Al-Qaeda leader’s speech incites violence, faces criticism from supporting group
Ayman al-Zawahri - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri gave his blessings to the armed operations conducted in Egypt against military and police forces in a recording released on April 18.

His statements were published as a voice recorded message titled “Reality, between pain and hope,” released by As-Sahab Foundation for Islamic Media Publication, Al-Qaeda’s official media company.

Zawahri called on groups fighting “crimes” committed by the military to continue, but warned them of the lack of popular support in their battle of resistance.

“In order for the armed resistance to be successful, there must be masses of people endorsing it. Therefore, armed groups are advised to refrain from operations that would drive people away, or that the media will use against them,” he added.

Two allegedly secret coded letters were found in the possession of “terrorist group members” arrested in the city of Rafah, supposedly from Zawahri and Muslim Brotherhood fugitive Mahmoud Ezzat, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported a high rank official sources as saying on Sunday.

The first message contained guarantees of arms and capital provision, while the second letter included more specific instructions and the names of people to be targeted during the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for May 26 and 27, Al-Masry Al-Youm added.

Moreover, in his recorded speech, Zawahri attacked Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, which was received by criticism.

Abbas’ Fatah movement accused Zawahri of involvement in a Zionist conspiracy to tear the Palestinian people apart, in critical times where the president is facing pressure and threats to submit to American and Israeli demands, Youm7 reported Fatah spokesperson Ahmed Assaf as saying on April 19.

Meanwhile, the Al-Qaeda linked militant organization Daesh accused Zawahri of destroying the Islamic State project,Iraqi Al-Mada press reported on Saturday.

“Nowadays, Al-Qaeda is no longer a base for the holy jihadist war […] Their leaders have deviated from the right path and divided jihadists everywhere,” the groups’ spokesperson Abou  Mohamed al-Adnany was quoted as saying.

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