Ayman al-Zawahiri… as expected

29 September 2006: As outlined by independent analyst Randy Taylor a video message featuring al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri was released earlier today. The video, lasting 17 minutes, 51 seconds, is titled Bush, the Catholic Pope, and Darfur- The Crusader’s War and contains English subtitles. The video message will be made available shortly.

27 September 2006: As reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network on Sunday, September 24, 2006, independent counter-terrorism analyst Randy Taylor found evidence amid communications on an Arabic language Internet forum that a message from the al Qaeda leadership was “forthcoming.” Early this morning, analysts discovered a banner announcement posted on several Islamist Internet forums that a video message from al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri, titled “Bush, the Catholic Pope, and Darfur - the Crusader’s War” is about to be released.

Investigative analysts at the Northeast Intelligence Network are continuing to monitor various Internet forums, websites and other venues and will advise our readers when the message becomes available.

Possible message from an al Qaeda leader rumored to be forthcoming

By Randy Taylor, independent analyst

24 September 2006: Rumors and rumblings in well established al Qaeda venues of communication are that we should be hearing from the al Qaeda leadership soon in a speech to be released on the internet, possibly through the al Jazeera network. The exact contents and whether this release will be audio or video format has not yet been determined. As soon as we have more information we will publish it. Considering the upsurge in violence lately, the increasing momentum of the worldwide Islamic assault and the significance of Ramadan, this comes as no surprise to analysts monitoring this.