DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 3, 2003. An audiotape purportedly from top al-Qaida official Ayman al-Zawahri warned the United States on Sunday it would pay a high price if it harmed any of the detainees at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
THE VOICE on the tape, broadcast by the Dubai-based Arabic television Al Arabiya, also told the United States that the real battle against it has not started yet.
America has announced it will start putting on trial in front of military tribunals the Muslim detainees at Guantanamo and might sentence them to death, said the voice, which Al Arabiya television identified as that of Zawahri.
I swear in the name of God that the crusader America will pay a dear price for any harm it inflicts on any of the Muslim detainees. [MSNBC]