Friday, July 29, 2011

Thanks but no thanks!

Syrian activists reject al-Qaida leader's support for uprising

Video message by Ayman al-Zawahiri seen as opportunistic by protesters calling for greater freedom and not Islamic rule
Ayman al Zawahiri
Ayman al-Zawahiri lauded protesters in Syria as 'the front for jihad and martyrdom' Photograph: Anonymous/AP

Syrian activists have rejected a message from the new al-Qaida leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, praising their efforts to topple Bashar al-Assad as an Islamic battle against US and Israeli interests.

"I don't think a single Syrian would welcome this statement," said Razan Zeitouneh, a lawyer and rights activist in Damascus who has been monitoring the uprising. "Al-Qaida is trying to use our revolution to get back into the light after the peaceful Arab uprisings took attention away."

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