Zawahiri blasts Obama, says 'Israel is a crime that must be eliminated'

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Islamabad, Aug 4 (ANI): Al-Qaeda second-in-command, Aymaan al Zawahiri, has accused US President Barack Obama of continuing to spill the blood of Muslims, and said Israel is a "crime" that must be wiped out.e also dismissed Obama's Middle East peace push as a deception, and accused the US President of seeking to create a "Palestinian state that works as a branch of the Israeli intelligence," according to a transcript published by the SITE Intelligence Group.

"Israel is a crime that must be eliminated," al-Zawahiri said in a newly released video interview.

Zawahiri also rejected Obama's overtures to the Muslim world as an illusion, pointing to raids in Pakistan's tribal regions and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and speaking of "bloody massacres."

Zawahiri extended a truce offer from the terrorist group to President Obama if the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.

Zawahiri said the truce was a continuation of Osama bin Laden's 2006 offer to then President George W. Bush, which required that US forces leave Afghanistan as well as all Muslim countries in the Middle East. (ANI)

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