Al-Qaeda Calls for Gaza War

Message from Osama's deputy urges attack on 'treacherous regimes'
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 3:04 AM CDT
The latest belligerent message from al-Qaeda is from Osama bin Laden's deputy.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Osama bin Laden's deputy has called on Muslims to launch a  holy war to break Israel's economic blockade of Gaza, reports AP. The call was issued in an 11-minute al-Qaeda audiotape by Ayman al-Zawahri, marking the anniversary of the loss of Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Heights in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

"The sons of the nation should break the shackles of the treacherous regimes and move to wage jihad," said al-Zawahri, who also attacked Egypt for closing its border with Gaza. "You have the right to enter Egypt whenever you like and destroy the treacherous siege. Those who confront you should not blame anyone but themselves."