Al-Qaeda welcomes Arab revolutions

2011-03-30 08:48

Hong Kong - Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has welcomed the wave of revolutions engulfing the Middle East as a "tsunami of change", the Site monitoring service said on Wednesday.

Several articles in the latest issue of the group's English-language e-magazine Inspire reflect on the recent upheavals - which have been driven by popular discontent with poor governance, rather than Islamist militancy.

But the cover story, entitled The Tsunami of Change and written by the Yemeni-US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, argues that the revolutions are good news for Islamic extremists.

"The revolution broke the barriers of fear in the hearts and minds that the tyrants couldn't be removed," he wrote in the e-magazine, which was made available on the Site website.

"We do not know yet what the outcome would be, and we do not have to. The outcome doesn't have to be an Islamic government for us to consider what is occurring to be a step in the right direction."

Japan, whose northeast coast was devastated by a killer tsunami earlier this month, is not mentioned in the 70-page publication. But the cover shows a graphic of the Earth with a giant eruption of water from North America.

Other articles include a piece urging Egyptians to demand a government based on Islamic Sharia law, translations of speeches by al-Qaeda leaders, and a manual for a Kalashnikov rifle.

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-30 10:15

    What about the DIY suicide bomber kit, complete with instructions?

  • Sisie - 2011-03-30 11:16

    I am sorry to say the next colonists are the Chinese, they are buying themselves into the world, and more so in Africa than anywhere else right now. They certainly couldn't give two s**ts about African labour, they bring their own. I guess Walmart should take a leaf out of their book (me no spleek da engelish)

  • carlkristen - 2011-03-30 11:24

    I think we need to join some other dots and see what picture emerges. Everyone including the media portrayed Egypt as a cry for democracy by the populace. However, the Muslim Brotherhood sparked the whole thing a long time before this. We all know that the Muslim Brotherhood are against what they perceive as moderate Islamists being in power. They want Sharia. Egypt was erroneously portrayed IMHO as a cry for democratic reform. There are no democracies in the Middle East except for Israel. How could these people have any real idea about what democracy is? Its plausible that the Muslim Brotherhood have orchestrated this whole thing in the Middle East.

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