Another blow to the “It’s the War in Iraq, stupid!” crowd…
(See John Murtha )
This pill will be hard to swallow.
Canada… Germany… and now France!
Al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a video footage released April 29, 2006. Zawahiri has urged a militant Algerian Islamist group to punish ‘Crusader nation’ France, even though it vehemently opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq, a newspaper said on Thursday. (REUTERS)
The BBC is reporting
Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader has claimed that a radical Algerian Islamist group had joined al-Qaeda and is being urged to punish France, it has emerged.
Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a video on a website on the fifth anniversary of the 11 September attacks.
In the tape, he issued a warning of new attacks targeting Israel and the Gulf.
Although France’s government opposed the US-led war in Iraq, French officials believe the country is still a target for Islamist militants.
In the video, Zawahiri says: “Osama Bin Laden has told me to announce to Muslims that the GSPC [the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat] has joined al-Qaeda,” according to quotes given by the AFP news agency.
“This should be a source of chagrin, frustration and sadness for the apostates [of the regime in Algeria], the treacherous sons of [former colonial power] France.”
He urges the group to become “a bone in the throat of the American and French crusaders”.
“We pray to God that our brothers from the GSPC succeed in causing harm to the top members of the crusader coalition, and particularly their leader, the vicious America,” he says.
Zawahiri also promised that after the American defeat in Iraq (See John Murtha and the Democratic Party), that the American economy will be the next target.
It’s a shame that French street posters like this one didn’t seem to pursuade Zawahiri any…
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