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Ayman Al-Zawahiri blames America for Morsi’s overthrow

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Al-Qaeda leader accuses the USA of involvement in Morsi’s ouster

The leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, released a recorded audio message on Friday, in which he accused various parties of conspiring to overthrow former president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP File Photo)

The leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, released a recorded audio message on Friday, in which he accused various parties of conspiring to overthrow former president Mohamed Morsi.
(AFP File Photo)

By Charlie Miller

The leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, released a recorded audio message on Friday, in which he accused various parties of conspiring to overthrow former president Mohamed Morsi.

The video was posted originally to a jihadist website, state-run Al-Ahram reported, but was also posted on YouTube. In the clip, Al-Zawahiri blamed the “crusaders, secularists, the Americanised military, remnants of Mubarak’s regime and some affiliates of Islamic groups” for their part in Morsi’s toppling, which he said they had achieved with “the support of Gulf money.”

Al-Zawahiri said the leader of the Coptic community, Pope Tawadros II, “supported the crusaders in toppling the government of Mohamed Morsi,” in order to establish a “Coptic state in southern Egypt.”

The conspiracy to overthrow Morsi, the recording continued, aimed to install a “secular, pro-American president to rule Egypt so they can continue with their plotting, along with the Americans and Zionists, to divide Egypt, just like in Sudan.”

Al-Zawahiri chided the secularists and “their chief Mohamed ElBaradei” for celebrating the fall of democracy, even though they were the ones who called for it.

A spokeswoman from the US embassy in Cairo refuted these claims, saying the conspiracy theory was “false” and the closure of a number of US embassies in the Middle East and North Africa was unrelated to the release of this latest speech.

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  • Sam Boulis

    Al Zawahiri, will never will be caught alive, his fate awaits him!

  • Reda Sobky

    The message for the USA is even when you support or tolerate they will blame you for their own failure to have any idea about how to govern and lead Egypt. It is like a fanatical gang took over a state and sought to dominate all state and societal institution for the purpose of fulfilling its dream of a religious empire in which obedience and dogma are sacrosanct. Is this an approach that can actually succeed in the 21st century? A resounding no is the answer, witness Iran as an example. The American promise of supporting democracy in the middle east now rings hollow and something fresh and new is needed, this time more in keeping with modern self governance principals not a religio-facist structure with a doctrine well articulated in its literature and apparent to all who look, based on religious hatred and exclusive power, above the law and societal institutions. Calling their power grab, their phony constitution and their rigged elections democratic is cynical and disingenuous and unbecoming of a major power which claims to be the chief supporter of democracy worldwide.

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