Islamic Web Site Airs Sept. 11 Video on Eve of Anniversary

A video was posted on the Internet late Sunday showing archive pictures from Sept. 11, 2001 on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the attacks.

The 19-minute tape surfaced on an Islamic Web site that frequently airs Al Qaeda tapes and messages, but it appeared to be made by producers of the Internet site itself, and not by Usama bin Laden's network.

The video was different from footage aired Thursday by Al-Jazeera television, showing previously unseen pictures of a smiling bin Laden meeting with the top planners of the Sept. 11 attacks in an Afghan mountain camp.

The excerpts shown on Al-Jazeera were part of a video that Al Qaeda announced it would release later on the Internet to mark the fifth anniversary of the airborne attacks on the United States. It has yet to surface.

Sunday's tape was a medley of video from Sept. 11 and afterward, all previously aired on television or Web sites.

It began with a diagram showing headshots of the hijackers, organized into four groups. The footage then cuts to a White House meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "They are the new pharaohs," a militant song blared over the video, in reference to the two leaders.

At one point in the video, an old audio recording of bin Laden's voice is heard praising each of the 19 suicide attackers by name.

The tape spliced together previous footage of the attacks, some from CNN and FOX News. The World Trade Center's twin towers are shown engulfed by flames and smoke, and the video zooms in slow motion as an airliner rams into the second tower.

Screams of "Allahu Akbar! [God is great]" overlay the images, and the towers appear to collapse in slow motion.

Militant songs ring out throughout the footage, praising Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque at one point and at another proclaiming, "We will destroy the throne of the enemies."

"We will not accept humiliation we will not bow our heads," said another song. These are the men who "removed shame from our nation," voices chant as the faces of the Sept. 11 hijackers are shown.