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Zawahiri Calls for Holy War Against Israel

Zawahiri made his announcement of jihad against Israel in his latest video:

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."


In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to
Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us."

The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with "cease-fires or agreements."

"It is a jihad (holy war) 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 for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.

He said Arab regimes were accomplices to Israel. "My fellow Muslims, it is obvious that Arab and Islamic governments are not only impotent but also complicit ... and you are alone on the battlefield. Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs."

Jihad shmihad. It's destroy Israel and America all the time. Zawahiri is such a bore.

Update: Jay at Stop the ACLU has some analysis:

I just saw part of the video on CNN. A few things to note is the quality improvement of the video. It seems a lot more polished than past videos and it seems he is reading from a prompter. Experts are reviewing it and many think it is a call for attacks or to prepare for some. The images behind him are a change from the usually plain background. It was also noted that his weapon was not beside him like past videos. The man in the left background is the a commander who actually planned 9/11 and was killed in Afghanistan. The man in the right background is unknown. It is being studied on whether he is another jihadist that they consider a martyr or a possible future "martyr."

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Comments (12)

So what else is new? ... (Below threshold)

So what else is new?

And when will al-Zawahri lead by example?

for the sake of God and ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq...

Has he given up on the Western Hemisphere?

Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.

Well, to be picky--and if I'm not mistaken--the Crusades lasted from the 11th through 13th centuries.

Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs.

Translation: "God knows the Americans and Jews will kill you when you confront them, so just consider it dying for Allah. And, frankly, physically leading you into battle just ain't my cup 'o tea."

Where does He qualify the H... (Below threshold)
914:

Where does He qualify the Holy part of His perverted logic?? There is nothing Holy about His crusade or false religion!

A call for a holy war from ... (Below threshold)
K:

A call for a holy war from a Muslim?

Stop the presses! Interupt the soaps. this is news!

So what? Since wh... (Below threshold)
Lugnut:

So what?

Since when has all their hyperbolic rhetoric ever amounted to anything since we started paying attention after 9/11.

Nobody believes them anymore.

Lugnut

If this "nut case" keeps it... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

If this "nut case" keeps it up, they are going to have to look in history books, a hundred years from now, to find out what a muslim was.

So what studio was used in ... (Below threshold)
Whitehall:

So what studio was used in the production? Iran?

That would be an interesting point to connect. If he's is now a mouthpiece or hired gun for Iran one could read his statement as a threat that the West will see more terrorist attacks. Maybe more action in Iraq?

"Future Martyr" - lovely p... (Below threshold)
Bret:

"Future Martyr" - lovely phrase.

Don't they all fit into that category?

"from Spain to Iraq"... (Below threshold)
Plainslow:

"from Spain to Iraq"
Does that mean that Iran is ours?

Why don't any of these guys... (Below threshold)

Why don't any of these guys ever martyr themselves? Instead they just feed young men all the BS. The young guys blow themselves up to get virgins in paradise (which might be a bowl of fruit, a less lecherous interpretation of the bounty of heaven) and the old guys get all the 14 year old virgins on earth.

Who thought up this scam anyhow.

"from Spain to Iraq"<... (Below threshold)
Stormin:

"from Spain to Iraq"

Think the euroweenies will pay any closer attention to this since it basically is saying that their governments are going to become Islamic if Al-Qaeda were to get their way?

Probably not.

Synova" And the... (Below threshold)
Muslim Unity:

Synova

" And the old guys get all the 14 year old virgins on the Earth "
Who thought up this scam anyhow?

I believe the original molester was muhahmed.




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