Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s long-time number two, has vowed in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden that he will pursue his late leader’s jihad against the West, SITE Intelligence Group reported on Wednesday.
“We will pursue the jihad until we expel the invaders from Muslim lands,” he was quoted as saying in the eulogy to Bin Laden who was killed in a top-secret US raid in Abbottabad on May 2.
“The man who terrified America in his life will continue to terrify it after his death,” he added in the video message titled “The Noble Knight Dismounted,” which SITE said was posted on jihadist online forums.
“You will continue to be troubled by his famous vow: You shall not dream of security until we enjoy it and until you depart the Muslims’ lands,” added the Egyptian militant, who was in white garb and a turban with a machinegun behind him. He vowed to make sacrifices needed to “deprive America of security”.
Zawahiri also vowed allegiance to the leader of Taliban Mullah Omar. “We renew our allegiance to the leader of believers, Mullah Omar,” said Zawahiri speaking of the reclusive leader who has a $10-million US bounty on his head.
“We promise him obedience… in jihad for Allah and to set up Sharia [Islamic] law,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2011.