Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Al Qaida deputy slams face veil ban

Al Qaida's deputy leader has slammed France's burka move

France's push to ban the Islamic full-face veil has been attacked by al Qaida's deputy leader.

Ayman al-Zawahri urged Muslim women in a new audio message on the internet to defend their headdress in a holy war against the "secular Western crusade".

Zawahri said the drive by France and some other European nations is a discrimination against Muslim women.

In the 47-minute recording released on militant websites, al Qaida's deputy leader also praised the terror network's reputed third in command, who was killed with his family in a US strike in Pakistan in May.

Zawahri praised Mustafa al-Yazid's sacrifice and went on to claim that although al Qaida militants killed in Iraq outnumber US soldiers 100 to one, the US will still withdraw from Iraq in defeat.

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