Zawahiri message: Abu Laith al Libi a hero, martyr – vows revenge

28 February 2008: With his trademark AK-47 behind him and to his left, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri was featured in a video released yesterday, confirming that Abu Laith Al-Libi was killed in a US missile strike last month. Al-Libi, considered one of Osama Bin Laden’s top lieutenants in Afghanistan, was one of about a dozen Muslim terrorists taken out by a missile from a U.S. Predator unmanned drone that struck his safe house in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

Zawahiri also used the 10-minute video to announce he has written a book titled The Exoneration. According to Zawahiri, he wrote the book to counteract the depiction of the Islamic world as “helpless, submissive, fearful.”

The video was released yesterday and is just under ten minutes in length and contains English subtitles.