Bin Laden war on West just starting: deputy
(taken from The Age )
December 8, 2005
AL-QAEDA'S deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has urged mujahideen to attack oil sites in Muslim states and said Osama bin Laden's battle against the West was only just beginning.
The Zawahiri message, in a video posted on a website frequently used by militants, was the first apparent confirmation in a year from an al-Qaeda leader that bin Laden was still alive.
"I call on mujahideen to concentrate their attacks on Muslims' stolen oil, most of the revenues of which go to the enemies of Islam while most of what they leave is seized by the thieves who rule our countries," Zawahiri said.
The tape seemed to have been filmed during or after September, as Zawahiri referred to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's re-election that month, as well as Afghanistan's September 18 legislative elections.
Zawahiri said Britons had only their Government to blame for the suicide bombings in London in July, because it had failed to accept a truce offered by bin Laden in exchange for leaving "Islam's homes".
A book of interviews with people who know bin Laden reveal he vowed never to be taken alive and once gave his bodyguard a pistol with two bullets to shoot him if it appeared he might be caught. The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History by CNN security expert Peter Bergen also claims bin Laden intensely dislikes deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.