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Zarqawi’s terror group releases CD urging men to take up arms

Associated Press, USA
Aug. 7, 2004
www.hindustantimes.com

ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday August 7, 2004

Kuwait City, Aug 7 (AP) The terrorist group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has released a CD-ROM urging Muslim men to take up arms against the “crusaders” in Iraq and threatening to kill Iraq’s interim Prime Minister.

The 45-minute CD-ROM, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press yesterday, also includes claims of responsibility for attacks in Iraq and shows footage of bombings against US forces and other targets in Iraq.

Islam / Islamism

Islamism is a totalitarian ideology adhered to by Muslim extremists (e.g. the Taliban, Wahhabis, Hamas and Osama bin Laden). It is considered to be a distortion of Islam. Many Islamists engage in terrorism in pursuit of their goals.

Adherents of Islam are called “Muslims.” The term “Arab” describes an ethnic or cultural identity. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs. The terms are not interchangeable.

The release of the CD, the contents of which could not be independently authenticated, was reported yesterday by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah, which provided a copy to the AP.

It was not clear where the CD-ROM, which seems aimed at recruiting potential Islamic militants, was produced.

Titled “The Winds of Victory,” the recording shows fighters purportedly from al-Zarqawi’s Tawhid and Jihad group training on weapons in different unidentified locations, some apparently in desert and others in areas surrounded by grass.

It also contains footage taken from inside cars following militants in Iraq conducting attacks, some of which has been previously aired by TV stations.

Islamic Web sites and chat forums have been heavily promoting the release of the recording for the past two months. The Kuwaiti newspaper said the professionally produced CD-ROM is being circulated among fundamentalists in this oil-rich country, which borders Iraq.

A narrator on the film urges Muslim men to join the fight against US-led forces in Iraq, saying “get up friends, God has opened the doors of paradise (to martyrs).

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