Al-Qaeda Leader Threatens to use Pakistani Nukes Against U.S.

June 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)— In a blustering and menacing interview on Sunday with Al Jazeera television, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Afghanistan al Qaeda leader, expressed the desire to use Pakistan’s nuclear weapons against the United States, after defeating the Pakistani army in the Taliban infested tribal regions.

The militant leader’s remarks were frequently peppered with religious sentiments, such as “Praise God” and “God willing,” as he promised continued bloodshed, with new large-scale terrorists strikes against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans,” said Mustafa Abu al-Yazid.

Abu al-Yazid’s defiant statements were clearly intended to strike fear within the Pakistani government and the United States, concerning the horrific possibility that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons could fall in al Qaeda’s hands.

The United States pressured the Pakistani military to take more aggressive actions against the Islamic militants in April, when they took over a region of Swat valley just 60 miles from the capital of the nuclear-armed nation, raising fears of the deadly weapons ending up in the hands of al Qaeda operatives.

Abu al-Yazid went on to reiterate al Qaeda’s stated goals of defeating its most hated enemy; the United States, which he referred to as “…the head of the snake, the head of tyranny.”

The al Qaeda leader warned of a revival of terrorist operations against oil targets in Saudi Arabia, with the recent appointment of a new leader in the region, Abu Basir al-Wahayshi.

Abu al-Yazid said he did not know the exact location of top al Qaeda leaders, Osama bin Ladin and sheikh Ayman al-Zawahri, but he claimed to be in communication with the two militants who have a price on their heads.

Pakistani officials claimed that Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was killed in a skirmish with the military in 2008, but as the saying goes, the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Abu al-Yazid has long been involved with Islamic militant operations. He claimed responsibility for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and spent three years in prison for his involvement in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981.



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