CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Al-Qaida's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri said in a new video posted Monday that the United States is trying to hide its failures in Iraq and warned that the mujahedeen there are increasing in strength.
``We are seeing a triple failure for the Americans in Iraq,'' al-Zawahri said in the 90-minute videotape. ``No matter how much the gigantic propaganda machine in America tries to deceive the people, the reality is stronger and worse than all the deceptions.''
He said U.S. forces were ``defeated and looking for a way out,'' and Iraqi forces were unable to keep security.
Al-Zawahri denounced Sunni Arab tribal forces that the U.S. has backed in the fight against insurgent groups, calling them ``traitors'' to whom the Americans ``pour oceans of bribes.''
``The reports from Iraq tell of the growth of the mujahedeen and the collapse of the Americans' circumstances,'' al-Zawahri said.
He spoke in an interview with Al-Sahab, the media arm of al-Qaida. In the footage, al-Zawahri _ wearing a white turban and robes _ sat in front of shelves of Islamic theology and law books, answering questions from an unseen interviewer.