Al Qaeda number two Ayman &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2001/12/05/22946_.html ' target=_blank>al-Zawahiri has warned in a video broadcast that the terror network would go on with its fight against the United States until it changed its policy towards &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2001/10/15/18083.html ' target=_blank>Muslims.
"I have a final piece of advice for America that I must give: you must choose between two ways of behaving towards Muslims: either you deal with them on the basis of respect and mutual interest or you treat them as easy prey," he said in an extract of the video shown by Arab satellite news channel Al Jazeera.
"But you must know that we are a nation of patience and perseverence. We will persevere with our fight against you until the end of time," he said, reports ABC News.
The bearded and bespectacled al-Zawahri sat before a brown background, with a gun leaning against the wall. One shoulder was covered by a brown blanket. His voice sounded calm and steady, as in previous tapes.
A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said authorities have "a high degree of confidence" the message was from al-Zawahri.
The intelligence official noted this video resembles one made in September, featuring a similar brown fabric background and weapon. But, the official added, that does not mean it was made at the same time or actually is the same video, wrote the Guardian.
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