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Al-Qaeda Message Condemns Obama; al-Zawahri Uses Racial Epithet

November 19, 2008

The second-in-command of Islamic militant network al-Qaeda has condemned US President-elect Barack Obama in an audio message.

Ayman al-Zawahri said Mr Obama was not an “honourable black American” but a “house negro” – a demeaning term implying that he serves white people.

BBC

Ayman al-Zawahiri (archive image)
Zawahiri is deputy to Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden

Mr Obama’s plan to shift US troops to Afghanistan would fail, Zawahri said.

If genuine, the message would be the first acknowledgement by al-Qaeda of the president-elect’s victory.

The audio message appeared on militant websites.

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By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF and LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writers

CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida‘s No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.

The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Ayman al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.

In al-Qaida’s first response to Obama’s victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect — along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — “house negroes.”

Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term “abeed al-beit,” which literally translates as “house slaves.” But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as “house negroes.”

The message also includes old footage of speeches by Malcolm X in which he explains the term, saying black slaves who worked in their white masters’ house were more servile than those who worked in the fields. Malcolm X used the term to criticize black leaders he accused of not standing up to whites.

The 11-minute 23-second video features the audio message by al-Zawahri, who appears only in a still image, along with other images, including one of Obama wearing a Jewish skullcap as he meets with Jewish leaders. In his speech, al-Zawahri refers to a Nov. 5 U.S. airstrike attack in Afghanistan, meaning the video was made after that date.

Read the rest and see the video:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081119/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_al_qaida_
obama;_ylt=ArrIlGzIzlvMEBU7.5QzEMqs0NUE

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Al-Qaida No. 2 al-Zawahri says US options in Iraq all bad

April 18, 2008

By PAKINAM AMER and KATARINA KRATOVAC, Associated Press Writers

CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida‘s No. 2 said in an audiotape released Friday that the United States will lose whether it stays in Iraq or withdraws, and he sneered that President Bush just wants to pass the problem on to his successor.
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The message from Ayman al-Zawahri released early Friday on a militant Web site appeared to be one of the most quickly prepared tapes produced by al-Qaida — referring to Congressional testimony only last week by the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, in which he recommended a halt to further U.S. troop withdrawals until after July.

Al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is seen in this ...
Al-Qaida’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is seen in this image made from videotape posted on Internet in 2005.(AP Photo/AP Television News/ho)

Bush said last week he would give Petraeus all the time needed to reassess U.S. troop strength in Iraq after the current drawdown of U.S. troops ends in July.

“The truth is that if Bush keeps all his forces in Iraq until doomsday and until they enter hell, they will only see crisis and defeat by the will of God,” said al-Zawahri, the deputy of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080418/ap_on_re_mi_ea/al_qaida_al_
zawahri;_ylt=Akm
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CIA Director on Terrorism

September 8, 2007

CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Friday, September 7, 2007.  The full text of his remarks can be found at the link at the end of this article.  A few remarks that should be highlighted include:

“al-Qa’ida has protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability. That means safe haven in the tribal areas of Pakistan.”
[This confirms what our friend Muhammad has been telling us as he reports from the tribal areas of Pakistan.]

“Our analysts assess with high confidence that al Qaeda’s central leadership is planning high-impact plots against the American homeland.”

“Al Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant economic aftershocks.”

Read the full text of general Hayden’s remarks:
http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/cia_2717___
article.html/war_intelligence.html

Related:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070908/NATION/109080053/1001
and:
September 11, 2001 Anniversary Approaches: Reality Touches Us

Pakistan: Tribal Areas Remain Terror Enclave

Pakistan: Terrorists Planning Global Attacks

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U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in ’05

July 7, 2007

WASHINGTON — A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s  tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.

The target was a meeting of Al Qaeda’s leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations.

But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected the 11th-hour appeal of Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said. Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning.

Read the rest at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/
washington/08intel.html?hp

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