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Zawahiri Tape Recorded before Terrorist Attacks in Riyadh and Casablanca
By SITE Institute
Published in: SITE Institute
May 23, 2003

On May 22, the Arabic London daily As-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that fundamentalists are in disagreement whether the recent audio tape released by Aiman al-Zawahiri was recorded before or after the war in Iraq started. However, all agree that it was recorded before the terrorist attacks in Riyadh and Casablanca. Therefore, the attacks to which al-Zawahiri refers to could in fact be the Riyadh and Casablanca bombings. The following is a summary of the article. The original Arabic article can be viewed here. --- Disagreement Between the Fundamentalists Regarding the Date of Al-Zawahiri’s New Tape Calling for Attacking American, British and Norwegian Targets As-Sharq Al-Awsat By Muhamad Al-Shafi’i, London Fundamentalists in London are debating over the date on which Aiman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command of al-Qaeda, recorded his new tape that was broadcast on the “Al-Jazeera” television channel. On the tape, Al-Zawahiri calls for more attacks against Western targets. Muntasar al-Zayat, who is know as the Egyptian “Terrorists’ Lawyer” and has written a book about al-Zawahiri entitled, “The Way I Knew Him,” last year, says the tape was recorded after Baghdad fell. He explains that al-Zawahiri knew about the looming series of bombings in Riyadh and Casablanca, and recorded his tape to announce them. Al-Zayat adds that the reason for the time gap between the actual recording and al-Jazeera’s broadcast was that the tape was passed from hand to hand, and not directly to al-Jazeera. However, not all the fundamentalists support his assertion. The Lybian Na’aman Ibn Uthman, however, asserts that the tape was recorded a short time after the war on Iraq broke, before the defeat. As for the call for new attacks, Uthman explains that this is a general call for the warriors in Afghanistan.

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