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Al-Qaida Deputy Al-Zawahri Blasts West On Cartoons


Al-Qaida's deputy leader has criticized the West for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

In a video broadcast Saturday on the Arab television channel al-Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahri called the cartoons an insult and urged an economic boycott against nations where they have been published.

He also called on Hamas, which won Palestinian elections in January, to reject peace deals between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

The videotape was the second by al-Zawahri aired by al-Jazeera in six weeks.

A tape that aired in January called on President Bush to admit defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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