Zawahiri urges Afghans to rise against 'Crusader pigs'

By AFP
Published: March 22, 2012

"O honorable, strong Afghan, the path is now clear and the way is shown, so either you stand under the banner of Islam as a mujahed and a helper to the mujahedeen with your hand, tongue, opinion, money and heart, or you will face the humiliation of the world and the shame of the hereafter," Zawahiri said. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Afghans in audio message Wednesday to rise up against “Crusader pigs” after US Marines were shown in an Internet video urinating on the corpses of Taliban militants.

The message, which the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said was posted on extremist forums, keyed on a series of scandals in Afghanistan that have sent US-Afghan tensions soaring.

The message from the Al Qaeda leader makes reference to the inadvertent burning of Qurans by US soldiers, which set off riots and attacks on Americans, and an earlier video showing Marines urinating on the bloodied bodies of insurgents.

It made no mention of a massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier in southern Afghanistan, which has further complicated relations between Washington and Kabul and prompted calls for an accelerated withdrawal of foreign forces.

“Allah disclosed the Americans through the tape that appeared on the Internet showing the Crusader pigs of the Marines as they urinated on the body of an Afghan mujahed, may the vast mercy of Allah be upon him,” Zawahiri said in Arabic in his audio speech, according to a SITE translation.

“This is their view towards other people in general and the Muslims in particular, and this is their way of treating us.”

The Marine video set off a military investigation amid concerns it would be used as a recruiting tool by Afghan insurgents.

Appealing to Afghans’ pride, Zawahiri asked how they will respond when their children ask what they did to those who insulted the Quran, mocked the Prophet Muhammed, killed their fellow countrymen and urinated on their bodies.

The Al Qaeda chief said the proper response would be to join the insurgency led by the Taliban and Al Qaeda against foreign troops.

“O honorable, strong Afghan, the path is now clear and the way is shown, so either you stand under the banner of Islam as a mujahed and a helper to the mujahedeen with your hand, tongue, opinion, money and heart, or you will face the humiliation of the world and the shame of the hereafter,” he said.

“You saw with your own eyes how the Crusaders look at you and what your value is to them.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ahmad Ibrahim
    Mar 22, 2012 - 5:31PM

    After recent killings of 16 children and unarmed ppl by US soldier… and the urinating incident… his case is getting more strong..

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  • Gunny
    Mar 22, 2012 - 6:05PM

    It was ONE Marine, and ONE taliban. Jesus H Christ, dont the good folks at The Tribune know the difference between plural and singular? Some of you are gonna read this, and when you do you’ll probably be thinking “Why does it matter” so let me tell you why. When you say Marines, people take that to mean the whole entire Marine Corps, since the whole entire Marine Corps was not there, I sincerely hope The Tribune will get its facts, singulars and plurals STRAIGHT. Recommend

  • Rafaqat
    Mar 22, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Ahmad Ibrahim:

    What good has this Zawahiri the terrorist brought ? If he wants bloodshed, this arab should go and do it in Egypt. A bullet to his head would be a tribute to all those who have been killed by his suicide bombers.Recommend

  • Concern1
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:30PM

    If he is such a great mujahid why does he hid & does not come out in open like a true mujahid, in fact this man is no mujahid but a cowardRecommend

  • j. von hettlingen
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:48AM

    His message was delivered to ONE Afghan.”O honorable, strong Afghan, the path is now clear and the way is shown, so either you stand under the banner of Islam as a mujahed and a helper to the mujahedeen……….” He should have said “O honorable, strong AFGHANS. or AFGHANISTAN, the path is ……

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  • Shakky
    Mar 24, 2012 - 3:01AM

    The only pig in the room is Zawahiri himself. He promises humiliation in this world and shame in the hereafter. And yet, it is he who continues to be humiliated in this world and, based on his evil crimes, he will likely face shame in the hereafter.

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