Al-Qaeda's No. 2 says attacks in Iraq have ”broken the back” of the U.S. army

Published April 29th, 2006 - 07:04 GMT

Suicide bombing attacks in Iraq have "broken the back" of the U.S. army, al-Qaeda's No. 2 said in a video posted Saturday. The video by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahri was posted on an Islamic Web forum.


Al-Zawahri also denounced the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as "traitors" and called on Muslims to rise up to "confront them."


He said that U.S. and British soldiers in Iraq had bogged down and "have achieved nothing but loss, disaster and misfortune."


Al-Qaeda in Iraq "alone has carried out 800 martyrdom operations in three years, besides the sacrifices of the other mujahedeen, and this is what has broken the back of American in Iraq," al-Zawahri said.


Al-Zawahri's 16-minute video on Saturday, entitled "A Message to the People of Pakistan," was mainly dedicated to criticism of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, accusing him of undermining his own country to help the United States, Israel and India.


"Every soldier and officer in the Pakistani military should know that Musharraf is throwing them into the burner of civil war in return for the bribes he is getting from the United States," al-Zawahri said.



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