Zawahiri states Al-Qaeda’s strategy clearly for those who care to hear.
First attack the “Crusaders and Jews” and second, overthrow the ruling Muslim regimes to restore the Islamic Caliphate. Iraq is the capital of al-Qaeda’s Caliphate and is the center of their current struggle.
He claims Iraqis are increasingly supporting the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq, proclaimed in predominantly Sunni areas by an al-Qaeda affiliate.
The success of the Islamic State, he says, is crucial to the revival of a global, pan-Islamic caliphate.
The ignorant debate in Congress is having an effect by lifting enemy morale.
“You must be patient and steadfast,” he says. “Rejoice, for victory is near, with Allah’s permission, and the herds of crusaders have begun to split up and their sole concern has become searching for a way out.”
Zawahiri is encouraging al-Qaeda supporters to head to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Somalia.
Realistically though, he is calling for ‘unity’ in Iraq. The Iraqi Sunni Tribes have rebelled against Al-Qaeda rule and driven AQI out of much of Iraq, particularly Anbar province.
Our goal is to convince Congress to accept reality. It’s probably a lost cause.