Skip to comments.Al-Qaida deputy: All Muslims must join jihad to avoid defeat of militant Islam
Posted on 12/11/2005 11:47:27 AM PST by Valin
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden's deputy, in a new tape that surfaced Sunday, urged all Muslims to take up arms and said their refusal to join the fight against "the Cross and Zionism" was a "malignant illness" that would only lead to the defeat of militant Islam. Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri said the global Islamic community had "no hope for victory" until all Muslims signed on to the al-Qaida-led jihad. "As long as this malignant illness continues to survive within us, there is no hope for victory and there can only be more defeats, tragedies, disasters and betrayals," al-Zawahri said.
His fiery comments appeared in a 48 minute tape entitled Impediments to Jihad. The video portion of the tape was a still photo of a white-turbaned al-Zawahri with English subtitles running under it. The audio on the tape appeared to be his voice speaking Arabic. The tape was believed to have been made at about the same time as a Sept. 19 video attributed to al-Zawahri, according to Ben Venzke, chief executive of Intelcenter, a U.S. government contractor that obtained the tape.
It was impossible to immediately verify the authenticity of the tape. IntelCenter declined to say how it obtained the recording, citing confidentiality agreements with the U.S. government. But Venzke said it was produced by al-Sahab Media Production House, a purported al-Qaida media organization, and expanded on al-Zawahri's Sept. 19 message, which gave increased prominence to the Taliban. "This latest one even goes beyond that with al-Zawahri pledging allegiance to the Taliban," he said. "The whole thing is an address to Muslims, saying armed jihad and struggle is the only way and that they have to suffer to do it."
Al-Zawahri credits toppled Taliban leader Mullah Omar with leading a three-year campaign "against the Crusaders and apostates in Afghanistan" and purportedly taking control of "extensive parts of eastern and western Afghanistan." Mullah Omar is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan, where Taliban forces continue to launch regular attacks, but do not control large swaths of territory.
U.S.-led forces toppled the hardline Taliban regime in late 2001 when it refused to turn over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and to stop providing a haven to the group after the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. "When the Taliban and their helpers were forced to leave the cities and take to the mountains, the Islamic Emirate (of Afghanistan) did not fall nor did its troops fall into disarray, nor did its leadership fall apart," al-Zawahri said. "Instead, it began a fierce campaign of guerrilla warfare and martyrdom (suicide) operations."
The latest tape was also a rallying call to Muslims to attack Western interests everywhere to help stave off "defeat" for Islamic extremists. Al-Zawahri specifically cited as examples of militant activities the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip, insurgent warfare against U.S. troops in Iraq and the Sept. 11 attacks by 19 plane hijackers. "The key to victory is in our hands, and in turn, the primary cause of defeat is in ourselves," it said.
Al-Zawahri also criticized the lack of support for al-Qaida-linked militants in Saudi Arabia, saying the mujahedeen had suffered "defeat" in Saudi authorities' a high-profile campaign against militants. "These idolatrous regimes achieve victory over us because each one of us wants to save his own skin and avoid harm for himself," al-Zawahri said on the tape. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of bin Laden, has suffered multiple bombings and attacks since 2003 and has since waged a fierce crackdown against militants.
Al-Zawahri and bin Laden are believed to be hiding in the mountains along the Pakistani-Afghanistan border. Pakistani troops are co-operating with the United States in the search for the pair.
I wonder why Zawahri felt the need to do this?
Gee Zawahri...that's too bad.
The left isn't going to like hearing this because they keep arguing that we can't profile and that it isn't one religion, etc.
Hmm.. so there is why the Dems have been screaming for us to cut and run.
Wonder if the Dems have been in contact with AQ and comparing speech notes.
""As long as this malignant illness continues to survive within us, there is no hope for victory and there can only be more defeats, tragedies, disasters and betrayals," al-Zawahri."
Hold on buddy, the democrats are on the way.
"These idolatrous regimes achieve victory over us because each one of us wants to save his own skin and avoid harm for himself," al-Zawahri said on the tape.
One notes, HE is still alive.
I wonder why Osama has Zawahiri make a tape in which Zawahiri states that Osama is still alive. You'd think that if Osama wanted us to think he was still alive, he'd make his own tape.
Barney Fife was a "deputy" too.
By the beard of the prophet,it looks like the Islamo-Fascists are panicking. May piss be upon them.
That suggests to me that Al-Zawahri is not in Afghanistan. He obviously doesn't have much info on what's happening there.
Gather your hordes of isane jihad followers, and show up at the nearest US base, where they will be more than happy to help you with your travel arrangements for free.
But didn't you know??? We're losing the battle? That we can't win???
...*sobbing* "PLEASE HELP! PLEASE!...SAVE US, DEMOCRATS / ABCNNBC_BS
..the enemy: of my enemy, is my friend." */sobbing* :D
I really like your foreign accent :-)
al Qaida is showing increasing signs of desperation.
I have an idea that may help you...go ahead and get jihadists like you get converts to islam...merely tell the recruits that they will be tortured and murdered if they don't sign up. This will relieve the lack of participation.
well I am both surprised and pleased to see the AP include: fight against "the Cross and Zionism"
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