Zawahri attacks Obama, Arabs in new video
Islamabad, September 23, 2009
Al Qaeda's number two Ayman Al-Zawahri appeared on Wednesday in a new video attacking Arab leaders and US President Barack Obama for their policies on Israel.
The video, which was posted on an Islamist website used by Al Qaeda supporters, was the second message from Al Qaeda this month after leader Osama bin Laden issued an audiotape on Sept 14 warning Americans over their government's ties with Israel.
The video appeared almost two weeks after the Sept. 11 events it was intended to mark.
Zawahri, who like bin Laden is thought to be in the mountainous territory along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, attacked Arab leaders for kowtowing to Washington over the Arab-Israeli conflict and said US President Barack Obama is no different from George W Bush before him.
"America has come with a new deceptive face ... It plants the same dagger as Bush and his predecessors did. Obama has resorted to the policies of his predecessors in lying and selling illusions," said Zawahri, clad in white robe and turban.
"America has got involved in many wars and lost them ... But this one isn't like others. You have become embroiled with the Islamic nation and its mujahideen, and the nation has begun to wake up," he said in his concluding remarks.
American Muslim convert Adam Gadahn appeared as well as Abu Yahya al-Libi, Mustafa Abul-Yazid and other Al Qaeda figures in a production by Al Qaeda media arm As-Sahab where they discussed events of the past year such as the financial crisis, fighting in Afghanistan and the election of US President Barack Obama.
A major theme of the 106-minute production, titled "The West and the Dark Tunnel", is that Al Qaeda's Sept. 11 attack on US cities and the subsequent US war on terror were behind US and world financial troubles.
The video, in which a narrator speaks over clips of the Al Qaeda figures and Western analysts taken from documentaries, discusses allegations of financial corruption inside the Saudi royal family and torture used by US troops in Afghanistan. -Reuters