Al Qaeda’s second-in-command has urged George W Bush to admit defeat in Iraq in a new video broadcast by Al Jazeera television.Ayman al-Zawahri claimed the US president’s plans to withdraw troops from the country meant Washington was already beaten. President Bush has refused to set a timetable for any withdrawal, but said on Wednesday that numbers could be reduced in 2006. Critics of Bush have demanded a quick withdrawal from Iraq. But the President insisted any reduction will be based on decisions made on the ground, and not a political timetable set by Washington. Around 2,200 US personnel have been killed since the US-led invasion in March 2003. There have also been calls for a clear exit strategy for the US armed forces. Al Zawahri, who has a 20-million euro bounty on his head, has eluded capture since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, shortly after the September 11th attacks on the United States.
Al Qaeda video urges Bush to admit defeat