al-Zawahiri’s Latest Video; English Subtitles - His message in his own words

26 June 2006: On 23 June 2006, the al Jazeera network broadcast an Arabic language video of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command. This weekend, a video containing English subtitles was released by As-Sahab Productions; the Northeast Intelligence Network was provided a copy of the video courtesy of “Archangel.” An analysis of the video was conducted and key points of the video were identified. Although al Zawahiri began his video message by eulogizing the deceased Islamic terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi, it is important to point out that the tribute itself to al Zarqawi was minimal. The actual message of the video appeared to be directed at the American people as well as any nation cooperating with the U.S. (Continued)The following images were copied from the video and provide relevant highlights of the video message:

Interestingly, this portion of the video suggests that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive and didn’t die from kidney failure as some have claimed. Al Zawahiri is essentially saying that any members of the al Qaeda leadership who have died – have died in battle as martyrs. Obviously, the veracity of his claims is contingent on the amount of credibility assigned to him and his statements.

Ayman al Zawahiri takes a jab at President Bush and reiterates that the global war of Islam versus the West will never go away - even if we killed all the top leaders of al Qaeda. Analysts agree that the Islamic war is a worldwide movement that is not simply confined to a group of terrorists. As leaders die, are captured or are killed in battle, there will be numerous others to fill the positions of leadership.

In this portion of the video, al Zawahiri state that true Islam being “perverted” by countries that are cooperating with the United States and names Turkey in particular. It is important to point out that Ayman al Zawahiri has reaffirmed that Muslims who fail to adhere to the most orthodox tenants of Islam are apostates.

Following the warning to Turkey, al Zawahiri includes Egypt and the countries in the Arabian Peninsula who continue to cooperate with the U.S.

Continuing, al Zawahiri warns any nation that cooperates with the United States is equal to the U.S. as an enemy of true Islam.

In this video, Ayman al Zawahiri appears to be less animated than in previous videos and is actually observed smiling at times. He is wearing his traditional white robes and a black turban; his trademark rifle is at his side. In this video, however, the recording appears to have been made from an interior location – perhaps a house – as opposed to the traditionally plain backdrops that lack any geometrical definition.