Filipino Abu Sayyaf seeks funding on YouTube

For the first time, two video clips from the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines, have been posted on the site.

Filipino Abu Sayyaf seeks funding on YouTube
For the first time, two video clips from the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines, have been posted on the site.

The clips, titled The Filipino Lions Are Coming, were taken from a one-hour video that was distributed throughout the Arabic-speaking community, a spokesman for the Phillipines military said.

He said the speakers used Arabic apparently to appeal to wealthy would-be benefactors from the Middle East and featured exhaustive Arabic subtitles to document the group's activities.

Meanwhile, a professionally edited, hour-long video from the Malaysian branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, has also been posted, calling on the Muslim community to rise against the influence of the West.

The Hizb ut-Tahrir video, For How Much Longer?, documents the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the West's expansion into Islamic countries, and calls for Muslims to arise and shake off the dust of European colonialism. "Oh armies of the Muslim world, we wait for your help," it says in English subtitles.

The videos are part of a growing trend of the use of media and the internet. US intelligence analysts have said that Hizb ut-Tahrir is one of the world's most innovative groups, using younger members with new media skills to spread its message.

The armed forces in the Philippines, which have mounted a major offensive against Abu Sayyaf in recent weeks.

Telegraph
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