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June 21, 2006
Zawahiri Speaks, Again

Al-Qaeda's second in command, Egyptian terror mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri, released another videotape today. Unlike his past missives, this release appears aimed at Afghanis rather than Westerners, with Zawahiri speaking in Pashtun and Farsi and skipping the English subtitles:

In the video, al-Zawahiri, speaking in Arabic, addresses his message to the people in Afghanistan and talks about what he terms "crimes against the Afghan people by the Americans."

He claims to have recorded the message, which lasts 3 minutes and 44 seconds, the day after deadly riots in Kabul on May 29.

He calls on young men in Kabul's universities to defend their homeland against what he called invaders.

Zawahiri missed the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the collapse of the AQ network in Iraq. He also recorded it prior to the completion of the Iraqi government, an event that even apart from Zarqawi's death would have ruined Zawahiri's month. As it is, the message to the Afghans about supposed war crimes of the Americans will fail to resonate while Zawahiri's allies keep using their women and children as human shields.

In fact, the focus on the Afghans seems more than a little strange. Not many of them have televisions, and when Zawahiri's goons ran the country few were allowed that luxury. Now Zawahiri wants them to support the Taliban by using a technology that they all but banned while in charge. Can Zawahiri explain that hypocrisy?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 21, 2006 9:57 PM

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