Al-Qaida No. 2 calls Bush 'failure'

In video statement, Zawahri slams US president as "deceitful charlatan."

By
September 29, 2006 23:25
1 minute read.
Al-Qaida No. 2 calls Bush 'failure'

zawahri 298 88. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri condemned US President George W. Bush in a video statement released Friday, calling him a failure and a liar. "Can't you be honest at least once in your life, and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq," al-Zawahri said in a portion of the video released by the Washington-based SITE Institute. "Why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order increase your profits?" al-Zawahri said. Al-Zawahri also criticized Bush for holding al-Qaida leaders in prisons including top leader Khaled Sheik Mohammed, who was captured and held by US authorities since 2003. "Bush you deceitful charlatan, three and a half years have passed since your capture of Khaled Sheik Mohammed, so how have you found us during this time? Losing and surrendering?" he said, according to the SITE Institute. The nearly 18 minute taped video statement called "Bush, the Pope, Darfur and the Crusades," features in two segments and was produced by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab. The first part shows al-Zawahri in an office-type setting, while in the second part, shows him in front of a brown backdrop, according to the Virginia-based IntelCenter. The first segment also has English subtitles. It was not known when the video taping took place. Friday's video was the latest to come from al-Zawahri since earlier this month. Al-Qaida released a string of videos for the anniversary of Sept. 11, showing increasingly sophisticated production techniques in a likely effort to demonstrate that it remains a powerful, confident force despite the US-led war on terror.


Related Content

Israel soccer
June 24, 2018
Israeli soccer fans harassed at World Cup in Moscow

By JTA