CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader is ridiculing President
Barack Obama's plan to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan in a
new Internet audio recording.
Ayman al-Zawahri is also urging al-Qaida in Iraq to "break the
borders" of neighboring countries and liberate Jerusalem from the
Israelis, whom he called "crusader invaders."
Al-Zawahri's comments are posted on a militant Web site today.
He says "What Obama is doing by increasing the troops is adding
more fuel to the fire that is already burning."
Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant is also criticizing Pakistan's
U.S.-allied government for its attempts to make deals with Muslim
fundamentalists along its border with Afghanistan in hopes of
draining support for extremists.
He accuses Obama of encouraging Pakistan's government to make
such deals, calling the strategy "a delusion."