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Al-Zawahri Tries To Rally Forces For New Jihad

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Al-Qaida deputy leader seen in new video

By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Al-Qaida’s deputy leader sought to bolster the terror network’s main arm in Iraq in a new video released Thursday, calling on Muslims to rally behind it at a time when the group is on the defensive, faced with U.S. offensives and splits with other insurgent groups.

Ayman al-Zawahri defended the Islamic State of Iraq — the insurgent umbrella group headed by al-Qaida — against critics among Islamic militant groups, saying it was a vanguard for fighting off the U.S. military and eventually establishing a “caliphate” of Islamic rule across the region.

Al-Zawahri, the top deputy of Osama bin Laden, called on Muslims to follow a two-pronged strategy: work at home to topple “corrupt” Arab regimes and join al-Qaida’s “jihad,” or holy war, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia to fight and train “to prepare for the next jihad.”

He urged Hamas not to compromise and bend under Arab and international pressure to end its rule in the Gaza Strip and make way for a unified Palestinian government that could pursue peace with Israel.

“As for the leadership of Hamas, I tell it: return to the truth, for you will only get something worse than what (late Palestinian leader Yasser) Arafat got” from the Israelis in negotiations, he said. The peace process, he said, is a U.S. attempt to “deceive the Islamic nation and say that America solved the issue of Palestine, so what need is there to fight it and wage jihad against it?”

In an earlier message after its seizure of Gaza, al-Zawahri urged Hamas to form an alliance with al-Qaida, a call the Palestinian militant group shunned…

In the video the tiresome windbag Mr. al-Zawahri also spends a lot of time explaining what an effective government Hamas is.

Imagine the glories of the caliphate.

Imagine a world run by Hamas.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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