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Al-Qaida's al-Zawahri Accuses Arab Leaders of Betraying Palestinians


Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, has accused Arab leaders of betraying the Palestinians by attending last month's U.S.-brokered Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

In a new audio recording posted on an Islamic militant Web site Friday, al-Zawahri said Arab countries served as witnesses to what he called "treacherous deals to sell Palestine."

Reuters news agency quotes al-Zawahri as urging Muslims to continue fighting efforts he says are aimed at turning Palestine into a Jewish state.

Most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, attended the Annapolis talks. The talks ended with an agreement to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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

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