Excerpts from Al-Qaida statement declaring Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, as the new leader of the terror network group:
"Loyalty to the good martyrs and to the legacy of Sheik Osama bin Laden means continuing down the path of Jihad for God's sake and for the triumph of Muslims, the general command of al-Qaida and, after consultation, declares Abu Mohammed, Ayman al-Zawahri, God help him, is now the one leading the group."
"We seek the help of God to preach the true religion, to incite the nation to get ready and fight to fulfill the duty of fighting the infidels who aggress on the land of Islam, led by America and its spoiled child Israel, to fight them with all our might."
"We extend our hands and open our hearts to cooperation with anyone, group or Islamic organizations. Let us be united and working together to expel the invaders from the lands of Islam. ... Let us unite to remove all corrupt and corrupting regimes."
"We assure our people in Palestine that we will not accept any compromise with anyone regarding the land of Palestine. We will never recognize any legitimacy for the alleged state of Israel."
"We assure our brothers in Afghanistan that we are with them, with our souls and everything we own, under the leadership of the emir of the faithful Mullah Mohammed Omar Mujahid, to kick out the American crusaders' occupation."
"We support the uprisings of our oppressed Muslim people who rose up in the face of the corrupt tyrants who dealt our nation the worst kind of torture in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Morocco. We urge them and other Muslim people to rise up. "