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Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri slammed U.S. treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday 07/31/2013. Zawahri also said ShIite Hizbullah’s intervention in the conflict in Syria was an attempt to promote Iranian hegemony over the country.

“The (hunger) strike by our brothers at Guantanamo unmasks the true ugly face of (the United States of) America,” Zawahri said in an audio recording posted on an Islamist website and whose authenticity could not be verified.

“We pledge to God that we will spare no effort to free all our prisoners, on top of whom are Omar Abdel Rahman, Aafia Siddiqui, Khalid Shaik Mohammed and every oppressed Muslim everywhere …,” he added, referring to prominent Islamist militants held by the United States. He did not elaborate on what Al Qaeda intended to do, but militants have in the past kidnapped Westerners and sought to trade them for jailed comrades.

Al Qaeda has also claimed responsibility for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons last week in which they said more than 500 inmates had been set free (Taji-Abu Ghraib Jailbreak). And in Pakistan, Taliban broke 250 prisoners out of a jail on Tuesday (see – Dera Ismail Jailbreak ). Some 166 men, are currently being held at USA military base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

Ayman Al Zawahri also denounced Washington’s use of UAV drone strikes targeting Islamists, saying it was a sign of the defeat of U.S. campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Zawahri, whose Sunni Muslim network adheres to an austere view of Islam that views Shiite Muslims as infidels, also condemned the involvement of Lebanese group Hizbullah in Syria‘s civil war, singling out its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

“It has become clear to the Muslim nation that he (Nasrallah) is but a tool in the Safavid, rejectionist project which seeks to impose the authority of Shiite jurisprudence … on the nation of Islam through slaughter, repression, torture and by supporting one of the most corrupt, tyrannical and criminal regimes,” the al-Qaeda leader said (aee – SYRIAN DILEMA).

In his last video footage, on 07/06/2013, Ayman Al Zawahiri commented to the events in Egypt  in which he criticised Islamists for losing power and not uniting to implement Sharia.

“The battle isn’t over, it has just started…the Islamic nation should offer victims and sacrifices to achieve what it wants and restore power from the corrupt authority governing Egypt,” Al-Zawahiri said (SEE – EGYPTS III REVOLUTION ).


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