Saturday, April 29, 2006

Everybody's gotta get into the act-now it's Zawahiri's turn

`Watch my finger now..don't blink are getting sleepy..'

First it was Osama, then it was it's Zawahiri's turn.

Ayman al-Zawahiri just appeared in a new video aired on jihad TV (al Jazeera) today. Hey, this is the third message coming from the al-Qaeda leaders this week...poor media coordination, market saturation, or just some conflicting egos, I wonder?

Zawahiri wore the usual black turban and a white robe in the video and described the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as traitors, and urged Muslims to "confront them".

As I've noticed, this seems to signify a shift inpriorities from Iraq (where Iran is in control) to the Sunni autocracies. That could signify either an admission that Iraq is a lost cause, or simply a demarcation of spheres of influence with al Qaeda's Iranian allies. I think it's a mixture of the two.

Most of the 16 minute jihadjam focused on Pakistan.Zawahiri called on the people and army of Pakistan to attack President Musharraf's administration.

"Every soldier and officer in the Pakistani military should know that Musharraf is throwing them into the burner of civil war in return for the bribes he is getting from the United States," said Zawahiri.

He urged Pakistanis "to remove this traitor from power" and told soldiers to disobey the orders of their commanders "to kill Muslims in Pakistan or Afghanistan".

Zawahiri had a few kind words for the jihadis in Iraq as well, saying that the US, and its allies had "achieved nothing but losses, disasters and misfortunes" in Iraq.

"Al-Qaeda in Iraq alone has carried out 800 martyrdom operations in three years, besides the victories of the other mujahideen," he said. "This is what has broken the back of America in Iraq."

Uh-huh. Ri-ight.

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