Al-Jazeera said:

Al-Qaida vows anti-US attacks


Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Iraqis to "devour" their American occupiers.
In a audio recording broadcast by Aljazeera on Wednesday he vowed the real battle with the United States has yet to begin.
"Rely on God and devour the Americans, like lions devour their prey. Bury them in the Iraqi graveyard," Zawahri said.
He also called on Palestinians to resist Israel, warning them not to lay down their weapons because "only jihad will liberate Palestine".
"We will not let America enjoy security until security becomes a fact in Palestine," Zawahri said, repeating what Bin Laden had said in a previous tape.
'Real epic'
Zawahri warned al-Qaida's strikes so far were no more than "skirmishes" and the "real epic" with the United States had yet to begin in earnest.
He also exhorted Arabs to topple their rulers and urged Pakistanis to rise up against President Pervez Musharraf.
Aljazeera's videotape of al-Qaida chief Usama bin Ladin and Zawahri showed the pair in an "undetermined mountain area", probably recorded towards the end of April or in early May.
In the videotape, Bin Ladin praised the hijackers who crashed planes into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon near Washington two years ago.
"Whoever wants to be taught about loyalty and honesty should have known themů they were the most honest and the bravest," Bin Ladin said.
And he had a word of caution for those Muslims who oppose jihad.
"I tell them that those who fear climbing up mountains will live forever in holes," he said.

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source: Cryptome

15 September 2003. Thanks to R.

Pointers to any of the "numerous terrorist websites" where this re-issued fatwa (not the original in 1998 at FAS) has been posted recently are requested; send to

Bear in mind that some, if not all, "terrorist websites" are stings and disinfo ops run by spooks, cops, narcs, mercs, natsec flacks, venal counterterrorism panic-mongerers and idiot vigilantes -- one among many: Jessica Stern.


From: Randall <>
To: Strangelove <>
Subject: [SL] Osama Bin Laden Issues a Fatwa
Date: 14 Sep 2003 22:49:04 -0400

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10 September 2003---The following statement from Osama bin Laden and his associates purports to be a religious ruling (FATWA) requiring the killing of Americans, both civilian and military. This document is part of the evidence that links the bin Laden network to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but has been recently been reissued and is currently being posted and promoted on numerous terrorist websites.

Important items highlighted. - Jennifer Johnston, Information Analyst.




World Islamic Front Statement

Originally issued: 23 February 1998 / Re-issued September 2003

Shaykh Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin Ayman al-Zawahiri, amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt Abu-Yasir Rifa'i Ahmad Taha, Egyptian Islamic Group Shaykh Mir Hamzah, secretary of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Pakistan Fazlur Rahman, amir of the Jihad Movement in Bangladesh Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)"; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-'Abdallah, who said: I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders.

The Arabian Peninsula has never -- since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas -- been stormed by any forces like the crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events, and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.

No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone:

First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples. If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.

Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation. So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.

Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.

All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries. This was revealed by Imam Bin-Qadamah in "Al- Mughni," Imam al-Kisa'i in "Al-Bada'i," al-Qurtubi in his interpretation, and the shaykh of al-Islam in his books, where he said: "As for the fighting to repulse [an enemy], it is aimed at defending sanctity and religion, and it is a duty as agreed [by the ulema]. Nothing is more sacred than belief except repulsing an enemy who is attacking religion and life."

On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:

The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God."

This is in addition to the words of Almighty God: "And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? -- women and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will help!'"

We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.

Almighty God said: "O ye who believe, give your response to God and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life. And know that God cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered."

Almighty God also says: "O ye who believe, what is the matter with you, that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For God hath power over all things."

Almighty God also says: "So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith."


"The grey crooked fingers of the dead, the dark look of dirty mangled bodies, their groans and joltings in the ambulances, the vast tom-tom of guns, the ripping tear shells make when they explode, the song of shells outgoing, like vast woodcocks  their contented whirr as they near their mark  the twang of fragments like a harp broken in the air and the rattle of stones and mud on your helmet  and through everything the vast despair of unavoidable death of lives wrenched out of the channels  all for ludicrous tomfoolery of governments."  -- John Dos Passos