November 19th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
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Al Qaeda's No. 2 criticizes Obama

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri threatened President-elect Barack Obama in an Internet message.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri threatened President-elect Barack Obama in an Internet message.

(CNN) - A purported message from al Qaeda's deputy leader posted on Islamist Web sites on Wednesday told President-elect Barack Obama that "a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you."

In the video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2, castigated Obama's foreign policy stances on Afghanistan and Israel and ridiculed the president-elect's worldview. Al-Zawahiri compared Obama unfavorably to the late Malcolm X, an African-American militant who adopted Islam.

Al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden are believed to be hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Al-Zawahiri can be heard saying, "In you and in Colin Powell, [Condoleezza] Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning 'house Negroes' are confirmed."

"House Negroes" is the English translation of the Arabic term "house slaves."

The posting, which appeared on the Web on Wednesday, includes videos from Malcolm X speeches.

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