New AQ video features roughnecks, VIPs rubbing shoulders, 15 days to kill all Americans three times


Al-Jazeera broadcasts another al Qaeda video, this one allegedly featuring Notorious OBL meeting with some 9/11 types.

The Beeb has the footage here, but it's unhelpfully sharing screen time with a reporter. As always, the actual meetings with people are hard to figure out: bin Laden is certainly seen interacting with some people, but it's not clear (to me at any rate) who they are. The ledes on most of the articles I've seen mention that he's seen meeting with the hijackers, but the exposition portions mention only that he meets with planners Mohammed Atef and Ramzi Binalshibh, while another portion of the tape includes the taped wills of hijackers Walid al-Shehri and Hamza al-Ghamdi. There are also some pretty girly-looking* kicks being thrown in terrorist Basic.

The highlight appears to be an exhortation from Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of al Qaeda in Iraq:

In the Internet statement, Muhajer urged Sunni Muslims to kill at least one US citizen within the next two weeks.

"Oh followers of (Taliban leader) Mullah Mohammed Omar, oh sons of Osama bin Laden, oh disciples of (slain Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader) Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi… I urge each of you to kill at least one American within a period not exceeding 15 days," Muhajer said.

So with about 900 million Sunnis, that means we must each be killed three times in order for every believer to fulfill whichever pillar of piety it is that involves killing Americans. See you in 15 days…maybe!

* Update: Actually, I just saw the tape on my TV, and the kicks look pretty good, even though they're being thrown by men in dresses.