IJU Jihadis Pledge Support For Gaza in New Video
A group of militants from the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) denounced the Israeli aggression on Gaza and pledged support for Palestinians in a new video posted by the group on the Internet.
(Islamic Jihad Union)
The six men, all dressed in military uniforms, balaclavas and carrying AK-47s appeared in a mountainous area with snow that looked like is melting off around them. Five of them made their speeches in Turkish, while one spoke in German. This latter may be Abdul Gaffar al-Almani, who is known as "Eric B.", a 20-year old German convert to Islam from Neuenkirchen in Saarland, who traveled to Pakistan in 2007 and joined the ranks of the IJU.
The video is 26 minutes long and is entitled "Call of Justice."
The IJU was founded by fighters from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in 2002 in Pakistan's tribal areas. In 2005, the group got closer to al-Qaeda and began plotting terror attacks in Pakistan. It is based in Mirali in South Waziristan and is known for attracting recruits from Turkey, Turkish communities in Western Europe and Muslim converts from Europe.
The video also featured short speeches by a number of other militants, who all spoke in English.