APF reports that a new (unverified) statement
allegedly from Ansar al-Zawahiri says: "We ask Italy to promise unconditionally to release all Muslim women prisoners from Iraqi prisons. In turn we will give a little information about the Italian female hostages. The Italian government has 24 hours to reply to our demands, otherwise Italian people will never discover the fate of the Italian women hostages." In a videotape broadcast last night on Al-Jazeera, Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri forecast a US defeat in Iraq.