Zawahri: Afghan corpse video shows US depravity

March 22, 2012 11:36

DUBAI - The head of al-Qaida has called footage of US Marines appearing to urinate on the corpses of Afghans proof of Western depravity that underlines the need to fight "crusader" forces in the country.

In a video posted to an Islamist site on Thursday, Ayman al-Zawahri - who replaced Osama bin Laden last year after US troops killed him in Pakistan - called the images that emerged online in January a divine message.

"God has exposed America with a tape ... which shows Marines urinating on the body of an Afghan holy warrior," he said in a message delivered in Arabic.

"This the truth of their Western, Zionist, godless civilization; these are their values and their view of the rest of humanity generally and Muslims specifically."

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