In an audiotape released today, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said that moderate Islamist factions in Egypt and Tunisia were to blame for the recent political problems in those countries.
In Egypt in particular, Zawahiri faulted the elected Muslim Brotherhood government as “too conciliatory,” suggesting that their willingness to make concessions played a big role in the July coup that ousted them from power.
Zawahiri called on more radical Islamist factions in Egypt to oust the military junta and restore the nation to Islamist rule, without the democratic “weakness” that typified the elected government.
Zawahiri also criticized the Ennahda Party, the ruling party in Tunisia which has agreed to hand over power to an interim government after the assassination of an opposition MP. Ennahda, likewise a moderate Islamist faction, was blamed for the growing violence caused by more radical factions.
In contrast with such religious conservative parties, al-Qaeda eschews political involvement and insists on backing violent takeover of nations.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Latest US Navy Collision Fuels Speculation About 'Hacking' - August 22nd, 2017
- US, North Korea Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Arms - August 22nd, 2017
- NATO Chief Declares Alliance 'Fully Committed' to US War in Afghan - August 22nd, 2017
- Haley Demands IAEA Launch New Inspections of Iran Military Sites - August 22nd, 2017
- No End in Sight for US War in Afghanistan - August 22nd, 2017