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Al Qaeda's No. 2 urges support for insurgents in English-language video

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-15

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, has urged Pakistanis to support insurgents in their battle against US forces in an English-language video, warning that American elements threaten Pakistan's future.

AFP - Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda number two, on Tuesday urged Pakistanis to support insurgents in their battle against a US-led "crusade" which he said threatened the country's existence.
   
In an eight-minute, 49-second English-language video called "My Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Pakistan," Zawahiri said US intervention in Pakistan's military and politics could break up the nuclear-armed nation.
   
"The American crusader manipulation of Pakistan's destiny has reached such an extent that it now poses a grave danger to Pakistan's future and very existence," Zawahiri said in his speech.
   
The SITE Intelligence Group said the video was posted on jihadist web forums Tuesday.
   
"It is evident that Pakistan is deeply involved in a fierce internal struggle between two forces" -- one representing "Islamic values" and the other being the US-led "crusade" to neutralize fighters threatening Western interests.
   
According to SITE, Zawahiri, the Egyptian second in command to Osama bin Laden, rallies Pakistanis to support the mujahedeen in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.
   
"(If) we stand by passively without offering due support to the mujahedeen, we shall not only contribute to the destruction of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but we shall also deserve the painful punishment of Almighty Allah."
   
Zawahiri last addressed a message in English to Pakistanis in August 2008, calling for jihad, or holy war, in the South Asian nation.
 

Date created : 2009-07-15

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