July 14th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Al Arabiya network airs tape of confessed Times Square bomber

The Arabic news network al Arabiya has broadcast part of a video made by Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American convicted of trying to blow up a vehicle packed with cylinders and other bomb-making material in New York’s Times Square.

Shahzad speaks in English, a gun at his side. His remarks include the following:

This attack against the United States will also be a revenge attack in the name of all the mujahideen, the fighters and the weak and the oppressed Muslims, like the martyrs Baitullah Mehsud and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and all Muslims and Arabs who were martyred, I will carry out this operation on their behalf, and I hope that this will bring joy to the hearts of Muslims". (Mehsud was the leader of the Pakistani Taliban and is thought to have been killed in a US drone attack in August 2009. al-Zarqawi was the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.)

"Eight years have passed with the war in Afghanistan and you will see that the war of the Muslims have just begun, and we will show you how Islam will spread throughout the world."

"Jihad is one of the prominent pillars in Islam. People are praying and they pay the Zakat, they fast and they travel for pilgrimage.  They may follow one portion of their faith and they may leave the other which is fighting in the name of God. And the interpretation of jihad is fighting the holy fight in the path of God, and it is the most noble act of sanctity in Islam and one of its main pillars. Jihad strengthened the basis of Islam and with Jihad, the word of God will rise and his religion will prevail. Staying away from Jihad will lead to destruction of the true faith and will place Muslims in a humiliating situation where their land gets robbed and they lose their power. "

More as the full video becomes available.

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  1. God

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Lipkin

    From what I can gather, the proposed mosque is envisioned not only as place where moderate Muslims can gather to pray and study, but also as place where peoples of all religions can come together in interfaith dialogue. The name Cordoba House is ment to be symbolic of that period in history when what was to become Spain was part of the Muslim empire and the city off Cordoba was the epicenter of art, science and culture in Europe. Europeans of all faiths came to study and live there. Religious tolerance was the rule. The art, science and culture that flourished in Cordba was to become the seed of European Renaissance.

    I suspect that the values and aspirations of most Muslim Americans are no different from the rest of us. Unfortunately it is only the small minority of radical terrorists that make the news and become the face of Islam for most non-Muslims.

    The Cordoba House will become a Mecca for religious tolerance and a symbol that Al-Qaeda is abhorrent to most Americans, regardless of their faith.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. diaryofamisEducatedblackman

    for some reason this guy just doesn't seem legit to me. he seems concocted, cooked up in a basement. i find it strange that he picked both a taliban terrorist and an AQI terrorist to discuss. interesting... http://diaryofamiseducatedblackman.com/

    July 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |