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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Andrew Wander, "Zawahri questions Hizbullah's 'victory' in 2006 summer war," The Daily Star, September 10, 2008.

Al-Qaeda's militant Sunni leadership is unhappy that Shiite religious leaders have not issued religious edicts declaring jihad against Western troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahri launched a stinging verbal attack against Hizbullah and the Lebanese government in a video broadcast by Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera news satellite channel Monday. The senior jihadist commander, who is often described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, questioned whether Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was right to hail the 2006 summer war as a "victory."

"Hizbullah has not obtained any victory in Lebanon against Israel," Zawahri said. "The most bizarre and astounding thing is that Hassan Nasrallah celebrates a victory every year. For what? For making them retreat 30 kilometers, for the demilitarization of the region and the acceptance of 15,000 crusader soldiers that separate the mujahedeen from Israel?"

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