Exclusive: al Qaeda’s Number Two dispatches a new message to the world

Al Qaida's second most important figure Ayman al Zawahiri has just transmitted a recorded message in which he calls the Annapolis conference ‘treacherous'. The video has so far only been shown on CNN. Here is the unedited version, with excerpts.  

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Al Qaeda's second most important figure Ayman al Zawahiri has just transmitted a recorded message in which he calls the Annapolis conference ‘treacherous'. The video has so far only been shown on CNN. Here is the unedited version, with excerpts.

"I'm stunned at the politicians' stance who gave up four-fifths of Palestine, granting Mahmoud Abbas the authority to negotiate ... and then they finally cried out warning and condemning the conference after they saw with their own eyes the disaster which ... (Abbas) is driving them to," al-Zawahiri said.

"Is the traitor Mahmoud Abbas still the 'Brother President' after they condemned the conference? Is Mahmoud Abbas, the Agent, still the one invited for the dialogue, and Mahmoud Abbas the sellout is still the one they consider legitimate.

"Isn't it time for you to go back to the pure creed, which doesn't know compromises and political tricks and diplomatic ploys which obstructs religion and life?" he asks.

"Isn't it time for you to announce it loud and clear that you are Mujahideen who seek the rule of Sharia and disbelieve in the rule of the crowds or any rule except the rule of the Quran and Sunna?

"And that you are seeking the establishment of the Caliphates, and that you fight to raise Allah's word and to have all the religion for Allah. And that you seek to liberate every occupied inch of the Islamic Lands from Andalusia to Chechnya.

"And that you and the rest of the Mujahideen and the Muslims are fighting a single Jihad for one nation against a single Crusader Zionist enemy."