Ayman al-Zawahiri says US behind coup against Mohamed Morsi
Al-Qaida chief posts web message about his homeland, blaming foreign powers, Christians and spineless Muslim Brotherhood
(The guardian) – The head of al-Qaida has accused the US of overthrowing the former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, but also said he was responsible for his own downfall by for trying to appease Washington.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian, said Morsi, who was deposed in a coup on 3 July, was targeted for being an Islamist by a conspiracy of secularists, Coptic Christians, and Egypt’s “Americanised” army.
But in his 15-minute internet audio message posted online on Friday, Zawahiri condemned Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood for having “tried its best to satisfy America and the secularists” by relinquishing jihad, usually defined by al-Qaida to mean armed struggle.
Zawahiri said: “Crusaders and secularists and the Americanised army have converged … with Gulf money and American plotting to topple Mohamed Morsi’s government.”
He also attacked the vice-president, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Laureate and former UN nuclear chief who was an opposition leader during Morsi’s single year in office as the “envoy of American providence”.
In Egypt, the army-installed government promised supporters of Morsi a safe exit from their protest camps on Saturday, and urged them to rejoin the political process. Read more