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Al-Qaida calls for more attacks on embassies

By Aya Batrawy and Maamoun Youssefl

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:21 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2012

CAIRO » Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen praised the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya in a Web statement today and called for more attacks to expel American embassies from Muslim nations.

The statement suggests al-Qaida was trying to co-opt the wave of angry protests in the Muslim world over a film produced in the United States denigrating the Prophet Muhammad.

In a move to try to end the unrest, the top religious authority in Saudi Arabia said Muslims should not be "dragged by anger" into violence, suggesting the film could not truly hurt Islam.

So far, there has been no evidence of a direct role by al-Qaida in the protests, which brought a flurry of attacks on American and other Western diplomatic missions this week. The protests have been fueled mainly by ultraconservative Islamists. But U.S. and Libyan officials are investigating whether the protests were a cover for militants to target the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi and kill Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Tuesday.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the group in Yemen in known, said the killing of Stevens was "the best example" for those attacking embassies to follow.

"What has happened is a great event, and these efforts should come together in one goal, which is to expel the embassies of America from the lands of the Muslims," the group said. It called on protests to continue in Muslim nations "to set the fires blazing at these embassies."

In a separate statement, the group claimed that those who attacked the consulate in Libya were in part acting in anger over the killing in a U.S. drone strike earlier this year of Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaida's then-number two.

"The killing of al-Libi only increased the enthusiasm and determination of the Libyan people to take revenge on those who belittled our religion and our messenger, so they stormed the American consulate and killed its ambassador, and they so, are rewarded by God, on behalf of Islam, the best reward," the group said in a eulogy to al-Libi, posted Friday.

In the Saturday statement, the group also reached out to "our Muslim brothers in Western nations," urging them "our Muslim brothers in the Western to fulfill their duties in supporting God's prophet ... because they are the most capable of reach them and vex them."

"If your freedom of speech is boundless, then let your chests bear the freedom of our actions

Al-Qaida in Yemen is considered by the U.S. the most dangerous and active of the terror network's affliates after it plotted a series of attempted attacks on U.S. territory, including the Christmas 2009 failed bombing of a passenger jet. It has suffered a series of blows since, including the recent killing of its deputy leader in a drone strike. Yemen's government, backed by the U.S., has been waging an offensive against the group, taking back territory and cities I the south that the group's fighters seized last year.

On Friday, protests against the movie, titled "Innocence of Muslims" spread dramatically, breaking out in 20 nations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. While peaceful in most places, the protests turned into assaults on U.S. and other Western embassies in Sudan and Tunis and violent clashes with police in several countries that left at least six dead. Yemen saw protests Friday and the day before, when protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy and tore down the American flag.

Trying to contain the violence, the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia said Saturday that "the film does not hurt the Prophet and Islam ... We have to denounce it without anger."

"Muslims should not be dragged by wrath and anger to shift from legitimate to forbidden action and by this, they will, unknowingly, fulfill some aims of the film," Saudi grand mufti Sheik Abdel-Aziz al-Sheik said.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ironic, isn't it, that so far it appears that the message of that film is true.
on September 15,2012 | 08:39AM
Grimbold wrote:
Al-Qaida calls and numerous Muslims follow! Bad idea to allow Muslims into USA. Many of them hate us and will undermine the country and endanger our security. It's not just a minority as Obama and the officials want to make you believe!
on September 15,2012 | 02:15PM
Oahuan wrote:
Islam is evil.
on September 15,2012 | 09:33AM
allie wrote:
Who was behind this film? No one dare say? Who financed it and why. Israel seems to be the only winner here. They love to manipulate Americans so that their interests are furthered.
on September 15,2012 | 09:33AM
DAGR81 wrote:
are you saying that obama is being outwitted by Israel?
on September 15,2012 | 10:03AM
hawaiikone wrote:
What is your problem with Jews? What have you been reading? Is there any problem you won't immediately blame on either Mufi, Lingle or Israel?
on September 15,2012 | 11:39AM
BRock wrote:
Gee, and you say it like it's a bad thing. LOL
on September 15,2012 | 01:19PM
HD36 wrote:
How many politicians hold duel citizenship with Israel and America?
on September 16,2012 | 12:13AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I'm beginning to not believe these so called alqaida "statements". What is the exact source? Is it a website, a news organization, a person? Or is AP just printing a random blog entry from some guy with a fake diaper on his head?
on September 15,2012 | 09:53AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Obama is a modern-day Nero. He is fiddling on the campaign trail while the world burns.
on September 15,2012 | 10:43AM
2Lolo wrote:
Obama is merey the Manchurian Candidate, an empty suit. When real presidential goings ons are planned, they tell him to go off and play golf somewhere. And, raise some more CASH. Hang with Beyonce and JZ, Cluney and the other hip boys. Never before in American history has there been such a joke POTUS.
on September 15,2012 | 11:29AM
DAGR81 wrote:
obama should have been chosen to be Hialdry's campaign manager.
on September 15,2012 | 12:17PM
Grimbold wrote:
see the true Muslim friend Obama go to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28
on September 15,2012 | 02:17PM
peanutgallery wrote:
It is amazing that in the 21st century Dems can be so easily bamboozled.
on September 15,2012 | 03:13PM
serious wrote:
There is a strong suggestion that Obama's chest pounding that "I killed bin Laden" led to the riots. And that was all for HIS campaign to make him look like the LEADER!!! NOT!!!!!
on September 16,2012 | 04:50AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Lock and load...
on September 15,2012 | 03:05PM
HD36 wrote:
Netenyahou says it's time to send our troop to die for Israel. Although our country is on the brink of a financial collapse, there are those who will protect others while the homeless sleep in our streets. Nice uh?
on September 16,2012 | 12:16AM
HD36 wrote:
How many politicians hold dual citicinship between Israel and America?
on September 16,2012 | 12:24AM
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