Al-Qaeda Vows Global Jihad for Israeli Attacks
Osama bin Laden’s deputy released a video vowing to turn the battles in Lebanon and Gaza into a global jihad.
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader warned in a new videotape released Thursday that the terrorist group would not stand idly by while Israeli bombardments “burn our brothers” in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now saw “all the world as a battlefield open in front of us.”
The Egyptian-born physician said the Hezbollah and Palestinian battles against Israel would not be ended with “cease-fires or agreements.” The fighting began last month following a Palestinian cross-border raid in which an Israeli soldier was captured, then expanded to Lebanon after Hezbollah militants captured two other soldiers in a raid earlier this month. “The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires. … It is a Jihad for God’s sake and will last until (our) religion prevails,” al-Zawahri said. “We will attack everywhere.”
So much for the idea that al Qaeda will refuse to work with Hezbollah because they are hated Shiites. It’s also rather redundant: Al-Qaeda declared global jihad in 1996 and again in 1998.