Al-Qaida 2nd-in-command lashes out at Israel, Obama administration

Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaida's second-in-command, said on Monday that Israel should be wiped off the map and described the Jewish state as a crime against Muslims. Zawahri also accused US President Barack Obama of conducting a policy on Israeli-Palestinian issues that was bound to end in failure for the Palestinians, Reuters reported, saying that Obama wanted a Palestinian state that would serve as "an extension of the CIA." "Israel is a crime that should be removed," Zawahri reportedly said in an interview with al Qaida's media arm As-sahab, posted on an Islamist website on Monday.