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Zawahiri says UK 'fleeing Basra'

The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said the decision of UK forces to "flee" Basra shows that Iraqi insurgents are gaining strength.
In a web-posted interview, Egyptian-born Mr Zawahiri said the US-led coalition was "defeated and looking for a way out" of Iraq.

Iraq took formal responsibility for security in Basra province on Sunday.

The 4,500 British troops still in Iraq will now take a backseat role, focusing on training local security forces.

The move to Provincial Iraqi Control four-and-a-half years after the invasion is being seen as a key stage towards a final British withdrawal from the country.

'Propaganda machine'

Speaking in a 90-minute interview with al-Qaeda's media arm, al-Sahab, Zawahiri said the world was witnessing a "triple failure for the Americans in Iraq".

"No matter how much the gigantic propaganda machine in America tries to deceive the people, the reality is stronger and worse than all the deceptions," he said in the video posted on the web on Sunday.

"Reports from Iraq point to the increasing power of the mujahideen and the deteriorating condition of the Americans. The decision of the British to flee is sufficient [proof of this]," he added.

Mr Zawahiri also denounced as "traitors" Sunni Arab tribes who have been fighting alongside US and Iraqi forces against al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq.

He said the US had been pouring "oceans of bribes" at the tribes and might have infiltrated the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda, with agents who were committing crimes that were alienating ordinary Iraqis.

The mujahideen "must throw out the bribe-taking collaborators from among their ranks, those who sold out their faith and fight under the banner of the cross. They must expose them to the Muslim world," he added.

Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, whose whereabouts are unknown, ended the interview by calling on the "noble tribes of Iraq, those that defend Islam, to stand up to this scum" and unite with the Islamic State of Iraq.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7147354.stm


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Added: Dec-17-2007 
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  • Zawahiri is only depending on the IGNORANTS of muslims to believe this

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  • JihadKiller1s1k: "Zawahiri is only depending on the IGNORANTS of muslims to believe this"
    Sadley he has MUCH to work with.

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  • PATRON1: "ITS SAD HOW WE LOST THIS WAR AGAINST AL QUEDA"
    its sad that people dont have the balls to represent their own country... Put your real countries flag up of you dont have an opinion.. NO ONE IN AMERICA THINKS WE LOST TO AL QAEDA. stupid ass bitch

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  • Mustafa_Al_Assholey: "This guy is claiming credits for the "victory" of the JAM ? How will Al-Sadr feel about this? You gotta love the Muslims"
    Iraqi security forces took over basra... As regarding who really has control will wait and see JAM wont run basra no way..

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  • Ok! Who the fuc let the pig dick sucker out of his cave????

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  • actually US and iraqi forces lowered attacks down A LOT and dont feel they need to stick around a captured city. moved on to a different area

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  • PATRON1: "ITS SAD HOW WE LOST THIS WAR AGAINST AL QUEDA"
    Actually according to Congress we haven't gone to war yet! NO declaration I've heard of. Pull everyone out let the fuc$krs have their civil war if they want.

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  • lololol muslim propaganda lololol

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  • Boy this assh9le's been yipping it up a lot lately.
    Nothing from bin-laden though, except for that terrible Impostor.
    And wtf is that growing out of his head, a horn?
    God they build them ugly over there, it's no wonder they wrap their women in shrouds.

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  • johndinfidel: "
    PATRON1: "ITS SAD HOW WE LOST THIS WAR AGAINST AL QUEDA"
    Sure in your inverted world we did lose and President Kerry is coordinating the evacuation of the embassy in Baghdad as we speak."
    LOL

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  • looking forward to this piece of shit getting popped too.

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  • I love how attacks are down below where they were at the start of the war and this idiot is claiming victory. Not only that but on the backs of others. What a moron.

    Here is a clue... GO back to phucking donkeys. Hopefully you can still get that right.

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  • Only the Iraqis win when the occupation troops allow them to take back their country. Al-Sadr is going to have a field day executing every last Al Quaida bastard dumb enough to remain in Iraq.

    The Sunni terrorists are all going to get a little payback real soon and we'll see who is left standing when the dust settles. It's gonna be a blood bath.

    Maybe we'll finally get some good videos here a la Ogrish instead of reposts and mortar attacks.

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  • He'll say anything to make it sound like Al-Qaeda is winning...

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  • jimepage: "
    PATRON1: "ITS SAD HOW WE LOST THIS WAR AGAINST AL QUEDA"
    its sad that people dont have the balls to represent their own country... Put your real countries flag up of you dont have an opinion.. NO ONE IN AMERICA THINKS WE LOST TO AL QAEDA. stupid ass bitch"
    True that proves the point man

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  • Jack Mehoff: "Only the Iraqis win when the occupation troops allow them to take back their country. Al-Sadr is going to have a field day executing every last Al Quaida bastard dumb enough to remain in Iraq.

    The Sunni terrorists are all going to get a little payback real soon and we'll see who is left standing when the dust settles. It's gonna be a blood bath.

    Maybe we'll finally get some good videos here a la Ogrish instead of reposts and mortar attacks."
    You make a solid poin More..

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