23.6.06

Zawahiri hails Zarqawi in new video

Aljazeera.Net - Zawahiri hails Zarqawi in new video:

Al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has hailed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as a soldier, an Islamic cleric and a prince of martyrs. The videotaped statement, broadcast by Aljazeera on Friday, was the first acknowledgment by al-Qaeda's central leadership of the death of al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a US air strike northeast of Baghdad on June 7. The broadcast showed al-Zawahri, wearing a white robe and black turban, with a picture of a smiling al-Zarqawi over his left shoulder. In the tape, al-Zawahiri said al-Zarqawi was 'a soldier, a hero, an iman and the prince of martyrs'.

Al-Zawahiri addressed George Bush directly in the broadcast, and vowed to avenge al-Zarqawi's death.
'Yes O Bush, none of us is killed without us avenging him, with the help of God,' said al-Zawahiri.

'You are not facing individuals but the whole of the Muslim nation.

'America will not dream in security until security has become a reality in Palestine and the other Muslim countries.'

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