New al Qaeda leader expresses support in Arab protest movements
Al Qaeda has marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with an hour-long video released on jihadist websites. The NEW video featured an audio speech by the new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as previously unreleased footage of former leader Osama bin Laden.
Zawahiri says he hoped the 'Arab Spring' protest movements that have overthrown leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya would establish what he called true Islam.
"After the Arab people's revolutions we ask Allah that the U.S. has a gloomy, bitter-cold winter that it will not escape," said al-Zawahiri, in the video entitled "The Dawn of Imminent Victory."
He also called the Syrian people to topple the regime of President Bashar Assad.
Zawahiri also advised the Palestinian Authority against efforts to seek statehood status at the United Nations later this month, saying that such a move would amount to "losing even more of Palestine and recognizing" the Israeli state.