Al-Zawahiri calls for “mujahidin” to support the group with money and weapons.
“Your leadership has abandoned the rule of Sharia and agreed to democracy.
“Has that brought you benefit? Has the Israeli aggression stopped? Has economic blockade been lifted?
“It is a crusader and Zionist plot to abort the resistance and come up with a fragile solution to Palestine‘s tragedy.
“If the Americans were honest enough to give the Palestinians anything, they should have given it to Arafat [Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader] who relinquished everything and then was killed.“
Al-Qaeda’s deputy called on armed factions in Iraq to unify and discard division.
“To our beloved in Iraq I say that the most crucial thing Iraqis have to realise is unity, as it gives access to victory and a matter that must not be ignored,” he said.
“They have to unite, and deeply and sincerely study the way to achieve unity.”