DUBAI - Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to keep up their protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, in a speech published on jihadist forums on Saturday.
On September 11, the anniversary of the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Libya’s second city of Benghazi.
Zawahiri called on those who protested “to continue to counter the US-Crusader-Zionist attack on Islam and Muslims and urge other Muslims to follow suit.”
He condemned the United States “whose laws allow attacks on the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the holy book (the Quran), in the name of freedom of expression, while charging those who attack Jews with anti-Semitism.”
Other affiliated groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have made similar statements on the film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’