April 08, 2013

Zawahiri Praises al-Nusra Urges Jihadist Islamic State in Syria

Old Bumpy Noggin Al-Bumpy ibn Noggin is back in an audio only message in Arabic only(no subtitles) calling for a radical extremist state in Syria.

DUBAI - Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged rebels to fight to establish an Islamic state in Syria, in an online audio message Sunday in which he also warned France against its military intervention in Mali.


"Let your fight be in the name of Allah and with the aim of establishing Allah's sharia (law) as the ruling system," he said in his first message posted on the Internet since last November.

"Do all that you can so that your holy war yields a jihadist Islamic state," said Zawahiri, adding that such a state would help to re-establish the Islamic "caliphate" system of rule.

"The enemy has begun to reel and collapse," he said, referring to forces loyal to Assad.

Islamist rebel groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, which has links to Al-Qaeda, have eschewed the main opposition National Coalition, making it clear their goal is the creation of an Islamic state to replace President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Zawahiri's message will not sit easily with Western powers, who have expressed fears of extremist Islamism playing a growing role in the Syrian conflict and are reluctant to arm the rebels on the ground.

Assad's regime has long dismissed the rebels as "terror" groups backed by Western powers and driven by Al-Qaeda-style ideologies.

The entire video is available here at Jihadology, although at 340 megs its more disk than I'm willing to sacrifice to hear Zawahiri drone on for 45 minutes.

It appears to be a simple file image of Zawahiri and just his voice, in between there is footage and commentary on Jihad from various places. Somalia and Mali are a couple I recognize, possibly some from Egypt.

Update: Thanks to 11B40.

By Howie at 10:14 AM | Comments |