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Thursday, July 06, 2006 

Al Qaeda's TV station broadcasts videotaping of July 7 suicide bombings

The UK Telegraph reports that Al Jazeera broadcast a videotape of the July 7 suicide bombings in London, in which one of the perpetrators made more death threats:
A new video has been released showing Shehzad Tanweer, one of the four London suicide bombers.

The video, shown on Arab television station al-Jazeera, shows Tanweer warning that the July 7 attacks would be the beginning of a wave of bombings.

The video's release is timed to coincide with the eve of the first anniversary of the attacks and is likely to cause further distress to the bereaved families and survivors who are preparing to honour the victims of the blasts.

It also features a statement from Ayman al Zawahiri, al-Qa'eda's second in command, which suggests a strong link between the bombers and Osama bin Laden's terror network.
Speaking of links, it should be noted that many of Al Jazeera's own staff were given lessons in crooked journalism by the BBC, as is noted on Dhimmi Watch. Anyone who thinks that BBC is a reliable news source might want to keep that in mind.

The following paragraph seems to be trying to downplay any connections with al-Qaeda though:
However, it is possible that the two videos have been edited together to give the false impression that the July 7 attacks were directed by al-Qa'eda.

Tanweer is seen in the video wearing a Muslim headscarf and jabbing his finger at the camera. In an apparent message to the British Government, he vows that the attacks will continue until troops are pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan and "you stop your support" for America and Israel.

He says: "What have you witnessed now is only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger."

The chilling video is also cut with footage of people experimenting with explosives and images of an unidentified man circling points on a map of London. There is also footage of militants armed with guns.

The only other video testament from any of the four bombers to emerge before today had been from Mohammad Sidique Khan, the ringleader of the July 7 gang.

Jacqui Putnam, a 55-year-old analyst programmer who was injured in the attacks, said the video would not taint tomorrow's memorials.

"Nothing's going to overshadow this anniversary," she said. "Tomorrow we're just going to mourn the dead and show they're not going to intimidate us."
No indeed, they should not allow the terrorists to scare them. However, aside from the puzzling way they suggest that the Al Qaeda was not connected to the bombings, I do have to question their use of the word anniversary. Because it's a memorial, isn't it, for the victims of terrorism in Britain.

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