Al-Qaeda Deputy: UN Enemy of Islam - Jihadi Influence to Spread

[Aljazeera-Qatar] Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a new online audio recording, said, "The United Nations is an enemy of Islam and Muslims. It is the one which codified and legitimized the setting up of the State of Israel." The UN agreed to the presence of "crusaders" in Afghanistan and Iraq and had approved the separation of East Timor from Indonesia, he said, yet "it doesn't recognize that [right] for Chechnya, nor for all the Muslim Caucasus, nor for Kashmir, nor for Ceuta and Melilla [Spanish enclaves in North Africa], nor for Bosnia." "I expect the jihadi influence to spread after the Americans' exit from Iraq, and to move towards Jerusalem," he said to those asking when attacks on Israel would take place. He also predicted the end of the Saudi state, which is "swimming against the tide of history" and the government of his native Egypt, which he called a "corrupt, rotten regime [that] cannot possibly continue."

2008-04-03 01:00:00

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