In a message purportedly from Al-Qaeda’s No.2 Ayman al-Zawahiri, the speaker criticized president-elect Barack Obama’s foreign policy positions on Afghanistan and Israel, and condemned his worldview. Al-Zawahiri also stated that the president-elect has “a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits” him.
The message also made reference to Obama’s heritage, condemning the fact that while his father was a Muslim, Obama is a Christian. “You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America,” the message said.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the statement’s “threatening rhetoric and racial slurs.”
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) –A tape recording attributed to Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, criticized France’s decision to ban Islamic headscarves in schools, and described it as “part of the West’s campaign of hatred against Islam.” “The decision of the French president to issue a law to prevent Muslim girls from covering their heads in schools is another example of the Crusader and envy that the Westerners have against Muslims,” said the voice in the audiotape broadcast Tuesday on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel. “Banning the headscarves in France is in line with burning villages with its inhabitants in Afghanistan, bringing houses down on the heads of sleeping Palestinians, with killing children in Iraq and robbing their oil using false pretexts … (and) torturing [Muslims in the cells of Guantanamo,” the tape said. Al-Arabiya would not disclose how it acquired the tape from al Qaeda’s No. 2 man.