False flag journalism: CIA launches ‘Al Qaeda’ news service


Richard Moore


Purported al Qaeda Newscast Debuts on Internet 
Masked Anchorman Lauds Gaza Pullout, Iraq Attacks, Hurricane Katrina 

By Daniel Williams 
Washington Post Foreign Service 
Tuesday, September 27, 2005; A16 

ROME, Sept. 26 -- An Internet video newscast called the Voice
of the Caliphate was broadcast for the first time on Monday,
purporting to be a production of al Qaeda and featuring an
anchorman who wore a black ski mask and an ammunition belt.

The anchorman, who said the report would appear once a week,
presented news about the Gaza Strip and Iraq and expressed
happiness about recent hurricanes in the United States. A copy
of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, was placed by his right
hand and a rifle affixed to a tripod was pointed at the

The origins of the broadcast could not be immediately
verified. If the program was indeed an al Qaeda production, it
would mark a change in how the group uses the Internet to
spread its messages and propaganda. Direct dissemination would
avoid editing or censorship by television networks, many of
which usually air only excerpts of the group's statements and
avoid showing gruesome images of killings.

The broadcast was first reported by the Italian Adnkonos news
agency from Dubai. The 16-minute production was available on
Italian newspaper Web sites.

The lead segment recounted Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza
Strip, which the narrator proclaimed as a "great victory,"
while showing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed
Qureia walking and talking among celebrating compatriots.

That was followed by a repeat of a pledge on Sept. 14 by Abu
Musab Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, to wage all-out
war on Iraq's Shiite Muslims. An image of Zarqawi, a
Jordanian-born Sunni Muslim, remained on the screen for about
half the broadcast.

The masked announcer also reported that a group called the
Islamic Army in Iraq claimed to have launched chemical-armed
rockets at American forces in Baghdad. A video clip showed
five rockets fired in succession from behind a sand berm as an
off-screen voice yelled "God is great" in Arabic. The Islamic
Army asserted responsibility last year for the killing of Enzo
Baldoni, an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in Iraq.

A commercial break of sorts followed, which previewed a movie,
"Total Jihad," directed by Mousslim Mouwaheed. The ad was in
English, suggesting that the target audience might be Muslims
living in Britain and the United States.

The final segment was about Hurricane Katrina. "The whole
Muslim world was filled with joy" at the disaster, the
anchorman said. He went on to say that President Bush was
"completely humiliated by his obvious incapacity to face the
wrath of God, who battered New Orleans, city of homosexuals."
Hurricane Ophelia's brush with North Carolina was also

The name of the broadcast refers to the Islamic empire that
emerged following the death of the prophet Muhammad in the 7th
century, eventually stretching from Turkey to Spain and
creating an era of Islamic influence that bin Laden has said
Muslims should reestablish. According to credits following the
broadcast, it was produced by the Global Islamic Media Front.

Numerous radical Islamic organizations, some claiming
affiliation with al Qaeda, spread information, including
photos and videos, by the Internet. Some evade ongoing efforts
to shut them down by disguising their presence within
innocuous Web sites.

© 2005 The Washington Post Company 


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