According to CNN, a 19-minute bin Ladin videotape has just been released, although they have not yet translated yet. Apparently, it features a split screen, with one of the sides showing scenes of bin Ladin and al-Zarqawi together. Yesterday, an Islamic website had stated that a tape was to be expected.
Update: I got the earlier information when Anderson Cooper broke in to report in the middle of the Larry King Star Jones interview (which is oh so much more important.) The CNN website is now reporting that it is an audiotape.
On Anderson Cooper now a linguist is reporting her translation. The tape runs 19 min, 22 seconds and features condolences on the death of al-Zarqawi. Bin Ladin addressed President Bush, saying he should deliver the body to al-Zarqawi's family. He has said thank God the flag [of AQ in Iraq?] hasn't fallen, as there are others to take it up. Bin Ladin stated Bush prevented al-Zarqawi from from entering his homeland alive, don't stand in his way now. The linguist also noted that bin Ladin refered to al-Zarqawi by his real name, Ahmed al-Khaleyleh, and therefore it appears bin Ladin is paying his respects to al-Zarqawi as a jihadi.
Okay, supposedly it's an "audiotape" but there are indeed images on the tape (and indeed, there are split-screens). It's an audio message from bin Ladin, but with video images attached to "spice it up."
Update 2: The Counterterrorism Blog's the place to go for recent updates.
Update 3: Apreviously-unseen al-Zawahiri videotape was broadcast by al-Jazeera on Friday. It's not clear when it was recorded, although it was after al-Zarqawi's death on June 7. Al-Zawahiri vowed to avenge al-Zarqawi's death. He also criticized Turkey for being a secular, pro-US country, and Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.
It's rather unclear to me why the al-Jazeera article stated:
The videotaped statement, broadcast by Aljazeera on Friday, was the first acknowledgment by al-Qaeda's central leadership of the death of al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a US air strike northeast of Baghdad on June 7.
A typo, poor journalism, poor translation, deliberate obfuscation, or a belief that the tape was recorded before bin Ladin's audiotape?
Thanks to Terrorism Unveiled reader Mark for the heads up.