Al-Qaeda's new leader praises Syrian protesters


Al-Qaeda's new leader praised Syrian protesters seeking to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad while trying to portray the uprising as an Islamic battle against American and Israeli interests.

The video message posted on extremist websites yesterday is Ayman al-Zawahiri's first since al-Qaeda named him its new leader in June following the death of Osama bin Laden in a US commando raid in Pakistan.


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