A new tape purportedly from terrorist Osama Bin Laden has been received by Al-Jazeera. In the tape the voice dubs Abu Musab al-Zarqawi his deputy in Iraq. The voice also proclaims that any Iraqi who votes in the upcoming elections will be considered an infidel.
I don't see how voting for who you want your leader to be makes you an infidel, but that's Osama for you.
Al-Zarqawi, at one time seen as a potential rival to bin Laden for the leadership of the international jihad movement, declared his allegiance to the former Saudi citizen several months ago and renamed his Monotheism and Holy War group [better known as Tawhid and Jihad here -ed] "Al Qaeda in Iraq."
Reuters reported that bin Laden declared any Iraqis who voted in the Jan. 30 elections would be regarded as infidels.
This is the second tape this month. The other tape can be found at my Dec. 16, 2004 entry