The following is a message by the No. 2 Al-Qa'ida leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, that was aired on Al-Jazeera TV two days before the third anniversary of 9/11:
Al-Zawahiri: East and South Afghanistan are now an entirely an open field for the mujahideen. The hypocrites have shut themselves off within the districts' capitals and the Americans hide in their trenches and refuse to come out to face the Mujahideen, although the Mujahideen provoke them with shelling and shooting and by cutting off the roads around them.
Their defense focuses on aerial bombardment that wastes US money only generating dust.
In Kabul, the Americans and the peacekeeping forces are burnt by the shells of the Mujahideen and they anticipate martyrdom operations at any time, Allah willing.
In Muslim Iraq, the Mujahideen have foiled US plans after the feebleness of the interim government was exposed. America's defeat in Iraq and in Afghanistan has become a question of time, Allah willing. In both countries, the Americans are locked between two fires. If they stay, they will bleed to death, and if they retreat, they will lose everything.