Al-Qaeda No. 2 Mocks Obama

Al-Zawahri taunts: 'Can you promise your hordes will return safely?'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2010 5:14 PM CDT
Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, speaks during a new 106-minute long video released Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009 predicting President Barack Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world.   (AP Photo/IntelCenter)

(Newser) – In an audio message posted online today, Al-Qaeda's second-in-command taunts President Obama for saying that the US would prevail in Afghanistan, Reuters reports. Experts attribute the recording to Ayman al-Zawahiri, who refers to the president's March visit, saying, "Poor Obama comes to Kabul and he promises that Taliban shall not return to power."

"You poor man," the voice continues. "Can you promise that your hordes will return safely to America?" At another point , MSNBC reports, Zawahiri says, "Whether you admit or not, the Muslims have defeated you in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they will defeat you—and the powers that brought you."

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