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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Blasts Iran

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Posted on Sep 8, 2008
Ayman al-Zawahri
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Not happy with Tehran: Ayman al-Zawahri.

Just before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida has released a lengthy videotape featuring the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, providing updates about how the holy war is faring around the globe and laying into Iran for “cooperating with the Americans” and with the American-approved governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.


AP via Google News:

Short excerpts of the message were aired on the Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.

In them, al-Qaida Number 2, Ayman al-Zawahri accused Iran of working with U.S. forces.

Al-Zawahri said Tehran was “cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan” and slammed Iran for recognizing the two governments. He also criticized the Shiites for not calling for a jihad in Iraq against the “Crusader occupier.” In militant postings, “crusaders” is shorthand for U.S. troops in Iraq.

“The guardian of Muslims in Tehran is cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizes the two hireling governments there,” al-Zawahri said.

Zawahri has been increasingly singling out Iran and Shiites in his messages, most recently in April, describing the “Persians” as the enemy of Arabs and complicit in the occupation of Iraq.

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By cyrena, September 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

So, I just wanna know why they keep calling him the #2, when we know perfectly well that OBL is dead. Zawahiri is the only one of them we’ve allegedly heard from (via al Jezzera or any other media) since at least 2004.

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By Sepharad, September 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment
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The only way Israel will survive—and I love Israel almost as much as I love the U.S. (and don’t bother launching all the anti-Zionist stuff at me, I know it all by heart by now and so does scholar Bernard Lewis who wrote recently that “All the anti-Semites are crawling out from under their rocks again”)—is for Al Quaeda and Iranian’s mullahs to destroy each other with their mutual hate. Their hatred is endless, like a many-headed snake striking again and again, so for once maybe the heads will cancel one another out.

The beautiful culture that was once Islamic Al Andalus, which I also love, will never come again unless the Moslems can transform themselves, leave the hatred behind, accept the Jews of Israel without insisting on the old dhimmihood and Muslim dominance over every inch of everywhere Moslems once lived, agree that Shiia and Sunni (and all the smaller sects of Islam) have an equal right to believe what they believe, that Persians are just as good as Arabs and that Arabs are just as good as Persians, but Islam doesn’t work that way and all that will be left are radiated molecules and ashes.

Bush’s policies have been catastrophic for Israel, the U.S., the West in general and the Moslem world—but not nearly as catastrophic as the fact that most Westerners and many Israelis don’t understand the nature of Islam, and the Moslems don’t understand that if Israel goes down, it will be neither quietly nor alone. The cultural and intellectual richness of the Semite cousins will be an incalculable loss.

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By DocReality, September 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Just in time for 911 and the presidential selection, I mean election. Time to roll out the old Booga Booga and do a little dance for the terrified masses played by your favorite band ALCIADAH.
Yep folks you really can bring down steel buildings with jet fuel, happens everyday and anyone can out wit the multi billion dollar most technologically advanced air force in the most protected airspace on earth for nearly two hours, IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
Just get me one of those fireproof passports like attas and I’m ready for the evil kneivel show.
How did you like Hani Hanjour the Cessna pilot dropout who wiped out the investigation of 2.3 tril missing Pentagram dollars? Yep he took out the accountants and vaporized the evidence, but you know that kind of thing happens all the time especially in one day like the vaporized investigations at the WTC 1,2&7;, Enron,WorldCom,AIG,Blackstone,Citigroup,Morgan Stanley, all SEC investigations into their misdeeds POOF!!! Gone, tell me those Al Qaeda guys ain’t smart.

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By Big B, September 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

Would you buy a used camel from this man? How about a slightly used stinger missile? C-4 more your speed? he got that! Stick of dynamite duck-taped to a radio controlled toy car? you bet. 50 cal sniper rifles, cases of m-16’s and ak-47’s, ammo out the wazoo! it’s all gotta go! We have new stock arriving everyday, leftovers from our big CIA closeout! Everythings gotta go! We lost our lease(we are moving to the next cave over) Free “great satan” t-shirt with every purchase! Open sunday(but not saturday)

Dick Cheney laughs so hard at these commercials he pisses himself.

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By politicaljunky, September 8, 2008 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

Do not listen to the Bushites.

Iran is not a terrorist nation and is the only democratic (albeit as imperfect as a democracy as USA has been the last few years) nation in the Middle East. It looks after its own interests even if at times they are the same and at times against those of the USA. Any free country should do that. And the Saudi based Wahabi terrorists want a war without end (same as the Bushite-McWar junta in the USA).  That’s why Al-Qaida (a creation of CIA originally) is against a free and nationalistic Iran as is the USA.

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By JimM, September 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Bearded Wonder should have said,

“I am so sorry for all of the innocent lives I helped take and the families I have destroyed. I am sorry that your mindless president wandered away from catching my cowardly rat’s ass because of his own vengeful and tyrannical aims with Iraq.
I should know that even one life lost is a tragedy, and I am responsible for murder. I am therefore an infidel and deserving of the fate I have inflicted upon others.”

Of course, since he is a total asshole, he will never admit to the shit besmearing his own soul.

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By Marshall, September 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

isn’t this sortof like moveon.org accusing truthdig.com of siding with the republicans?

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