February 05, 2011
Super Awesome: al Qaeda Now Supporting Egyptian Protesters
Man, this whole thing just gets better and better each day:
Ayman al Zawahiri's top deputy, Thirwat Salah Shehata, has released a statement praising the Egyptian people and calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.There's no evidence that al Qaeda is involved in the demonstrations, but it's something to think about if al Qaeda thinks that Mubarak's ouster would be good for them.
Shehata is a longtime member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a core part of al Qaeda, and has served Zawahiri since the 1980s. In the statement, which was released on jihadist message boards known to carry al Qaeda propaganda, Shehata calls on the Egyptian people to "remain steadfast" and refuse to settle for economic concessions from Mubarak's regime. [MORE]