Al-Qaida US-born spokesman criticizes Pakistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 29, 2010 15:37




ISLAMABAD — A US-born spokesman for Al-Qaida has urged Muslims in Pakistan to join Islamist militants fighting their nation's rulers and said that Islamabad's "sluggish and halfhearted" response to recent floods showed it did not care for them.

Adam Gadahn's remarks in a video released Wednesday echoed those of Al-Qaida's number two leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a similar posting on militant websites earlier this month, suggesting the terror organization has decided on a single, simple message to push on the back of the floods that affected as many as 20 million people in Pakistan.

Gadahn criticized Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for going on a trip to Europe at the start of the flooding and said he suspected much of the aid money flowing into Pakistan would be stolen by corrupt officials.


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