Al-Qaeda Threatens Kidnappings Of Americans – OpEd
By Jim Kouri
Al-Qaeda’s current leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is urging rampant kidnapping of Westerners, especially Americans, by his Muslim followers in a new video, an Israeli counterterrorism source told the Law Enforcement Examiner yesterday.
Zawahri also is advising jihadists throughout the world to join the Syrian rebellion and to insist that the Egyptian government implements Sharia law.
The Egyptian-born Islamist, who rose to the position of al-Qaeda’s top leader after the killing of Osama bin Laden, spoke in a video that’s more than two hours in length.
Zawahri’s videotaped message was originally released on Wednesday two weeks after the radical cleric released a filmed statement calling for more violent protests against the U.S. because of a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad being posted on YouTube by an American.
“We are seeking, with [Allah’s help], to abduct [other Americans] and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives,” he said.
In his vitriolic message, he ordered his Muslim followers to continue Egypt’s revolution until Sharia law is that nation’s constitution. He also said that Muslims who join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria should push for Syria to become an Islamist nation.
Syria’s rebel forces already include Islamist groups whose leaders are recruiting foreign fighters.
Zawahri, who was the chief of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad movement before joining al-Qaeda, called on President Mohamed Mursi, the country’s new Islamist leader, to explain his policies on Israel, Egyptian Christians and Sharia law.
Islamists want Egyptian leaders to impose Sharia law and to nullify a 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Many were upset when Mursi said he will appoint a Coptic Christian as his vice president.
But in a sermon delivered by Egyptian cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, Head of Religious Endowment, Matrouh governorate, in the presence of Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim cleric lambasted the Jews and their followers.
The sermon aired on Egyptian Channel 1 on Oct. 19, 2012. Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour prayed with Pesident Morsi: “Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them. Show us Your omnipotence, oh Lord.”