Al-Qaida leader urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US

By REUTERS
June 6, 2013 10:50

ABU DHABI - Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a client state in Syria to safeguard Israel's security.

In a 22-minute recording, posted on Islamist websites on Thursday to mark 65 years since Israel's founding, Zawahri also said the only way to solve the Palestinian problem was through Jihad (Islamic holy war).

"Lions of the Levant, unite around this honorable goal and rise above sectarian affiliations," Zawahri said.

"America, its agents and allies want you to shed your blood and the blood of your children and women to bring down the criminal Baathist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them and to safeguard Israel's security," he added.


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