Al-Qaida tape: Afghan anti-US resistance up

Following is the transcript of the audio-tape of al-Qaida second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri in Arabic aired on Aljazeera televison on Friday:

    Only 50% of Taliban fighters were arrested

    I am addressing you today after a period of two years from the time of the Tora Bora battle.


    During this battle, 300 Islamist fighters remained steadfast against attacks by Crusaders, hypocrites and bandits hired by America and supported by its air power and the hypocrite's tanks.


    They strafed an area not exceeding three sq km. The bombing of Tora Bora began with a savage night aerial attack on the first day of the Crusaders' campaign against the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan.


    Major battle


    But the major battle took place on the 17th day of Ramadan, which coincides with the great Badr battle, when the Crusaders' continuous aerial bombing began, along with the siege by the hypocrites and the bandits.


    Nevertheless, the Mujahideen, by God's assistance and support, succeeded in remaining steadfast for 12 days of continuous bombing, siege and the severe cold.


    By God's assistance and support, they succeeded in facing the hypocrites' attacks and dealt them a great deal of casualties.


    "After two years of  Tora Bora, the American collapse in Afghanistan has become an explicit reality"

    Ayman al-Zawahri

    The fighters escaped the siege while the Americans were only able to arrest 50% of them through betrayal and treachery, when they arrived in Pakistan following a tiresome trip across a range of high, white mountains.


    America has thus been militarily defeated by those fighters despite all the huge military arsenal and the dollars with which they have flooded Afghanistan.


    Today by God's grace and bounty, following those two years, what has become of the struggle between the powers of Islam and Jihad and the alliance of the Crusaders, the Jews and the hypocrites?


    Chasing the Americans


    Two years after the battle of Tora Bora, we are still, by God's grace, as we were, chasing the Americans and their allies everywhere, even in their own doorsteps.


    After two years of Tora Bora, Jihad has been escalated at Al-Quds, while all the Crusaders and the Jews' conspiracies have failed in effecting a siege.


    The Mujahideen have scared the Jewish aggressors and have driven them out of their senses.


    After two years of  Tora Bora, the bloodshed against the Americans has escalated in Iraq. The Americans proved incapable of defending themselves and even of defending officials such as Wolfwitz,  the arrogant Zionist.


    After two years of Tora Bora, the American collapse in Afghanistan has become an explicit reality, while the powers of Islam and Jihad have begun to drive away, bit by bit, the Crusaders and the hypocrites from the sacred land of Afghanistan


    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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