In a new message posted February 20th, 2005 to an al-Qaeda message board, a board member suggests that the latest al-Zawahiri tape may have implied a forthcoming use of weapons of mass destruction against the West.
The author speculates the means by which al-Zawahiri intends to follow through on his words promising the death to tens of thousands of Westerners. ?Clearly,? he writes, ?killing tens of thousands and destroying an economy can only be brought about by means of a huge military operation.?
Following his message, the writer includes a graphic showing an artist?s rendering of the aftermath of a nuclear attack against New York City.
?Maybe,? he states, ?this will be be the great promised attack against America, leader of the crusade against Islam!?
This message is unique in that most of the messages regarding the new tape provide only links to the video rather than discussion of the content and message.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.