Al-Qaeda member calls Hizballah ‘infidels’

Friday, September 01, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel has found an unlikely sympathizer in its distaste for Hizballah: al Qaeda. In a speech on pro al Qaeda website, al Qaeda’s second in command in Iraq Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman apparently condemns the "infidel Hizballah" and "the most corrupted regimes of Syria and Iran."

The speech was posted on the Islamist Muntada internet forum and was described as being a "summary of an address by Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman speaking from Lebanon."

But it wasn’t clear whether the speaker identified as Rahman on the forum is a reference to al-Qaeda's Abu Abdul Rahman al-Iraqi, and whether the senior al-Qaeda figure actually delivered the message from Lebanon.

Of course Israel was lumped in with the hate speech as Rahman espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. However, he turned his wrath to Hizballah, Iran, and Syria, calling them "infidel entities," and arguing that they are preventing Sunni jihadis from attacking Israel.

"We need to know the reality, and we already know how Hizballah do not fight for the sake of Allah. They declare themselves that they fight for the sake of Lebanon, are backed by the most corrupted regimes – Syria and Iran – and backed by the most evil people," Abdul Rahman was cited as saying. "Hizbullah has been the shield for the northern border of Israel, just like the eastern and southern shield is Jordan and the western shield is Egypt. These shields are all to prevent any Mujahideen (holy warriors) from entering Israel or to attack them."

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