Al-Qaeda leader calls on Muslims to kidnap Westerners
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Egyptians to restart their revolution to press for Islamic law and called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, the SITE Intelligence Group said on Friday.
In a video released on jihadist forums and translated by the US monitoring service, Mr Zawahiri also lashed out at United States President Barack Obama, calling him a liar and demanding he admit defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa.
Criticising the new Egyptian government - led by a president drawn from the Muslim Brotherhood - as corrupt, he said a battle is being waged in Egypt between a secular minority and Muslims seeking implementation of Islamic law.
The Egyptian doctor, the former deputy to slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, said these Egyptians want to see their government liberated from US influence, and Palestinian victory over Israel, SITE reported.