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al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Warns Israel

July 27, 2006

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader warned in a new taped message Thursday the terrorist group would not stand idly by while ``these (Israeli) shells burn our brothers″ in Lebanon and Gaza.

In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now saw ``all the world as a battlefield open in front of us.″

The Egyptian-born physician said the Hezbollah and Palestinian fights against Israel would not be ended with ``cease-fires or agreements.″

``The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires. ... It is a Jihad for God’s sake and will last until (our) religion prevails,″ al-Zawahri said. ``We will attack everywhere.″

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