al Qaeda Message “Coming Soon”

4 June 2008: Cyber-surveillance of one of the most popular Arabic language forums used by Islamic terrorists found an announcement that a message from Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command, is expected shortly.

The announcement appeared earlier today in the form of a banner with the insignia of as-Sahab, the media wing of al Qaeda, embedded within the banner. Counter-terrorism investigative analyst well known within intelligence circles as Archangel initially discovered the announcement.

Of particular note and specific to this announcement were a series of black-and-white images appearing in rotation within the animated banner. The communication and graphic animation is currently under analysis. Typically, messages announced through as-Sahab appear on the more commonly viewed terrorist forums within 72 hours of the initial announcement.