Al-Qaeda's chief in Afghanistan urges Muslims around the world to come fight for the country's "independence" and insists that Osama bin Laden is alive and well, according to an audio clip released Wednesday by a US-based monitoring group.
"In every corner of the world, Muslims should be concerned about Afghan Muslims and help them," Mustafa Abu al-Yazid says in the audio message, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist websites.
"Every Muslim who has the feeling of sacrifice in his heart should come forward and fight for the independence of Afghanistan," Yazid says in Arabic in the 28-minute audio, accompanied by a video showing him in a still image.
Yazid, in the speech titled "The Truth of Belief," also claims that insurgents are scoring victories in the battlefield despite the death of top Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah in May.
Yazid calls on Muslims to support Dadullah's successor, Mullah Mansour.
He also says that bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda terror network's chief, supervises all activities and is alive and in good health.