In a new audio statement by al Qaeda organization's second-in-command, Ayman al Zawahri urged the militant Palestinian group Hamas to reject the truce being imposed upon them by the Arab. He also advised Hamas against a merger with the Palestinian Liberation Organization led by Mahmoud Abbas.
Al Zawahri also claimed that al Qaeda was prepared to provide the "brothers" in Gaza with training and weapons.
Most of the audio message, entitled "From Kabul to Mogadishu," was focused on the Somali issue and recent developments in the region. Al Zawahri also called on the Muslims in Yemen and Afghanistan to pursue their struggle against what he called "the crusaders."
The message focuses mainly on the Somali file and the recent developments in the region.
The statement was posted on militant Islamist Internet forums and had English subtitles.