Al Qaeda leaders release new videos
In a new propaganda push, bin Laden calls for war against Pakistan's president and Darfur peacekeepers.
Al Qaeda intensified its propaganda campaign Thursday by issuing its third video since the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In a lengthy commentary, Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to fight the United States and its allies, targeting the prospect of African Union and United Nations peacekeepers in Darfur. Later on Thursday, Al Qaeda released a new recording of Osama bin Laden declaring war on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan's Army.
The latest video is an 80-minute compilation of old audio clips from bin Laden and Western analysts, interspersed with narration by Al Qaeda leaders, such as Dr. Zawahiri and Mustafa al-Yazid, known as Sheikh Saeed, reports Reuters.
Zawahri gives what appears to be a new commentary, explaining how the United States was being defeated by Muslims around the world.
"What they claim is the strongest power in the history of mankind is today being defeated in front of the Muslim vanguard of jihad six years after New York and Washington," said Zawahri, who was wearing a white turban and speaking in front of a packed bookcase. An assault rifle leant against it.
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