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Friday, December 14, 2007

Al-Zawahiri Blasts Annapolis Peace Conference In Latest Video

Ayman Al-Zawahiri, via the media outlet for al-Qaeda, As Sahab, has released yet another video, Friday, this time blasting the Annapolis Peace Conference.

Experts have confirmed the voice belongs to Zawahiri in the 20 minute video.

The SITE Institute has translated some of the video already and states that it is titled "Annapolis – The Treason".

Zawahiri observes this conference, held in Annapolis, Maryland on November 27, 2007, as another instance of the “Zionist-Crusade” against Palestine, and also representative of Palestinian leaders’ betrayal of Palestinians in sacrificing what he believes are integral parts of Islamic land. Here he criticizes Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and all attendees of the conference, and assures Palestinians that their brothers, the Mujahideen, will never abandon them. Zawahiri calls upon all Muslims and Palestinians, invoking the words of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in reminding that Jihad is ultimately to liberate Jerusalem, and urging them to come to Jihad, support Palestine and establish the Islamic Caliphate.

The speech also calls to dismiss all previous conferences and accords, such as Oslo, Madrid, Camp David and Sharm el Sheikh, and questions why the Mufti of Saudi Arabia sat idle as these happened.....

Laura Mansfield produces a banner that has been placed on various jihadist websites announcing an upcoming release of interview with Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, "soon".

The Associated Press reports some of the quotes in the tape from Ayman al Zawahiri:

"The Annapolis meeting was held to turn Palestine into a Jewish state,"

"The czar of Washington invited 16 Arab countries ... to sit in one room, at one table with the Israelis," al-Zawahri said, adding that the conference "witnessed the betrayal deals to sell Palestine."

Al-Zawahri mainly addressed Arabs, urging them to condemn the Annapolis conference and label Mahmoud Abbas as "the traitor," adding that the Palestinian "brother-president sold you out in Annapolis and in its aftermath."

It's time now, he said, for the Muslims to "extent hands to other jihad brothers."

"My brothers in Palestine, we, all Muslims, the Mujahedeen are by your side, in your confrontation with the Zionist enemy,"

"We will not let you down even if your politicians do."

In response to the imprisoned Islamic militants in Egypt, who after years in jail turned away from their militant stance.

"Those revisionists are in fact calling for a new American religion that violates God's rules," he said.

"I am addressing the Muslim nation in Egypt in particular: where is your role in confronting aggression on Islam and Muslims?"

"Stand up and ... be aware of the poisons of weakness and submission which the traitor regime is trying to inject into you through the tongues of the revisionists."

"God wants you to get ready, for the sake of God."

Back on November 30, 2007, the last video released was of Bin Laden where he admitted mistakes and sounded the alarm of desperation, transcript of that can be found via Laura Mansfield, here.

These latest, tapes, not even subtitled anymore, have shown no effectiveness whatsoever and seem to be al-Qaeda's last ditch efforts to make themselves "relevant" and to keep their jihad alive.

Neither goal is being met.