In Al-Zawahiri's Words
Since the 2001 attacks on the United States, Ayman al-Zawahiri, deputy leader of al-Qaeda, has broadcast his views via video and audiotapes. From his hiding place, he has taunted U.S. and British leaders and sometimes criticizes islamic militant groups. His pronouncements appear to reflect fear that he may lose his ideological grip on the movement. Here is a sampling:
Ayman al-Zawahiri talks on a video message released Oct. 9, 2005.
Aug. 3, 2005: Broadcast by al-Jazeera television
The London subway bombings occurred on July 7 and bombings were attempted on July 21.
"About the British, I tell them that [Prime Minister Tony] Blair brought a new catastrophe in the center of London. He will bring more than that. You, the nations allied with the crusaders, we...offer you to stop your aggression against Muslims and our sheik Osama bin Laden offered to you a truce until you get out from our lands."
Oct. 9, 2005: Released online
Zawahiri refers to the earthquake that struck Pakistan and Afghanistan "yesterday."
"Now, I am calling on the Muslims...and Islamic charitable organizations...to give help to the Pakistani brothers. Whatever difficulties they may encounter because all of us know about the American war on the Islamic charitable work, and all of us know that the government of [President Pervez] Musharraf is a branch of the American intelligence."
Jan. 30, 2006: Aired by al-Jazeera
"Bush, do you know where I am? I am amid the Muslim masses, rejoicing in their support, their attention, their generosity, their protection and their participation in jihad until we conquer you ... Your leaders responded to [the truce offer by Osama bin Laden on Jan. 19] by saying that they don't negotiate with terrorists ... I say to them, you are liars and greedy warmongers..."
March 4, 2006: Aired by al-Jazeera
"The globalizers in the Palestinian Authority have sold Palestine, and accepted crumbs ... But no one has the right ... to give up one grain of sand from Palestine. This was a Muslim land that has been conquered by infidels, and it is the duty of every Muslim to bring it back."
April 12, 2006: Released online, but likely recorded in November
"The battlefield of jihad in Iraq is the most dangerous one now...I ask you to support your brothers, the mujaheddin in Iraq, and our brother, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whom I didn't see anything about but good things the whole period I knew him. I know him to be true and how he is defending Islam with all his powers."
SOURCE: Photos, transcripts and translations by Site Institute, a Washington-based group that tracks terrorist messages