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Al-Qaida Leader Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Mass Execution

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    Al-Qaida Leader Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Mass Execution
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    This grab taken from a video entitled "An invitation to Islam" produced by Al-Qaeda-linked media group as-Sahab and released on the Internet 02 September 2006 shows the number two in al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    The leader of al-Qaida is threatening Saudi Arabia over its mass execution of 47 people, many of whom were tied to the terror group.

    Ayman al-Zawahiri delivered the message in a recording earlier this week that was reported by the SITE Intelligence Group on Thursday.

    The seven-minute speech exhorted militants to launch new attacks against the interests of the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family, which he called a "rotten regime that corrupted your religion." Al-Zawahiri also offered his condolences to the families of the executed fighters.

    Saudi Arabia executed the prisoners on Jan. 2. Among them was Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, whose death sparked new tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite power Iran after protesters in the Islamic Republic attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts.