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Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri Addresses U.S. President Bush’s Baghdad Security Plan in Video Speech from as-Sahab, “The Correct Equation” – 1/2007
By SITE Institute
January 22, 2007

Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda?s number two, presents a speech titled: ?The Correct Equation,? in a 14:11 minute video produced by the group?s multimedia arm, as-Sahab. The speech, including English-subtitles, concerns the Iraq security plan announced by U.S. President George W. Bush to send an additional 20,000 American troops to Baghdad, and the necessity of the Muslims joining the Mujahideen and supporting their jihad in all theaters of war, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya, Somalia, and Algeria. Zawahiri taunts Bush, questioning: ?why send 20,000 only - why not send 50 or 100 thousand? Aren't you aware that the dogs of Iraq are pining for your troops' dead bodies?.? He then invites the American President to send the entire American Army to Iraq as he believes the Mujahideen are capable of destroying the equivalent of ten armies.

Continuing his interpretation of Bush?s address, or ?ravings,? Zawahiri clarifies that America has not deprived al-Qaeda of safe haven in Afghanistan, as the Taliban under the command of Mullah Muhammad Omar have deprived the Americans of such in that country, evidenced by their bringing NATO to the forefront of the war. He then turns to the American people, reminding of past offers of security by reaching an ?understanding? with Muslims, and warns that if they continue to follow the policies of Bush and his administration, then peace is impossible. The ?correct equation,? as Zawahiri puts it, is security being a shared destiny, but not guaranteed. He states: ?if we are secure, you might be secure, and if we are safe, you might be safe. And if we are struck and killed, you will definitely - with Allah's permission - be struck and killed.?

The remainder of the speech serves to incite Muslims to jihad, using Bush?s security plan and continuing actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Somalia, as justification. Zawahiri argues that every Muslim today is responsible for the defense of Islam and the efforts to ?liberate? Muslim captives, foremost being the ?Blind Sheikh? Omar Abdel Rahman. Zawahiri also entreats ?Arab nationalists and leftists? to return to Islam and refuse international law that has divided their land and Muslim Nation.

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


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