Al Qaeda’s second-in-command has rubbished President Barack Obama’s claims that the US-led coalition can win in Afghanistan.
In a video posted on an Islamist website, Ayman al-Zawahri mocked Obama’s suggestion that the Taliban will be defeated.
“Poor Obama comes to Kabul and he promises that the Taliban will never return to power. You poor man, can you promise that your hoardes (of soldiers) will return safely to America?” al-Zawahri said in the message.
He also attacked Arab governments allied to the West such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, denouncing them as “Zionists” and “traitors.”
Al-Zawahri is thought to be hiding in the mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Al Qaeda number two, who has 19-million-euro bounty on his head, was responding to a speech made by President Obama in Afghanistan in March when he told American troops he was confident their mission would be a success.