It may sound like a badly translated porno title, but "Night of Bush Capturing" is allegedly a new game (modded, somewhat ironically, from Quest for Saddam) released by an organization called The Global Islamic Media Front. SITE Institute appears to have originated the news, which has been blogged by Gamepolitics, The Jawa Report and Hot Air. The lastest chapter in Islamogaming?
From the SITE Institute:
“Night of Bush Capturing” – A Computer Shooting Game from the Global Islamic Media Front By SITE Institute September 15, 2006 A first-person perspective computer game called “Night of Bush Capturing,” was released to jihadist forums today, Friday, September 15, 2006, by the Global Islamic Media Front, a jihadist mouthpiece, and visual and print media organization. The game, which is a modification of an older game, “Quest for Saddam,” features six-levels, culminating in a gun battle with a character representing U.S. President George W. Bush. Each of these stages, given titles such as: “Jihad beginning,” “American’s Hell,” “Searching for Bush,” and “Bush hunted like a rat,” contain a Mujahid with several weapons traveling around a U.S. forces’ camp, which is covered with pictures of Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. War nasheeds, jihadist songs, play in the background of each level. Upon completion of the game, “Takbir Allahu Akbar” is shouted.
The Global Islamic Media Front announced recently the game with a video trailer and images of in-game action. According to the advertisement, the game was distributed for “terrorist children."
So who is the Global Islamic Media Front? According to one source, it's "an Islamist organization that posts online messages, usually associated with Al-Qaeda." SITE calls it "an al-Qaeda mouthpiece." London-based website Middle East Online ran a story about the organization in 2005. Apparently this game wouldn't be the GIMF's first media production: they've also distributed a series of video messages. Snip from that piece:
Al-Qaeda takes jihad to media four years after 9/11
Al-Qaeda fighters become producers, film directors, video cameras have become their most potent weapon.
By Habib Trabelsi - DUBAI
Stripped of its Afghan haven and chased across the globe, the Al-Qaeda terror network is increasingly resorting to "media jihad" four years after the September 11 attacks on the United States for which it took credit.
The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), heir to the "Global Front for Fighting Jews and Christians" set up by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998, presents itself as the hub for Al-Qaeda propaganda on the Internet.
Its emergence is testament to the weight now being placed by Islamist militants on winning over minds to their cause through new media in the absence of any physical command headquarters, terror experts say.
"Unite, O Muslims of the world, behind the Global Islamic Media Front. Set up squadrons of media jihad (holy war) to break Zionist control over the media and terrorize the enemies," the GIMF's "emir," who goes by the nom de guerre of "Salaheddin (Saladin) II," exhorts Al-Qaeda followers on the Internet.
The GIMF, is "a new Qaeda (base) of Islamic information on the Internet. Our goal is to denounce the Zionist enemy," echoes his deputy, "Ahmad al-Watheq Billah." [...]
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