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Jordanian Islamist endorses Syrian protest wave

BEIRUT - A prominent Jordanian Islamist who inspired al Qaida in Iraq has endorsed protests in Syria, saying the overthrow of President Bashar Assad would be a step towards implementing Sharia law.
Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, spiritual mentor of the late Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who led al Qaida fighters in Iraq, said all Muslims had a duty to join protests against Assad's 11-year authoritarian rule."Just as the fall of the regime is necessary for someone calling for democracy, it is also necessary for someone calling for application of Sharia," Maqdisi said in a statement on the website Pulpit of Tawhid and Jihad.
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