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Younger Zawahiri sponsors protest against French invasion on Mali in Cairo

Published: 22/01/2013 07:30:00 PM GMT
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Cairo: There has been a strong protest on Sunday by the Muslims against the France’s “War against Islam” in front of the French embassy in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo, and the protest is said to be sponsored by the younger brother of Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al Zawahiri, Mohammed al Zawahiri.

By Farhan Iqbal


Cairo: There has been a strong protest on Sunday by the Muslims against the France’s “War against Islam” in front of the French embassy in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo, and the protest is said to be sponsored by the younger brother of Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al Zawahiri, Mohammed al Zawahiri.

According to the reports, the younger brother of Al-Qaeda Chief, Mohammed al Zawahiri, has helped organize yet another protest against a western country and this time, the protest targeted France’s embassy in Cairo. The protest meant to criticize the measures taken by the French government against Islam and especially against the French invasion on Mali.

Mohammed al Zawahiri is considered to be one of the Al-Qaeda activists and he also happened to be the key player who arranged the September 11, 2012 protest at the US Embassy in Cairo. He has been very vocal against the conspiracies being hatched against Islam and the Muslims.

During the protest in front of France’s embassy in Cairo, the protesters said that France is “at war against Islam” because of its intervention in Mali. France has taken the stance that it is targeting the Al-Qaeda-linked coalition groups that have seized northern Mali and the invasion is not against Islam itself.

According to a report published in an Egyptian newspaper, the protest was planned by the Salafi Jihadist Movement in Egypt and it identifies Mohammed al Zawahiri as a “leader” of the movement.

The younger Zawahiri told the Egypt Independent that the “Islamic Alliance to halt injustice in Egypt” would participate in the protest. The alliance “includes Al-Taefa Al-Mansoura (The Victorious Sect) in Cairo, Ansar al-Shariah in Alexandria and Dawat al-Morsaleen (Prophets’ message) in Beni Suef.”

According to Egypt Independent’s summary, Mohammed al Zawahiri said that the protest was intended “to draw attention to what he said was the injustice of France against Mali and to ask the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to provide aid to Mali and condemn France’s position.”

Apart from this, Mohammed al Zawahiri warned against what he calls repeated attacks by Europeans on Muslims and the interference in their internal affairs. He described the French military action as “threatening of the return of French colonialism on Arab and Islamic peoples.”

It is also pertinent to mention that the Al-Qaeda coalition groups have been destroying Sufi shrines, mosques and other Muslim property in Mali over the past year as they are hardline Islamists.



Mohammed al Zawahiri

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