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Al-Zawahri urges film 'holy war'

The leader of al Qaida has urged Muslims to wage holy war against the United States and Israel over a film that insulted Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

Ayman al-Zawahri praised as "honest and zealous" demonstrators who breached the US embassy in Cairo and attackers who stormed the US "embassy" in Benghazi in violence linked to the film.

The American ambassador and three others died in the September 11 attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city.

The amateur film "Innocence of Muslims" was made by an Egyptian-born American citizen.

In an audio message released by al Qaida's media arm As-Sahab and posted on militant websites, al-Zawahri claimed Washington allowed the film's production under the pretext of freedom of expression, "but this freedom did not prevent them from torturing Muslim prisoners".

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