The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

8 year old Bin Laden video posted, advertised in banners on jihadist forums this afternoon

Posted by vmsalama on November 12, 2007

Video footage of Osama Bin Laden delivering a message in Arabic, with Urdu subtitles, has been posted to the jihadist forums this afternoon.

The banners advertising the video claims that this is footage released for the “first time” and shows Bin Laden delivering an Eid Khutbah in the Islamic year 1420 AH. (Currently we are in the Islamic year 1428.)

Bin Laden’s appearance in the video is consistent with his appearance in other footage from that timeframe.

It is NOT current footage of Bin Laden and is NOT new footage. It is unclear why this is labeled by As Sahab as the first time it was released – it may simply be the first time this was released in Urdu. A very short clip from this same video was released in the Winds of Paradise Part 1 video during the summer.

(from Laura Mansfield)


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