Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has voiced his support for the Syrian uprising in a new video message released on jihadist forums, US website monitors said on Sunday. In the video titled Onwards, Lions of Syria, Zawahiri criticised the Syrian regime for crimes against its citizens, and praised those rising up against the government, the SITE Intelligence Group said.
Zawahiri, shown in front of a green curtain in the video released Saturday which runs for over eight minutes, urged Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments, whom he said would impose a new regime subservient to the West.
He called on Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon to support the uprising and remove the current regime which he condemned as anti-Islam. (Source AFP). Zawahiri in the full video, below, calls on Syrians to join the international Jihad against the regime and the West. He urged them not to rely on Turkey, Arab States and the West, as they want to impose their politics on future Syria. AlQaeda's leader called on Syrians to fight in order to free Jerusalem like Salahiddine did centuries ago.