- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006

From combined dispatches

LONDON — New details emerged yesterday from a video featuring one of the four suicide bombers who attacked London last year, as bereaved families and survivors marked the first anniversary of the bombings.

A transcript of the tape showing the dead terrorist, Shehzad Tanweer, narrating the planned attack, with comments by al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, was posted on the U.S.-based Search for International Terrorist Entities Web site.

Also shown was the terror network’s propaganda chief, Adam Gadahn.

In the tape, Tanweer, who killed seven of the 52 persons who lost their lives July 7, 2005, says the suicide operation was motivated by his love of Allah.

The assault on the transit system was also motivated by British support for the United States in its policies toward Israel, the Palestinians and the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the 22-year-old, from Beeston, near Leeds, northern England.

“To the non-Muslims of Britain, you may have wondered what you have done to deserve this,” Tanweer said on the tape.

“You are those who have voted in your government, who have in turn and still continue to this day continue to oppress our mothers, children, brothers and sisters from the east to the west in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya.

“Your government has openly supported the genocide of over 150,000 innocent Muslims in Fallujah,” he adds, accusing London of being “directly responsible for the problems in Palestine and Afghanistan and Iraq to this day.”

“You have openly declared war on Islam and the foreigners in the Crusade against the Muslims.”

Extracts from the 31-minute tape — in which Tanweer warns that attacks will continue unless British troops are pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan — were first broadcast on the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera on Thursday.

Gadahn — a 27-year-old U.S. Muslim convert also known as “Azzam the American,” who is wanted by the FBI for threats against the United States — also features on the tape.

“I’d like to remind those who ludicrously claim that Britain treats Muslims better than America, that Britain is the one who taught America how to kill and oppress Muslims in the first place, by drawing on experience gained during hundreds of years of blood-soaked colonialist history,” Gadahn says.

The video is thought to have been put together in the last five weeks because Gadahn mentions an anti-terrorism raid in East London on June 2.

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