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Al Qaida deputy slams face veil ban

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.


From Belfast Telegraph