Al-Qaeda's No. 2 vowed revenge on the United States in a message released Thursday over an 86-year jail sentence handed down in September to a Pakistani woman convicted of attacking Americans.
Ayman al-Zawahri threatened new attacks to avenge the sentencing and presented it as another reason that Pakistanis should overthrow their government and join the jihad against the US.
Aafia Siddiqui was convicted in February of two counts of attempted murder after she snatched up an assault rifle while in an Afghan police station and opened fire on her US interrogators.
Her story has sparked fierce passions in Pakistan, where she has become an icon for a population rife with anti-Americanism sentiment. Many across Pakistan's political spectrum believe the US has fabricated charges against her and may have even held her in a secret prison during a five-year period in which she went missing.