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A New Video Tape from Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri Read by Azzam the American:
By SITE Institute
January 7, 2006

A 25:20 minute video tape indicating a speech prepared by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and read by a voice that seems to be of Azzam the American AKA Adam Gadahn, titled: "The Letter to the Americans - Why Do We Fight and Resist You?," was issued today, January 7, 2006. The video, prepared by al-Sahab productions, an al-Qaeda production company, features a still-shot of Zawahiri imposed on on a corner of the screen, atop English-text, which follows the English audio. Opening with photographs of intubated and medically-treated children, the message seeks to address a document allegedly published by a group of American writers and called "Why We Fight," answering not only this question, but also: "To what do we call you and what do we ask of you?"

It appears that this message is in fact an English translation of an Usama bin Laden letter to the United States from November 2002 .

The message responds that fighting is a reciprocal action against repeated Western aggression in Muslim lands. Zawahiri, through Gadahn's voice, specifically cites Israel and alleged falsehoods related to the Jewish claim to the land within this answer, in addition to mentioning encroachment in Chechnya, Kashmir, and Lebanon. He also condemns the American people and justifies attacks upon civilian populations due to their electing the rulers that authorize this aggression, and for their complacency with such foreign policy. According to the speech, for its hypocritical position vis-a-vis human rights and law, and deification of democracy, America is the "worst civilization in the history of the human race." Further, Zawahiri's messages warns that its policies are not changed, then disaster will befall America. He states: "Either leave us alone, or expect us in New York or Washington."

The video clip is provided to our Intel Service members.

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