Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second in command of al-Qaeda, was broadcast in a two minute video message today, August 4, 2005, aired by al-Jazeera Arabic Television, issuing a warning of additional attacks to Britain, the United States, and ?other crusader nations,? unless they withdraw their forces and presence from Arab lands, and cease ?stealing our oil? and providing support to the ?local rulers.? Zawahiri accuses British Prime Minister Tony Blair of having brought the destruction to London, and states that he ?will attract more than that;? in addition to alleging that President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, have hid the fact that complete withdrawal from Iraq is the only exit option, analogizing America?s role in Vietnam to that currently in Iraq.
Sheikh Zawahiri reiterates Sheikh Usama bin Laden?s cease fire agreement to leave Muslims lands, as well as his statement that safety will never be realized until security is ?real in Palestine.? Zawahiri also comments that the ?crusader nations… spilled rivers of blood in our countries, so we exploded volcanoes in yours.? Further, the message indicates that a continued policy of aggression towards Muslims will create more violence and attacks, ?more than you saw in Afghanistan, in our home.?
A translation of the portions of the speech aired on al-Jazeera is provided to our Intel Service members.