ZAWAHIRI’S NEW TAPE CRITICIZES SHIAA
A new 16 minutes audio massage from the acting leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al Zawahiri, appeared in the web on Friday 04/18/2008 morning. Ayman al Zawahiri referred to the Congressional testimony only last week by the top USA commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and said that US will lose whether it stays in IRAQ or withdraws. He also sneered that President Bush just wants to pass the problem on to his successor.
Ayman Al Zawahiri called in the message for Muslim support of Jihad in IRAQ, and for backing Al Qaeda’s affiliates there – “the Islamic State of IRAQ”. He taunted the so-called Awakening Councils in IRAQ – Sunni fighters who switched sides and joined the Americans in fighting Al-Qaeda.
On 01/22/2004 a former aide to the senior Al Qaeda operative, Khalid Shaik Mohammed, Hassan Ghul was captured on the border between Turkey and IRAQ in Kurdistan with a letter from Ayman al Zawahiri to Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. The letter revealed the hatred of Abu Musab al Zarqawi not only to the USA but to the Shiites as well. The letter also revealed sharp criticism of the acting leader of Al Qaeda for killing so many Muslims, although they are Shiites, rather then killing Americans.
In the last Audio massage there is a change in the approach of Ayman al Zawahiri toward the Shiaa faction of Islam. He criticized anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada Sadr, who has ordered his militia in IRAQ to halt attacks on American and IRAQI forces. He “has become the laughing stock of the world” and is a “toy” in Iran’s hands.
Ayman al Zawahiri said Tehran “has clear goals, which are the annexation of southern Iraq and the east of the Arabian Peninsula” as well as strengthening ties to its followers in southern Lebanon. If Iran achieves its goals, according to Ayman al Zawahiri, “this will add oil to the fire which is already ablaze. This will explode the situation in an already exploding region.”
Ayman al Zawahiri called upon Sunnite Muslims to fight against the entire world: USA, the Crusaders (Christians), Israel, Hindus, corrupted Arab regimes, infidels and, eventually, also Iran and Shiites growing threat. In practical diplomacy, where the enemy of my enemy can be my partner, Ayman al Zawahiri legitimized, unintentionally, a possible alliance of interest between Sunnites and USA or even Israel, in fighting the IRANIAN- Shiite threat.
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