Al-Jazeera airs tape of new al-Qaida head in Iraq

September 7, 2006 20:13


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Al-Jazeera TV has aired an audiotape said to be the first released by Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. In the tape, al-Muhajer said he was confdent that victory will be acheived and called on all mujahedeen to unite on the battlefield, the station reported. It played a brief excerpt from the tape, in which the speaker said, "Our enemy has unified its ranks against us. Isn't it time to get together, worshippers of God? Al-Muhajer, a previously unknown militant, became the leader of Iraq's most feared insurgent group after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US airstrike in June. US officials say they believe al-Muhajer is an Egyptian.

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