Qaeda leader urges Muslims to avenge Koran burning

DUBAI Wed May 9, 2012 2:28pm EDT

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in this still image taken from video uploaded on a social media website June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in this still image taken from video uploaded on a social media website June 8, 2011.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has urged Muslims to avenge the burning of copies of the Koran on a U.S. base in Afghanistan earlier this year, dismissing apologies for the incident as a "ridiculous farce".

Zawahri, who took up the reins of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan just over a year ago, said Muslims should kill those responsible for desecrating their holy book and Afghan lands.

"Once again, the crusaders burned the holy Koran, in Kabul," said Zawahri in the short audio message posted on Islamist Internet forums.

"After each of their numerous crimes they pretend to be sorry and claim they will investigate what happened. That is the ridiculous farce Obama and his defense minister repeated this time as well."

The authenticity of the recording, which did not have an exact date, could not immediately be verified, but the speaker sounded like Zawahri in previous messages.

"Kill those aggressors who occupied your country, stole your wealth, violated your honor and attacked your Koran and your prophet, peace be upon him," Zawahri added.

President Barack Obama apologized for the burning of the Koran in February, which sparked violent protests and frayed already tense U.S.-Afghan ties.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also expressed regret for the "inappropriate treatment" of Islam's holy book.

In February, a tape of Zawahri was released in which he said U.S. decisions to cut its defense budget and engage with the Afghan Taliban were signals of a decline in Washington's power.

(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Myra MacDonald)

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Comments (5)
usa.wi.vet.4q wrote:
Hello Ayman. We do not have a Defense Minister? By the way the books were defaced by your own people. We tried to take care of the trash your own people created, but it was not good enough for you. Please tell your professionals not to write in your holy books and we can all move on to something important.

May 09, 2012 2:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
“Kill those aggressors who occupied your country, stole your wealth, violated your honor and attacked your Koran and your prophet, peace be upon him,” Zawahri added.

So he is looking for someone besides himself to avenge the actions he finds so reprehensible. Sounds like an Arab chicken hawk. Yes, Zawahri-the Arab Chicken Hawk. The GW of Al Qaeda, the Dick Cheney of the terrorist set, the Karl Rove of the camel jockeys.

May 09, 2012 2:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MontyMoose wrote:
Your right an apology is not enough!!
WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE APOLOGIZED!!
We burn trash..
The Koran is a lie, about a false prophet..who is nothing more than a hatemonger who advocates genocide.
That is my opinion.
There are good Muslims, people who want to believe in something even if what they are taught is misleading.
Yet there are many who are willing to destroy women children babies, innocents who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My biggest gripe, is those that are supposedly ” moderate” followers of their religion, will not speak out in public and raise a cry against mans inhumanity to man, either out of fear, or by their silence. give credence to these horrors.
I can only conclude that their way of life is so diametrically opposed to our ways that only full extermination or subjection of their radical leaders will ever be the path to “peace ” as we know it.
There is an old computer term GIGO… Garbage In Garbage Out..
I say its time to get rid of the garbage.

May 09, 2012 3:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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