Al-Qaeda's deputy leader mocks new Bush strategy in Iraq
Al-Qaeda's deputy leader mocked US President Bush's plan to send 21,000 more soldiers to Iraq, challenging him to send "the entire army," according to a new al-Qaida videotape.
Excerpts from the video were distributed by the Washington-based SITE Institute, which said it had intercepted the footage of Ayman al-Zawahri. Al-Zawahri said the U.S. strategy for Iraq, outlined by Bush in a Jan. 9 speech, was doomed to fail.
"I ask him, why send 20,000 (troops) only - why not send 50 or 100 thousand? Aren't you aware that the dogs of Iraq are pining for your troops' dead bodies?" said al-Zawahri in the footage released by SITE.
"So send your entire army to be annihilated at the hands of the mujahideen (holy warriors) to free the world from your evil," he said, "because Iraq, land of the Caliphate and Jihad, is able to bury ten armies like yours, with Allah's help and power."
Al-Zawahri said it was the "duty" of all Muslims to take up arms against the enemies of Islam or support those who do.