Qaeda Deputy Zawahiri Releases Video in English

[AFP] - Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command to al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, has released an English-language video call for jihad in Pakistan, the U.S.-based IntelCenter said Sunday. Zawahiri describes A.Q. Khan - the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb under house arrest for transferring nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea - as a "scapegoat to appease the Americans." The Egyptian-born Zawahiri related his own personal experiences of having lived in Pakistan and said he "wants to speak directly to the Pakistani people and chose English because he cannot speak Urdu."

2008-08-05 08:00:00

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