Al-Qaida No. 2 pays tribute to slain commanders

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A new video shows al-Qaida's second-in-command paying tribute to several commanders believed slain in a recent U.S. strike in Pakistan.

The terror leader, Ayman al-Zawahri (AY'-muhn ahl-ZWAH'-ree), praises the men in footage posted on a militant Web site.

He urges other Muslims to follow the slain commanders' lead, even though that path "is laced with blood."

He adds that the al-Qaida militants "went to their Lord to complain to him" about what he calls America's injustices and the Pakistan government's betrayal.

al-Zawahri is believed to be in hiding with Osama bin Laden in the tribal regions along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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