ZAWAHIRI APPEARS IN A NEW RARE VIDEO
In a new, rare video message, on Thursday 04/14/2011, from Al Qaeda’s acting leader, Ayman Al Zawahiri calls on Arab armies to intervene in Libya to help eject dictator Moammar Gadhafi before “Western aid… turns into invasions (see – The Libyan-Campaign)”.
The hour-plus long video posted online is the first since Egypt’s successful revolution and features the Osama Bin Laden deputy in a white robe with the barrel of an assault rifle visible at his side. In addition to discussing the bloody fighting in Libya, Al Zawahiri, an Egyptian native, celebrates the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and says that the continuation of the North African nation depends on the destruction of Israel and the establishment of Islamic law – Shariaa).
Though al-Zawahiri has released audio messages regularly in recent months, it is the first video appearance one of the world’s most wanted men has made in more than a year and half. The video also features a separate segment in which American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, shows his support for the revolutions while denouncing U.S. involvement in the Muslim world in general. It’s unclear when that portion of the video was made, but it’s the first time Al-Zawahiri and al-Awlaki have been featured in the same production by As-Sahab, al Qaeda’s media wing ( see also – Footage 02.24.11 ).
Both al Qaeda leaders’ messages mark another attempt in Al Qaeda’s recent, belated efforts to spin the spreading Arab world protests in their favor.