Al Qaeda Backs Syrian Revolt

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Al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is seen in this image made from videotape posted on Internet on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005. In the video Ayman al-Zawahri, called for attacks against oil facilities in the Gulf region and urged insurgent groups in Iraq to unite to drive out American forces. The video is a full version of a video by al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri that was issued on Sept. 19, excerpts of which were broadcast by Al-Jazeera television at the time. The network aired more excerpts Wednesday, presenting them as if the footage had been newly issued. "I call on the holy warriors to concentrate their campaigns on the stolen oil of the Muslims, most of the revenues of which go to the enemies of Islam," said al-Zawahri, the Egyptian deputy of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, wears a white robe and black turban and is seated before a pale blue sheet, speaking to an off-camera interviewer. (AP Photo/AP Television News/ho)

Not sure if this is an endorsement or a curse. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has thrown his support behind the Syrian uprising in an eight-minute video entitled “Onwards, Lions of Syria” posted on a website. “If we want freedom, we must be liberated from this regime,” Zawahri said, referring to the government of Bashar al-Assad, which has been trying to put down the revolt in increasingly brutal fashion. But the terrorist leader also warned against relying on the West, the United States, or, really, anybody. “Our people in Syria, don’t depend on the Arab League and its corrupt governments supporting it,” he said. The Arab League is meeting Sunday to discuss whether to revive their observer’s mission in the country.