Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Sep 18, 2012 - 6:15:25 PM
In an opportunist manner, Yemen’s branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has urged Muslims on Saturday to escalate their protests and kill more U.S.
diplomats in Muslim countries after the publication of the anti-Islamic film that was produced in the United States.
The anti-Islamic film made a mockery of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). “It is a new chapter in the crusades against Islam,” said al-Qaeda in a statement published on Saturday in a website belonging to the organization.
“We should follow the example of Omar al-Mukhtar›s descendants (Libyans), who killed the American ambassador and emissaries,” said the group, referring to Tuesday›s attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Al-Qaeda said in its statement, “Let the step of expelling out the embassies be a step towards liberating Muslim countries from the American domination and arrogance.”
Angry protests swept across the Middle Eastern countries, including Yemen, after Friday prayers, and protesters stormed the U.S. embassies, which led Washington to send troops to boost security at its missions’ headquarters.
“It is a major event and various efforts should unite together to serve one goal, to expel American embassies from Muslim countries,” added the statement.
The statement praised the attacks carried out by angry protesters in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Sudan against the U.S. and Western missions. “It is a natural response to the deeply insulting and embassies should be burned and its diplomats should be killed,” it said.
“We confirm that defending the Prophet›s honor is a religious duty and obligation to the Muslim nation, each according to his ability,” said the group. “Muslims living in the West should be involved in attacks on key targets.”
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