June 4 2008: As Sahab Presentation of Ayman al Zawahiri

4 June 2008: As Sahab, the media wing of al Qaeda, released an 11 minute, 30-second audio recording purportedly of Ayman al Zawahiri, urging Palestinian terrorists to increase homicide bombings and missile attacks against Israel. The audio message was delivered over a static image of Zawahiri super-imposed within a montage of what appeared to be Palestinian children, but did not feature any recently recorded video or images of the al Qaeda leader.

The message was released on the anniversary of the June, 1967 six-day Arab-Israeli war. Zawahiri’s latest message is aimed at garnering Muslims to launch an offensive to end Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The release of today’s audio follows last month’s al Qaeda message purportedly from Osama bin Laden, here bin Laden urged Muslims to rise up against Arab countries that deal with Israel.

The video was secured by the well-known counter-terrorist cyber-sleuth Archangel, and is currently undergoing extensive investigative analysis.