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Al-Qaida Deputy Leader: US Talking To Wrong People In Iraq December 20, 2006

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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CAIRO (AP)–The deputy leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahri, told the U.S. Wednesday that it was negotiating with the wrong people in Iraq, strongly implying in a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera that Washington should be talking to his group.

“I want to tell the Republicans and the Democrats together…you are trying to negotiate with some parties to secure your withdrawal, but these parities won’t find you an exit (from Iraq) and your attempts will yield nothing but failure,” al-Zawahri said on the tape, sections of which were aired in successive news bulletins.

“It seems that you will go through a painful journey of failed negotiations until you will be forced to return to negotiate with the real powers,” he said, without identifying these powers.

The video – which bore the logo of al-Qaida’s media production house, al-Sahab – was the 15th time this year that al-Zawahri has sent out a statement. In Wednesday’s tape, he appeared exactly as in previous videos that have been authenticated by CIA analysts. He wore a black turban and white robe and pointed his finger at the camera for emphasis. As usual, he had a rifle behind his right shoulder that was leaning against a plain brown backdrop.

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