IMU video shows attack in Pakistan’s ‘Tribal Areas’

The latest video from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan includes a clip of an attack on what appear to be Pakistani security forces in the “Tribal Areas.” The video clip, posted above, was provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. The video is interesting, as the IMU has provided two perspectives of its attack. Below is SITE’s description of the video.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) released the tenth episode in its “What’s Happening in the Tribal Areas” series, featuring a lecture by one of its scholars, Abu Dher Azzam, about the fighters’ success against the enemy, and showing an attack. The IMU released the Uzbek-language video on its website on October 15, 2012, and a version with English subtitles was posted on jihadist forums on October 19. Abu Dher’s lecture discusses not just the situation of the fighters in the tribal areas of Pakistan, but in Africa as well, noting that jihad has come to countries including Mali, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Tanzania.

Additionally, Abu Dher’s comments on the state of the jihad in North and East Africa are worth noting, as they show that the IMU, which is often (incorrectly) described as a local Islamist group focused on jihad in Central Asia, is paying attention to the situation well beyond the Afghan-Pakistan theater. Below is Abu Dher’s statement, as translated by the SITE Intelligence Group:

“One American reporter wrote: We invaded Afghanistan to finish white and yellow Talibs, to finish different color Talibs, but when we looked behind us, black Talibs have risen up from Somalia.

“Today, from poor African countries, so many jihadi fronts have opened that we didn’t even know or could not have imagined that it is troubling America. In Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Somalia, there is a jihad going on, dear brothers. This is the victory of us – the mujahideen. It is the victory of the Muslims, dear brothers. Allah is giving His promise to us. Allah has promised us victory, and He is showing it to us.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • mike merlo says:

    Nice background music. Looks like some of the Paki’s were killed will sleeping. Makes me wonder if these Paki’s were also victim’s of poisoned cooking

  • David says:

    @Bill —
    It was my understanding that the Taliban were so vigorous and resilient because they are receiving support from the ISI. But the Pakistani Taliban are also vigorous and resilient. Where do they receive their funds, weapons, etc? Are they receiving support from the ISI, too? Is the ISI funding attacks on its own security forces?
    If not, where do groups like IMU get their support?

  • Henrik says:

    Note, that they show two external, overlapping clips of the same ambush on three soldiers.
    First clip (0:31-0:39) has the camera located higher (or angled more upwards – there is more air above the highest building in the compound) than second clip (0:43-0:58). Second clip follows the ambush a bit longer. For some reason, they try to make the ambush seem like more than it is – probably to make themselves look more badass.

  • naresh c. says:

    Are these Afghan Taliban or Pakistani taliban?
    They are the same people except in the warped minds of Pakistani analysts and generals trying to justify their failed policy of fomenting world-wide Jihad.
    And these aren’t funded by RAW, CIA or Mossad.
    They are imposing Islamic taxes on local people and buying Russian weapons in the Pakistani black market.
    Some of the ISI money for ‘Afghan taliban’ also gets siphoned into the hands of his nephew living next door, who is called a ‘Pakistani Taliban’. Afghan taliban and Pakistani taliban live in the same areas and marry into each other and the same people fight in both areas. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can convince a warped Pakistani mind. Ghazwa-e-pak will be a reality soon and the munafiq Paksitani army will be defeated by taliban within a decade. And why is that bad?


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