September 26, 2007 / 4:08 PM / 12 years ago

Iraq insurgents post first video clip in English

By Mariam Karouny

BAGHDAD, Sept 26 (Reuters) - An Iraqi insurgent group said on Wednesday it had produced the first video clip in English that shows attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and which it said was intended to show Americans their troops are losing the war.

The Islamic Front for Iraqi Resistance said it recently posted the 18-minute clip on the Internet (www.sms-2-us.com).

The hard-hitting video shows roadside bomb attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq interspersed with numerous messages written in English and accompanied by Hollywood-style orchestral music.

Saif el Deen Mahmoud, spokesman for the Islamic Front for Iraqi Resistance, said the clip aimed to show Americans the dangers faced by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Some 3,800 American troops have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

"This is the first of its kind. We want to tell the American people who are being deluded by their officials and sometimes the media, that their troops are not winning here," he said.

"They are losing and it is time they put pressure on (President George W.) Bush to pull them out."

The video came some two weeks after Bush told Americans that forces in Iraq could be cut by about 20,000 by next July. He painted an upbeat picture of conditions, linking the reduction to what he termed progress on the ground.

Insurgents have been using the Internet for years, with al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden among the first to spread comments and calls for attacks against the United States on Web sites.

Insurgents in Iraq have been no different. Since the invasion, al Qaeda-linked militants have used the Internet to post chilling videos of hostages being beheaded.

But no Iraqi insurgent group has designed a video with written English commentary, or borrowed icons of Western culture — the clip put together by the Islamic Front for Iraqi Resistance uses music from the James Bond series.

It took a month to make, said Mahmoud, adding the group was also using it to try to distance itself from al Qaeda, which some insurgent groups say indiscriminately kills civilians.

"We want to tell (Americans) that we are not Qaeda, we are Iraqi resistance ... all we want is to liberate our country," he said.

The clip opens with a written message:

"This issue addresses the Western mind in the way they understand. Sending a clear message to them in a language they understand to pull their invading forces out," it says.

It shows a picture of Bush, a burning American humvee and a coffin of a U.S. soldier.

Another scene shows a soldier sitting in the turret of a humvee, appearing to fix his helmet. The following lines appear on the screen: "u r attractive, u r the best, u r cute, u r dear to me, u r excellent, u r funny, u r good looking".

Then a crack rings out and the soldier falls from view, followed by the words: "I’m joking."

After one roadside bomb blows up a humvee, the message "Happy Christmas" appears.

Toward the end of the clip, humvees are shown getting blown up on roads around Iraq, to the sound of James Bond theme music.

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