But al-Wahishi pledged in his audiotape to defend al-Awlaki, saying that “no harm” will come to the cleric “as long as there is a pulse in our veins, whether the American accusations prove true or not because jihad (holy war) is not a crime.”

Al-Wahishi also said that U.S. efforts to get al-Awlaki “dead or alive do not benefit the American people and the war will not end by killing or arresting a leader.”

“The war is going on for 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan despite the killing and arresting of many leaders,” he said…

Al-Wahishi also ridiculed Washington’s 20-year effort to capture Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.