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28 July 2006 :: 14:07:35 pm 32959

Al Qaeda Calls Muslims To Fight Israel

In a video released on Thursday on Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahiri called for all Muslims to join the fight against Israel and “rise up seeking martyrdom and attack the crusaders and Zionists.
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   Al-Zawahri wore a gray robe and white turban. A picture of the burning World Trade Center was on the wall behind him along with photos of two other militants. One appeared to be a bearded Mohammed Atta, the Egyptian ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks. The other was Mohammed Atef, also known as Abu Hafs al-Masri, a former top lieutenant of bin Laden who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November 2001.

   Al Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden’s top lieutenant, compared the war in Lebanon to al Qaeda’s battle against the West, and called on all Muslims to wage “jihad in the name of God.”

   “The al Qaeda organization will not stay silent regarding what the Muslims in Palestine and Lebanon are facing,” al-Zawahiri said.

   Hezbollah and al Qaeda share a common enemy, but have never joined forces before, they have always been cautious of each other. Now al-Zawahiri has told the Muslims in Lebanon and Palestine territories, “Stand with us and we will stand with you.”

   He continued on to say that no where is immune to al Qaeda attacks, “the whole world is an open field to us.”

   “As they attack us everywhere, we will attack them everywhere. They gang up to wage war on us; our (Islamic) nation will fight them and wage war on them,” al-Zawahiri said.

   He said that the Israeli rockets that “are tearing up Muslims‘ bodies in Gaza and Lebanon” are paid for by the “crusader‘s alliance,” referring to U.S. support for Israel.

   He added, “Everyone who participated in this crime must pay the price, and we will not stand by watching these explosives pouring down on our brothers in Gaza and Lebanon while we stand in silence and do nothing.”

   “The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires … It is a Jihad for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails … from Spain to Iraq,” al-Zawahri said. “We will attack everywhere.” Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims until they were driven from the country at the turn of the 16th century.

   The message was al-Zawahri‘s tenth this year. Bin Laden has issued five messages in a particularly active year of messages from the top al-Qaida leadership.

   Israel began an offensive on Gaza days after Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier on June 25. It opened a second front in Lebanon after Hezbollah guerillas abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12.

   Since fighting began between Israel and Hezbollah, at least 424 people have been killed in Lebanon, according to figures compiled from the Health Ministry, military and Hezbollah. Fifty-one Israelis have been killed, including 33 members of the military, according to Israeli authorities.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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