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Complete Video of Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Speech Aired on al-Jazeera August 3, 2005 – “Desecrating the Qur’an and the Infidel Democracy”
By SITE Institute
September 27, 2005

The complete video of the speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri aired by the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera, on August 3, 2005, of which only two minutes were shown, was disseminated across several jihadist forums today, September 27, 2005. The speech, twelve minutes in length, titled: ?Desecrating the Qur?an and the Infidel Democracy,? addresses several issues concerning the relationship between America, Britain, Israel and the Muslim nations. Zawahiri emphatically states that America is ?against the Qur?an,? and has mired itself within Iraq, while President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice have hid the alleged truth that complete withdrawal from the country is the only sustainable exit option. He states: ?Bush and Rice are driving American into a huge disaster… there will be a confrontation, the dimensions which America does not know. The beginning of it was the attacks on New York and Washington.?

Zawahiri also comments about Britain and Prime Minister Tony Blair bringing ?a new catastrophe in the center of London.? He maintains that an offer was extended to the nations ?allied with the Crusaders? to become Muslims, and reiterates Usama bin Laden?s ?truce? of ceasing aggression against Muslims, promising: ?For all who collaborated with the Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq I will collect the price of the betrayers very soon.? Further, Zawahiri speaks about America and Israel vis-à-vis Palestine, arguing that America is creating a larger Israel to humiliate the Palestinians and such can only be ?faced by jihad.? He calls upon the Palestinian Muslims to ?take care of the American agents,? and Muslims in general to support the mujahideen in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine to attack the interests of all nations who participated in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, ?particularly their economic interests and particularly the Muslim oil?.

A transcipt of the video is provided to our Intel Service members.

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