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Transcript: Kidnappers' Statement

A group claiming to have kidnapped two FOX News journalists released a video Wednesday showing both Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig. The Holy Jihad Brigades released the following statement with the video.

"Praise be to God, Lord of the universe, who helps those who — being weak — are ill-treated (and oppressed). He gives power to the faithful and disgrace to the infidels. Prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of compassion for all mankind, the leader of the Mujahideen, the best of all people who carried the flag of the struggle until he died. May God bless the souls of the Prophet's companions and family members, and those who follow in their footsteps with goodness until the day of judgment.

God Almighty says: "...those who fight for the sake of God..." so the Messenger of God heeled to this call and accepted the reward and God's promise. Paradise was his reward. God Almighty says: "God hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise)". The people sell and the buyer [God] is one that rewards with a prize greater in value than that which is being sold. So people got up and started to compete [to get this prize], the smell of Paradise. Congratulations to those who wanted all the glory and sacrificed themselves to go to heaven (Illegible).

At a time when all the forces of evil gathered to fight against Islam and defeat the will of Muslims, using their leaders who raced to satisfy their masters with all the power, arguments and intelligence they have, as if this was their own fight. "I but point out to you that which I see (myself); Nor do I guide you but to the Path of Righteousness!" [Quran]. They came with their horses and their men and invaded the land of Islam in unjust wars in which they had no proof or evidence, but to follow their desire. They brought down a regime that won't go down in Afghanistan, then gathered to bring down a tyrant and occupied Iraq, but Iraq won't be occupied. "Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them, and said: "No one among men can overcome you this day...". Before that, Palestine was sold by people who did not own it to those who did not deserve it ... (Illegible)

And to add to the bitterness, they placed infidel regimes they called "Democratic" regimes that want to bring us justice and freedom. So some ran [to embrace such regimes] while they knew by heart "(Illegible)".

God is the only legislator. He is the final Judge in all matters. Like parrots, they all started to shout "Democracy, freedom, elections, referendum". They did not know — or maybe they did but neglected to do what they were supposed to under the pretext that this was not happening on their own soils — that they were only praising states of mental illnesses through which the West went through in its intellectual and ideological struggle to achieve the heavenly justice, and they [Westerners] did away with the causes of their backwardness to prosper, so you can obey them and they can play God. "Fie upon you, and upon the things that ye worship".

Dear people, God sent us to bring the people out of worshiping people to worshiping the Lord of the people, to take them from the injustice of religions, to the justice of Islam. We invite you and ask you, just like the Prophet of Compassion did, to "Embrace Islam, and you will be saved", otherwise, you will be responsible for your sin and that of (Illegible).

This is a message to all infidels, without any distinction of geographical location or origin. This is a call to enter in the religion of God, before the day where "no good will it do to a soul to believe if it believed not before".

No one should disregard this message (Illegible). God's soldiers are led to victory only with the help of God. No one can frighten us with what the enemy possesses. By the name of God, who raised the heavens and though Adam the nature of all things, if they throw us in fire, it would be cool and a means of safety for us, and if they throw us in water, the whale would swallow us and take us to land, and if they want to cut us up, God will ransom us with a great sacrificial lamb.

They all got together around this scheme and lined up as one, but the nation who says: "Fear not, because God is on our side", will never be defeated.

So to all you leaders of the infidels and masters of injustice and tyranny, "Embrace Islam and you will be saved, or else, enjoy yourselves until your turn comes to be slaughtered.

You have angered us, and we are not the kind that is subdued when they are angered, but rather the fountains of Islam and the light of faith spring through us. "It is not fitting for an apostle that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land.", "then bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens."

This is the chance we give you, and God only knows if this chance will come to you again. We demand the release of the Muslim prisoners, males and females in the prisons of America, in exchange of our prisoners.

Release our prisoners and we will do the same. This applies to all without exception. And every Muslim is more cherished and more generous than a thousand Bush. But this is a tradeoff of equals.

We will give you 72 hours starting noon today to look into this, and if you meet our demands, we will deliver on our promise, otherwise, wait and see, and we will wait with you until the order comes from God "And God hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.", "And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take!"

The time you have starts as of noon Wednesday the 29th of Rajab (the Islamic month) of the year 1447. (Muslim year) which is the 23rd of August 2006.

The last of our prayers is "Praise be to God, Lords of the worlds!"

The Holy Jihad Brigades"