Al-Qaeda calls for new attacks
US: In a message released Thursday, Al-Qaeda number two Ayman
al-Zawahiri encouraged extremists everywhere to dream up new ways to
attack the West, as the September 11 bombers did nearly 10 years ago,
The 35-minute message — a video containing only a still picture of
Zawahiri in which he can be heard delivering a speech — was the second
in a series titled “A Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to the People of
Egypt.” It was produced by Al-Qaeda’s media arm, as-Sahab.
“If we are not able to produce weapons equal to the weapons of the
Crusader West, we can sabotage their complex economic and industrial
systems and drain their powers, which fight without a cause, until they
run away fleeing,” Zawahiri said in the audio message, according to the
US-based SITE monitoring service.
He complained that the Muslim world trails behind the West in
technological know-how and military weaponry.
“Therefore, the mujahideen (holy warriors) must invent new ways, ways
that never dawned on the minds of the West,” Zawahiri continued. “An
example of this brave and courageous thinking is the use of airplanes as
a mighty weapon, as happened in the blessed invasions in New York,
Washington and Pennsylvania.”
The 9/11 attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead when Al-Qaeda
extremists slammed airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the
Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Zawahiri’s first message last week addressed the popular uprising
that led Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to step down after three
decades in power. Al-Qaeda has long advocated that violence is the only
way to overthrow regimes.
But a handful of countries across the Middle East and North Africa
are now roiled by popular revolts against longtime autocratic rulers.
In his lecture, Zawahiri also criticized the Coptic Christian
Orthodox Church, accusing it of provoking Muslims and encouraging
He called the church a “danger” to Egypt, and urged Arab Christians
to avoid fighting Al-Qaeda and not look toward the United States and the
West as sources of power and influence.
Zawahiri also denied that Al-Qaeda was behind the New Year’s Eve
bombing of the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria in
Egypt, calling the attack a “consequence” of the church’s
WASHINGTON, Friday, AFP