Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri last week released a pair of videos calling on Egyptians to complete their Islamic revolution, make a full break with the West, and wage "jihad to liberate Palestine."
In the first of the videos, which were published to online forums frequented by Muslims, Zawahiri stated that Egypt's revolution had been halted prematurely.
"The battle isn't over," insisted the Egyptian-born successor to Osama bin Laden. "Every sincere person in Egypt [must] wage a popular campaign to complete the revolution, which was aborted."
According to Zawahiri, the majority of Egyptians want to be ruled by Sharia Law. And while the Sharia-advocating Muslim Brotherhood has seized the reins of power in Cairo, Zawahiri said the new Egyptian government is still too beholden to America and the West.
Zawahiri urged Egyptians to "kidnap citizens of the countries that wage wars against Muslims," in particular the United States, which has jailed numerous Islamic terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In the second video, Zawahiri turned his attention to Israel, calling on Egyptians to renew demonstrations against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and to oppose all efforts at normalizing ties between the two countries.
Zawahiri said new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi needs to clarify his position on "the jihad to liberate Palestine."
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