Al Qaeda calls on Iraqi Sunni protesters to take up arms
Al Qaeda's Iraqi wing on Thursday urged Sunni protesters to take up arms against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, adding fuel to growing sectarian unrest in the world's fastest-growing oil exporter.


Al Qaeda's local affiliate Islamic State of Iraq said "peace and patience" were useless for dealing with the Shi'ite-led government they see as oppressors of Iraq's Sunni minority. "You have two options, not three: either kneel before the apostates or take up arms," Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group's spokesman said. (Reuters)