Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners and called US President Barack Obama a “professional liar” in a video released this week on Jihadist websites and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Al-Zawahiri, a native Egytian, called on fellow Egyptians to restart their revolution in order to press for governance by Islamic law, or Shariah.
He said in the video that a battle is being waged in Egypt between a secular minority and a devout Muslim majority that wants to see a Palestinian victory over Israel and wants its government liberated from US influence.
Al-Zawahiri, a physician by training, described Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi as a president with no authority. He posed direct questions to Morsi in the video, asking what Morsi’s position was on the “jihad to liberate Palestine” and on Egypt’s participation in the US-led war on terror.
The terrorist leader told Muslims throughout the world to kidnap the citizens of those countries that fight against Islam.
With respect to the US president, al-Zawahiri demanded that Obama accept defeat in Afghanistan, Iraq and North Africa.
“Obama must admit he and his allies are standing in the defeated line, and that Osama bin Laden, may Allah have mercy on him, and the rest of the Mujahedeen and the Muslim [people] are standing in the victorious line, whether anyone likes it or not,” he said.
Al-Zawahiri also released a second 58-minute video, according to AFP, where he called on Egyptians to protest “against the Israeli embassy and against normalization and the peace treaty with Israel, and against the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine, and against any concession and surrender to it, and against every siege in Gaza.”
Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda after bin Laden’s death in Pakistan at the hands of US Navy SEALs in 2011. He was one of hundreds arrested following the assassination of former Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat in 1981. He was released in 1984, shortly after his conviction for arms trading.