Wednesday, 19 November 2008
The second-in-command of Islamic militant network al-Qaeda has condemned US President-elect Barack Obama in an audio message.
Ayman al-Zawahiri said Mr Obama was not an "honourable black American" but a "house negro" - a demeaning term implying that he serves white people.
Mr Obama's plan to shift US troops to Afghanistan would fail, Zawahiri said.
If genuine, the message would be the first acknowledgement by al-Qaeda of the president-elect's victory.
The audio message appeared on militant websites.
Zawahiri, an Egyptian by birth, is often referred to as Osama Bin Laden's right-hand man and the chief ideologue of al-Qaeda.
In the short message, he warned Mr Obama of failure if he followed Bush administration policies in the Middle East. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7737710.stm