January 01, 2007

Al-Qaeda No. 2 Berates Moderate Arabs

From Al-Qaeda No. 2 Berates Moderate Arabs: Ayman al-Zawahri, deputy leader of al-Qaeda, accused moderate Arab leaders of being traitors for cooperating with the U.S. in a message posted on the Internet Saturday. He lashed out at Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement: "Those who had sold Palestine, the secular traitors, cannot be your brothers. Do not recognize their legitimacy....And don't sit with them,'' al-Zawahri said. He also denounced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: "I greet my brothers inside the prisons of Mubarak, the traitor.'' He praised the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, and urged Muslims in Somalia, Chechnya, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Algeria to keep on fighting the "infidels and crusaders.''

From Zawahri: Abbas Has Gone Fat on Jews' Bribes: "How is it possible for Mahmoud Abbas to be a brother of ours, or for Muhammad Dahlan to be a brother of ours, when they have grown fat on the bribes of the Jews and gifts of the Americans?" Zawahri said.