A new al Qaeda communique featuring Al-Qaeda’s number-two man was released on the internet Friday morning.
References to last month’s peace conference in Annapolis indicate the recording is recent. The message, in Arabic, has not yet been fully translated, but early analysis indicates it contains fulminations about Mideast leaders’ positions expressed at the late November event.
Experts have authenticated the tape and confirmed the voice belongs to Zawahiri. It was released by As Sahab, the terror group’s propaganda operation.
The recording – audio over a still photomontage showing images of Zawahiri, Bush and Middle Eastern leaders – is 20 minutes, two seconds long.
Al Zawahiri was last featured on an As Sahab release in early November, in an audio statement with an al Qaeda field commander. In September, al Qaeda released a videotape of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.