DISCLAIMER/WARNING: I’m sharing this Taliban video for information purposes to give people a sense of what such propaganda is like. If you think you’ll be upset or angry about some of the content, don’t look or don’t download it.
The Tailban’s Inf0-Machine has produced a new video, allegedly showing the suicide homicide bombers getting ready to execute the April 2009 attack against Kandahar government buildings.
General sequence of the video (times approximate):
00:00 – Introduction
00:56 – Computer generated recreation of attack (check out the sequence on YouTube at a non-terrorist page here – note the computer graphic shows a large military-style truck, while the rest of the video shows a Toyota SUV allegedly involved in the attack)
1:32 – Assorted video of terrorist attacks on ISAF forces
2:15 – Visual bashing of various Afghan and western leaders
6:24 – Shots of (what look like) Canadian troops in (according to the Arabic commentary) Panjwai and/or Zhari, on patrol or searching compounds
7:53 – Stock news video of Kandahar governor Tooryalai Wesa with TF Afghanistan commander BGEN Jonathan Vance walking around and speaking to reporters
8:29 – Attackers “pre-martyrdom suicide pre-homicide video” clips, probably saying how happy they are to go
12:43 – Assorted shots of Toyota SUV full of explosives (with background blurred out to avoid giving away where the vehicle was loaded up)
14:08 – Taliban rule book video
14:56 – Various video of alleged Taliban dead and Taliban meeting, wandering the countryside
16:51 – Bad guys get into SUV and head to town
18:25 – Video of streets of Kandahar, with videographer in passenger seat of SUV
20:05 – Videographer gets out, and sends van on its way into attack
20:34 – Computer graphic of attack on building (see above)
20:49 – Shaky video of (what appears to be) attack, taken from far away, with gunfire heard in background
23:19 – News conference footage with flames underneath (I guess the bad guys consider this guy a bad guy)
26:09 – Governor Wesa walking around with General Vance and Canadian troops, apparently looking over the attack site
28:05 – Map graphic of Afghanistan & Kandahar, with homicide bomber face shots
29:26 – Guardian newspaper graphic, with flames underneath
32-51 – Closing video montage of photos of the fallen, showing coffins and the injured being treated in the field – includes imagery from Canada, Germany, the UK, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark.
I leave it to smarter men and women than I to analyze how this fits into the broader messaging program of the Taliban, but I’ll share some highlights that stood out for me.
The video shows a greyish silver Toyota SUV packed with containers full of explosive – and I mean PACKED, as in “every bit of space except the driver’s leg room” packed. Some screen captures below:
Spookiest scenes for me: bad guys waving goodbye to the videographer before driving into the building…
… and the one terrorist looking mighty pleased to be meeting his maker as he climbs into the SUV:
A glimpse at the enemy NATO is fighting in Afghanistan…