Al-Qaida in Iraq calls on Egyptians to fight army

  • Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 12:31 a.m.
AP Photo/Khalil Hamra
A supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, holds a national flag as he stands next to burning tires during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday.
AP Photo/Khalil Hamra A supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, holds a national flag as he stands next to burning tires during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday.

CAIRO (AP) — A leader of al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch is calling on Egyptians to fight their army and deriding the Muslim Brotherhood for seeking power through democracy.

The official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said in an audio message posted on the Internet on Saturday that the Egyptian army should be targeted for trying to “prevent God’s rule.”

In a 32-minute audio, al-Adnani said the Brotherhood is “a secular party with an Islamic cloak, worshipping power and parliaments, and their jihad is for democracy and not for God’s sake.”

The audio could not be independently verified but appeared on a website commonly used by militants.

The Egyptian military ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, in a July 3 coup.

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