A new video speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda?s number two, was broadcast yesterday, January 30, 2006, by the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera. The channel then provided a 3:23 minute audio clip of the speech, in which Zawahiri castigates U.S. President George W. Bush and the ?traitor,? Pakistani President General Pervez Musharaff, for the airstrike on the village of Damadola in Peshawar from January 13, 2006. Zawahiri explains that this event is evidence of the ?extent of America?s lies and failures,? and addresses the ?Butcher of Washington,? Bush, that he is defeated and his policies will only render ?disasters and tragedies?. Zawahiri taunts that his death will only come at the time of Allah?s decree, and until that time, he remains ?amid the Muslim masses, rejoicing in their support, their attention, their generosity, their protection and their participation in jihad until we conquer you with the help and power of Allah.?
In addition, Zawahiri reminds of the truce presented by Usama bin Laden in his speech from January 19, 2006 , and continues the al-Qaeda Emir?s allegations that the War on Terror has been fueld by greed, stating: ?But your leaders, desirous of amassing wealth, are determined to throw you into battles and destroy your lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed in your own country, God willing.?
The clip concludes with Zawahiri reminding the ?American mother? and ?British wife? that when their loved ones return in coffins and crippled, that they are only to blame their respective leaders.
As this is only a clip from the speech, the length of the complete production is unknown.
A translated transcript of the clip is provided to our Intel Service members.