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Zawahiri statement: Selected quotes

Osama Bin Laden with his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri in November 2001 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Zawahiri (right), now elevated to the top position in al-Qaeda, was for years Osama Bin Laden's deputy

These are selected quotations from the statement, attributed to the al-Qaeda general command and posted on a jihadist website, to announce the appointment of Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of al-Qaeda following the death of Osama Bin Laden:

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate,

The General Command of the al-Qaeda Organisation Statement on the Succession of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden in the al-Qaeda Organisation's Command


With hearts that are satisfied with God's ordainment, and assured of Almighty God's promise and His good reward, the Islamic umma, the mujahideen in the al-Qaeda Organisation, and in other groups received the news of the martyrdom of the reviver imam, the jihadist immigrant Sheikh Osama Bin-Muhammad Bin Laden, may God rest his soul in peace. We pray to the Almighty God to raise his rank and to reward him, on behalf of us and the Muslim umma, with the best of rewards.

Since jihad is continuing until the Day of Resurrection ... the General Command of the al-Qaeda Organisation announces, after completion of consultations, that Sheikh Dr Abu-Muhammad Ayman al-Zawahiri, may God guide him to success, has taken over command of the group...

US and Israel

We seek, with God's help and guidance, to call upon the people to follow the righteous religion and to urge our umma to be mobilised and prepared to fight.

We will do this while practically performing the duty of jihad against the infidel aggressors, who attacked the countries of Islam, on top of them the Crusader United States, its protege Israel, and the rulers, who helped them and did not rule according to the Sharia of Islam. We will perform jihad against them as much as we can ... until all the occupation armies are expelled from the lands of Islam and God's Sharia becomes dominant.

We reassure our people in beloved Palestine ... We assure them that we will not accept to give up any part of Palestine, the land of encampment and Jihad, by any party whatsoever...


We confirm to our brothers in Afghanistan that we support them with our souls and our belongingsā€¦


Arab uprisings

We back and support the revolutions of our oppressed and repressed Muslim people, who revolted against the corrupting and oppressing tyrants after these tyrants had inflicted the severest of tortures in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, the Levant and Morocco. We incite them along with the entire Muslim people to revolt and to continue their struggle, sacrifices and resolution until the entire corrupt and oppressive regimes, which were imposed by the West on our countries and were taken as a bridge to apply its policies and to achieve its objectives, are uprooted.


This is our message to the Muslim umma and to those who seek righteousness and justice. God knows the true intention and shows us the right path. Our last supplication is: Praise be to God, the Lord of all creation. God's prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his household and his companions.

General Command, al-Qaeda Organisation,

Rajab 1432 [corresponding to June 2011].

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