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Al-Qaeda No. 2 'Vows Jihad' In Bin Laden Eulogy

June 08, 2011

An intelligence group which monitors jihadist online forums says that Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda's long-time number two and considered its operational leader, has threatened in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden to pursue his late leader's jihad against the West.

SITE Intelligence Group quoted al-Zawahiri as saying, "We will pursue the jihad until we expel the invaders from Muslim lands."

Bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan on May 2.

In the 28-minute long video message titled "The Noble Knight Dismounted," al-Zawahiri said the United States faces a worldwide Muslim rebellion.

Egyptian born al-Zawahiri is believed to be hiding somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

compiled from agency reports


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