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Qaeda’s Zawahri urges attacks on Darfur peacekeepers


September 20, 2007 (DUBAI) — Al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri urged Sudanese Muslims in a video posted on Thursday to fight a force of African Union and U.N. peacekeepers set to deploy to Sudan’s volatile western region of Darfur.

In an 80-minute compilation video that touched on a several conflicts, Zawahri criticised Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s decision to accept a U.N. resolution that lays the ground for a 26,000-strong joint AU-U.N. operation.

"Bashir announced before that he would oppose the deployment of international troops to Darfur ... but this was a lie ... and he backtracked step by step until he had agreed to everything they imposed on him," Zawahri said in the tape.

Zawahri accused Bashir of abandoning his Muslim brothers to appease the United States and said he did not deserve the protection of Muslims.

"Therefore, I address the nation of Muslim mujahideen in Sudan and remind it that today’s is a great test and the free mujahideen sons of Sudan must organise jihad against the forces invading Darfur as their brothers organised the jihadi resistance in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia," Zawahri said.

Al Qaeda-linked groups have waged attacks on U.S.-led forces and their allies in Afghanistan and Iraq after the invasions of 2001 and 2003. In Somalia, Islamists the United States says are linked to al Qaeda have been waging a guerrilla campaign against a U.S.-supported transitional government.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Darfur earlier this month, promising to step up pressure for a political solution to the festering conflict.

Sudan, which hosted al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, has been on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993.


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  • 21 September 2007 03:37, by Dhieu Dok

    I don’t get the logic behind Al Zawahri call for jihad in Darfur. In the first place, the government has failed to protect civilians there. Moreover, 99.99% of people in Darfur are muslims. Since the AU-UN peacekeeping mission is going to protect muslims, it is to my surprise that the second-in-command man who is fighting a holy war against Americans is not happy. Instead he should welcome foreigners who are saving his fellow muslim brothers. Moreover, a holy war has never existed and whoever claims a holy war is evil and instead should be killed by sword.

    If Al Zawahri was a faithful muslim, he should have condemned the government of Sudan and its notorious Janjaweeds Arabs when they were murdering black muslims in Darfur. Janjaweeds are people who are suffering from racial inferiority, they think that they are Arabs when they are not. Shame on them!

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    • 9 October 2007 02:04, by Kamal

      Zawahri must be mad. Does he know what is actually jihad. He has misinterpreted jihad and he ought to repent. The Darfurs are also Muslims but not Arabs and all Muslims regardless of race should be united and not discarded. Can another Muslim kill another Muslims due to political or ideological differences. Zawahri is teaching a deviated and exclusive "Islam" with his own interpretation and I believe he has not been in touch with the mainstream Muslims i.e. the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah. These type of people should be arrested and executed in the name of ALLAH. My message to Zawahri- Don’t damage the name of Islam and the name of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. Zawahri you are indeed a fool who knows very little about Islam and trying to astray many ignorant Muslims.

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  • 21 September 2007 11:41, by Mali Mali

    Zawahri should think twice before urging muslims in Sudan to fight AU and UN peace Keeping forces. After all it is the Darfurian muslims being punished by their fellow muslims in Khartoum. Now telling muslims in this video to go and fight AU/UN forces doesent help at all.
    I think there is a difference between black muslim and a pure Arab muslim. Otherwise Bashir would have been sypathetic with the situation long time ago and send the suspects who are fueling the crime in Darfur to ICC.

    Mali Mali

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    • 9 October 2007 02:10, by Kamal

      I have a cousin arrested in my country due to his dealing with Al Qaeda. I had many arguments with my cousins before and his teachings and idealogy is far out from the mainstream Islam i.e. the Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah. He has strong believe in Wahabism. His thoughts shows exclusiveness. Other Muslims not from his teachings are considered apostates. I am not surprise what Zawahri call to misintepreted ’Jihad’. He ought to be stopped. My sincere call to all Muslims. Comeback to the teachings of the AL Quran and As Sunnah. Follow the path of the companions and those who followed them from one generation to the next generations especially the solufossoleh i.e. the learned or ulama.

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