Zawahiri: Al Qaeda Is Winning Iraq- Time to Expand Holy War
But, How could this be? Al Qaeda is not in Iraq!
Al Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri sent a letter to his followers in Iraq urging them to extend their campaign since Iraq is already won.
Al-Qaeda number-two Ayman al-Zawahiri, seen here in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan in November 2001. Zawahiri has poured scorn on a US congressional bill tying war funding to a pullout from Iraq, saying it reflected US failure, in a video posted on the Internet back on May 5th.(AFP/Ausaf Newspaper/File)
The deputy leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has urged supporters in Iraq to extend their “holy war” to other Middle Eastern countries.
In a letter sent to the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq in the past few weeks, Zawahiri claims that it is defeating U.S. forces and urges followers to expand their campaign of terror.
He conjures a vision of an Islamic state comprising Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, where Al Qaeda has already gained its first footholds.
The goal of an Islamic “greater Syria,” first outlined by Zawahiri two years ago, is detailed in the letter amid growing concern about the activities of new groups under Al Qaeda’s influence in the countries concerned…
Zawahiri’s letter was sent to Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and intercepted by a Middle Eastern intelligence service.
A senior American security source said he was aware of the letter and Al Qaeda’s growing emphasis on spreading jihad through a volatile region.
The source said Zawahiri, a Sunni, was determined to prevent Lebanon falling into the hands of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, which has tried to bring down the government.
In related news… Al Qaeda agreed with Bush this week…
Al Qaeda (flag above) says they agree with Bush that the coming months in Iraq will be difficult.