Al-Qaeda leader urges Egypt's Islamists to unite

Al-Qaeda's leader has urged Islamists in Egypt to unite under the banner of religion to rid the country of the rule of the military, saying it is fighting a war against Islam.


In a 17-minute video posted on the Internet Friday, Ayman al-Zawahri blasts the Egyptian military, saying it has colluded with the United States, Israel, secular movements and Christians against Islam. Since the military's July 3 ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the military-backed government has cracked down on Morsi's supporters and battled Islamic militants waging an intensified campaign of violence. (AP)