Al Qaeda’s Russian trained deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri is calling for an alliance with Hamas against Israel.
From Ynet News
Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader called on Muslims around the world to back Hamas with weapons, money and attacks on US and Israeli interests in a web audiotape Monday, urging the Palestinian group to unite with al-Qaeda’s “holy warriors” after its takeover of Gaza.
The message from Ayman al-Zawahri, who is Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, marked a major shift by al-Qaeda, which in the past criticized Hamas for joining a government with the US-supported Fatah faction.
The audiotape was clearly made after Hamas’ takeover of Gaza earlier this month, marking a rapid response from al-Qaeda’s top leadership to the events. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on a web forum where al-Zawahri has issued messages in the past.
Al-Zawahri urged Hamas to implement Islamic law in Gaza, telling it, “Taking over power is not a goal but a means to implement God’s word on earth.
“Unite with mujahedeen (holy warriors) in Palestine … and with all mujahedeen in the world in the face of the upcoming attack where Egyptians and Saudis are expected to play part of it,” he added, suggesting that the two countries intended to attack Hamas to uproot its control of Gaza.
“Provide them (Hamas) with money, do your best to get it there, break the siege imposed on them by Crusaders and Arab leader traitors,” al-Zawahri, who is Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, said, addressing Muslims around the world. “Facilitate weapons smuggling from neighboring countries.”
“We can support them by targeting the Crusader and Zionist interest wherever we can,” al-Zawahri said.
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