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Qaeda sympathizers rap against 'infidels'

DUBAI -- Terrorism's newest weapon against the West is a violent English-language rap tune urging young Muslims to wage holy war.

The song is being broadcast on the Internet in an attempt to lure music-loving youth into supporting Al Qaeda's aims.

Titled "Dirty Kuffar" or "Dirty Infidels," the song is performed by a London-based group that Islamists said was deeply sympathetic to Osama bin Laden's network.

A music video accompanies the catchy yet violent lyrics, belted out by the group's lead singer Sheik Terra -- rap lingo for terror -- and the Soul Salah Crew, a takeoff on gritty British rappers So Solid Crew. Salah means righteousness or piety in Arabic.

The song calls on Muslims to wage jihad, or holy war, against "Crusaders and apostate Arab rulers," saying they will be "thrown inna fire."

"Be prepared for the battle with the infidels," it says.

The video, which uses footage from news agencies and television, opens with images of a US soldier killing an Iraqi man and then cheering. "Dirty Kuffar wherever you are; From Kandahar to Ramallah; OBL (Osama bin Laden) Crew be like a shining star; like the way we destroy them two tower ha ha," one singer raps in front of images of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center.

Another frame shows the balaclava-clad Sheik Terra, brandishing a pistol and a Koran, while denouncing a long list of Arab and Western heads of state -- mostly from countries that have cracked down on militant groups -- as "dirty infidels."

In the video, Al Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahri morphs into a lion while President Bush becomes a chimpanzee. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia turns into a devil and "apostate" President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt becomes a vampire.

The video shows Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, reviled by Arabs for his hard-line policies, turning into a pig. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is called a traitor. "Send 'em home in body bags," reads a blurb above images of US troops in Baghdad. A US-led military force toppled former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in April.

Reuters received a copy of the video from the Committee for the Defence of Legal Rights, a an Islamist group headed by Saudi dissident Muhammad al-Massari.

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