Al-Qaida's No. 2 lashes out at U.S., Pakistan for feeble flood aid
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri blames Pakistani government for ongoing devastation caused by massive floods; calls on Muslims to overthrow their secular governments.
Al-Qaida's second-in-command released an audio recording on Wednesday blaming the United States for what he claimed was a poor aid response to the recent floods in Pakistan.
Ayman al-Zawahri also said the Pakistani government, which he alleged was loyal to Washington, was to blame for the ongoing devastation and deaths caused by massive floods which have uprooted millions.
"The primary concern of the ruling class in the government and army of Pakistan is filling their domestic and foreign bank accounts with dollars, and as far as they are concerned, Pakistan and its people can go to hell," the voice in the recording said.
Washington, he said, was preventing al-Qaida and its allies from getting aid to those in need, and warned Pakistanis to be careful about receiving assistance from NATO soldiers helping in the country.
The al-Qaida leader then said soldiers from the Western military alliance had disgraced the Koran and insulted the Islamic prophet Mohammed, in places like Guantanamo Bay.
He also mocked his own country's upcoming parliamentary election, saying Egypt's vote was a "game."
He called for a jihad, or holy war, against the governments of Pakistan and Egypt in specific. He also urged Muslims, in general, to overthrow their secular governments.
Al-Zawahri, born in Cairo, is wanted by the U.S. government for his involvement in global terrorism, including the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington.