An audio statement by Zawahiri was just posted to the forums. Here’s a summary:
- Bin Laden swore he would keep fighting until Palestine and Muslim lands are free of foreign occupiers.
- The Israeli attacks are Obama’s “gift” to the Palestinians before he takes office. President Mubarak of Egypt is an accomplice in this slaughter since he has closed Egypt’s border with Gaza.
- To the Muslims and mujahids in Gaza and Palestine: Al-Qaeda is with you. We are attacking the American-Zionist Crusade wherever we can and we are quickly moving toward you. The American withdrawal from Iraq heralds our approach toward you.
- To the Muslims in Egypt: Strike and protest to force Mubarak to end the blockade.
- To the Bedouins in Sinai: Help break the blockade.
- To the Muslims of the world: American propaganda portrayed Obama as your savior but here he is “killing” Muslims in Gaza. Demonstrating against these atrocities is not enough; you must engage in jihad. Strike the American-Zionist Crusade everywhere.
Document (Arabic): 1-6-09-shamikh-zawahiri-on-gaza