"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Aeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."
SITE Intelligence Group, based in Bethesda, Md., monitors the Web site and translated the message.
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"If al-Aeda carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Aeda. Al-Aeda then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."
The thinking seems to echo the strategy employed by the mujahideen -- with U.S. support -- in Afghanistan to drive out Soviet forces in the '80s.
The comments were attributed to Muhammad Haafid, who has no known affiliation with Al-Qaeda.