Zawahiri: Osama is 'well and healthy' (late April Fool's joke?)

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is "healthy and well," the network's number two leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in an audio message today (April 3), according to a US group monitoring Islamist websites.

"Sheikh Osama bin Laden is healthy and well by the grace of Allah," Zawahiri said yesterday in the audio released by Al-Qaeda's media arm, As-Sahab, according to a transcript provided by IntelCentre.

"The prejudiced ones always try to spread false information about him being ill, but even if Osama bin Laden doesn't become ill, he must die one day, whereas Allah's religion will remain until Allah inherits the Earth and everything on it," he said.

The health of Al-Qaeda's elusive leader, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in the porous border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is the subject of widespread speculation.

Bin Laden has claimed responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people and prompted the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

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Rummy Called Off Strike Against al Qaeda Brass

This is nervous breakdown material for Bushbots.

WASHINGTON, July 7 — A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.

The target was a meeting of Qaeda leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations.

But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected an 11th-hour appeal by Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said. Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning.

Robert Scheer wrote about it at Huffpost:

Zawahiri mocks Bush in video message on Iraq, Somalia

Lowest Ratings, State of the Union Address, Back against the Wall???


apparently site is down:

Zawahiri mocks Bush in video message on Iraq, Somalia

Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, defiantly mocked US President George W. Bush's plan to send extra troops to Iraq, saying he should send his entire army to be annihilated.
In an online video message, Osama bin Laden's deputy also accused the United States of being behind the deployment of Ethiopian troops in Somalia and vowed that Islamist forces would "break the back" of the Ethiopians.
"Don't you know that the dogs of Iraq are impatient to devour the carcasses of your soldiers?