Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ayman al-Zawahri tells Muslims to back the revolt against Assad in Syria

As head of Al-Qaeda, Zawahri is in the position where his words carry weight.  Many Muslims follow him, and do what he tells them to do.  By urging Muslims to support the overthrow of Assad, he tacitly approves of US involvement in supporting the rebels.  I wonder if he ponders this dichotomy and the implications of his decision.


From Reuters/Yahoo Feb 11 by Martina Fuchs

Al Qaeda leader backs Syrian revolt against Assad

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in a video recording posted on the Internet on Sunday, urged Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments in their uprising to topplePresident Bashar al-Assad.
In the eight-minute video, entitled "Onwards, Lions of Syria" and posted on an Islamist website, the Egyptian-born Zawahri also urged Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to come to the aid of Syrian rebels confronting Assad's forces.
"Wounded Syria still bleeds day after day, while the butcher, son of the butcher Bashar bin Hafiz (Hafez al-Assad), is not deterred to stop," Zawahri, wearing his white turban and seated against a green curtain, said.
"But the resistance of our people in Syria despite all the pain, sacrifice and bloodshed escalates and grows," he added.
Zawahri took command of al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid in Pakistan last May.
A Muslim should help "his brothers in Syria with all that he can, with his life, money, opinion, as well as information," Zawahri says.
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