New Video by Al-Qaeda Commander in Iraq Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi: "We are Fighting in Iraq, but Our Eyes are Set Upon Jerusalem" [Excerpts]
MEMRI [Middle East Media Research Institute] - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1149 - April 27, 2006 - On April 25, 2006, the Islamist web forum www.alsaha.com posted a video by Al-Qaeda Commander in Iraq Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi. The video culminates in footage of Al-Zarqawi with masked fighters, firing an automatic weapon, and the firing of what the leader of the fighters claims are new missiles developed by "the brothers."
The following is the translation of this clip:
"We are Fighting in Iraq, but Our Eyes are Set Upon Jerusalem"
[Graphic of hands holding up a black banner.]
Screen: "The Shura Council of the Mujahideen in Iraq"
Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi: "When the Crusader enemy entered Iraq, it intended to gain control over the [Islamic] nation, and to strengthen the state of the sons of Zion, from the Nile to the Euphrates. But Allah has given the mujahideen sons [of the nation] the strength to face the cruelest Crusader campaign, invading the lands of the Muslims. They have withstood this invasion for more than three years."
"My dear nation, we in Iraq are but a stone's throw away from the place of the Prophet's ascension. We are fighting in Iraq, but our eyes are set upon Jerusalem, which will only be restored to us through the guidance of the Koran and the support of the sword. Allah's guidance and support suffice."