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Friday, June 9, 2006

First Zarqawi Tribute Video Appears Online; U.S. Death Photos Prominently Featured

By J.M. Berger

In an analysis posted on Thursday, INTELWIRE predicted that the U.S. military's photographs of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi's corpse were ideally suited to jihadist "martyr tribute" videos and would be employed by terrorist propagandists.

Only one day later, the first Zarqawi tribute video has been posted to Islamist message boards. The video prominently features the photographs released by the U.S. military. The video was obtained by INTELWIRE. A screen capture is displayed below.


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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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