Bin Laden lieutenant a conference speaker?

By WND Staff

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Ayman Al-Zawahiri – Osama bin Laden’s chief lieutenant and one of the terrorists thought to be behind the attacks of Sept. 11 – has been invited to participate in a conference in Egypt via the Internet, reports Pravda online.

The organizers of the conference on the future of Islam claim not to know where Al-Zawahiri is, yet they confirm that he has been invited to participate. Last week, press reports indicated that bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri likely were still alive, moving from hideout to hideout along the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Conference organizers seemed eager to hear from Al-Zawahiri.

“He should speak,” said a spokesman for the conference. “He should give his motives, his opinion on Sept. 11 and on the path for us to solve the crisis in which the Islamic world is situated.”

Continued the spokesman, “Should we continue with the same methods, insulting and cursing the U.S.A.? Is this the only way for us to reach our objectives?”

In 1999, Zawahiri was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly participating in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.