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Al-Qaeda Leader Urges Holy War Over Islam Film

Ayman al-Zawahri praises attacks in Cairo, Benghazi
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2012 8:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – The leader of al-Qaeda has urged Muslims to wage holy war against the US and Israel over the Innocence of Muslims film that insulted Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Ayman al-Zawahri also praised as "honest and zealous" demonstrators who breached US compounds in Cairo and Benghazi and called for more such protests, reports Reuters. In an audio message released by al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab and posted on militant websites, al-Zawahri says US laws allowed the film's production under the pretext of freedom of expression, "but this freedom did not prevent them from torturing Muslim prisoners." (Read more al-Qaeda stories.)

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