deviant scholars who misguide others, who have sold us to the Jews, Christians, and the Magian Rejectionists (Shiites) for a measly price. There is no might or power except by Allah.
O people of the Arabian Peninsula! O Children of Islam! Respond to the callers of Allah by setting out to Jihad in His cause, as Allah said, after seeking refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan:
﴿انْفِرُواْ خِفَافًا وَثِقَالاً وَجَاهِدُواْ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ﴾
“March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), and strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you, if you but knew.” [Al-Tawbah:41]
Set out to the Land of Aid and Preparation, the land of Jihad and Martyrdom, Ye-men - the land of Wisdom and Faith, as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and other Muslim lands.
We also would like to say to our imprisoned sisters in the Land of the Haramain: By Allah besides whom there is no other deity, we will never desert you, nor will we desert our sisters anywhere else. We have heard your words and read the letters of your families, telling us what the agents of America are doing in the Land of the Haramain through the Zionists in the governments of Al-Salul (Al-Saud) represented by the Emergency Forces, intelligence agencies and other branches of the Interior Ministry, which were only formed to repress our fellow Muslims in the Land of the Haramain and to fill their prisons with those youth of the Ummah jealous of their religion, more than 18,000 - not including our sisters about who only Allah knows - who face imprisonment and torture from the hands of the religiously and morally corrupt agents of the intelligence.
I say: By Allah, the tribes of Qahtan, Utaibah, Harb, Ghamid, Zahran, Banu Shihr, Da-wasir, Juhainah and other tribes of the land of the Haramain have not deserted you. Here are their children setting off for Jihad in the Cause of Allah to aid you and your sisters all over the world.
To conclude I pray: O Allah, bring victory to Your slaves, the Mujahidoon in Your Cause, in Gaza and everywhere else. O Allah! Have mercy on their weakness, and strengthen them with Your help. O Allah! Free our prisoners from the prisons of infidelity and tyranny! O Allah! Free our Mujahid Sheikh, Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman, Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Alwan, Sheikh Waleed Al-Sinani, and all other Muslim prisoners.
And the last of our prayers is that Allah praise is for Allah Alone.
The Commander in Chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
-Sheikh Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhaishi, may Allah protect him-
All praise is due to Allah Alone, and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions. May Allah greet you, and I welcome you all. May Allah greet you amongst your family and your land, Yemen, the land of Faith and Wisdom, the Aid of Islam, and the Relief of the Merciful. We ask Allah to allow us to be the best of Hosts (Ansar-Helpers) to the best of Mujahidoon.
We give you the good news that we are here to avenge with blood and destruction. Allah () had gathered us together in Afghanistan to fight the Crusaders. After we were able to establish an Islamic State there, the world joined forces against us - the Jews, the Christians, the apostates and the idolaters, in an alliance never before witnessed on earth. Some of us were martyred, earning eternal happiness, some remained garrisoned at the fronts, while others were tested by Allah through imprisonment. The war continued as did our perseverance, until Allah made a way out for the imprisoned. Allah willed that we meet once again to aid of the religion and to establish the Rightly-guided Caliphate and to fight the enemies. Allah has willed this night and for this oppression to come to an end, and thus efforts began to join and the banners of Jihad set out for its meeting ground, the backbone, the land where our beloved () ascended to heaven, and the land of the great battles, to purify the Arabian Peninsula from the filth of the spiteful occupiers and their traitorous agents, and march on to our brothers in Gaza and Palestine. Glad tidings O people of the Holy Mosque, for the victorious group is on its way, determined to come to your aid, and they have sworn to that. Sheikh Osama bin Laden, may Allah protect him, said: “By Allah! We will come to your aid, even if it be crawling on our knees,” and Sheikh Abu Mus’ab, may Allah have mercy on him, fought in Iraq while his eyes were set on the Holy Mosque. The Mujahidoon are facing your direction from the Islamic West, from Somalia – the African Front, and nearby – from the land of Kinanah (Egypt), they are all on their way to the Holy Mosque.
Our Muslim nation, we must locate our wounds. We must know our enemies and its agents and move against them together. O Muslim nation! You must take a truthful stance in regards to the rulers in the Islamic world. These rulers must either send their armies to Gaza and Baghdad, or they must let the masses march, armed or unarmed, to face the Jews. If they do not, you must fight these traitorous rulers in order that you may one day reach the Holy Mosque and Gaza.
There is no meaning to life while you see the Jews commit all sorts of atrocities against your brothers, children and women, and then in reaction only fast for day or two or scream our lungs out in protest, only to return to our homes as if we have defended our children, lifted the siege of Gaza and prevented the massacre of its people. Rather, these protests must turn into explosions, and civil disorder must turn into military rage. We must cut the supply routes of the Zionist-Christian Crusaders, and we must kill every Crusader we find in our lands. We must strike at all Western interests until Europe and America cease their support of the Jews and stop their massacre there, and they order their agents from the traitorous rulers to open the border crossings into Gaza and the rest of Palestine. The masses must continue to put pressure until all of Palestine is recovered. The Ummah must not look to imaginary solutions which may end the massacre today, only to return even more severely tomorrow, or that we sell our blood today for achieving peace tomorrow. Indeed there is much revenge to be taken, and beware of compromising this.
O Allah! Bring conquest over the Holy Mosque and the Haramain by our hands!
O Allah! Give us the honor by establishing the Islamic State with our hands!
O Allah! Give us the honor by establishing the Islamic State with our hands!
O Allah! Give us the honor by establishing the Islamic State with our hands!
The Military Commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
-Sheikh Abu Hurairah Qasim Al-Rimi, may Allah protect him-
All praise is due to Allah. May peace and blessings be on the noblest of creations, upon his family and those who followed him. To proceed: I do have something to say, but it is to our shackled yet steadfast brothers from the Mujahidoon in Gaza - the land of honor. The massacres you are facing today are enough to pulverize even the hardest of rocks. By Allah, it has pained and broken us, and it has pained and broken every Muslim who has even the slightest amount of faith. By Allah whom none other is to be sworn by, we will bring delight to the eyes of our mothers in Palestine and Gaza, and we shall exact fierce revenge for them. Either we will come to them with the flags of Jihad waving above steeds of war with the determination of our forefathers, or we will die in this cause. We will not just stand aside and look when we see the ripped apart body parts of our children and women flinging here and there by the bombs of the Jews and Christians.
Hear the good news, O people of the Holy Mosque and the land where our Prophet () ascended to Heaven, hear the good news of aid and succor, for we are an Ummah which remains sleepless and feverish even if only one part of it complains of discomfort. Let it count on those young men “who were true to their covenant with Allah; of them are those who have fulfilled their vow (by death), and of them are those who still wait. And they have never changed (their determination) in the least.” [Al-Ahzab: 23]
It is enough for you from this calamity that you come to realize your true enemy. They are from those who speak your language and are of you. They are those who besiege you and prevent medicine, food and water from reaching you. They are those who prevent your brothers from Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut, Riyadh and Sana’a from coming to your aid.
﴿هُمُ الْعَدُوُّ فَاحْذَرْهُمْ...﴾
“It is they who are the enemy, so be cautious of them! May Allah destroy them! From where do they come up with these lies?” [Al-Munafiqoon:4]
I also have a message for Hasan Nasrullah: Why all this false crying for Gaza and its people? Did you not announce that you have approximately 20,000 missiles, each capable of reaching Tel Aviv? Do your brothers in Gaza not deserve that you launch a thousand, two or three in their aid instead of this false crying and blaming of oth-ers? Or is Lebanese soil worth more to you than the blood of the Palestinian Muslims? Tell me, by your lord, what is the difference between you and Hosni Mu-barak? He is the protective barrier of the Jews in Egypt, while you are their protective barrier in Lebanon. By Allah, if we were in your position, we would have marched along with the rest of the Islamic Nation towards Palestine. It is enough for us in these events that our wounded Ummah realize the truth of those who barter and trade with its affairs.
In conclusion, I say to our brothers in Palestine and the Holy Mosque, that you know the wretchedness, fear, and cowardice of the Jews the best, you know the wretchedness, fear, and cowardice of the Jews the best.
By Allah if you remained safe from the evil of these traitorous proxy rulers, you would save the world from these evil of the descendents of apes and pigs.
I ask Allah to make it easy for us to come to your aid, and indeed tomorrow is near to those who can see it.
﴿وَسَيَعْلَمُونَ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ﴾
…and they who act unjustly shall know to what final place of turning they shall turn back.” [Al-Shu’ara:227]
And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
The Field Commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
-Sheikh Abul-Harith Muhammad Al-Awfi, may Allah protect him-
In the Name of Allah. May peace and blessings be upon the leader of the Mujahidoon, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah (). To proceed:
I say to our brothers and families in the land of the Haramain that we have set out to bring victory: to Islam, to you, and to your sons and daughters who have filled the prisons of the House of Saud, those who have proved traitorous to Allah, His Messenger, and to the believers, those who have exchanged the Religion of Allah with the laws of accursed America which seeks to demolish the religion and morally corrupt it, after we were the greatest of nations by our adherence to our religion. There is no might or power except by Allah.
I say to the agent of America, the Haman of Al-Saud, Nayif ibn Abdul-Aziz, who, seeking the pleasure of America, has humiliated our families and brothers, that the bomb of Ali Al-Ma’badi, may Allah have mercy on him, is in our hands. By Allah! By Allah! We will either fulfill his oath or die in its cause, except if you repent to Allah for your war against Islam and the Muslims. We also warn our imprisoned brothers of the rehabilitation and coaching programs implemented by the ignorant tyrant Muhammad ibn Nayif and his criminal associates, the likes of the swindler, Turki Al-Otayan, who was at the forefront of the team of psychologists sent to Cuba to aid the Americans in psychoanalysis and extraction of statements using psychological methods employed in the prisons of the land of the Haramain against the Mujahi-doon, to stop us in our path and Islam by any means possible through this coaching and rehabilitation program. However this only increased our awareness of the enemy and their methods of war. All praise is for Allah who favored us by removing us from their rotten authority, and we remain firm upon the truth.
In conclusion, we say to the Crusader countries entrenched in the land of the Hara-main, backing their Crusader brothers against the Muslims: by Allah we are coming! By Allah we are coming! We are upon the path of our brothers before us, the likes of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Uyayri, Sheikh Isa Al-Awshan, Khalid Al-Haaj, Turki Al-Dandani, Ali Al-Ma’badi, and all the other lions of Allah who were killed in the land of the Haramain.
We say to the police and intelligence of Al-Saud, and to the guards of the Jews and Christians: repent to Allah for your deviance and treachery, in your guarding of their embassies, secret churches, residential compounds, military bases and intelligence centers. Indeed one who has warned is excused for his actions, O worshippers of money!
O Allah! We ask you, for you are the Powerful, The Mighty, that You come to the aid of our brothers in Gaza and Jerusalem, and that You grant us the ability to wage Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula to establish your religion on the land of your Prophet.
We also ask You, O Allah, to free our imprisoned brothers, sisters, leaders and scholars in the Arabian Peninsula and everywhere else.
And the last of our prayers is that all praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.