Osama bin Laden's deputy has issued a eulogy for the assassinated al-Qaeda chief, saying he "terrified America" when he was alive and would continue to do so in death.
Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda's longtime No. 2 and considered its operational head, heaped praise on bin Laden, killed in the May 2 US raid in Pakistan.
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Al-Zawahri also blasted the United States for burying bin Laden at sea and urged the Pakistani people to rise against the country's military rulers and politicians, describing them as "traitors."
Likely al-Qaeda's next leader, al-Zawahri is believed to be operating from somewhere near the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.
Al-Zawahri appeared in a white Arab robe and turban, a Kalashnikov at his side, in a 28-minute video posted on militant websites on Wednesday.
Shortly after Bin Laden's death, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Nasser al-Wahishi, warned the US that "the worst" was coming, in a message posted on Islamist websites.
"Do not think that the case is over... what is coming is even worse, what awaits you is more intense and more damaging," the US center for monitoring Islamist websites, SITE, quoted the message as saying. "You will bite you fingers and regret the days of Sheikh Osama bin Laden."
AFP contributed to the story
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