That’s what Egyptian doctor-turned-terrorist, Ayman al-Zawahiri, claims. From Aljazeera.Net
Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has dismissed the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections in a new tape broadcast by Aljazeera.
In the tape, al-Zawahiri played down US accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying it had just managed to move the Taliban government from Kabul to the mountains and countryside.
The taped interview of al-Zawahiri had apparently been conducted to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York.
“What did they do? They drove Taliban’s government out of Kabul, but it has been active in the mountains and countryside, where the real power of Afghanistan lies,” al-Zawahiri said.
The al-Qaida deputy chief dismissed the legitimacy of the just-concluded Afghan parliamentary elections.
“The elections have been conducted under the terror of [Afghanistan’s] warlords,” al-Zawahiri said.
He added that northern Afghanistan and Kabul had become “an area of chaos, plundering, theft, violations and drug business” under American occupation.
“The elections were a masquerade more than anything else, as various regions of the country are under the control of highwaymen and warlords, and international observers … cannot cover more than one tenth of the (electoral) districts,” al-Zawahiri said.
He added that “the international mercenaries (UN observers) had seen only staged polls in some cities”.
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