Al-Qaida No. 2 urges attacks on oil plants
Updated: 2005-12-07 22:14
Al-Qaida's deputy leader called for attacks against Gulf oil facilities and
urged insurgent groups in Iraq to unite to drive out American forces, according
to a videotape posted on the Internet Wednesday.
Al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is seen in
this image made from videotape posted on Internet on Wednesday, Dec. 7,
2005. In the video Ayman al-Zawahri, called for attacks against oil
facilities in the Gulf region and urged insurgent groups in Iraq to unite
to drive out American forces. [AP]
The posting was a full version of a video by al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri
that was issued on Sept. 19, excerpts of which were broadcast by the Arab
television network Al-Jazeera at the time. The network aired more excerpts
Wednesday, originally presenting all of the footage as new. A newscaster later
told viewers some of the excerpts had previously been broadcast.
"I call on the holy warriors to concentrate their campaigns on the stolen oil
of the Muslims, most of the revenues of which go to the enemies of Islam,"
al-Zawahri, the Egyptian deputy of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, said in a
portion of the tape not previously broadcast.
Al-Zawahri also said that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was alive and well
and leading the holy war against the West.
"Thanks be to God, (al-Qaida's) prince, Sheik Osama bin Laden, is still, God
protect him, leading the holy war," al-Zawahri said in the September footage.
Al-Zawahri, who was wearing a white robe and black turban and was seated
before a pale blue sheet, spoke to an off-camera interviewer. He said "the
enemies of Islam" were exploiting oil with "incomparable greed, and we have to
stop that theft with all we can save this fortune for the nation of Islam."
In the full version of the tape, which was posted on an Islamic Web site
known for carrying statements from extremist groups, al-Zawahri called on Iraqi
insurgent groups to unite.
Iraqi Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, "whose hands were not tainted by Americans,"
should come together to fill "the gap that will be left by the Americans
departure" from Iraq, he said.
The full video includes quotes from al-Zawahri on September elections in
Afghanistan and on the July 7 London bombings that appeared in the excerpts
aired by Al-Jazeera on Sept. 19.