Zawahiri declares holy war against UN
Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, called on Muslims in a video released yesterday to start a holy war against proposed U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region.I predict that the UN will take a supine position on al Qaeda's declaration of war against it. Perhaps if al Qaeda flew a plane into UN headquarters they might take notice.
"O Muslim nation, come to defend your lands from crusaders masked as United Nations [troops]. Nothing will protect you except popular jihad," al-Zawahri said in the video posted on the Internet.
The European Commission said yesterday its president, Jose Manuel Barroso, and a top EU aid official would go to Sudan this weekend to try to convince Khartoum to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur.
Sudan's government refuses to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force and has resisted extending a mandate for 7,000 troops from the African Union, which are now in Darfur.