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“From Tora Bora to Iraq” – A Speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri on the Four Year Anniversary of the Bombings in Tora Bora, Afghanistan
By SITE Institute
April 13, 2006

Al-Sahab, an al-Qaeda production company, released a 28:31 minute video of a speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri yesterday, April 12, 2006. The message titled: ?From Tora Bora to Iraq,? is indicated to have been recorded in November 2005, and marks the four year anniversary of the American-led bombing campaign of the Tora Bora region in Afghanistan against Taliban and al-Qaeda leadership. Throughout his speech, Zawahiri continuously emphasizes the fabrications of the American government and its president, George W. Bush, to its people concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to purported lies of bring liberty to Muslim nations. These ?lies? provided for the central theme of his message, stretching American actions in Tora Bora in 2001 to Iraq in 2005, and instances in between of America?s ?agents? in Egypt and Jordan maintaining their power by alignment with the United States.

Zawahiri opens his speech by extending his condolences to the Muslims in Kashmir and Pakistan who were affected by the earthquake in October, reiterating his anger with his inability and that of Muslim charity organizations to assist in relief efforts as he made in a previous speech. He then moves a discussion of American ?cowardly? actions in Afghanistan, refusing to station and move ground troops in Tora Bora to capture Usama bin laden and rather repeatedly bombing the terrain. Afghanistan, its presidential elections, in addition to Egypt and the reelection of President Hosni Mubarak are also highlighted to allegedly evince corruption in ballot counting.

A speech by President Bush concerning al-Qaeda strategy in reestablishing the Caliphate is also attacked, Zawahiri arguing that it is incumbent upon Muslims to strive to create the Caliphate and to eliminate Israel. He states: ?You have to understand that we are one nation and we don't recognize Sykes-Picot and the maps of Percy Cox, whether you like it or not. You won't have any peace or security unless you deal with the Muslim Nation on an equal basis of respect, and not on the basis of crimes and theft. You have to understand, Bush, the son of Bush, that removing Israel is a must on every Muslim, whether you like it or not. The Caliphate of which you conspired against and caused to collapse eight years ago is coming back in spite of you.?

Turning to Iraq, Zawahiri states that its battlefield of jihad is the most difficult and its mujahideen and people are to be supported. In this part of his speech he urges support for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, stating: ?The Nation of Islam, I ask you to support your brothers, the mujahideen in Iraq, and our brother, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whom I didn't see anything about but good things the whole period I knew him.? Zawahiri also asks for support to the ?real? scholars of Islam, as opposed to the ?new? scholars who were charged with defending American and Iraqi Shi?ite policy.

The speech concludes with a call upon all Muslim states to provide material and financial support to the mujahideen in Iraq, hoping that their victory will provide for a continued drive to the doors of Palestine.

The video and a transcript are provided to our Intel Service members.

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