Al-Qaeda’s leader is calling on Libyan fighters who overthrew Muammar Qathafi to set up an Islamic state and urges Algerians to revolt against the longtime US-backed dictator in remarks in a new Internet video.
Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahri warns Libyan revolutionaries to protect their gains against “Western plots,” saying NATO will demand that Libyans give up their Islam.
“The first thing that this NATO will ask of you is to relinquish your Islam,” Shaykh Ayman said.
“Be careful of the plots of the West and its henchmen while you are building your new state. Don’t allow them to deceive you and steal your sacrifices and suffering.”
Shaykh Zawahri also urges Algerians to “revolt against the tyranny” of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and follow the examples of Arab uprisings.
“And if I congratulated our people in Libya for their victory over the tyrant, I call upon our people in Algeria to follow their footsteps,” al-Qaeda’s leader said in the video.
“Here are your brothers in Tunisia and then in Libya having thrown out the two tyrants to the trash can of history, so why don’t you revolt against your tyrant?”
Bouteflika’s US-backed regime has faced protests resembling those that ousted neighboring Tunisia’s dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but the protest movement has been successfully contained by regime forces.
The Shaykh also prised a cross-border attack in August in which at least eight Israelis were killed when Mujahideen crossed into southern Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.
In a July message, the leader of al-Qaeda expressed solidarity with Syria’s anti-regime movement, while urging protesters there to direct their uprising also against the United States and Israel.
Many analysts believe that al-Qaeda is now stronger then it was before the raids on New York and Washington on September 11th 2001.