UPDATE 1/25/2013 3:53 PM: Here is an English translation of the below Arabic video message:
In the Name of Allah; the Merciful; the Compassionate.
Praise be to Allah; the Lord of all beings & there shall be no aggression save for evildoers.
and peace and blessings be upon our faithful prophet and upon all of his family and companions; then;
The decision taken by the French Government to intervene in the war against Mali doesn’t serve its interests. The government considered solely their view regardless of the view of the French people and their interests.
its former decision of withdrawal from Afghanistan was a rational one; Yet how could it make today such a decision to intervene in this particular region! even though its history among those nations was very bloody; at which point All Muslims are infuriated.
O French people; This aggression; arbitrariness and oppression against mankind shall only bring you bad consequences and woe. There was certainly a lesson for you in your previous aggression; How long did it last? And how did it end?
for how long are you going to abstain from reflecting on your past mistakes?
Stop pulling wool over other’s eyes; claiming that your intervention is for the sole purpose of protecting Mali’s people and helping them; c’est de la poudre aux yeux!
Why did you not interfere in their affliction ages ago?
& Why don’t you protect the Palestinians against the brute aggression of Israel?
& then if you’re truthful why don’t you intervene to protect the people of Iraq and Syria; and other oppressed nations?
hence it’s only sensible that this aggression is a Crusade against the Muslims’ countries and nations. that is not unexpected; not long ago you commit aggression against the veil of the Muslim women & today you aggress against governing under Sharia laws. you respected neither your invalid laws within the bound of your lands nor your unjust treaties with others, Where’s the Democracy you keep ranting about?
We in Al-Qa’ida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula counsel the French people and their government; to retract this aggression & to pay attention to their deteriorating economic conditions and internal problems; you’ve enough trouble; do not ask for more. there’s a lesson for you in what have become of the Americans, ask them; for none could inform you of their fate like them who are aware of it. the Americans having tasted blood in Iraq & Afghanistan realised that they bit off more than what they can chew. Think this over rationally if you wish to save yourselves. The Muslims are all but one body and one nation; certainly they couldn’t see their brothers in religion suffer from flagrant aggression and brute oppression and do not rush to their aid. as of today; the Mujahideen’s strength differs from how it used to be; their armies multiplied; their brigades spread out; and they are all but one hand against whoever aggress against them.
Allah the Almighty says: “وَلَمَنِ انتَصَرَ بَعْدَ ظُلْمِهِ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ مَا عَلَيْهِم مِّن سَبِيلٍ”
“There is no blame against him who avenges himself after he has been wronged.”
all honour belongs to Allah, and to His Messenger, and to the believers.
Al-Qa’ida Organization in Arabian Peninsula