Update: Another one bites the dust.Â “Senior al Qaeda leader roasted in Pakistan,”
* unfortunately, this will not impact onÂ Â theÂ eternal notion of jihadÂ
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Senior Al Qaeda commander Abu Saeed al-Masri has been killed in recent clashes with Pakistani forces in a Pakistani region near the Afghan border, a security official said on Tuesday.Â
“He was believed to be among the top leadership of al Qaeda,” the senior security official said on condition of anonymity.
Pakistan: Zawahiri’s English-speaking debut
The polyglot doc calls for jihad and praises “martyrdom”— all in an infidel language. “Purported al-Zawahiri message criticizes Pakistani leadership,” fromÂ CNN, August 10: via JW
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — In what’s believed to be the first English-language message from al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri criticizes Pakistan’s leadership and calls for Pakistanis to support the jihadist movement.Â
The audio message was released by al Qaeda’s production arm, al-Sahab, and initially aired on Pakistan’s ARY channel. CNN could not independently verify its authenticity, and it was unclear when the message was recorded.
“Let there be no doubt in your minds that the dominant political forces at work in Pakistan today are competing to appease and please the modern day crusaders in the White House and are working to destabilize this nuclear-capable nation under the aegis of America,” the message says.
It’s the first official message released by al-Sahab in which al-Zawahiri, a native of Egypt, speaks English, said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a Washington-based company that monitors and analyzes militant messages.
The speaker, purportedly al-Zawahiri, says he is speaking English to “directly” address the Pakistani people, who generally speak Urdu.
The message also mentioned last year’s deadly raid onÂ Islamabad’s Red Mosque. More than 100 people died there when security forces stormed the mosque in July 2007, ending a week-long standoff between military forces and Islamic extremists.
This year, a suicide bomber killed at least 17 people just blocks from a massive rally commemorating the first anniversary of the raid.
Most of those killed in the raid were radical students holed up inside, but the dead also included some women and children.
“Don’t allow the fruits of the victory achieved through the sacrifices of the Mujahedeen fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and the tribal belt of Pakistan to be hijacked by the politicians who sat passively while the girls and boys of …. the Red Mosque perished and burned,” the message says.
“These are the same politicians who follow the tenets of an alien Western democratic system and judiciary and exploit Islam to fulfill their own greedy aims.”
Note that CNN and UPI will not use the word “jihad” in quoting IntelCenter analyst.
Al Qaeda deputy Zawahiri releases video in English: IntelCenter states Zawahiri “calls for the people to support jihad in Pakistan and lists a litany of grievances against the Pakistani government and US involvement there”
— CNN, UPI reports omit references to “jihad” supportÂ
— see also: SITE provides 46 second excerpt clip of video