A Sign of Weakness

It’s nice to see Zawahiri calling on would-be jihadists to attack oil facilities in the Gulf region:

According to a posting on the Internet, Al-Qaida’s deputy leader is calling for attacks against Gulf oil facilities and is urging insurgents in Iraq to unite against American forces.

Al-Zawahri, the Egyptian deputy of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden says in the video, “I call on the holy warriors to concentrate their campaigns on the stolen oil of the Muslims, most of the revenues of which go to the enemies of Islam.”

Why is this good? Because if al Qaeda had the means to attack Middle Eastern oil facilities directly, it would do so. The fact that Zawahiri is putting out a call for volunteers, rather than ordering the organization’s agents into action, is another sign of how far al Qaeda’s operational strength has been degraded.


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