“Al-Libi said ousting Western-backed Arab regimes was ‘a step to reach the goal of every Muslim, which is to make the word of Allah the highest’ and establish Islamic rule.”
The goal of jihad in all its forms is to impose Islamic rule. There is ultimately no “underlying cause” for it except that intention, which is why we see jihad waged for exactly that reason in places far removed from one another: think globally, wage jihad locally. “Al Qaeda commander calls for Islamic rule in Libya,” by Maamoun Yousef for the Associated Press, March 13 (thanks to Kenneth):
CAIRO (AP) “” A top Libyan al Qaeda commander has urged his countrymen to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime and establish Islamic rule, expanding the terror network’s attempts to capitalize on the wave of unrest sweeping the region.
Abu Yahia al-Libi, al Qaeda’s Afghanistan commander, said in a video posted on a militant website that after the fall of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, it is now Col. Gadhafi’s turn, as rebel fighters there press a nearly monthlong campaign to oust him.
Those nation’s autocratic governments “” enemies of Islamic militants “” practiced “the worst kind of oppression” with the backing of the West and failed to heed the lessons of history, he said.
“Now it is the turn of Gadhafi after he made the people of Libya suffer for more than 40 years,” he said, adding that it would bring shame to the Libyan people if the strongman were allowed to die a peaceful death.
A transcript of the video was provided Sunday by SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. organization that monitors militant messages. […]
Al-Libi said ousting Western-backed Arab regimes was “a step to reach the goal of every Muslim, which is to make the word of Allah the highest” and establish Islamic rule.
The al Qaeda commander, whose nom de guerre is Arabic for “the Libyan,” rose to prominence in the terror group after escaping from the U.S. military prison at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2005.
He is believed by Western and Afghan intelligence to have run training camps for suicide bombers and fighters in eastern Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan. Afghan police said at the time of his escape that his real name is Abulbakar Mohammed Hassan and that he is a Libyan.
The authenticity of his 31-minute video could not be verified, but it was produced by As-Sahab, the media wing of al Qaeda, and posted late Saturday on militant websites.
Al-Libi also criticized the United States, asking how it ultimately could voice support for the uprisings after having backed the regimes they toppled.
“We have to get rid of our inferiority complex and free ourselves from the West,” he said.
His message came days after a North African offshoot of al Qaeda called on Muslims to support the uprising.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said in a statement posted on a militant website last month that it would do whatever it can to support the revolt against Col. Gadhafi, calling him a “criminal tyrant,” but it gave no specifics….