Skip to comments.Jihadi Forums Marvel at New Role of Snipers
Posted on 04/05/2006 2:35:28 AM PDT by Wiz
The periodic success of mujahideen snipers in Iraq has been stimulating the imagination of jihadist forum readers, and this has taken the form of a number of video productions. A high-quality, 15-minute example of the genre, entitled Qannas Baghdad ("The Sniper of Baghdad") was circulated by the Islamic Army in Iraq last November on, among others, the Abu al-Bokhary jihadist forum (http://www.abualbokhary.net).
The work is of professional quality, complete with American-English language commentary. It features the name "Juba," which refers to the infamous "Juba the Baghdad sniper" who is popularly credited with anything from several dozen to upward of 100 strikes against U.S. servicemen. He has achieved popular status among jihadi readers, with CDs of his work circulating in Iraq and clips even appearing on al-Jazeera satellite television. "Juba," however, was also rumored to have been captured last June when quick reaction to an unsuccessful sniper attack resulted in the arrest of a two-man team.
Yet there are doubts as to whether such a single figure exists, or whether the name is a copycat label, a composite of several (the signature message card "What has been taken in blood cannot be regained except by bloodThe Baghdad Sniper" which is left at each abandoned sniper hideout is easy enough to reproduce). The mujahideen fully appreciate the propaganda value of these images. A similar length production for the "Fallujah Sniper" appeared on December 20 featuring the work of one Sheikh Abdullah Nijm (Abu Azzam) carrying out eight successful attacks in the city. In mid-February, another video was released in which the unidentified sniper dedicated nine bullets as "a present for George Bush
I am doing this for the viewers to watch," after which he is featured in action against U.S. forces. The videos were posted passim on the internet forums.
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Sorry Wiz, that post was for "All."
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