A new videotape featuring Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda?s number two, was aired today, January 6, 2006, by the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera, to which the news organization provided an Arabic transcript. In his speech, Zawahiri mentions the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections and allegations of fraud by Judge Ahmed Mekki, indicating that the video was prepared sometime after the first week of December 2005. Zawahiri speaks at length of what he considers ?Islamic victory in Iraq? and in turn, America?s failure, accusing U.S. President George W. Bush of being a ?pathological liar? and continuing the U.S. military presence in Iraq despite these forces ?suffering and ailing and trying to find a way our from Iraq!? Further, he addresses Bush and states: ?you have to confess that you are defeated in Iraq, and you are defeated in Afghanistan and you will soon be defeated in Palestine, with Allah?s help.?
Besides his condemnation of the American military and it?s the country?s foreign policy engagements in not only Iraq, but Egypt and alleged involvement in its elections, Zawahiri speaks to the Muslim nation and charitable organizations and invites them to help their Muslim brothers suffering from the earthquake in Pakistan, reiterating that he is not capable of providing the assistance he would like and the Pakistani government is unsupportive and damaging to the relief cause. Also, Zawahiri, in his discussion of elections in Muslim countries, claims that the ?biggest calamity? was in Algeria, where France, ?with the blessing of America,? interfered to ?carry the winners not to the Parliament building, but to jail.?
Zawahiri calls for jihad as the only solution for Muslim freedom, stating that free elections are not tangible without excising the arm of the ?Crusaders? Zionist occupation? and the bad governments. He states: ?The fractions of freedom which America allows by force, didn?t allow it unless under mujahideen attack in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine. Without Allah and the sacrifices of the mujahideen in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American tanks should move from Baghdad to destroy our houses in Riyadh, Amman, and Cairo.?