Slain American included in morbid Taliban slideshow
The Pakistani Taliban have included a Briton and an American in a slideshow of fighters killed in battle that also eulogises Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.
According to the US monitoring service SITE, the 12-minute, 56-second video was posted on jihadist websites on February 6 and was prepared by Umar Studio, the media wing of Pakistan’s umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) faction.
It identifies the American by the name of Inaam and the Briton as Abbas, whom SITE said had been identified by the TTP in a prior video as Omar al-Britani and who gave a speech in English.
No date or location was listed for their deaths. It showed a photograph of Abbas wearing a black turban and sporting a thick black beard. Inaam was shown smiling slightly
The video starts with a recitation of Koranic verses, before showing photographs of the slain fighters while they were alive or in death.
It also includes a photograph of bin Laden, who was shot dead by US Navy SEALs in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
“He faced a lot of hardships in this world, but he got martyrdom with the blessing of Allah,” said TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud of bin Laden.
The TTP is blacklisted as a terror organisation in the United States and was accused of training Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who was sentenced to life in prison for trying to bomb New York’s Times Square in May 2010.
[Image via Agence France-Presse]