Al-Qaeda leader Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahri has described the army-installed government’s crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a “brutal crime” and urged Egyptians to resist what he called a campaign against Islam in their country.
In an audio speech released a day after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 strikes on the United States, former doctor Zawahri, condemned the break up of the camps and the arrest of Islamists.
“This is an episode of a long drama that awaits Egyptians if they don’t unite to implement sharia Islamic law and free their country,” said Zawahri, an Egyptian who was tortured by authorities during the rule of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak.
Zawahri also said the United States was conspiring in Egypt and called on Egyptians to fight the “oppression.”
The speech was posted on different forums a day after America held ceremonies in honour of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” Zawahiri said according to the SITE translation.
“And keeping America in tension and anticipation only costs a few disparate attacks here and there, meaning as we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with that war on its own land,” he added.
Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri went on to say that these strikes could be “done by one brother or a few of the brothers” and that it was worth waiting for the right moment in order to mount a large-scale attack.
“With these strikes, we must monitor and lie in wait and seize any opportunity to land a large strike on it, even if it takes years of patience for this,” he said.