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New Zawahiri Tape Urges Afghans to Rise Against US-Led Forces

A new videotape from al-Qaida's number two leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged the people of Afghanistan to rise up against U.S. and coalition forces.

The message was posted on Islamist Web sites late Wednesday.

Zawahiri claims to have recorded the message after the May 29 deadly riots in Kabul that erupted after a road accident involving a U.S. military vehicle.

He talks about what he calls "crimes against the Afghan people by the Americans," and urges Kabul university's young students to rise up in defense their country.

In the latest video, Zawahiri spoke in Arabic, and his message was translated into Farsi and Pashto - the two languages widely spoken in Afghanistan.

The tape makes makes references to what Zawahiri calls the desecration of the Quran at Bagram - the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, as well as, at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - the U.S. military's terrorist detention facility.